Vocabulary is very important. You may have the knowledge of grammar, etc., but without vocabulary, you still won’t understand. I’ll see how the picture approach works for me, since I really need to increase my vocabulary. I found out that the coaches know a bit about the student, they will incorporate a bit of the interests into the lesson.
The information about Japanese currency was very interesting. This was not just a lesson in numbers, but also a very interesting study of certain things that one could take for granted. It was a pleasant surprise. Also of interest was when I was filling the blanks for the verb, the teacher would also show me the context of a verb in an expression as opposed to just the plain use.