FAQ

All of your questions answered.

What level of English speaker is Trek for?

Trek is for people who can read articles on TechCrunch in English while using a dictionary, but who can't figure out what to say when they attend a conference and try to speak.
Trek is focused on increasing your output and using a dictionary as you answer problems is perfectly fine.
Think of this as your chance to finally use your stored up English knowledge on a daily basis.

What kind of courses are there on HiNative Trek?

There are currently two courses. The IT course focuses on learning the foundations of Business English in an IT setting, and the IT Part 2 course is a more advanced and in-depth look at Business English in the IT industry.
Please choose the course you believe is appropriate for your current level.
You can learn about the different themes covered in each course on their respective Subject Pages.

What kinds of problems are there?

There are short and long translations from Japanese to English, response problems to English questions, special problems involving recitation and dictation, and more.
For more information, please view each courses' Subject Page.

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.

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

No.
However, we believe that the key to actually learning to use English in real situations is through practice. This course is designed to get you writing and speaking phrases consistently so that they come to you naturally the next time you are in a situation where you need to speak English.

I want to learn in the easiest way possible

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 guide you through the daily process of learning English.

What browser does it work on?

Use the latest version of Google Chrome when accessing HiNative Trek from a computer. Uploading voice answers is unavailable on other browsers.

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Can I use HiNative Trek on my Android device?

Unfortunately, HiNative Trek is not currently available on the HiNative Android app. We are hoping to release it in May, 2017.

When will I get corrections?

For homework posted by 1pm on the day you received it, we'll do our very best to send you your corrections by 6pm on the same day. For homework turned in any later on that same day, we'll send you your correction within 24 hours.
(Please be aware that there may be times when we can't send out corrections by the time stated above.) For homework that is turned in later than the day you received it, corrections may take a little longer.

Will I always have the same teacher?

Yes. You will have the same teacher throughout the year-long course. However, there may be times when a different teacher will correct your homework when your main teacher is unavailable. It is also possible to change your teacher if you wish.

I'm not confident in my English ability.

Trek is designed to get you writing and speaking so that you can build the confidence you need to use English in real situations. Even if you aren't confident in your English ability now, we think that with the support of your teacher and daily practice on Trek, you will be before long.

What is the latest I can turn problems in?

With HiNative Trek, even if you can't turn in your homework on a given day, you have up to
7 days within which you can turn that homework in and get a correction. When problems are turned in together, we will do our best to get you a quick correction. However, it may take as many days as the number of problems you turn in depending on the volume of homework at that time. Please be aware of this.

Will I receive corrections during holidays?

HiNative Trek problems will be posted every day except for Saturdays and Sundays. That includes holidays. However, corrections may take until the following business day.

Who was in charge of writing the problems?

All materials in the HiNative Trek course were checked by multiple American native speakers of English who are working in IT companies and startups today. We did everything we could to make sure that every phrase you learn is as natural, real, and applicable as possible.

Can I change the order in which I study the different themes?

We're sorry, but at the moment changing the order of the problem themes isn't possible.

Do you have any recommendations for supplementary materials?

When you have the time, we recommend you practice the phrases you've learned on Trek with Skype English Conversation and other conversation lessons.

How should I review what I've learned?

We recommend trying to write your own essays, and to post the longer ones on Lang-8 and the shorter ones on HiNative. On HiNative, you can use the "Does this sound natural?" question template to get feedback on your writing and pronunciation from native speakers of English. On Lang-8, you can get feedback on your longer pieces of writing. Pick whichever one suits the skill you want to improve on.

I want to talk with my teacher more.

You can ask your teacher up to 3 questions per problem. If you still have questions you want to ask, you can ask thousands of native speakers on HiNative. You may even find an additional teacher there as well.

I want to increase my overall English ability, not just my writing skills.

HiNative Trek isn't about writing essays. It's designed to make you think, and to help you practice the important English phrases you need to get by in the IT and startup scene today through consistent practice. While there will be a lot of writing and speaking during the course, there is also listening, reading comprehension, and other special problems almost every week so that every Trek student gets a well-rounded education.

Do the teachers have business experience?

The HiNative Trek course was written and checked by over 5 people working in American IT companies today. That includes every problem and sample answer. Teachers also have work experience in and relating to the IT/Tech industries.

How much do each of the courses cost?

They both cost ¥9,800 per month.

I would like to change to a different course from my current one. Is that possible?

Yes, it is. Go to the HiNative Trek tab on your Settings page and unsubscribe from your current course. Once your current subscription period ends, you will be able to register for a different course.

Can I take more than one course simultaneously?

Unfortunately, HiNative Trek users can only take one course at a time.

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

Please contact the HiNative Trek support team with your HiNative account's username and email address in the body of the email.

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

You will continue to receive problems until the date when your next payment would be due. You can also review your old problems, answers, and corrections as long as you maintain your account on HiNative. Homework turned in within a month of unsubscribing will be corrected by your Teacher.

Can I ask my teacher questions in Japanese?

There is no rule against asking questions in Japanese, but please be aware that the majority of Trek Teachers do not speak Japanese.

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 with a yearly subscription will save $16.30, 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 correction data 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 their registration date the following year.

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

Yearly subscriptions can not be changed to monthly ones after sign up.

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.