Practical English education in 10 minutes a day.
Start learning more efficiently.

Increase your output and hone your English skills for the workplace

With only input, it's difficult to find the right words to use in real situations.

By increasing your output with Trek, you can start asking the right questions to prepare yourself for the real world.

By increasing your opportunities to practice,
you can learn English more efficiently.

  • Problems Every Day

    Get practice in speaking and writing each and every day.
  • Personalized Feedback from Your Teacher

    Each day, a teacher with professional experience from one of a variety of fields will correct your writing and pronunciation.
  • No Reservations. All on Your Smartphone.

    No need to make a reservation or go to a classroom. Get your daily English fix all on your smartphone.

Get in the flow of daily English practice with a single app.

  • 1

    Email and push notifications inform you when new problems arrive each morning.

  • 2

    Post both written and voice answers for each problem.

  • 3

    Immediately after posting, a sample answer written and recorded by a native speaker will appear.

  • 4

    And before you know it, you'll receive personalized feedback from your teacher.

  • 5

    Don't hesitate to ask your teacher questions about the problems or their feedback.

All times and dates are based on Japan Standard Time (JST)(UTC+09:00).

Coursework written by native speakers of English with professional experience in business and teaching.

The content of each problem is designed to teach you the basic phrases and grammar you need to get by in an English business environment. The writers worked to create modern-sounding problems that deal with actual situations they've experienced during their careers.

The writers include a serial entrepreneur, a project manager who's worked on multiple million dollar projects, and other professionals with long and varied careers in at American companies. Eriko Sekiya, a prolific translator and interpreter also took part in the creative process for the coursework.

  • Short Essay + Q&A
    Translate the following question into English and then answer it.
    製品カタログと価格表はございますか?
  • Conversation
    Roleplaying and Conversation.
    Do you have any questions about what you saw on the tour?
  • Short Essay + Q&A
    Translate the following question into English and then answer it.
    この2つの時間のうち、どちらかご都合はいかがでしょうか?
  • Conversation
    Roleplaying and Conversation.
    Blue Hardhat, how may I direct your call?
  • Long Essay
    Translate the following sentence into English.
    Green Gasketにおいては、きちんとした書類を作ることはとても重要です。特にユーザーマニュアルは、非常に細かく作りこみながらも、同時に消費者にとって理解しやすいようにしなければなりません。
  • Special
    (次の文章の主なポイントを日本語でまとめましょう。)Mark Thomas wishes to reward the Product X team for a job well done. When that project was launched he put a staffing management plan in place. The plan gives consideration for a reward, and he should be able to give each member of the team a small bonus.
  • Short Essay + Q&A
    Translate the following question into English and then answer it.
    こんにちは、Forge IndustriesのKen Phillipsです。(当社が御社にした)注文がちゃんと発送されたかの確認したいのですが、今手元にペンはありますか?
  • Special
    (次のクライアントの注文内容を日本語でまとめましょう。) I’d like to place an order for desktop computers, 15 of the SuperStack Professionals and 5 of the SuperStack Ultras. In addition, I would like to add 20 of your 27-inch LED displays as well.

Even the busiest people have time to master English with Trek

  • No annoying reservations

    Turn in answers whenever you want.

  • No missed opportunities

    Even if you miss a problem, you can always turn in them at a later time.

  • Turn in answers from work

    Use Trek on both your smartphone and in your PC's browser.

  • Converse with your teacher asynchronously

    People embarresed by real-time conversation need not worry.

  • No wasted money

    You can always go back and complete old problems, and will never lose their value.

  • Quick, efficient studying via a smartphone

    Inrease your output, review, and learn, all on your smartphone.

Price

Daily English lessons for the price of a cup of coffee.

$4.00 USD per day on average

How is Trek different from other English learning services?

