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Toshi M.

287 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Teaches students 2 to 85
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Toshi M.

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DON'T MISS OUT! New Years 2020 Resolution Special Discount! Now - 20min/$30, 30min/$45, 45min/$70 and get up to $75 off!!! Limit time offer!! :)

I am a veteran Japanese language tutor with over 15 years of experience. I teach people of all ages (from 2 to 85 years old) from all over the world, both in person and through online platforms.

I don't just teach the Japanese language, I also teach the true meaning of Japanese spirit and soul! 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 ...

About Toshi

Welcome! My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I am a veteran Japanese language tutor with over 15 years of experience. I teach people of all ages (from 2 to 85 years old) from all over the world, both in person and through online platforms. I am curre

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Josh
Very personable and knowledgeable. Easy to learn from.
Armen
I'm totally new to Japanese and I was very nervous. I just completed my 4th lesson and I'm finding learning Japanese is fun! Toshi is very patient and he is helping me create a plan forward. I have been working hard and have kind of gotten Hiragana,Katakana, but I need a lot more practice. I am able to read and write some words and in our lesson today I spoke my first complete Japanese sentence. Thank you Toshi for your help and for making my Japanese journey fun!
Jennifer T.
Toshi was prepared and taught me common politeness
phrases for my trip to Japan for my first lesson. He was patient and was a great teacher.
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Hikaru I.

16 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • M.A. in ESL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) & Intercultural Communication from University at Albany
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Hikaru I.

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During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a president of SUNY Albany Japanese Student Association and also worked as a TA for Japanese 101 classes, and I absolutely love to teach languages! I understand it is often very hard to find a language tutor outside of the spoken community, and I hope to provide you with the opportunity to be exposed to authentic media sources to acquire natural fluency. Hope to hear from you soon!

About Hikaru

はじめまして & thank you for taking a moment to check out my profile! I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and I moved to NY with my family during high school. I've completed Master's degrees in Language Education & Communication, and Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance and Political Science. I enjoyed o

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I’m taking ESL class with Mrs.Hikaru. She’s a great teacher. I’m so grateful to having a teacher like Mrs.Hikaru. And i believe that ESL class will help my English speaking. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Tim Farrell
First lesson in the book, she’s great! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to study!
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Richard W.

78 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Awarded College Television Awards (Student Emmy) Winner 2014 from Television Academy Foundation
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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 co

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Best instructor ever!!!
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Yoojin K.

31 Reviews
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Starting at $20
  • Teaches students Male: Not accepting at this time; Female: 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2016
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Yoojin K.

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My name is Yoojin. I lived in Japan for 7 years. The Japanese language is very interesting, and I understand how badly you want to learn it! I'd be happy to show you all the secrets of the Japanese language. Let's learn together!

About Yoojin

Hi guys! My name is YooJin. I'm from South Korea and I came to America 5 years ago. Before I came to America, I lived in Japan for 7 years. I like to study language and teach. When I studied in Japan, I taught Korean to Japanese people, which was a very valuable experience for me. I was able to mee

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Betty C.
After three years studying with Yoojin both Japanese and Korean, the progress is impressive! Loving both languages and enjoying every lesson with such a wonderful teacher! We highly recommend her!
Suzanne
great instructor!!! Highly recommended for anyone who is a beginner in Japanese
Alena A.
I love her teaching. She is patient, fun, and caring. She knows how to go at your own personal pace and is very helpful for anything you wish to learn. Whether you like going by the book or want to just have some Japanese conversational practice her encouraging personality will help you get acquainted with this beautiful language.
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Kyoko B.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor's degree in English linguistics from Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka)
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Kyoko B.

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こんにちは! I'm a native speaker if Japanese. I've been tutoring Japanese for 10+ years in Japan and the U.S. I love talking about cultures, traveling, hobby, etc. I'd love to hear what your goals are and customize my lessons. :) Let's get started!

