Largo Language School offers various efficient lessons for each student. Therefore, I often consult with Pat, and then he makes a lesson plan for only me. For example, when I asked how I could improve my reading skills, he recommended only a paperback as a reading text and advised summarizing it and additionally, discussing it during our lessons. This training was good for learning balanced English skills with reading, writing, and speaking. (Now, I can easily read almost 200 page English books or articles on web sites.)
That is how Largo offers this kind of lesson plan. Pat understands our English skills well, goals, interests, and moreover he is conversant with history, literature, and movies, which are used as learning materials. Largo is a unique language school where you can improve your English skills, but also learn about something you are interested in in English.
After 20 years I started studying English at Largo. When I first started, I had forgotten even “go-went-gone”.
As such, I was worried. But it was ok. My worry disappeared. I don’t like starting from the beginning or the standard way of learning English, so we do our lessons according to my interests. For example we checked my fan letters I wrote to foreign idols, listened to some radio programs by those idols together, and translated some hashtags that I didn’t understand on SNS. In this way, I am able to have fun while studying English. I think even people like me can study at Largo without worrying.
At LARGO, I have been taking private lessons for more than two years. It is great fun for me to talk about various topics such as science, news, social issues, culture, music, history, and so on in a friendly atmosphere. Thanks to Pat and Aoi’s help, I could also pass EIKEN grade pre-1 this year.
I started practicing English again in my 70’s.
I have studied English many times so far, but I have never continued for a long time.
I will have been taking lessons for 2 years soon. I started because I want to speak English abroad. I have never talked to foreigners, but I think I have become able to understand them little by little. The teacher patiently teaches me, even though I have not improved very much. I feel relieved because I can speak in Japanese when I do not understand. Also, it is because of the teacher’s personality that I have continued for a long time. I will do my best until my dream can be realized.
It has been almost been one year since I started learning English at Largo. I accidentally found it when I was on my way to my favorite sushi restaurant. At that time, actually, I was wavering between changing my school or not because I had gone to the same English school for more than 10 years, so I was in a rut. I didn’t have any goals for studying English. Therefore, when I picked up Largo’s leaflet, I decided to go there immediately.
I confess, honestly, when I was a student, I was bad at, or rather I hated, English. Why have I come to like English? Absolutely it is because I have become able to communicate with foreigners in English. It began with my trips abroad. When I started my job, the trip abroad boom had come to Japan. Like so many others, I went to foreign countries every year.
Thus my interest was heading in the direction of communicating with local people less and less. Eventually I knocked at an English school's door, more than 25 years ago. But my passion was decreasing. I thought I had to do soemthing one wat or another.
When I took Largo’s leaflet in my hand, it flashed in my mind that I tried EIKEN. Pat said that he teaches each student in a way to help their goal. His explanation was clear for me. I thought “it’s time to study hard here!”. I tried pre-2 grade six months later. First of all, Pat sends ANKI every week. Ten sentences was enough to remember for me and I was slowly arranging the vocabulary in my brain. Two months later, I tried writing. I was surprised that I’ve gotten TOEIC but there wasn’t writing or speaking. I’ve barely became able to speak, read, and listen, but I can’t write what I want to say or hear. I was really confused. I’m also bad at spelling. Besides that, I couldn’t make sentences requested by the questions. Sometimes, I took more than one hour, but I’ve never given up because Pat always explains it to me kindly and politely. I was looking forward to taking a lesson once a week. The first EIKEN test was in October. I went to the examination site and I was surprised. I was surrounded by school children, but I did it! I paid no attention to those around me. As for the results… I passed! In addition, my score was over grade 2, so I tried grade 2 soon after. I thought I should avoid a pause in studying for EIKEN. I took the exam among high school students. At last, the date of the result announcement came and… I passed! It was so marvelous! I couldn’t imagine that I could get grade 2 when I started studying English.
This was thanks to Pat. He encouraged me. He always said “you should have confidence”. And I can’t forget Aoi. She is indispensable to me, too. She gave some advice that helped me relax. They gave me a goal and helped me achieve it. I deeply appreciate Largo. I will continue to study here. My next challenge is…well, it’s still a secret!