HiNative Trek
English Conversation Schools
HiNative Trek
English Conversation Schools
Pluses
Trek helps you increase your output through daily problems designed to teach you important English phrases. It's available on your smartphone without reservations, anytime, anywhere, and all Trek teachers are native speakers of American English.
Teachers are usually native speakers of English. Programs are designed to help students stay motivated and provide high-quality content.
Minuses
No real-time conversation.
Going to a classroom is inconvenient, they're expensive, and the amount of time actually spent studying each week can be short.
Reservations
Where
Review
Materials
Teachers
Native speakers of American English.
Japanese teachers and native speakers of American English.
Price
Around ¥400 per problem
¥9,800 / Month
$200 USD~ / Month
HiNative Trek
English Conversation Schools
Pluses
Trek helps you increase your output through daily problems designed to teach you important English phrases. It's available on your smartphone without reservations, anytime, anywhere, and all Trek teachers are native speakers of American English.
Teachers are usually native speakers of English. Programs are designed to help students stay motivated and provide high-quality content.
Minuses
No real-time conversation.
Going to a classroom is inconvenient, they're expensive, and the amount of time actually spent studying each week can be short.
Reservations
Don't need one!
Need one
Where
With the HiNative iOS app, you can use it anytime, anywhere. Study on the train and on your lunch break.
Typically involves going to a classroom.
Review
Access old problems and listen to audio answers as many times as you like.
Look through old papers and homework
Materials
Practical English used by business professionals
Various courses to choose from
Teachers

Native speakers of American English.

Japanese teachers and native speakers of American English.

Price
Around ¥400 per problem
¥9,800 / Month
$200 USD~ / Month

Other useful features

FAQ

What is HiNative Trek?

HiNative Trek is an English learning service that can be accessed via the HiNative app. The service is designed to help English learners improve their ability to output practical English. Students receive daily tasks (“homework”) that allow them to practice writing and speaking English. Teachers provide personalized feedback on students’ writing and pronunciation. We currently offer one Business English course and two IT courses. All three courses are year-long courses, but a monthly subscription plan is available. Check the “Coursework” section of the site for more information on course content.

How are HiNative and HiNative Trek different?

HiNative is a Q&A platform for language learners and people who are interested in learning about other cultures. Language learners can ask questions about the languages they are learning and receive answers from other users who natively speak those languages. People interested in learning about other cultures can use the service to connect with people who can answer their questions. HiNative Trek is an English learning service that is built on top of the HiNative platform. Trek subscribers (“students”) access their homework by logging in to the HiNative app. When students submit homework, it is reviewed by professional English teachers, not other HiNative users. There are free and paid versions of HiNative. HiNative Trek is a paid subscription service.

What makes Trek different from other English learning services?

English learners face a difficult decision when selecting a method of study. Traditional classrooms and conversation schools guarantee access to a professional teacher, but can be difficult to attend on a busy schedule. Language learning applications are often the most convenient option, but typically do not include access to a professional teacher. HiNative Trek offers the best of both worlds: students can do homework anywhere, anytime, and they receive personalized feedback from qualified English teachers who have professional experience working at American companies.

When does the course start?

The first problem will arrive on the day you register (and your payment is confirmed).
If you register on a Saturday or Sunday, the first problem will arrive on the following Monday.

All times and dates are based on Japan Standard Time (JST)(UTC+09:00).

Will I be able to speak English perfectly with just Trek?

The short answer is “no”.
However, we believe that you need to develop the ability to think in English if you want to be able to use English in real-world situations. Trek courses are designed to get you thinking and forming sentences in English so that you can do so naturally the next time you are in a situation where you need to speak English. In the Business course, the focus is on learning to think in and output English. You are not translating or memorizing sentences. Instead, you are learning grammar or idiomatic expressions, then practicing that language in a particular context. The IT1 and IT2 courses focus more on translation.

When will I get corrections?

