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New York, NY
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Palo Alto, CA
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Shelby S.

Henderson, NV

I have been studying Japanese for 3 years at my university and use the Genki textbooks for teaching (the orange and green ones). These are college level textbooks, but I find them just as useful so long as the material is handled at the correct pace depending on the student’s age and grade level. For my Japanese students, I create my own lesson plans (addressing grammar and vocabulary) and do plenty of review with Hiragana and Katakana. I've found that my students do better when given ample review of Japanese due to the language’s difficulty. I often make copies of the important pages in the Genki textbooks to give to my students so they can study on their own if they like, and need not purchase the book.

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May T. July 31, 2015
English · In home
Verified Student
Great start in assisting my 3 daughters in learning English!
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Linda D. November 13, 2013
French
Verified Student
Excellent Tutor

I had 5 French lessons with my tutor, Shelby S

Shelby is an excellent teacher and very personable. She is professional and has fulfilled all my expectations in brushing up my conversational French.

I highly recommend Shelby as a tutor
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Lisa B. October 31, 2013
French
Verified Student
Extremely helpful

My son has been working with Shelby for a few weeks now and I can already tell there is a difference. He was not thrilled when using an in home tutor but he really likes the online aspect. Shelby tutors him in English and French and I'm looking to see some great scores on homework and tests in the near future.
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Asuka U.

New York, NY

Become comfortable with daily conversational Japanese. I also offer music lesson in Japanese.

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George B. May 25, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
just great
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Takumi O. December 21, 2014
Singing
I had an audition for a musical and I had to learn a lot of songs to sing. I took singing lessons from Asuka. This was my first time taking singing lessons in NYC so I was a little nervous but she was so friendly, kind, and fun. Asuka plays the piano very well and her teaching skills are extremely professional. She makes you feel very comfortable. And guess what? I got the lead role in Cats!! I couldn't have done it without her help!
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Ralph G. August 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
After only 3 lessons I have expanded my vocal range and improved the quality of my singing.
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA

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.

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Cindy July 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Jesse has been a wonderful guitar and piano teacher for my 17-year old son, and has been above and beyond patient with him. He has tried a variety of techniques to encourage Jack's interest and to inspire him. I am sure that Jesse's very personalized teaching style would be great with any age student. I can attest from experience that he can really relate to teenagers. He will not give up on them and truly wants them to learn--and to love--music.
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Randy C. May 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jesse is a fantastic teacher. Really loved the way he had my daughter start working immediately on popular songs from her favorite artists--that was just a wonderful way of keeping her interested while also working on basics. He always tries to get her to think for herself about what's she's doing. He also has the patience of a saint for those lessons when she seems to be mentally out of it!
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Lisa W. May 11, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jesse is a great instructor. I'm an adult who had no experience with music before. He is very patient and finds new ways to explain concepts I don't understand the first time. He uses my favorite songs to teach me new skills. He also takes time to find other songs for me to play. He urges me to do my best, and not to be afraid to make mistakes. I have learned a great deal about music and can hardly wait to go to my lessons!

Toshi M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Kelsea A.

Nashville, TN
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Norman, OK
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Toshi M.

Los Angeles, CA

Do you want to take a trip to Japan with your family? Is your business or company involved with Japanese customers or suppliers? Is it your dream to work for a Japanese company in the future? Do you want to understand Japanese animé or movies? Interest in the Japanese language and culture? Do you want to speak, read and write Japanese? I can offer you my One on One online lessons or Group online lessons by Skype! Are you a beginner -- or an advanced student -- or you want to learn Japanese from zero?? Whatever your level, I can help! You will be able to learn in your spare time, on coffee break, at the beach, or at any public cafe! You will be able to learn wearing your pajamas during your day off in your home or even when you on your vacation! I can be with you everywhere by Skype! You will be able to learn from anywhere and from any country! I have ten years of experience in tutoring Japanese, teaching Japanese to many students of all ages during these years.

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lee S. August 31, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
My 15 year old daughter has been studying Japanese with Toshi for nearly a year. She has learned a tremendous amount and enjoys her lessons with him very much. Toshi makes the lessons interesting and fun, and is such a pleasure to work with!
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Patrick August 28, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Very helpful and involved instruction.
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Nick S. July 21, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Toshi was very good! He worked with me thoroughly and explained everything very well. I am able to hold a bit of a conversation with my clients and will look forward to resuming when I am back in the states.
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Kelsea A.

Nashville, TN

I received my bachelors degree from International Christian University in Tokyo, where I lived for five years. In Japan I worked in customer service and as a translator and interpreter, so I am comfortable with both formal and informal Japanese, and I believe it is important to learn both. I grew up in Honolulu, where Japanese is widely taught as a second language, and have extensive experience tutoring learners of the language. I can also teach violin lessons in Japanese.

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Jessica R. August 6, 2015
Japanese · In studio
Verified Student
6 stars! Kelsea is amazing! She is very personable and patient. She made my daughter feel comfortable when she wouldn't understand something. Very easy to talk to. Knowledgeable! All around nice person! My daughter loved her. Definitely recommend!
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Jessica R. July 9, 2015
Japanese · In home
Verified Student
Kelsea is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and take her time with my daughter. She has also been a wonderful influence on my daughter who is learning Japanese and has made great progress with Kelsea. I would refer her to anyone with a child who has a serious interest in learning Japanese.
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Jun O.

Norman, OK

I have been teaching Japanese in a college, public library and home for eight years. I made my own textbook and audio. I am teaching people Japanese based on that text and CD. That text and audio is free. So even after my Japanese class, you can practice reading and listening Japanese. And if you are interested in Japanese culture, I will explain it in the class.

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Briana K. July 26, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
I just finished my first lesson. I'm very pleased with the instruction and format of the lesson. I'm glad he corrects my mistakes and is patient with me. He is also very fairly priced. I recommend him to others.
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Logan A. March 21, 2015
Online
I started learning Japanese with Jun after a friend recommended him to me a few months ago. I've had lessons with him every week since. He's been very good at teaching and explaining things. He's a great teacher and I hope to continue learning with him well into the future.
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Alec P. March 19, 2015
Japanese · Online
I've been learning Japanese with Jun now for well over a month, and I can say he knows what he's doing 100%. Great instructor and person.

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