“The theory of teaching foreign languages has long been founded in the misconception that we all hear in the same way. 
We don’t! In fact, we can only speak a language well when we hear it well.”
– Tomatis

Fast and effective private language classes at Joya.

  • Learn a new language in the way you learnt your mother tongue.
  • Improve your skills with ease. Once the foundations are there, new words and concepts will come your way effortlessly.
  • Train your ears so that they’re able to adapt to the sounds and rhythms of the language you want to learn or improve.

It’s a fallacy to believe that you need to be young, clever or gifted to learn languages easily Our brain is willing, and capable of so much more than we generally consider possible. That goes for our emotional and intellectual development, as well as our ability to communicate and learn languages. Unfortunately, in most classrooms we still ignore the information and technology that is already out there when it comes to fast and effective language learning.

We can only speak a language well when we can hear it well.

The only thing you need is a minimum of motivation and a willingness to put some headphones on. That’s all. In fact, a great part of the Training is just passively listening – indeed as a young child learns the mother tongue by artificially ‘going back in time’ . Reason being that by the age of twelve our ears have settled  and are efficient mainly in the frequencies and rhythms of our mother tongue. As a result the tones that are specific to the foreign language, we do not perceive as well. Hence that we generally have an accent whereas young children don’t have those restrictions.   And because we cannot properly distinguish those unfamiliar sounds as adults we generally do not pronounce or  memorise them well.

Having a gift for languages is in fact having a gift for listening.

Since Covid we have stopped classes and now only work one on one which seems to be the preferred way, especially for adults who want to improve their English in preparation for New Zealand residency/job requirements. They prefer a ‘tailored’ approach and do not want to lose time. Small group sessions may still  be an option but most likely we will continue teaching ‘one on one’  ‘meet you where you are ‘ and  work with you in the most effective fashion.. For enquiries: just email us!

Various languages – English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin  available by qualified and experienced teachers.