In the lesson, I usually talk about what happens in my daily life recently and ask about my work etc. It almost feels like talking with my friends. It is more practical and understandable for me than to learn with a textbook.
Though I had taken a group lesson for a trial at another English school before, I couldn't speak enough because I'm shy. However, in the case of taking a private lesson, it's necessary to talk by oneself. The teacher, Pat, is a generous person, so you can talk a lot fearlessly even if you're not a good speaker of English.
You can receive corrections for your compositions, so I feel confident to write English better than before. Although you can study correct grammar by textbooks, it is difficult to know when an expression is natural for a native or not.
That's why it was a very good choice for me to decide on this school. If you can go to Jimbocho or Ochanomizu easily, I recommend you to take a trial lesson!
590→875 is my TOEIC record during my time at Largo. I have been a student since three years ago when Largo opened near my office. My style was quite simple; “I hope to especially learn speaking, but at my own pace”. Pat has taught me appropriately and flexibly with his careful consultation. Sometimes when I request basic conversation logic, he instructs me on how to speak naturally with several phrase lists, and sometimes when I have questions about a YouTube video and bring a note about it, he explains and clarifies the meaning and how to use it. Right now, my class includes basic vocabulary training and essay review, and I talk a lot in the leftover time so my speaking can become more natural. Pat loves Japan and has tons of knowledge, so he usually uses topics related to Japanese culture or music etc.. that helps our understanding very well. Thanks to this, I can keep studying without any stress, and my TOEIC score, which was 590 three years ago, has improved to 875 right now. This suggests that maybe you can receive even more positive effects if you take classes at Largo that focus on TOEIC, because even my style of focusing on speaking helped me a lot. If you are going to learn English at your own pace, why don’t you try a trial lesson as a first step? It must be a great choice. Take it easy.
I always enjoy my class at LARGO because of private lessons.
It has been very helpful for me that I can adjust the schedule for our class when I am busy with my job.
Everybody says that Pat gives us more of a Japanese-like impression than Japanese people, and I have really been happy that I can sometimes get my feelings across to him.
My goal is that I will be able to make a presentation in English about scientific topics concerning my work, so Pat picks a Tedtalk video and we have a conversation while watching the video during our class.
His major is Asian history, so it is good practice for me to explain to him scientific phenomena and familiar examples in a simple way.
I am also grateful for him that he corrects my writing when I have to send emails overseas for business or when I need to write documents in English. I can experience the difficulties and pleasures about the differences of oversea culture based on our communication as well, because Pat explains to me western people’s behavior.
I really appreciate AOI-san’s delicious Cafe latte which she always makes for me for our class.
I take lessons at Largo after working in order to speak English regularly.
I went to a famous English school previously, but it was not so interesting even though the fees were expensive. That’s why I quit the school and started to take lessons at Largo.
My lessons consist of free talk mainly because I want to enjoy English and talking with Pat. Pat is not only a good English teacher but also a good counselor for me. If you have some trouble at work or school, you can ask Pat for some advice.
While traveling around Europe, I felt my English was getting better. Before I started lessons at Largo, I could not say easy phrases like “The toilet doesn’t flush.”, but I can call hotel front desks now.
I strongly recommend Largo to those who want to arrange lessons by themselves!
I have studied English at Largo for about two years. A catalyst that caused me to start learning English here is for starting my own business. I thought that English is really helpful for it.
The contents of our lessons are free talk, vocabulary, grammar, and so on, on a one to one basis. Regarding our free talk, Pat corrects me if I say something wrong during conversation. I study vocabulary using an application. The application can be used anywhere with a smart phone, so it’s very convenient for learning vocabulary. The grammar lesson consists of using a textbook to learn easier.
Pat gives me some homework, and then we check it during our lesson. Of course, we usually use English, but as Pat speaks Japanese, if I can’t explain something in English, he helps me by using Japanese. Because of this, it’s always easy to understand his lessons. Also, we can decide the contents of our lesson at that time, so it’s a fruitful time for us.
