Welcome! ようこそ!

Hi there!

I’m Luca Toma, certified neurolanguage coach and founder of Japanese Coaching.

Never heard about Neurolanguage Coaching® before?

Well… no wonder you’ve never heard about it!

In fact, i’s a totally new way of dealing with language learning based on the knowledge we have from neuroscience about how our brain likes to learn. Here’s how this approach was defined by Rachel M. Paling, the person who conceived it a few years ago:

Neurolanguage Coaching® is the efficient and fast transfer of language knowledge and skills from the Language Coach to the Language Coachee with sustainable effects facilitated by brain-based coaching and coaching principles and neuroscience.

How can Neurolanguage Coaching® help learners?

Neurolanguage Coaching® is perfect for people who want to overcome stumbling blocks, learn in a more brain-friendly way and make real progress in a language.

If you’re not sure how to organize your learning when it comes to the unique issues that Japanese presents, if you want to know which strategies work best for you or just want to get unstuck, then I am here to help.

Why can I help YOU?

Having reached a near-native level in the language during the 10 years I’ve spent in Japan, taught Japanese at various universities, translated hundreds of manga and interpreted from Japanese on a daily basis, you’re in safe hands with me.

I’m currently the only certified neurolanguage coach for this language and my previous clients experienced more success than ever as a result.

If you are…

…a highly motivated learner who is curious about this non-conventional approach, someone who doesn’t like to be taught but needs somebody to help him/her progress, if you are someone who’s looking for a chance to get unstuck and learn in a more efficient way, then get in touch and I’ll do my best to help you.


(NOTE: Neurolanguage Coaching® is a registered trademark in the name of RM Paling)


How choosing these paper flashcards can help you learn hiragana and katakana

carddia hiragana katakana flashcards

Today I’m going to tell you about a brand-new resource for beginner learners.

You can now learn hiragana and katakana with a wonderful set of paper flashcards.

What? Paper flashcards? – you may wonder.

Yes… I know there are plenty of digital and web-based flashcards out there, but paper flashcards can also have their advantages.

If you are a beginner learner of Japanese and you find flashcards useful but prefer to stay away from your PC or mobile, this post is for you!

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Why does it take so long to become fluent in Japanese?

How long does it take to learn

I am often contacted by clients claiming that they have been studying Japanese for about a year and still can’t read a manga or understand anime. When I tell them it’s perfectly normal, they are surprised.

Beginner learners are not aware of the time they will need to spend to learn Japanese. After an initial burst of motivation, they soon find themselves struggling more than expected. Of course, that has nothing to do with any individual trait. It simply takes a really long time to learn to handle Japanese skilfully.

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Why Typing is a Great Activity for Kanji Acquisition (4 Ways of Practising It alongside their Benefits)

typing in japanese

Many learners of Japanese find learning kanji one of the most daunting aspects of their learning journey.

Methods and resources for learning kanji abound (websites, books, apps for mobile phones), most of them are based on a systematic study of individual kanji or compounds through lists, flashcard decks or mnemonic techniques.

Neither one of these methods or resources is necessarily better than the others. Their effectiveness only really depends on a single factor – the way you learn best.

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