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Local Lessons

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.

Online Lessons

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 $52. 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 $109 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$32 average
$60
45-min $20
 
$42 average
$84
60-min $25
 
$52 average
$109

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 20% less expensive at $42, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $32.

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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Taro T.

Washington, DC
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About Asuka U.

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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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Chieko P. April 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I enjoyed her lesson very much. I’m looking forward next lesson.
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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.

About Rosita R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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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Patricia A. May 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
So much fun! Rosita made me feel very confident.
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Teila M. May 22, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I have had lessons in the past, but learning and understand was a very slow process. I recently started lessons with Rosita and lessons are going very well. Things are beginning to click and its exciting. She is great at explaining things and making it fun.
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James May 14, 2018
· Japanese · Online
An excellent introduction to the Japanese language and culture!

About Taro T.

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Washington, DC

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I'm a native Japanese speaker educated in leading universities in the United States. I will tailor your lessons to your specific needs for real-life uses. You will receive customized homework such as reading material and speaking practices to start improving your Japanese immediately.

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H.H March 18, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a great teacher. Rather than simply expecting rote memorization, he uses practical applications to help you learn and understand the material.
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Gabriel Freitas December 21, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a very nice helpful and professional Sensei

Highly recommended.
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Shell December 2, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Mr. Taro is a marvelous teacher! He is very patient and kind. He works hard to tailor his lessons to your need. His lessons encompass speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t matter if you are new to Japanese or already have foundational conversational skills, Mr. Taro can help your Japanese skills reach the next level!

Richard W.

Provo, UT
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Clare K.

Granby, MA
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Yoshifumi O.

Fort Lauderdale, FL
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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!

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Glover T. May 24, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Rachel M. May 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Richard is an awesome teacher who worked with my daughter to help her learn. Although she is not taking lesson for much longer, we are grateful for all the effort he put into the lessons. Thanks so much for everything!
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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!

About Clare K.

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Granby, MA

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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 ...

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Sofie June 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Checked in with my daughter after her first lesson with Clare. Her succinct, yet on point response..."It went well!!!" I'll take that as a strong like for Clare. Looking forward to see what these two do over the summer.
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Jamie June 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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John W. April 14, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Starting a new language can be intimidating, but this first lesson was great. Clare is friendly, welcoming, and patient; I’m looking forward to the next one!

About Yoshifumi O.

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Native Japanese speaker with Education business background, love to teach kids too! Hi. I'm Yoshifumi , 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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DiMarco B. June 15, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Great!
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Juan June 12, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Yoshi is a very engaging and flexible instructor. We are enjoying our lessons with him.
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Tim June 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Yoshi Sensei is great at customizing the lessons to my specific needs and learning goals. I really enjoy our weekly classes and he is helping me slowly build my vocabulary and learn grammar.

Recent Japanese Articles from the Blog

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

Omotenashi: Japanese Hospitality and Etiquette

Omotenashi: Japanese Hospitality and Etiquette

When you're studying a foreign language, it's helpful to also learn about culture, history, and traditions. Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. introduces the Japanese concept omotenashi... As someone who learned English as a second language, I truly believe in the importance of finding something positive from a new culture, and adopting it in your own life. This doesn’t just help you learn a new language, but it will also help you grow as an individual. Courtesy for Others Omotenashi is a r … Read More

Omotenashi: Japanese Hospitality and Etiquette
When you're studying a foreign language, it's helpful to also learn about culture, history, and traditions. Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. introduces the Japanese concept omotenashi... As someone who learned English as a second language, I truly believe in the importance of finding something positive from a new culture, and adopting it in your own life. This doesn’t just help you learn a new language, but it will also help you grow as an individual. Courtesy for Others Omotenashi is a r
Japanese Vocabulary: 18 Words to Describe Your Family
Learning how to describe your family in Japanese is an essential part of expanding your vocabulary and improving your conversational skills. When it comes to family, the Japanese language is more precise than English because it accounts for relative age. There are also alternate terms to address a member of another person's family, versus your own. Are you ready to continue learning how to speak Japanese with these necessary vocabulary words for family? If so, you've come to the right plac
Japanese Learning Hacks for Beginners
Want to learn Japanese but not sure where to start? As a beginner, it's essential to have effective strategies to help you make the most of your time. Try these learning hacks from language teacher Taro T... Learning any new language can be challenging, but one of the keys to success is how fast you can advance past the beginner stage. I say this from my experience learning English and Spanish. I was able to gain fluency in the two languages based on how fast I went from the beginner
Japanese Numbers: Learn How to Count 1-10 [Infographic]
Wondering how to read, write, and say Japanese numbers? When taking Japanese lessons, it's important to learn this basic Japanese vocabulary. Learning how to count from 1-10 is vital. How much does something cost? What time is it? How many apples do you want from the supermarket? All of these situations require numbers. The way you pronounce numbers in Japanese can vary depending on the situation, but the guidelines below will help you learn the basics. All About Japanese Numbers, 0-10 Z
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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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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