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Madeleine G.

Redwood City, CA
Starting at $67
  • Speaks Japanese
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Madeleine G.

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Learning Japanese is fun and cool! Madeleine has 7 years teaching experience with Japanese.
With Madeleine, you can learn in a way that...

-Memorizing things is easy and fun
-You can learn cool historical and cultural connections to the language
-You can make the transition to watching anime RAW/subtitled!
-You can feel confident traveling or doing a homestay in Japan

Madeleine will even suggest travel plans! She has many years of experience leading group trips to Japan and can help make your Japan Trip fun and amazing!

About Madeleine

I absolutely love teaching. I try to give my cello and voice students an education with the goal that they will someday be able to join an orchestra and be able to share in the joy of music making with others. I focus on a firm grounding of music theory and sight-reading so that students will come

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Jesse M.

101 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
  • Teaching since 2006
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Jesse M.

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Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with classic

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Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
Dulcenea
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
Alex
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.

Kazuki W.

Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 25 and up
  • Teaching since 2020
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Kazuki W.

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What is your favorite Japanese anime? TV? Food? Place? Tradition? Let’s talk about Japan! That’s a shortcut to learn Japanese:)

About Kazuki

I played Sodtball in Japan for 23 years. I love sports and I love conversation !! Please feel free to talk to me :)

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Yukako Y.

Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Speaks English, Japanese, Korean
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • A.A. In English literature from Yamawaki Gakuin junior college
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Yukako Y.

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I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to U.S.A.in 2017. I have three trilingual children. I have taught Japanese to over 30 students from all over the world. I am willing to teach students of all ages. Beginner to advanced speakers welcome. Let's have fun learning!

About Yukako

Teaching is my passion. I always wanted to keep myself educated in languages. Its fun! I can teach students to learn how to read,write and speak. I can tailor my lesson using the material that you like to use depending on the goals and preference of the student. One of my students asked for help w

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Yuriko I.

6 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks JAPANESE
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Yuriko I.

6 Reviews
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Experienced JAPANESE teacher since 2007, available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while building a strong foundation to further develop proficiency in Japanese. Each class is custom made to your own level and needs.

Text book used: Genki, Minnano Nihongo, Japanese for busy people, JLPT preparation books, or your own text book.

Classes are taught online primarily using SKYPE.

About Yuriko

Hi, Kon nichi wa. Genki? Hajime mashite, watashino namae wa Yuriko desu. I was born and raised in Japan. I can teach from beginner to intermediate in Japanese. I have many hours of experience teaching Japanese to any ages, kids to adults, private, group or home-schooling -- whoever wants to le

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Courtney
Yuriko is very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. I've been studying Japanese on my own for about a month and decided I wanted an instructor to help me. I was very nervous to speak Japanese in front of her as my studies have left me reading about grammar and vocabulary, not necessarily saying much of it out loud, but she quickly calmed me with her reassuring nature. She provided me with a lot of insight on the use cases for many words/phrases, as well as Japanese culture. I left my first lesson feeling confident and ready for more!

I'd highly recommend Yuriko to anyone wanting a Japanese language instructor! She's the best!
Sandi T.
My daughter is absolutely LOVING her lessons with Yuriko. We travel often and it is wonderful that my daughter is able to continue her lessons, where ever we are.

Wakana Y.

6 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Wakana Y.

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I am a Japanese trainer with extensive knowledge in teaching Japanese as a second/third language.

I work closely with my students to identify their goals and objectives and develop tailored lessons for a more effective learning experience.

I believe that you will absorb more effectively when you enjoy learning and you are encouraged to learn!

I teach basic through advanced Japanese.
• Speaking, listening, reading, writing, Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji
• Conversational Japanese: casual/polite/formal
• Real-life applications to Japanese life and culture
• Nuance in Japanese
• Japanese way of thinking, trends, custom, traditional and contemporary Japanese culture

About Wakana

Hello! My name is Wakana. I am an energetic yet very patient native Japanese with many years of experience in teaching Japanese. My motto is to provide a learning experience while having fun and being encouraged to learn more. I understand how frustrated it can be when one learns a language as

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Alex
I highly recommend Wakana-san. I have been taking lessons with her for 3 years. I was a complete beginner and the only exposure I had to Japanese prior to that was from Japanese anime. I am glad that Wakana-san has been very patient with me and putting up with my interests in animation. Her lessons have allowed me to understand the differences between the words and structure used in real life vs. those used in animation. Her ability in explaining the grammar and structure to me has definitely worked much better than any textbooks I have read.

