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By Aya O. – Los Angeles Japanese Teacher

Konnichiwa, my name is Aya O. and I teach Japanese lessons in Los Angeles. I am originally from Kyoto, and I also lived in Tokyo for 10 years. When I teach my students Japanese, I like to emphasize grammar and pronunciation, but I also love to introduce my students to Japanese culture. It’s an absolute pleasure to teach my students my native language.

Learning a foreign language is a wonderful life experience. When you travel and are able to converse in the native language, it’s not only impressive to the locals, but it also makes for a more rich and meaningful journey. English is my second language, so I understand the challenges of learning a foreign language, and I think this helps me relate to my students. Once I learned to speak English, my world changed; I had a new appreciation for different cultures, and I was able to make friends from all over the world. I would love for you to have this same life-changing experience, and I’m here to support you in your language-learning endeavors.

Los Angeles is a wonderful place to start your Japanese journey. LA is a big place with lots of Japanese-speaking people, so there are a lot of great opportunities to practice speaking Japanese and experience the Japanese culture. There are several Japanese grocery stores like Mitsuwa, Nijiya and Marukai. These stores have Japanese-imported foods as well as your daily necessities, but they’re also great places to find out about local events. Be sure to check the bulletin boards for up-to-date information about Japanese cultural centers, festivals, and upcoming events.

Little Tokyo in downtown LA, is a great place for anyone taking Japanese lessons. There are Japanese markets, restaurants, stores, and events. Plus, one of the best and most fun ways to learn Japanese is through karaoke. If you haven’t experienced real Japanese karaoke, you’re in for an unforgettable experience and a wonderful learning opportunity. Don’t be shy; if you can’t sing or are insecure about your pronunciation, Japanese karaoke venues have private rooms for small groups. This is a great way to practice your Japanese and learn new words. There are some great karaoke places in Little Tokyo, but if you want to get outside of the city, check out Max Karaoke Studio in Torrance.

I’m very excited for you to take Japanese lessons in Los Angeles, because it’s such a wonderful place to learn the language and experience the culture. Good luck, study hard, and have fun!

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Learning Japanese?As being a composer for short Anime films and having a Japanese backround, I have worked with Japanese companies for many years and trained employees of different companies in not only speaking Japanese but also the business culture. But that is not all my classes are for everybody for those planning a trip to Japan. What's special of my classes is that we learn to have a conversation for different situations every week. You will start talking after your first class! CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS HERE ON TL FOR JAPANESE TIPS!

About Rosita
I have been singing and studying voice for over 23 years since I was a child! I hold a Bachelors from Musicians Institute and other accomplished degrees from American Musical Dramatic Academy to conclude my quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian) I have been lucky enough to study with some of the top teachers in the country and now I bring the experience I have gained directly to you!

I am proud to share my student's vast array of musical successes. From being cast on short anime films and musicals to being accepted into prestigious performing arts academies to conquering the Karaoke scene. My passion for multiple languages and love of music is the desire driving me to share the gifts for teaching young children to open the door to their own musical abilities an
d hidden artistic desires. I am currently writing a musical which will be debuting in 2020. I'm currently the vocal coach/Trainer and choir director at Iglesia Elim Central.

I will make sure my students have fun and help them get in the right track to their musical goals.

Also, I constantly upload videos on Singing, The Spanish Language, and Japanese! So keep Checking in! It ranges on tips and answering the most common questions on those particular subjects!

Also There are discounted rates for worship teams and church choirs. For more information please contact me through the "Ask a Question feature"

*** Lesson Details ***
I do my absolute best to create a positive atmosphere for my students. Even when the students feel frustrated or stressed, it is important to inspire them and give them the fuel that they need. Though I am strict when it comes to homework and their about their studies. Every lesson at the beginning I will review what we learned previously and test them.
then begin with proper breathing technique exercises, the cornerstone of all vocals. We move on to vocal exercises to condition the voice. Then we work on the songs that you are eager to sing!

I will use a piano when doing vocal warm ups and conditioning exercises. Students that play other instruments and accompany themselves when performing (such as a guitar) are encouraged to bring that instrument to their lessons. My goal is for them to gain the knowledge that they need to help reach their artistic goals.
With all my lessons every student will be taught a basic run down of Music Theory. My students will always progress in what they do. They will have the discipline that they need and yet have fun and be filled with inspiration. Which is the most important thing, to be Inspired to do better.

