Audrey from Janus Academy Japanese

is creating the world's BEST Japanese language course using popular media

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Tourist
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$2
per month
Thank you for your support! As a "Tourist" you will officially be helping me to create awesome Japanese language learning content every week! (and all for less than the cost of a coffee) 

To thank you for your kindness and generosity, you’ll IMMEDIATELY receive the following rewards:

  • Lesson notes for each lesson
  • Slides used for each lesson
  • Patron-only updates

I create 1 lesson each week, which I release on my YouTube channel every Tuesday. There are 3 to 5 key sentences in each lesson depending on the length of the sentences. You will receive at least 4 sets of lesson notes and slides per month!

If you are serious about learning Japanese, I would highly recommend you keep the lesson notes handy; study them after each lesson, and use the slides as flashcards to help you memorize key sentences before the release of the next lesson.

My personal experience, as both a student and a teacher of languages, has taught me that you don't need to learn a lot in each lesson, but do make sure you truly understand and learn it well!

がんばって!


  • Digital downloads
  • Exclusive voting power
  • Exclusive Community Access
  • Patron shout-out
Long-term Visitor
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$7
per month
As a "Long-term Visitor" you will going one step further in supporting me and my efforts to create awesome Japanese language learning content every week (and helping me keep the lights on)!

To thank you for your kindness and generosity, on top of everything offered in the previous tier, you will also IMMEDIATELY gain access to the following:

  • Audio Notes for each lesson
  • New Vocabulary Lists to go with your Audio Notes
  • Active Listening Training Video for each lesson

New Vocabulary Lists - These are NOT just a bunch of new words put together in a document (because that would be pretty rubbish). Our lists are thoughtfully selected with reference to the key sentences for each lesson, and are meant to help you create your own sentences in no time! These will be integrated with your lesson notes for easy and efficient learning. 

Audio Notes
- You will receive an audio notes file for each lesson. They can be used as an audio book to make your daily commute more productive. The pronunciation of new words will be demonstrated in these files, which will help you master them from the very beginning.

Active Listening Training Video
- You will receive one training video for each lesson (i.e. at least 4 additional videos per month). You will listen to native speakers, with both Japanese and English subtitles first, followed by training with Japanese subtitles only, and finally, without any subtitles at all.

The rewards in this tier are designed to train your listening skills and get you ready to speak with confidence.

  • Digital downloads
  • Exclusive content
  • Exclusive voting power
  • Exclusive Community Access
  • Patron shout-out
  • FREE Course & Workbooks
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FREE Hiragana course + Hiragana & Katakana tracing workbooks (with a combined value of $16)
Permanent Resident
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$12
per month
As a "Permanent Resident", you will be an integral part of Janus Academy's growth and indirectly responsible for the creation of awesome Japanese language learning content, to be shared by the world!

This level of patronage is a demonstration of your commitment to learning Japanese. But it also allows me to truly work full-time on creating the most fun and practical Japanese language learning materials, and importantly, serves as a vote of confidence that my work as an educator, content creator (and dare I say, artist) is valued.

To thank you for your kindness and generosity, on top of everything offered in the previous tiers, you will IMMEDIATELY gain access to the following:

  • Shadowing Audio File for each lesson
  • "Internalizing" Videos every other week
  • Monthly Live Streaming Q&A
  • Monthly Live Streaming Group Speaking Practice

Shadowing Audio Files - You will receive 1 audio file for each lesson, which translates to at least 4 extra audio files per month. These are designed to help you memorize the key sentences and practice speaking. Each audio file covers all the dialogues from the lesson and is meant to reinforce what you've already learnt by using a "say it along with me" format rather than the traditional "repeat after me" format.

"Internalizing" Videos - Watch the sample video in About section below. One of the most crucial steps to acquiring Japanese is to internalize what you learn so that it becomes "second nature". This is key to eventually using the language as a tool of communication, and yet sadly, this is what I find most traditional methods lack. Without internalizing a language, learners may find it difficult to understand native speakers, take a long time to process or form sentences and commit faux pas.

As Japanese is a highly contextual language, it is very important to see what you've learnt applied in different contexts. These video lessons expand on what you learn from standard lessons. For example, by using a "Japanese gameshow" quiz format to test your progress, or by using other media (e.g. pop songs, anime) to reinforce what you've learnt and teach you Japanese culture at the same time. 

Monthly Live Streaming Q&A - 60 minute session answering all your burning questions.

Monthly Live Streaming Speaking Practice
- 60 minute session where you can chat to me or to your peer learners live!

The rewards in this tier are designed to train not only your listening skills, but also your speaking skills. And when combined together, they will provide the best foundation for you to learn Japanese and use it for real-life communication.