About Kyoko

My name is Kyoko. I am a native speaker of Japanese, born and raised in Japan. (As you might guess, my name came from the beautiful city of Kyoto.) When I was in college in Osaka, Japan, I started helping a lot of exchange students with their Japanese. Since then, teaching Japanese has been my

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Hartley
Wow, I want to give ***** 6 Stars! If you are wanting to learn Japanese, then Kyoko is the perfect teacher that anyone could ask for!
I felt embarrassed to seek help to learn Japanese, because after many years of living in Tokyo for my work, I only knew a few small communicating words here and there... arigato, genki etc... and the writing, well that was 'impossible' to read for me!!
Kyoko was very understanding and made me feel completely comfortable about learning the Japanese language from the beginning. At almost 40 years old and trying to push my brain into learning something new, this was challenging and made me nervous at times. But Kyoko is an amazing teacher and when I finished a lesson with her, I was so proud with what I had accomplished and she made me feel empowered and more driven. I can now understand words in hirigana!! It is amazing to me.
I thank Kyoko so much for her help and support with the lessons we had together :) I will do my best.
Annie W.
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Chad
Kyoko has been an amazing Japanese teacher to my 8 year old daughter. Her lessons are customized to what the student wants or needs to learn. Most importantly she listens and gives great advice for improving your skills. Kyoko is a great teacher who truly cares about your progress. I’ve tried other teachers and my daughter and me like Kyoko the best by far. So much so, she has been my daughter’s teacher for over 3 years.

Kyoko is extremely knowledgeable and is authentically Japanese born and raised in Japan but has lived in the U.S. for awhile now and is natively fluent in English for parents who may not understand Japanese. Her communication and timeliness are amazing! I’d recommend her to any of my friends and family - and have.
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Mona S.

44 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Awarded Young Artist Competition Winner from Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra
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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 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 Boston, MA! I hold degrees in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Washington, and recently completed my Fulbright year at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. I believe that learning music shou

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Mona is very patient and understanding.

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The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $77. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $25 and $217 per hour.
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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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"Wonderful sensei! I had so much fun during my first lesson!"
- Oliver
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Yoshi Sensei is my 3rd Japanese teacher and he is the best.
I had the great lessons last 11m-nth. Now I can read 僕のヒーローアカデミアManga without dictionary. 有難う先生"
- Jim
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Sensei is always patient with me, and answers any questions that I have. He's very easy to talk to and pushes me to do my best in every lesson. He's amazing! :)"
- Sunnie
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Very helpful for someone who's learned Japanese informally over the years!"
- Ian
Took Japanese lessons from Mona S.
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"Extremely clear, helpful, and offered plentiful positive reinforcement. Rie is certainly delightful."
- Dolph
Took Japanese lessons from Rie T.
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"My first lesson was very promising. I like all the visual aids and how she coached me through the pronunciations. I am excited about the next lesson."
- Munirih
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Yoshi listened to my requests and created a lesson to meet those requests.
I love his Japanese class."
- Kate
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"I've enjoyed working with Rie 先生. My boyfriend and I have an upcoming trip to Japan and these lessons help me to be more confident in being able to navigate around. I enjoy the feedback because it not only highlights what I can improve on, but it also shows there are concepts I'm actually retaining. Learning Japanese feels natural with her! ありがとうございます!"
- Mary Eloise
Took Japanese lessons from Rie T.
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"Great teacher! Uses established course textbooks to guide the classes, yet adds custom lessons tailored to your needs or focus. Hiromi makes sure to challenge you on your trouble spots by preparing custom focused instruction. Within my first set of 5 lesson my skills improved dramatically. Even without being able to speak fluently, I could understand the large majority of my business meetings in Japan. In less than 2 months I have been able to learn correct, day to day conversational speaking that covers a variety of subjects and life necessities. Highly recommended!"
- Josh
Took Japanese lessons from Hiromi S.
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Private Japanese Lessons Near You

If you want to learn Japanese, you'll take on the tradition of many generations before you. That's because Old Japanese is believed to date back to at least 200 BC. The earliest writings of the language that have been found are from the 8th century AD, however. 