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac, condensing mic...performing mic, keyboard, mixer...living room of apartment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a portable keyboard. Though I do expect the student to have their own recording device and karaoke tracks. At Home I do have a studio, and if the students has an iPod or an Mp3 player I can attach it to a device where all of us can hear the tracks. I do have a recording studio as well.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre, and Pop rock genres. When I teach my students I always have them learn a song of another language whether it's Spanish or Japanese. It helps with diction when they learn a song outside the English Language. Also It helps them to learn another Language at the same time. Also I give them a little anatomy class when they are learning how to sing. I give them a model of the vocal Chords and different areas of the Larynx and which part works for the chest voice and the head voice.

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If you can Speak you can Sing- Always wanted to learn how to sing and learn a new language? In this package we will do both! With 4 singing lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) to learn the proper technique to improve the voice and 4-languages lessons (English, Spanish or Japanese, 30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) ) to learn the grammar structure and get you conversing with a native speaker! Plus you will learn how to sing a song in the language you chose! This will be 2 classes a week or 2 classes every other week. This means one singing lesson a week and one language lesson a week. If you have kids this is perfect for the summer!

$225 for 30 minute lessons.
$300 for 60 minute lessons.

Let's Sing Anime! Do you love singing to those openings and Ending theme songs when watching your favorite Anime? I do! What can I say I'm an Anime Nerd. With this package you'll get 4 Singing lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) and 4- hour Japanese lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) ! Let's learn how to sing those songs right and know what they mean without reading those subtitles!

$225 for 30 minute lessons.
$300 for 60 minute lessons.

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Norman January 3, 2019
· Spanish · Online
Necesito un nivel mas alto . Puedo hablar un poquito pero no fluentemente . Puedo leer las noticias en espanol
Rosita R esta muy amable
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Shelly December 29, 2018
· Singing · Online
Rosita is the bestest kindest koolest most awesomely amazing most perfectly perfect teacher in the world πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• she has helped me in so many ways πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ she’s helped my confidence so much she has helped me not be so scared πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ she is a true angel she has the kindest sweetest heartπŸ’•πŸŽΆπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• I’m so glad Rosita is my teacher πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ she’s taught me so much I’m so very thankful and blessed to have her as my teacher πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—she truly is the best πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ
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Christine December 7, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Thank you so much!! Great instruction and enthusiastic instructor!
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Rosita R.

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About Moataz A.

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今ζ—₯は and welcome to learning Japanese, I have a bachelor's degree in Japanese language and culture from the Ohio State University, and I have tutored Japanese before and it really isn't as intimidating as it looks. I've learned through many ways and I have many many resources that I will gladly share with you so you can learn on your own, whether you're a beginner or advanced, I can direct you to how to become very fluent with all my knowledge and resources combined. Also as a bonus I will teach you some kanji calligraphy if interested as well.

About Moataz
I am a Freelance Graphic Designer living in Stamford, Connecticut. I love learning and teaching, like a lot. I teach languages, Lettering, branding, and the basics of Graphic design as well as the adobe programs that bring it to life.

My promise to you is that I will teach you everything I know in the time I'm given and provide you with all sorts of outside resources to get you on your way to fluency and proficiency.

I'll make sure to do my absolute best to get you speaking a new language from day one, learning a Design program immediately, or teaching you how to letter with the rules they don't teach you in school. And best of all, I'll even show you how to actually make money with all of these.

I have a very unique journey into learning where I experienced many places and got a fresh and different understanding to the many su
bjects that I teach. For example my knowledge of multiple languages and travel to different countries gave me an added knowledge of linguistics that I experienced first hand and confirmed in books, so now I know how languages work, and can relate a concept from one language to another even if the languages seem completely different.

My Design work has been very general so I've done a lot of different things before I specialized in hand lettering, so I've done it all from advertisements on billboards to website design and development, to copywriting, to branding from start to finish for companies big and small.

My love for lettering and Calligraphy emerged when I started getting more Logos for client work and my exploration of type wasn't the best answer most of the time so I would letter everything myself, and the rest is history.

I am really passionate about learning and even more passionate about sharing what I've learned. I am efficient, I know what works for different people since I taught in classrooms and tutored way before I knew about Takelessons, and I'm most proud of being praised as a very genuine person. A very common compliment I get is that I sincerely want my students to do well. And it makes me really happy every time someone says it, and I hope that one day you see that and tell me the same thing.

Feel free to find out more about me and ask me anything you want, and I really look forward to one day teach you something that will get you to achieve your goals! :)

Just so there are no surprises, I raise my prices very slightly every 3 months, next time it will go up is on March 3rd 2017. The reason for this is because I get better and more efficient at teaching as time goes by, so that hour that you get now is much more packed with value than the same hour last year or last month.
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Maria del Carmen January 5, 2019
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Always fascinating.
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Fernando November 1, 2018
· Drawing · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient.
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I've been studying Japanese got 7 years now. I can teach you basic Japanese.

