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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Average Cost of Japanese Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $49. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $93 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$29 average
$60
45-min $15
 
$37 average
$80
60-min $25
 
$49 average
$93

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 25% less expensive at $37, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $29.

Curious how much Japanese lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best Japanese teachers .

Japanese Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Japanese instructors

Asuka U.

New York, NY
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Rosita R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Moataz A.

Stamford, CT
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New York, NY

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

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Matt February 13, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Great!
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Mavpanisa January 19, 2018
· Opera Voice · Online
I just signed up with Asuka a few weeks ago while she was traveling internationally for her performance. Because she was away, we did online lessons. At first I was skeptical because of the time difference and the quality etc. but she has very much experience not only teaching, but with online lessons. My son has an international singing competition coming up and Asuka is not only preparing him for the competition, but also for what expect from judges and how to mentally perceive the performance. Although she travels and maintains her successful career, she is able to put everyone ounce of her expertise into helping my son from where ever she is. When she came back to NYC she also worked personally with him as well. She is the best teacher and vocal coach we have had to date.
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Nitan S. June 22, 2017
· Singing · Online

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Learning Japanese?As being a composer for short Anime films and having a Japanese backround, I have worked with Japanese companies for many years and trained employees of different companies in not only speaking Japanese but also the business culture. But that is not all my classes are for everybody for those planning a trip to Japan. What's special of my classes is that we learn to have a conversation for different situations every week. You will start talking after your first class! CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS HERE ON TL FOR JAPANESE TIPS!

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Haixia April 21, 2018
· Singing · Online
My son loves Rosita's lesson.
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Chris March 23, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Drew March 20, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Great first lesson. Rosita seems very experienced with a good setup for lessons.

About Moataz A.

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今日は and welcome to learning Japanese, I have a bachelor's degree in Japanese language and culture from the Ohio State University, and I have tutored Japanese before and it really isn't as intimidating as it looks. I've learned through many ways and I have many many resources that I will gladly share with you so you can learn on your own, whether you're a beginner or advanced, I can direct you to how to become very fluent with all my knowledge and resources combined. Also as a bonus I will teach you some kanji calligraphy if interested as well.

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smitha April 18, 2018
· Calligraphy · Online
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Mohamed E. April 17, 2018
· Arabic · Online
Moataz is awesome. He is a great teacher and is extremely personable. I would highly recommend Moataz whether you are attempting to learn a language or anything else!
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Randy February 26, 2018
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Very patient and clearly knows his stuff- a good beginning

Richard W.

Provo, UT
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Mona S.

Boston, MA
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Yoshifumi O.

Fort Lauderdale, FL
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O genki desu ka?
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!

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Loralee March 15, 2018
· Piano · Online
I am really enjoying my lessons with Richard so far. He is very knowledgable and his tips have been super helpful. Definitely recommend!
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Kelly March 6, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Richard provides a very organized approach to learning Japanese. I have really enjoyed the success I have had in only a few lessons!
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Lenee L. March 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Extremely professional, he taught me lessons for about year. The books he recommended were very helpful and easy to understand. Richard has taught me the most useful Japanese phrases for real situations. I would recommend him to anyone who is beginning or intermediate like me. I would not have the skill speaking and reading that I do now without his tutoring.

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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!

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Robert February 3, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Warren M. December 19, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Terrific first lesson. Almost immediate improvement in tone thanks to a few simple, easy to remember cues. Stretching exercises and body stance were emphasized as a foundation to build for quality sound as well as care to prevent injury.
I almost can't wait for my next lesson.
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Rebecca July 9, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Mona knows what she's doing and is very kind. Not only are the links that she sends you during the lesson helpful but she explains when you'd use the words and helps you understand the appropriate situations for when you use them. She is very friendly and a wonderful teacher that will listen to your questions and answer them and her answers are never halfhearted. I completely would recommend her as a Japanese tutor/Instructor if you wish to learn how to speak and write Japanese while still having that relaxing environment.

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Native Japanese speaker with Education business background, love to teach kids too! Hi. I'm Yosjifumi , born and raised in Tokyo Japan through university graduate education.

I have Japanese Language teacher experience in Japan and USA. Currently I am Martial Arts School Owner live in Florida . I can help you with Japanese language for all ages.

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· Japanese · Online
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Ross April 15, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I started take his classes from last December,
His teaching skills are much better than other teachers.
Because of experience.
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Oliver March 18, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
a wonderful lesson! I can't wait to learn more!

Recent Japanese Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Japanese articles on our blog.

