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About Toshi M.

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About Toshi
Welcome! My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan.

I am currently working with a new project through Google called, "Ok Glass." It's a data collection project that leads to the betterment of Google products for voice search capabilities in their Google search engine, Chrome software and Google Glass. Google has chosen me to record, translate and transcribe for these projects within the Japanese division!

***Please read my entire page including the Cancellation, reschedule and late Policy carefully before purchasing lessons!!***

My tutoring policy is not just simply to teach the Japanese language as a Japanese. No, I always want to teach students more than the language.

If you are interested in the Japanese traditions as well as the language and traditions, then that is a good start for lea
rning. Fun, interest and enjoyment are the best tools for learning with my tutoring.

You will not only be able to speak Japanese, but you will grasp the traits of the Japanese language, traditions, history, culture, and, most importantly, the uniquely Japanese styles of courtesy and customs simultaneously!

I teach practical Japanese so you can actually communicate and exchange proper responses with real Japanese with a sense of smooth conversation. My teaching method varies depending on the student's level.

Are you struggling?

Perhaps you went to a Japanese language school, but when you saw Japanese anime or movies you still did not understand? Then you wondered WHY, didn'™t you! After all, you paid so much money for school!

Here is the answer: most of the school are not teaching true and complete Japanese! Yes, they are teaching proper Japanese very well. but it only works for some test like a JLPT or speaking at work.

The SECRET is that Japanese people do not speak proper Japanese all the time. They usually speak casual, informal Japanese when they are talking with friends and family, and there are gender differences in spoken Japanese!

Japanese movies and anime cartoons, manga, are mostly stories of friends and family, NOT stories of formal work.

That is why you need to know proper Japanese and casual, informal Japanese both! The Japanese culture and language have customs and orders which you must know and understand completely!

I teach both of these structures at the same time. You need to know when and how to change from proper verbs to casual, informal verbs, and then you will begin to understand the Japanese anime and movies!

I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. If you are only interested in JLPT Training (any level) or AP Japanese Language and Culture, we can certainly work with that.

However, I also teach business Japanese, word beautification, gender differences in spoken Japanese, proper and casual conversations, polite language, humble language, and respectful verbs. This is necessary for improving your personal and business relations!

I also teach Japanese slang along with many other aspects of the Japanese culture. Whatever you need or want to learn, I am here to assist you!

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can tutor you in private lessons at your computer. I am experienced with teaching all levels and all ages!

I give a fun, relaxed lesson and work to teach the precise and gentle true Japanese way in a friendly and open-minded one-on-one session or group lessons via Skype.

I believe you will find everything you need, because I am focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. I will do everything I can to meet your expectations, and with a variety of offerings to choose from, I am sure you will be happy working with me!

I also teach ORIGAMI (Japanese art of paper folding), Japanese Calligraphy, how to make SUSHI, and how to hold the Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony, How to make healthy Japanese foods. I am able to give you information about J-POP and traditional Japanese songs as well. We can have fun with those, too.

If you would like to have a lesson once per week or twice per week, let's discuss the possibilities!

I do not usually set up a specific 10-hour or 20-hour plan, because it all depends on the student's level.

I then find the best speed for each student. At that point, if you want to stop at 10 hours, that is fine, and you can stop! Or, if you want to continue to do the class, you can continue. You may stop at 8, 15 or 30 sessions... whatever is best for you!

Do you want to speak Japanese for a few conversations... or do you want to speak Japanese fluently? Or perhaps you want to take a Japanese Language Proficiency Test or AP Japanese Language and Culture Test? That all depends on your achievement!

You can let me know if you want to continue or not anytime! Let's go from there!

If you have any questions about my tutoring, please feel free to contact me through TakeLessons.com.

Hope to see you soon, I look forward to lesson with you! :)

ARIGATOU :)

Have an awesome day and God Bless!

Toshi

***Cancellation, reschedule and late, others policy***
Class cancellations and rescheduling must be done 24 hours in advance before the scheduled lesson. If you do not reach me within the 24 hour period, you will be charged for the lesson. (You must contact me 24 hours in advance or else you will be charged for the lesson. It does not matter what the reason the is, you will be charged.)

If you cannot make your assigned lesson time for more than two weeks consecutively (for vacation, camp, or for any other reason) I will have to give your lesson time to another student. I work with many students and have a busy teaching schedule, which means that I cannot afford to hold a time slot with a student that cannot consistently show up for their lesson. If you would to start lessons again, I ask that you please chose your preferred day and time from my availability, and then let me know when you want to start again. I will then put you in my schedule.