  • Digital downloads
  • Exclusive content
  • Video tutorials & lessons
  • Private community
  • Exclusive voting power
  • Exclusive Community Access
  • Patron shout-out
  • Live Speaking Exercises
  • Live Q&As
  • FREE Course & Workbooks
FREE Course & WorkbooksSpecial Offer • 12 days left
FREE Hiragana course + Hiragana & Katakana tracing workbooks (with a combined value of $16)

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About

About

こんにちは!大家好!My name is Audrey. I’m a proud mother of two adorable young girls, and a full-time language teacher who speaks fluent Japanese, Chinese and English (kinda obvious, if you’re reading this 😊)

MY JOURNEY
I was originally from China, but emigrated to Singapore in my teens and call it home now. I studied economics and actuarial studies in university because I was good at numbers, but I excelled in languages because that was my passion.

A couple of years ago, I made an observation: whenever I spoke Japanese to Japanese speakers, most would have trouble believing I wasn’t native myself, however, this was definitely not the case when I spoke English. And no, it wasn’t just about the colour of my skin, or how I look, but it took me a while to figure out that it was because of the way I spoke, the expressions I used, and that this was all related to the very different ways in which I learned and acquired both languages.

LEARNING vs. ACQUIRING

You see, I grew up in a pretty rigid education system, and was taught English by teachers who had little to no exposure to real-life English speakers, and certainly didn’t speak proper English themselves. We were taught the rules of grammar, conjugation, etc. from the beginning, and shoved through an exam system that measured how much we had memorised, rather than whether we had really acquired anything. And so, upon graduating from high school, I knew a lot about English, but I didn’t really know English.

Sadly, this is still how most people learn foreign languages today - by staring at textbooks written decades ago and memorising contrived expressions and difficult grammar rules, which make it completely obvious that you’re a foreigner.

My experience with Japanese was totally different. I never went for any formal classes, learnt by watching hours of TV dramas, and practised with native Japanese speakers in real-life settings. The process took time, of course, but after five years, I was confident enough that I took the JLPT N1 exam and PASSED! 😱
The cynics among us would say “oh sure, but it’s because you have a talent for languages, and I don’t”, and for a while I thought that was perhaps true. But it was only later that I realised what I had unknowingly stumbled upon was the Natural Approach of language learning developed by Drs. Stephen Krashen of USC and Tracy Terrell of the University of California, San Diego. 

MY METHOD
It is this knowledge, gleaned from personal experience and research, that I would like to distill into a formal method, to share with you and the larger community of language learners everywhere. I can empathise with your frustrations, first-hand, but I also want to offer hope, because I’ve been through the process successfully and I can vouch that it doesn’t have to be that hard. There are just a few rules you have to follow:

  1. No rules (grammar rules, that is) - don’t complicate your learning journey unnecessarily, the grammar will come later
  2. Watch lots of TV - exposure to popular media will lay the foundations for your listening and speaking skills later on
  3. Focus on vocabulary - words are the building blocks of any language, so work on this first
  4. One step at a time - improvement comes incrementally, so make sure your learning material is appropriate for your current level
  5. Relax and enjoy the journey - this may sound like a cliche, but being shy, stressed, or anxious will in fact make it harder to acquire the language. Be confident, have fun and learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes!
  6. Practice communicating with real people - because after all, isn’t that what language is for?

These rules are reflected in the content I produce and in how we’ve designed the reward tiers. You can watch the video above for samples of the different types of material you’ll gain access to across the varying Patreon reward tiers.

THE ROAD AHEAD
Along with my partner Xinxin, we produce short videos on YouTube primarily to teach language learners the basics of Japanese through fun and relatable content; focusing more on culture and everyday situations rather than being bogged down by the rules and formality demanded by traditional methods of teaching. Our learning material and methods have all been designed and developed from scratch, and we make sure to credit any influences and references accordingly.

While I am still teaching Japanese and Chinese to a handful of students, I have had to refer many of them to other teachers in order to focus full-time on developing this online course since the start of this year (i.e. 2020).

Like Amazonian women, my partner and I script, shoot, and edit videos in between mealtimes, nappy changes and late at night. As you might expect, writing and performing new content each week is a time consuming and mentally taxing process, and the challenges of modern family life often complicate scheduling.

Your support on Patreon helps me make the transition from local tutor to global educator. It also enables me to give back by creating the free content which I am confident will have a positive impact on the learning journeys of thousands, if not millions of language learners like you every year.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you again for taking the time to read about my story and to understand the reasons behind why I do what I do.

Content creators like me could not possibly do what we do without the kindness and support of patrons like you, so if it is within your means, please also consider signing up today as a patron. The basic tier starts at $2 a month, which I don’t think gets you very much these days, but it would make a world of difference to me by providing affirmation that the work I produce is valued and loved.

From one global citizen to another, thank you for caring and sharing, and please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] if you have any feedback or enquiries at all.

To learn more about Janus Academy and the services we provide, click here: www.janus.edu.sg

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