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Jam Along to JPop: 6 Fun Songs to Help You Learn Japanese

While language lessons are the best, most effective way to learn Japanese, you can learn faster and have more fun when you listen to popular Japanese music. J-Pop (Japanese pop) is great for beginning Japanese students because the songs have simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. Plus, Jpop has taken Japan, and the rest of the world by storm, so you may already be familiar with some of the most popular songs and Jpop artists. Get ready to learn Japanese vocabulary and impress your friends a … Read More

Jam Along to JPop: 6 Fun Songs to Help You Learn Japanese
While language lessons are the best, most effective way to learn Japanese, you can learn faster and have more fun when you listen to popular Japanese music. J-Pop (Japanese pop) is great for beginning Japanese students because the songs have simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. Plus, Jpop has taken Japan, and the rest of the world by storm, so you may already be familiar with some of the most popular songs and Jpop artists. Get ready to learn Japanese vocabulary and impress your friends a
Japanese Grammar for Beginners: Learn to Conjugate Japanese Verbs
If you're learning Japanese, here's some good news: Conjugating Japanese verbs is much easier than you think! Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some simple tips to help you conjugate Japanese verbs... I love conjugating Japanese verbs. Why? In most romance languages, conjugations are based on tons of factors, including subject, number, and even gender. For example, in Italian, "I am tired" is Io sono stanca; but if you are male, it's Io sono stanco. If there are several spea
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Whether you're planning a trip to Japan or you just want to stay up on the latest Japan news, there are a lot of sites to help you follow current events, trends, the latest in technology, and entertainment. Plus, if you're learning the language, you can boost your reading and speaking skills by reading the news in Japanese. Here are eight great sites to help you stay current on the latest Japan news. Japan Today Read Japan Today for up-to-date information on sports, tech, and national n

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Japanese Lessons

Do you want to take Japanese lessons with the perfect teacher near you? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private Japanese lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online - accelerates your progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every student's chances of becoming a fluent user of the Japanese language. Private tutoring makes learning easy, it's more affordable than you might think, and it's the most impactful way to improve your skills for beginner or advanced learners.

Our Japanese tutors work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. They can teach you the origins of the Japanese language, in addition to the vocabulary, the grammar, the punctuation, the consonants, the vowels, allophones, dialects, sentence structures, variations between Japanese, gender differences, politeness in Japanese culture and its relationship to the Chinese language. Learn about and experience the physical, social, and emotional benefits of learning a foreign language like Japanese.

As a Category 5 language, Japanese is one of the hardest foreign languages to master. It takes up to 88 weeks of deliberate practice to gain General Professional Fluency. A private tutor can help keep you focused, committed, and motivated, not to mention their ability to help you overcome any language hurdles you have trouble with.

Your tutor offers you expert language learning techniques and tips, and helps you develop good practice habits, so that you can maximize your learning experience, and achieve your goals faster. Though learning Japanese is extremely useful while traveling to Japan and Southeast Asia, it also helps with career prospects and with personal relationships. Become a better Japanese speaker, reader, writer, and communicator.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, our private teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find the perfect match for your interest and skill level. Each instructor's specialties are listed in their profile, along with details about their background check, photos, student feedback, and lesson availability.

Students taking online Japanese classes benefit from greater convenience, enjoy better rates, and can choose from a wider selection of teachers nationwide. If you've ever taken any foreign language classes over Skype, you'll love using our interactive TakeLessons Classroom.

We guarantee a personalized experience that will make you glad you took up private lessons. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

Alternative Foreign Language Lesson Methods:
Japanese Apps and Books

For independent language learners, downloading popular language apps - free and premium - or checking out books from the library are excellent options. They cost less overall than private lessons, and allow you to learn at your own pace, on your own time, and the topics of your own choosing. The downside is that you don't have personal instruction for the times you need to overcome any challenging obstacles. Learning with a partner or a teacher gives you the personal interaction you need to verbally practice and attempt the language.

Japan Travel & Immersion

If you're considering study-abroad programs to Japan, work relocation, international business opportunities, or general travel as a means to learning the language, immersing your self in the origin country and interacting with locals is a surefire way to accelerate your learning. Reading signs, menus, and local newspaper magazines while abroad could expose you to all kinds of spontaneous subjects. Conversing with or having to ask native speakers for directions or recommendations forces you to proactively apply your lessons. The downside is that many students, professionals, and travelers don't feel as confident in taking this approach. Not knowing the basics of the language could backfire on you, and lead to poor decision making. Traveling in countries where English isn't the primary language can be risky if you don't plan ahead. If you learn basic conversation and the most popular phrases for traveling, then you can combine this knowledge with immersion and return home a more fluent speaker.

Japanese Group Classes

Taking small group classes to learn a new language is another good way to acquire basic language skills, immediate feedback, and human interaction. It combines both passive and active learning. A professional instructor leading the class can keep the agenda tight and ensure each student gets the chance to participate, and get their questions answered. It can also be more affordable than private 1-on-1 lessons. Find local group classes near you by doing a quick Google search, or better yet, sign up for TakeLessons Live, the new and affordable way to learn how to speak Japanese and other languages, and to learn how to play musical instruments in small groups of 5-8. You pay a flat monthly or annual fee, and get unlimited access to hundreds of classes online every month. Perfect for beginners.

At TakeLessons, we understand every student is different, and that the best way to learn any language is to try a combination of various learning techniques. Try all of the above, find out what works best for you, and then study hard and smart. It's only a matter of time before you achieve your goals.

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