If you submit homework by 1 p.m. on the day you receive it, you will receive corrections by 6 p.m. If you submit your homework after 1 p.m. on the day you receive it and it is not Friday, you will receive corrections within 24 hours. If you submit your homework after 1 p.m. on a Friday, you will receive corrections on the following Monday. If you submit homework on a different day than the day you received it and it is Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you will receive corrections within 48 hours. If it is Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you will receive corrections the following week. Please check the Trek Correction Policies page.
All times and dates are based on Japan Standard Time (JST) (UTC+09:00).

I want to learn English in the easiest way possible. Is Trek for me?

Trek is designed for people who realize that it takes effort in order learn.
We can't make learning English easy, but we can provide you with an efficient method that is guaranteed to help you improve.
For people who don't have the time or resources to live abroad, HiNative Trek is here to get you thinking in English.

What browser does Trek work on?

Use the latest version of Google Chrome when accessing HiNative Trek from a computer. You cannot upload voice answers if you use other browsers.

Quick, efficient studying via a smartphone

When is the latest I can turn homework in?

Even if you can't turn in the homework that's issued on a given day, you can still submit that homework and receive a correction. If you submit homework on a different day than the day you received it and it is Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you will receive corrections within 48 hours. If it is Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you will receive corrections the following week. Please check the Trek Correction Policies page for further details. While it is possible to submit more than one piece of homework per day, we do not recommend submitting a large amount of homework at one time. The goal is to spend some time thinking in English each day. It is difficult for students to study and learn when they submit a pile of homework on one day and receive a lot of feedback from their teachers all at once. Please note that teachers will only correct three submissions per day.

Do the teachers have business experience?

Every teacher has work experience with an American company.

I can no longer access homework on HiNative Trek. What should I do?

Please contact the HiNative Trek Support Team and include your inactive account username and the email address you registered to your HiNative account in the body of the email.

How long will I continue to receive homework after canceling my subscription?

You will continue to receive homework until the date when your next payment would be due. You can also review your old homework, answers, and corrections as long as you maintain your account on HiNative. Users who cancel monthly subscriptions have 30 days to submit unfinished homework that they have received and ask questions about homework that has been corrected. This 30 day period begins on the day that you cancel your subscription. Users who cancel annual subscriptions have 90 days to submit unfinished homework and ask questions about homework that has been corrected. The 90 day period begins on the day you cancel your subscription or on the day your subscription ends. Once the 30 or 90 day period has ended, homework will not be corrected and questions will not be answered.

Can I ask my teacher questions in Japanese?

There is no rule against asking questions in your native language, but please be aware that your teacher might not understand it.

I don't have a HiNative account. Can I still use HiNative Trek?

When you sign up for HiNative Trek, an account on HiNative will automatically be created for you.

If I decide that Trek isn't right for me after I register, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds at this time.

How much will I save by paying for a yearly subscription?

Students who pay for a yearly subscription will receive two months free compared to students who pay for a monthly subscription for 12 months. Students with a yearly subscription will save $16.33, or roughly 17%, each month. In total, they will save $196 during the year.

Will my yearly subscription automatically renew?

This depends upon the course you are currently subscribed to.
1) Students subscribed to Trek IT1 will have their yearly subscriptions automatically renewed and they will be switched to the IT2 course. (Students can cancel their subscriptions up until the day before their registration date the following year.)
2) Students subscribed to Trek Business or Trek IT2 will not have their subscriptions renewed. They will automatically expire after a year passes.
Even after their subscriptions expire, students will have access to their homework and corrections as long as they do not delete their accounts.

How long do I have to cancel my yearly subscription before it's automatically renewed?

Only students subscribed to Trek IT1 will have their subscriptions automatically renewed.
Students can cancel their subscriptions up until the day before the day they registered the following year.

Can I change from a yearly to a monthly subscription after I sign up?

Yearly subscriptions cannot be changed to monthly subscriptions.

What happens if I cancel my yearly subscription during my subscription period?

Students can cancel their subscriptions during their subscription period, but please be aware that the remainder of the subscription price will not be refunded and problems will continue to be sent out until the original expiration date.

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