Online Japanese school brings East to West

Japanese lessons are available for roughly £15 to £18 per lesson

It's pretty well known that the increasing popularity of Japanese culture and the decades-long success of Japan's electronics industry has led to a boom in the number of people interested in studying the language. If you happen to be one of those, then London-based is worth a look.

The online school is an unusual departure for games developer Gamewax , whose video-game heritage shows clearly in the site's design. The main selling points of the lessons offered are that they're live with real teachers, use the internet for proper video-conferencing ("not Skype", in their words) and can be scheduled to suit students.

The fees are reasonable - roughly £15 to £18 per lesson, depending on how many are booked, and a £30 enrolment charge. As for the curricula and the quality of the teaching, there's a free trial for first-timers.

Nothing beats getting a solid grammatical grounding in Japanese (both written and spoken) before putting it into practice with native speakers. It certainly helps avoid shattered confidence by not jumping straight in at the deep end.

However you go about studying Japanese, just remember that it's not as hard as it looks and it can open doors to a fascinating gadgety, geeky culture. You'll be an otaku before you know it. J Mark Lytle was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.