While Japan is the only country with Japanese as its official language, you'll find native speakers all over the world. For instance, roughly 15 percent of Hawaiians speak Japanese. Unlike most Asian languages (such as Mandarin), Japanese doesn’t rely on tone to accurately communicate. 

In fact, many consider it to be the most unique language worldwide primarily because there's no known derivative language. All of this makes taking Japanese language classes near you a one-of-a-kind experience!

Reasons to Learn to Speak Japanese

Japanese is a great language to master for someone who isn't scared of a challenge. Since there are no related languages in the world, the learning curve is a little steeper. But that's just what drives most people to excel at it! Plus, when you learn Japanese you’ll enjoy numerous mental and physical benefits. Let's explore a few of them.

Benefits of Japanese Lessons for Kids

Children experience plenty of benefits by learning a language like Japanese. Studies have shown that bilingual students' test scores are higher compared to monolinguals. This test score improvement also applies to college entrance exams. 

Bilingual children also develop a deeper knowledge of their native tongue when picking up a second language. Learning Japanese is a great way for children to connect with their heritage and learn to be an outside-the-box-thinker as well.

Benefits of Japanese Classes for Adults

Adults also experience numerous benefits when they learn to speak Japanese. New career opportunities may open up, including work as an interpreter, in emergency services or immigration to name a few. Traveling to Japan is much more exciting, and you can expect to develop a more open minded perspective of other cultures.

Studies have also found that plasticity is improved in regions of the brain used to learn a second language. The mental workout of learning Japanese leads to a "younger brain." It's even believed that this brain strengthening can delay the onset of various dementia forms by up to four and a half years.

Topics You'll Learn in Japanese Lessons for Kids and Adults

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to how Japanese lessons are conducted. Your Japanese teacher will factor in things like your unique interests, age, and learning style. Your tutor will also help you decide if you'd best fit into beginner, intermediate or advanced Japanese classes near you. Here are some of the highlights of what you can expect to learn at each level.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Japanese Lessons

Learning Japanese for beginners is an exciting opportunity since everything is so new. An intriguing world of culture and language awaits you. What will you learn at the beginner level? Here are just a few topics your teacher may choose to cover. 

  • Greetings in Japanese
  • Proper pronunciation
  • Basic vocabulary and phrases
  • Writing the Japanese alphabet (Hiragana)
  • Intro to Japanese culture

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Japanese Classes

If you find yourself somewhere in the middle, the intermediate level could be a great place for you to start. It's motivating to know that with some hard work, you'll soon become proficient in the Japanese language. Here are some topics you'll cover at this stage of learning.

  • Intermediate Japanese grammar
  • Writing in Japanese
  • Practicing conversations
  • Reading comprehension
  • Understanding fluent Japanese speakers

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Japanese Lessons

By the time you're ready for advanced Japanese classes, you've already put in lots of hard work. The good news is that perseverance is about to pay off in a big way. You're getting closer to using the language fluently! Here are some advanced topics you'll cover.

  • Differences in dialects
  • Formal and informal writing
  • Colloquial sayings and idioms
  • Kanji studies
  • Full immersion in the Japanese language

Finding a Japanese Tutor Near You

Although finding an experienced Japanese teacher can be a challenge, TakeLessons has streamlined the process for you. All you need to do is browse our directory of vetted tutors and choose the one who best aligns with your schedule and needs. 

All the info you need is available in our teachers’ profiles. Past reviews from students, the location of your Japanese tutor, and credentials are all important details to consider before booking Japanese lessons near you. 

Sometimes in-person lessons aren't the right choice, especially if you have a unique schedule because of your job, or you don't have adequate childcare or transportation. In this case, online lessons are an excellent solution, and many of our teachers are available for remote teaching. 

If you need assistance scheduling Japanese classes near you, you can always contact the team here at TakeLessons. One of our friendly Student Counselors can help you find the perfect teacher, lesson length, and location. We're excited to help you succeed because we know that learning a new language like Japanese will take you far in life!

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