If you are going to be late for your lesson, please contact me by text or Skype message before your scheduled class. If you are late 5 minutes or more to class (without prior notice), your lesson will be cancelled, and you will be charged for the missed lesson. No refunds given and you might be terminated from my calendar. Please note: if you signed up for lessons with me, you have agreed to my cancellation, reschedule, and late policy. Also, please read The 24 Hour Golden Rule by takelessons.com...
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Jordanna February 17, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Even though I needed very customized lessons specific to my needs, Toshi was very patient and enthusiastically helped me in specific ways. In the first lesson, I have taken in more than just learning the language, but a deeper understanding of the culture, the everyday life in Tokyo and practical information about getting around in the city. Thank you Toshi!
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Amanda February 16, 2018
· Japanese · Online
My children are close in age and are in different grades. They both have different strengths & personalities. Toshi has been a good fit with both of them. He is patient and knows how to bring out their strengths while helping them become stronger in other areas. I have tried other tutoring programs before but I have seen the most improvement since we began working with Toshi. They are even excited when it's time for tutoring!
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Leda February 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I completely enjoyed working with TOSHI. He totally understood my needs (an upcoming trip to Japan) and also my long-term goal of general conversation improvement. He made me feel confident and unafraid of making ridiculous mistakes. I would highly recommend TOSHI to anyone who loves Japanese language and Japan.
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Toshi M.

Toshi M.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Joy January 20, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Alexandra is an inspiring and professional instructor!
She diagnose my pronunciation problems and provided very useful tips to improve my pronunciaiton accuracy. These tips are really good take-home toolkit because I can practice my pronunciations anytime.
I am more confident in speaking English. Thank you!
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Anastasia December 26, 2017
· Makeup · Online
This was bomb and she rules. 100 percent recommend her for make-up tips. :D
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Anastasia October 22, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
She is perfect! I made a mistake previously with my review!That was an issue with my laptop. She is very nice! She is very professional and knowledgeable.
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Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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$45 / 30-min

About Catalina O.

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Glendora, CA
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About Catalina
Loving what I do is what makes me an effective and popular Spanish Teacher/Tutor. As a Native Speaker of the target language, I had to learn English. Having had that experience, has helped me to relate to the difficulty involved in language acquisition and to become more compassionate with my students and their needs.
I have been teaching / tutoring successfully for over 15 years now. I have worked with students from elementary school - college level ( Undergrad/Grad). I have a Certificate in AP Spanish Literature, which is the highest level of High School Spanish. I have also worked with adults who wanted to increase their knowledge of the language and culture for both leisure and business reasons.
Keeping in mind the needs and goals of my students, each class is designed to cater to the individual's needs. !Buena Suerte con su
aprendizaje del idioma!
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Jennifer N. November 9, 2017
· Spanish · In home
I’m really enjoying learning Spanish and feel I’ve already improved even after just 3 lessons! Catalina is encouraging and patient. She is intuitive and goes at my pace.
Jennifer
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Jason April 26, 2016
· Spanish · In home
The teacher is very helpful. She uses all types of resources to help you gain knowledge of the Spanish language.
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Joy December 13, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Ms. Catalina is an excellent teacher. I was worried about taking Spanish online, and she made me feel comfortable from the first day. She is very patient, and her tutoring helped me to gain more confidence in my ability to understand and speak Spanish.
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Catalina O.

Catalina O.

Glendora, CA 91740
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$85 / 60-min

About Qiu T.

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Huntington Beach, CA
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I have been a teacher for almost 2 years, for all ages. I love what I do, especially when I see my students making progress of learning a new language. I am always patient, fun and caring to my students. It's my pleasure to make sure my students are learning.
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Debora M. January 7, 2016
· Chinese · In home
David is a native Chinese speaker with sense of humor, guide the kids to master Chinese and become world business leaders with advanced mathematic mindset from the precise one on one math class.
He is great with kids, friendly, patient and flexible. I highly recommend him!
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Qiu T.

Qiu T.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(1)
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$20 / 30-min

About Tatiana Z.

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Long Beach, CA
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About Tatiana
I am a former German professor from Russia who currently lives in America and tutors full time now Russian and German.

I provide a variety of activities for my lessons so you will never get bored. For example, I will use games, interactive conversational lessons, fun warm up tasks, case studies, and even riddles. We will use authentic materials as well. You will learn conversational skills, formal writing skills, and test taking strategies all in a fun manner.

I have a background as as an experienced lecturer, teacher, and tutor in the field of linguistics (general linguistics, history of linguistics, psycolinguistics, social linguistics, gender studies). Since defending my dissertation, I have continued to do research in gender studies in the field of virtual communication and digital text, especially non-verbal communication, soci
al networks and gender-specific communication. However, I have found that my true passion is helping students in one-on-one lessons.
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Deepa November 1, 2017
· German · Online
It is my first class and I really loved it.
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Gala Nedialkova October 2, 2017
· German · Online
Very good very interesting exactly what I was looking for
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Carmen June 2, 2017
· Russian · Online
In our first lesson we practiced the alphabet. I am a total beginner so that's where we had to start.
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Tatiana Z.

