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Toshi M.

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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Business from USC
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Toshi M.

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💙 I will send 15% of my earnings from Takelessons to the COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Organizations.

⭐️ I am a veteran NATIVE Japanese language tutor/instructor with over 16 years of experience. I teach people of all ages ( from 2 to 85 years old ) from all over the world, through online platforms. Anyone knows me knows that I am a STRICT teacher and serious when it comes to Japanese language matters. Currently, I have students from the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, China (Shenzhen), Russia, Italy, Germany, Japan.

✅ I have worked with veterans, Hollywood film editor, MLB professional athlete (MVP 2010), producer, actors, actresses, TV presenter, filmmakers, voice actress, Facebook account manager, Taco Bell manager, investor, Doctors, lawyers, karate teacher, professor, American’s college and elementary, middle, high school students, parents, mothers, single fathers, children, 2 years old ...

About Toshi

Welcome! 😃👋🏻 My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, I live in Los Angeles, CA, USA for over 20 years. (PST) 🌟 I am also working with a new project through Google called, "Ok Glass." since 2013. It's a data collection project that leads to the better

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Abigail P.
I am writing this from my moms phone so I thought I should elaborate that I am a 15 year old student, but I absolutely love my lessons with Toshi-san. He is hilarious and makes lessons extremely fun and makes it a lot easier to retain information. It is very hard for me to remember things and be invested due to my ADHD but he never fails to keep my attention. I definitely recommend him for everyone! I think anyone who wants to learn proper Japanese and etiquette should have lessons with him.
Alexis
So cool and personable, and you can tell he genuinely cares and knows what he is talking about. The best possible first lesson I could have asked for. I loved it! So looking forward to see how this goes!!!
Haylie
Amazing and very patient! Highly recommend and appreciate him!
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Jessie N.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2003
  • MA, Intercultural communication from Kobe University
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Jessie N.

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I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

About Jessie

I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.  I believe when we learn other language

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She was very nice and i was comfortable taking lessons with her
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Jessie is Amazing! I was self teaching and just felt like I needed more help and with someone who actually knows the language and she was perfect! So happy I decided to take the jump in!
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Clare K.

29 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Clare K.

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I am a private tutor of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to middle-age. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I have a lot of experience teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, and I've lived there off and on since then. My students receive the benefit of my life experiences there, including preparation for the realities of daily life in Japan--from how to use the public transit, to what to do during a natural disaster.

Along with my on-the-ground experience working in Japan as a translator/interpreter in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese ...

About Clare

After two years working as a translator/interpreter for local government in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US in 2016. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 12 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've

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Alida W.
Clare is an absolutely wonderful teacher. She has taught both of our high school aged boys. She is flexible on scheduling. Very calm and patient with both boys. An absolute dream to work with.
Olivia S.
My 12 year old lived her first lesson with Clare! She had been learning on her own a bit and was happy to hear she was learning pretty well. Clare communicated with me very quickly after the lesson to let me know what they had done and how it went as well as what to expect going forward. Excited to see what the next lessons bring!
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Hikaru I.

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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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Very kind and friendly. Would love to continue lessons with her! Was also very organized with a great lesson plan.
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Mona S.

56 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2006
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Mona S.

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I'm a first generation half-Japanese American currently living in Boston, MA! I spent my childhood surrounded by Japanese language and culture, followed by 7 years of formal language training, culminating in a Japanese language minor at the University of Washington. My thesis focused on the manifestation of gender in Japanese performing arts.

Growing up bilingual, I understand the difficulty of trying to juggle two 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 include reading, writing, listening, translating literature, and speaking (polite, casual, and formal 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 a very nice and patient teacher.
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Jinko H.

165 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • B.A. in Education from Utsunomiya Daigaku
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jinko H.

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I am a native speaker and former school teacher in Japan. Learning is fun-that's my motto. When you achieve your goals, you enjoy a feeling of accomplishment, right? I want to help you to achieve your goals. My lesson starts from finding what students really need to learn. Understanding student is the key to success. I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with fun way. Also, casual, informal, practical Japanese too.

