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Learning Japanese in Washington, DC

Are you taking Japanese lessons in Washington, DC? Whether you’re a current student or you’re thinking of learning a new language, Washington, DC is a great place to begin your Japanese journey.

Between Japanese restaurants and cultural festivals and events, you can experience various aspects of the Japanese culture right here in Washington, DC. Learning about Japanese culture will help you understand the language, and also provide you with opportunities to practice your new language skills. Here are some places where you can try authentic Japanese food.

Makoto

Makoto serves a variety of Japanese foods, including sushi, bento boxes, takoyaki (a flour-based Japanese snack), curry rice, shaved rice, and yakisoba.

Sushi Express

Stop by Sushi Express for an assortment of sushi rolls, tempura, and mochi desserts.

Kintaro

In addition to the delicious food, this is the perfect place to test your Japanese language skills on the wait staff. They have a simple menu which includes ramen, sushi, and donburi (Japanese rice bowls).

When you’re taking Japanese lessons in Washington, DC, you can have fun and supplement your learning by attending Japanese cultural festivals. Here are a few of the events in Washington, DC.

JapanFest

This annual festival features a wide range of exciting workshops on various aspects of Japanese culture. If you’re a martial arts fan, you can enjoy karate, aikido, kyudo, kendo, and sumo. There are also a number of Japanese goods for sale like dolls, t-shirts, ceramics, traditional Japanese clothing and accessories, masks, toys, books, and household items. JapanFest also features a variety of regional and local Japanese music performances like J-Rock, J-Pop, Taiko Drumming, and classical music.

Sakura Matsuri

This street festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the nation. It includes over two hundred martial artists who demonstrate their skills throughout the day. There is also Japanese food, interactive cultural exhibits, and vendors selling various Japanese products.

As you can see, when you’re taking Japanese lessons in Washington, DC, there are lots of opportunities to have fun and explore the Japanese culture. You may even meet some new friends and conversation partners at some of the local events. So study hard, but make sure to get out there and explore!

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I am a native Japanese speaker from Tokyo. Currently, I am an instructor at the Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School, which provides courses entirely in Japanese. Whether you want to improve your reading or writing skills, or you are simply looking for a conversation partner, let me know!

About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Miah February 22, 2018
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My daughter is so excited to have more lessons!
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Phillip February 9, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Hiromi is great. Very astute and patient. Very attentive and adaptive to my needs. So far it's great!
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Riley C. January 24, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Hiromi is an excellent teacher!

Very good instruction and explanation!
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About Richard W.

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Hi, I'm Richard, and I can teach you simple Japanese. I graduated from BYU in Japanese and lived as an LDS Missionary in Tokyo for two years in 2003-2005. I love teaching everything that I know in a simple, understandable way. So I can help you learn the basics faster than you would normally. I know what it's like learning in school where you seem to take forever, and don't get very good. I also know what it's like talking to many people in Japan, and learning very quickly, and knowing the difference. I want to help you learn as efficiently and as quickly as possible. I also have a one hour presentation of the basics of Japanese grammar, that basically covers like the first 2 years of college Japanese classes! No joke, it's a powerpoint presentation I've put together that will really give you the "big picture" with the backwards grammar that we try to understand. Ask me any question, and I'll do my best to help you out! Mata ne!

About Richard
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.

I am currently writing music for video games.
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Loralee June 23, 2018
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I really enjoyed my lessons with Richard! He helped me break songs down and taught me tools to read the music more quickly. I was only able to take lessons with him for a few months, but I feel as though it made a huge difference in my playing and reading. Definitely recommend!
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Owen June 19, 2018
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My son just started today with Japanese lessons. Richard quickly found out what he was capable of and challenged him at the level he needed, providing a useful list of words to practice right away. My son loves him!
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About Mona S.

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I grew up speaking both Japanese and English at home and understand the difficulty of trying to juggle both languages! Whether you want to learn a new language, or simply want to brush up on your Japanese skills, I am always happy to be of help! Lessons will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking (both formal and colloquial styles). I typically use the Genki and Tobira books and also like to introduce students to classic and modern Japanese literature as a way to enhance the students’ cultural knowledge. I welcome beginning and intermediate Japanese students!

About Mona
I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast currently living in Seattle, WA! I hold degrees in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Washington, and will continue my studies on Fulbright at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland this fall. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard work! I therefore create a positive and encouraging environment for all of my students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, I tailor my teaching to fit each student’s needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. I also believe that body awareness is important, and will include stretches and
practice methods into each lesson, so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries!

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English and welcome beginning Japanese students! Students and I work out of the Genki I, Genki II, and the Tobira textbooks. Japanese lessons focus on reading, writing, and speaking standard Japanese at the conversational level.
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Riley G. May 10, 2018
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Three lessons and so far as good. She seems to be working well with my son and always follows up with me via email to let me know how things went and what was covered!
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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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Anthony P. June 29, 2018
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Very smart & knowledgeable. Great teacher, can’t wait to take more lessons.
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Brian R. June 23, 2018
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Ai is a great teacher. Her lesson plans are well prepared and organized. She is very patient and flexible. She does not rush through the lessons and makes sure you understand the material before moving forward. I would highly recommend Ai if you are looking for a Japanese teacher.
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I grew up in Osaka, Japan and can teach both regular Japanese and Osaka accent if interested.

I am open to how student wants the lesson to be. It can be from casual conversation or can be a serious lesson time. You tell me how you want to learn Japanese from me.

About Hiroshi
I am new to takelessons, but passionate to teach. I Grew up in Japan and spent my college years in Oklahoma / California.

Would love to help teaching Japanese or Math as needed. And love meeting new people.
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I am an elementary education major at Howard University that has taken Japanese up to level 4 in college. I am dedicated to education and that's why learning with me is so unique. I am not just teaching a hobbie. I am using methods that real teachers use to help students learn effectively. I am obsessed with Japanese culture and many times I am watching Jdramas. Because they are a great way of learning the language I always use them(and anime) in my lessons. I have taught two introduction Japanese courses in two different college classrooms and I am very confident that if you are okay with memorizing Japanese will be a great language to learn.
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Hi! My name is Uchenna!
I am a Senior Elementary Education Major at Howard University! I am very excited to start lessons with you whether is be for saxophone or Japanese. I am a very fun and colorful person as alot of my materials are visual based. Nut because I am becoming a teacher, I have helpful strategies that are important for any kind of learner! Even though I love to teach and i am very fun, we will be partaking in very detailed lessons that will take hard work and dedication to achieve the best results. If you want to learn all you can about playing saxophone or speaking Japanese, even random facts that will put you ahead of others when displaying your new skill. I am the one!
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Average Cost of Japanese Lessons in Washington, DC

The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons in Washington is $84. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $84 and $84 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute Japanese lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute Japanese lessons are 41% less expensive at $50, and 30-minute lessons cost 60% less at $34.

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