My first trip to Japan last year was enjoyable, thanks to the lessons I have had with Wakana-san. I was able to get around Tokyo without much communication issues.

My goal is to be able to speak and listen to Japanese in a business setting and will continue to have Wakana-san help me reaching this goal.

Arigatou gozaimasu!
Julie
Wakana has been working with our daughter since she was high school. She wanted to study abroad in Japan and needed to pass exams and interviews.
Wakana made an enormous difference and our daughter was not only learning quickly but showing marked improvement in her progress. She got great grades and receiving strong, positive feedback from her teachers. Wakana formed a wonderful working relationship with her. I cannot recommend Wakana highly enough!
Ken
Wakana is an incredibly gifted teacher!
I have been studying Japanese with her for almost ten years. She is bright, warm, flexible, and she has a wonderful sense of humor. Anyone interested in learning the language would be lucky to have her as a teacher!

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Average Cost of Japanese Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons in San Francisco is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $85 per hour.
30 min
$37 average
45 min
$48 average
60 min
$59 average

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"Excellent first lesson!"
Sanjay Kanodia
Took Japanese lessons from Rie T.
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"I've been taking Japanese lessons now for a few months from Aimi. She is friendly, patient, and interested in what you want to learn. Because I have plans to travel to Japan, she has focused her efforts on educating me on what phrases would be helpful as well as ensuring i know key customs.
I've loved every minute."
Mary
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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"Very nice and teaches well. The first lesson went smoothly and was interesting."
Victoria
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Really patient and helpful. I had some computer problems starting the class and Oyamada sensei was very understanding about it. Overall, a really awesome first class and can't wait to keep going."
Colin
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"First lesson was great ! I am looking forward to continuing"
Marty
Took Japanese lessons from Rie T.
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"Really helped me along in getting the words pronounced right!"
Edgar
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"He is the best teacher. Yoshifumi fix all my problems so easy. He has great teaching experience and skills.
I recommend him to all ages."
Gabi
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Signed my 9 year old up for Japanese lessons, she had her first lesson last night. She was so excited to show us what she learned, although my daughter is a little shy Aimi was awesome!"
Tasha
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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"I look forward to more lessons"
Logan
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Sunho is well prepared and keeps the lessons on course. Great examples and explanations. Very patience and cheerful teacher."
Toni
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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Experience History and Culture: Japanese Lessons in San Francisco

Thinking of taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco? You may be more than five thousand miles away from Japan, but you’re actually in a fantastic city to start your language-learning adventure! With immigrants from all directions pouring in over the course of its history, San Francisco has always been a diverse city. The Japanese are among these groups, and their influence can still be seen in the Japanese language and cultural activities in the Bay Area. If you're taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco, here are some of the many great places to have fun, experience the Japanese culture, and enhance your learning.

Japantown is one of the best places to experience Japanese culture and history in the Bay Area. Japantown was the center of a large portion of the Japanese immigrant community following the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Japantown remains the go-to spot in San Francisco for Japanese restaurants, stores, and cultural events. Check the website (http://sfjapantown.org. ) for a restaurant and store directory, and to find out about upcoming events.

One of the best ways to improve your Japanese speaking skills is to practice with other Japanese Speakers. The Japanese-English Toastmasters (JET) club meets a few times each month at the Japan Society of Northern California. Toastmasters International is a non-profit, community-oriented public speaking group with clubs across the United States. Members practice leadership and public speaking, and receive valuable feedback from their peers. Visit the Toastmasters website (http://7025.toastmastersclubs.org/) to find meetings and events near you.

San Francisco also hosts the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival for two weekends every April. The event includes a parade, beauty contest, and cultural activities such as doll making, origami, music, and ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). Check out the website (http://sfcherryblossom.org ) for more information.

The Japan Society of Northern California (http://www.usajapan.org) is another great resource for Japanese events, and cultural and historical information. The non-profit organization works to promote cultural awareness and understanding, and to strengthen the connection between the United States and Japan.

If you’re looking to meet some new friends while you’re taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco, join the Moriagarii group. The Meetup group organizes language-exchange events in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Mateo. There are also several other Japanese Meetup groups in the Bay Area; search the website to find a fun group near you.

If you’re interested in Japanese lessons in San Francisco, take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities to connect with the Japanese community. Not only will you have more fun, you may even meet some new friends who will help you learn the Japanese language.

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