About Jinko

Hello! I will open up my morning time since it's a very difficult time for most of the people and lots of school is closed until this coronavirus pandemics ends. Also, I accept temporally students who need extra help while you can't go to school. 補習校の生徒さんも大歓迎です。小学生、中学生ならどの教科も教えられます。Please note, I

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Jinko Sensei,

Thank you for you class and the emphasis you place on the critical sentence patterns as well as the routine Japanese rhythm in spoken Japanese.

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
Bob B.
Jinko Sensei,

Thank you again for a lively, comprehensive class. I'm grateful to you for highlighting the critical grammatical differences as they surface.

I look forward to our next class.

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

Hiroshi

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The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $39 and $85 per hour.
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"I enjoyed her classes! Yoshi helped me break it down. Yoshi makes it so easy to learn!"
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Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"The lesson went so smoothly! Yoshi wasted no time in diving right into the lesson, which was wonderful. I am so appreciative! Yoshi took the time to call me the day before to get a feel for my Japanese level and created a corresponding custom plan. Yoshi already seems like a wonderful teacher and a lovely person- and this is just after one lesson! I am highly impressed. =)"
Diana
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Mona is very patient and understanding."
Olena
Took Japanese lessons from Mona S.
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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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I can’t wait next Saturday."
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Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"The session was great I believe I will get sharper with Aimi"
Amani
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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"Good first lesson, we jumped right into it and Sunho was informative, patient and kind. Looking forward to the next lesson!"
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Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"He is an excellent teacher and very professional. I give him 5 stars and I recommend him. Angelina cuenca and Alex fadther"
Angelina
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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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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"Sunho sensei is very patient and kind, even when I am struggling with something. She really seems dedicated to helping her students. I look forward to my lessons everytime."
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Private Japanese Classes Near You and Online

If you want to take Japanese lessons, you'll be taking part in a tradition that spans back many generations. That's because Old Japanese is believed to date back to at least 200 BC – over a thousand years before the time of the samurai. 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. This makes Japanese lessons for beginners accessible to anyone.

In fact, many consider Japanese to be the most unique language worldwide primarily because there's no known derivative language. It is truly a one-of-a-kind language and culture that is as innovative as it is unique. All of this makes taking classes in Japanese a one-of-a-kind experience!

Reasons to take Japanese Lessons

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 can be a bit steeper than learning Spanish or French. However, the rich culture of Japan provides plenty of inspiration to study this beautiful language.

You may want to take classes in Japanese to prepare for a trip to Tokyo, or to enjoy your favorite Japanese movies better. You may even dream of living in Japan someday! Whatever your reasons are for learning the language, you’ll find that time spent studying Japanese is rewarding on many levels.

Although everyone has their own reasons for taking Japanese classes, there are some positive benefits you may not be aware of yet. Let's explore a few of the benefits available to kids and adults.

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 applies across all subjects and even 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. Finally, when your child takes Japanese lessons for beginners, their worldview will be expanded and their imagination will be unleashed.

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 in immigration. Traveling to Japan is much more exciting when you know the language, 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. Indeed, 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 Cover in Japanese Lessons

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. Here are some of the highlights of what you can expect to learn at each level.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Japanese Lessons

Starting Japanese lessons 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

Although finding an experienced Japanese teacher can be a challenge, TakeLessons has made it easy to find the perfect tutor. 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. You can even send an introductory message to a teacher you’re interested in, to make sure they’re the right fit.

More than ever, online lessons have been used to help students and teachers stay connected. Busy kids and parents alike love the flexibility that online lessons offer, as do those who prefer to study from the comfort of their own home. Perhaps the best part about online lessons is that you can connect with the best teachers on the planet, including all over Japan!

TakeLessons make it easy to find the best online Japanese tutors. Simply browse our directory or get in touch with our team. One of our friendly Student Counselors can help you find the perfect teacher in no time.

No matter where your Japanese learning journey takes you, we're excited to help you succeed!

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