About Lily
I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed
techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.

THE BEGINNER SEWER

In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS:
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

THE INTERMEDIATE SEWER
- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
-TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags
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THE ADVANCED SEWER
- Work on your own projects you choose with help.
- Work with harder fabrics.
-Use a zipper foot to sew an invisible zipper.
- Learn to do advanced stitches
-Learn about pleats and darts.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Prom dress
- Suits
- Formal Coats
- Backpacks

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

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Alissa M. January 8, 2019
· French · Online
Lily is great! So patient and nice. :) I really loved our first lesson and can see how doing this will help me grow more comfortable at speaking and learning french.
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sophia December 26, 2018
· ESL · Online
I feel very lucky that she be my daughter ‘s ESL teacher.
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Sophia B. November 26, 2018
· French · Online
Lily was simply amazing
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Hello!  こんにけは! If you are looking for FUN and EFFECTIVE Japanese tutor, I am here for you!!!γ€€I can help to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and I can provide specific lessons for all level of JLPT. After you provide me your goal and request, I can create a specific lesson for you.
I was born in Japan but I lived in America for years and have traveled quite a bit.
Also I have been a Japanese tutor for american students in US for years more than 600 hours and I understand how difficult to keep the motivation for studying language. I can help you to keep your motivation to reach your goal! Additionally, I have six years of experience in Japanese public schools and lived in many cities in Japan. We can share many unique Japanese culture that I experienced and studied in Japan.
I have a PhD in Japan, so I am good at academic writing and logical thinking in Japanese too.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)
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About Yukari
Hello! こんにけは! If you are looking for FUN and EFFECTIVE Japanese tutor, I am here for you!!!γ€€I can help to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and I can provide specific lessons for all level of JLPT. After you provide me your goal and request, I can create a specific lesson for you.

I was born in Japan but I lived in America for years and have traveled quite a bit.

Also, I have been a Japanese tutor for American students in US for years more than 600 hours and I understand how difficult to keep the motivation for studying language. I can help you to keep your motivation to reach your goal! Additionally, I have six years of experience in Japanese public schools and lived in many cities in Japan. We can share many unique Japanese culture that I experienced and studied in Japan.

I have a PhD in Japan, so
I am good at academic writing and logical thinking in Japanese too.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Samuel L. June 3, 2018
· Japanese · In home
So far just one lesson, but could not ask for a better start. Very helpful.
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Yoojeong E. July 19, 2016
· Japanese · Online
She was very patience, and professional. I appreciated her calness and abilitity to troubleshoot in terms of the level and needs of my language skill.
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Yukari M.

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About Clare K.

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I am a private tutor of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to middle-age. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I have a lot of experience teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, and I've lived there off and on since then. My students receive the benefit of my life experiences there, including preparation for the realities of daily life in Japan--from how to use the public transit, to what to do during a natural disaster.

Along with my on-the-ground experience working in Japan as a translator/interpreter in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese ...

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After two years working as a translator/interpreter for a local government office in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US last year. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I am highly experienced in teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and hig
h-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!
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Kyle January 9, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Great instructor, very passionate about teaching and language in general!
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Isaiah I. October 19, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. My son really loved his 1st lesson and looking forward to more lessons.
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Hi, I’ve taught Japanese since 2002 and I’ve always enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. I have taught American adults and college students for over 5 years now. Teaching Japanese to American military personnel and spouses who were stationed in Japan was the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. They truly needed the language skills to live in Japan, and they really appreciated that they were able to learn survival Japanese that’s instantly useful out in town.

I grew up in Japan and came to US to go to college. Since I was a college student, I taught Japanese to middle and high school students during summer in Japan. I have a Master of Education in TESL. Yes, I used to teach English more vigorously, but I found teaching Japanese more rewarding. I teach all levels including those who are starting out and also want to improve their fluency and understand the culture and history!
I’m looking forward to working with whoever is interested in my language :) Thank you!!

About Ai
I started my teaching career when I was a college student. In Japan, I taught both English and Japanese to middle and high school students at a private academy. I have also taught Japanese to adults especially the spouses stationed in Japan and also community college. I have the Master of Education in TESL; therefore, I’ve taught English more vigorously, but know what it takes to be successful at second language acquisition. I really find it rewarding to teach those who are interested in Japanese language and culture.

I like to get to know your learning styles and what motivates you. I will cater to your needs and make your own lesson plan just for you.

I love teaching and discovering my own culture through the eyes of the students. I love to meet new people and just love the people who want to learn a foreign language. It gives you
an opportunity to widen your view of the world!

