I never imagined that I would be able to take a lesson using Skype so, before I took one, I looked for an instructor who could speak Chinese to make me a little less nervous. Even so, I got butterflies on the day of the lesson. Yet when I met the instructor through Skype and started talking about simple things like the weather, I found myself becoming absorbed in the lesson.
For each lesson, we used Skype and spoke in Japanese the whole time. I felt my attention span naturally improve during my lessons and was able to actively respond to the instructor's questions. When there was a new word or I didn't understand an example sentence, my instructor used very simple language or gestures to explain it. This program has improved my listening skills and taught me correct telephone etiquette. Learning Japanese like this is a lot of fun and I often forget when the lesson is over. And I always had so many questions! If possible, I would like to see class times extended. Although lessons are finished now, I plan to continue studying and deepen my understanding of the Japanese language.