By the way, Aoisan, who is managing Largo, is very good at supporting and making a good atmosphere for our lesson. So I’m always excited during our lessons. Anyway, I’m going to continue to study English in the future at Largo!
Although it seems tough to learn English conversation and grammar, if you study at LARGO, that worry will be gone. LARGO does not use required textbooks. Focusing mainly on free conversation with PAT, enjoying conversations is the first step in learning English. So when you visit LARGO, it is good to have just one conversation trigger (if possible in English). It can be a sentence or a word. For example, the question "What music do you like?”, or "What did you do yesterday?", or “What movies have you watched recently?” or “What are your recommended comics?". Talking will spread because of the topic you provided. Moreover, it will help the conversation to be fun if you like that topic. Just talking about newspapers and magazines with articles of interest and asking about recommended websites will also trigger talks. I think that it is the charm of LARGO that you can arrange classes for yourself.
Pat gives me a lot of opportunities and clues based on my aim and interests to improve my English, like introducing English books to me.
I started to post some articles to 'LARGO TIMES' this year and it is also a good chance for learning.
I always take private lessons, but I'm so stimulated because I can share various topics with other students through 'LARGO TIMES'.
Also, Pat and I usually talk about Japan in terms of traveling, annual events, and daily life. He shows his interest in them because he loves Japan. I started to notice the attraction of Japan, which I've never thought about seriously, through explaining things to him in English.
I realized that learning English conversation is something more than speaking foreign languages.
Why don't you study English and more over a cup of good coffee in a relaxing atmosphere?
Encouraged by English Conversation Classroom Largo
After retiring, I saw off my energetic mother and husband one after another. When I was wondering how to live my life in the future, I encountered Pat at Largo by accident.
Now I have resumed studying English conversation. I was interrupted in my studies before, but I decided to go to Largo and study at my own slow pace. And my teacher Pat not only teaches me English very kindly but also always encourages me to live positively.
"I haven't studied English before!", "I can’t understand English!”. These are not a problem.
Largo's lessons perfectly match the student’s understanding. In my case, I didn't know my English level because the last time I really studied English was in my junior high school days.
In spite of that, Pat taught me politely and his lessons were very easy to understand. Thanks to that, today, I can watch English TV and news while understanding it.
Some people say that some foreign English teachers may have problems. For example they can't speak Japanese, the topics do not match the student, or that there is a feeling of a culture gap...
These problems can be reasons to quit taking lessons, but these worries are not necessary at Largo. Pat can speak Japanese beautifully. Pat likes Japanese culture and customs and more than anything, Pat seems to be more Japanese than Japanese people (Except his looks). So it is very easy to talk to Pat.
I think his lessons must be the best. I studied English conversation only, but I can also recommend with confidence his lessons for cram school or for English examination preparation!
And recently, Pat came to be able to make a cafe latte (he is not in charge of the cafe). If you are interested, why don’t you order it?
I have been a student for one year, especially focused on speaking skill. Pat really likes Japan, and knows Japanese culture, music, and stuff like that. It makes his class very easy to understand because he usually gives me instructions with some kinda Japanese topics. If you would like to get English speaking skills in a fun atmosphere, his class must be the best. Take it easy.
I have taken lessons at Largo after work with my co-worker once a week for about a year. I went to a major English school previously, but I didn’t have enough time to speak freely with teachers there because the lessons had some students and used textbooks. Then, my co-worker introduced me to Largo and I took a trial lesson. I thought that I could learn and enjoy English at Largo, therefore, decided to take lessons here. One of my favorite points at Largo is that lessons are flexible. Major English schools’ time tables tend not to be elastic enough, so I used to miss lessons on the ground of work. Pat can understand Japanese very well. Therefore, Pat understands my points when I can’t say some words in English and he teaches me natural English. I recommend Largo because you can learn English after work whenever you want.
I've been taking his lessons for TOEIC. He teaches difficult points of TOEIC kindly. Also, I enjoy free talk with him, and he checks my journal I write everyday. My journal is very simple, but it's a little difficult to write in English. I feel my English skils are improving rapidly. Therefore my TOEIC score went up 100 points! I keep studying a lot!
I recomend him!