I’ve also played the piano since I was 3 years old and have the Yamaha certification; therefore, I teach piano too. I also love to play!!
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Eileen D. December 17, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I have learned so much with Ai's help in just a few months; she's a wonderful teacher!
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Andrea Meza November 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very patient! Understanding! Thank you!!
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When I'm feeling overwhelmed with so much material to learn, Ai helps me understand and is very supportive
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Are you interested in learning Japanese and culture? Do you need help for your Japanese class? Or are you planning to visit Japan for vacation/business trip? Well you found the right page!! I'm offering Japanese tutoring which includes writing, reading, listening, and speaking. I was born and raised in Japan, teaching Japanese in Japan and moved to the States 5 years ago to learn English and American culture. I myself have been learning English as a second language so I'm aware of the difficulty of learning other languages so let me help you!!!

About Karin
I was born and raised in Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan. After graduating High school, I came to the United States by myself to learn English and the culture, so I'm aware of the difficulty of learning other languages. I myself have been through what you are going through right now so please let me help you!!
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3 years' of teaching experience from beginners to advanced students. All lessons will be catered depending on students' needs.

Apart from the lessons, I'd be happy to :
- exchange texts in Japanese to accelerate the learning through every day situations
- regularly invite students to parties where they could meet Japanese professionals
- make excursions to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisines in LA

About Yukari
I am a native Japanese speaker with 3 years of experience in teaching Japanese to beginners and advanced students.

I myself have experience learning English as a second language in childhood and German as a third language in adulthood, so I understand how challenging yet exciting it is to learn a new language.
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Jessica J. December 20, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Yukari is prompt, responsive, sweet, and easy to get along with! I love that she's a native Japanese speaker and can answer all of my questions about cultural norms and etiquette. Can't wait for more lessons with her.
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こんにけは!Eager to learn Japanese but need help getting started? Let my 15 years of passion and study guide you in the right direction! Japanese is an amazing language with a rich history and culture, and I especially love to share it with beginner learners. I teach kids and adults of all ages. I know what it's like to study Japanese, so I have all the tips and tricks to make the process fun and easy. γŒγ‚“γ°γ‚ŠγΎγ—γ‚‡γ†οΌ

About Grayce
Hi! I'm Grayce, and I LOVE the Japanese language. It makes me so happy to teach new learners all about its cool features. I began learning Japanese as a kid when I was lucky enough to take courses in middle school. I continued to study through high school and college, garnering academic awards in the subject and consistently being at the top of my class. Currently I am preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, N2, later in 2019.

I also love to ride horses and play with my two little dogs, as well as creative writing.
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The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons in Los Angeles is $48. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $51 per hour.

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When you're studying Japanese, you will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and writing systems. Now that you've been introduced to hiragana , it's time to talk about kanji. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. shares some effective study tips to help you learn kanji... If youΒ’re interested in studying Japanese, and you've made up your mind to learn the language, thereΒ’s no way to avoid kanji. Understanding kanji, and being able to read and write the letters correctly, is important for … Read More

The Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Kanji
When you're studying Japanese, you will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and writing systems. Now that you've been introduced to hiragana , it's time to talk about kanji. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. shares some effective study tips to help you learn kanji... If youΒ’re interested in studying Japanese, and you've made up your mind to learn the language, thereΒ’s no way to avoid kanji. Understanding kanji, and being able to read and write the letters correctly, is important for
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara
3 Simple Ways to Remember Japanese Grammar Rules
Having trouble remembering how to conjugate Japanese verbs, or when to use formal pronouns? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some tips and tricks to help you learn Japanese grammar rules... When you're learning a foreign language, you may have a tendency to apply your own grammar rules to your new language, often with hilarious results. Arguably the hardest part about learning a new language is trying to remember new grammar rules. Luckily, there are several basic concepts tha
The 9 Most Popular Kanji Tattoos
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to the three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Although kanji is generally considered the most difficult to learn, because of the symbols, it's the most popular writing system among non-Japanese speakers. Kanji consists of thousands of characters which were derived from the Chinese writing system. Because of the way they look, and the fact that they can convey a meaningful message in a limited amount of ch
13 Must-Know Japanese Expressions for Travelers
Whether you're studying the language or planning a trip to Japan, it's important to know some basic Japanese phrases. Learn these useful Japanese expressions with language teacher Andrew P... So, you're planning  a trip to Japan, or Nihon as the locals say. Hopefully you'll be traveling with someone who is fairly fluent in Japanese (Nihongo) because most Japanese people (Nihonjin) speak very little English. If you're traveling alone, however, there's no need to worry. Here are 13 basic

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