Tatiana Z.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Artem K.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! My name is Artem Kolesov and I'm 22 years old. I'm a second year Masters student at Roosevelt University majoring in Violin Performance.
I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in Voice, Violin and Piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I had to go through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new ways to teach
my first language to others.
I am excited to get to know you and share my knowledge with you!
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Timothy C. August 28, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was great. He is a good communicator and is flexible with his schedule. Thanks Artem!!
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Michael March 16, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was incredibly helpful when I was taking my Russian classes. My parents never taught me and I finally decided to learn so I could converse with my grandparents.

Artem was amazing at showing me how to speak naturally and fluently without ever getting impatient with me. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.
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Monique March 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Artem is a wonderful violin teacher! He makes it a pleasure to go to lessons and is always in a good mood.
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Artem K.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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$35 / 30-min

About Nathan E.

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Pasadena, CA

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Hello! I currently teach a computer class at a private school in Sierra Madre and substitute teach in Pasadena. I completed my bachelor's degree in music composition and theory at UC Davis. I originally studied engineering but switched to music half way through my degree because I wanted to go to graduate school. Having graduated from Fuller with a Master's in Divinity in 2015, I currently live in Pasadena. Tutoring is a lot of fun! I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and gain confidence in the subjects they're studying.
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Nathan E.

Nathan E.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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$30 / 30-min

About AHMED E.

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Anaheim, CA
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I do not see teaching as simply repeating what has been already detailed in text books and lectures. Everyone’s mind is different and thus everyone has a unique perception to understanding one issue or another. Things are better illustrated with an example.

A while back, there was a television show hosted by a T.V. personality named Monty Hall. In the show, Monty presented a contestant with 3 closed doors. Behind one door was a new car. And behind each of the other two doors was a goat. The contestant had the option to choose one door so as to win the new car.

The probability that a car was behind door 1 or door 2 or door 3 was the same, about 33.33%. Let us say that the contestant picked door 1. Monty would then open one of the other two doors that were not chosen by the contestant. There were 3 terms in the game: 1) Monty knew what w
as behind each door; 2) Monty cannot open the door that was already chosen by the contestant; 3) Monty would only open a door that hides a goat.

Let us say Monty opened door 3 revealing a goat. Monty then asked the contestant if the contestant would like to switch to door 2 or keep his original choice of door 1. Contestants would be bewildered not knowing really what to do. Was it better to keep the originally choice or was it better to switch or it would make no difference whether to keep the original choice or switch?

Meet Marilyn vos Savant. Marilyn wrote a column called “Ask Marilyn” in a newspaper called Parade. Marilyn was known for having one of the highest recorded IQ. A reader sent Marilyn a letter asking her if it was better to switch or not to switch. Marilyn stated in her column that a contestant should switch since switching doubled the contestant’s chances of winning. Many of Marilyn’s readers erupted in protest including readers with Ph.D., mathematicians, and academicians. Most people believed that the probability that a car was behind door 1 or door 2 was the same of 50%.

This became known as The Monty Hall Problem or The Monty Hall Paradox. Articles and books were written over this problem. Actually Marilyn was right and this was proven using computer simulation. Yet until today many people cannot understand that switching doubles the chances of winning.

At first glance this paradox might seem irrelevant to teaching. But I think it does. This paradox tutor the mind in the subject of structured thinking which is very important in learning.
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AHMED E.

AHMED E.

Anaheim, CA 92801
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$25 / 60-min

About Kimberley A.

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Rowland Heights, CA
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We've been teaching English for over 30 years and have helped students feel comfortable with using English in conversational, academic, and professional settings. Whether you are a beginner English learner, or just need some improvement on spelling and grammar, we will tailor the lesson to your needs.

To show you we are committed, we continue to improve our craft by attending ESL conferences all across the United States and have also taught abroad in other countries to expand our knowledge on other cultures.
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Kimberley A.

Kimberley A.

Rowland Heights, CA 91748
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$50 / 60-min

About Judy L.

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North Hills, CA
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I was born in taiwan and educated in the US since I was 12 years old. My native language is Mandarin. I graduated from Cal State Northridge earning both a bachelors and masters degree in visual communication specializing in graphic design. I’ve always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. Because of my creative background I’ve created fun learning curriculums to help young students learn while keeping them entertained. I’ve developed fun interactive games, engaging stories and entertaining songs to help student learn conversational Mandarin without stress or pressure.
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Judy L.

Judy L.

North Hills, CA 91343
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$34 / 30-min

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