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About Asuka U.

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

About Asuka
I started my musical training as a pianist at YAMAHA institute at age 4 in Japan. I was selected to enter perfect pitch class. It was designated for students who have perfect pitch and potentials to be professional musicians.

I enjoyed playing piano and electric piano and won the 1st prize at Kitakantou Electric Piano Competition hosted by YAMAHA institute. Because of the intensive training, I have been accompanying my students' recitals and performance exams.

As much as I enjoyed playing piano, I discovered that I also love singing, so I started to take singing lessons and majored in vocal performance during my college days.

Since I have graduated, I have been performing opera professionally. My career highlights include roles as Cio-cio san(Madame Butterfly) with Snob Opera, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Fairy(Falstaff) with Sir B
ryn Terfel with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Dorinda(Orlando) with Cantanti Project, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Manhattan Studio, Frasquita (Carmen) with One World Symphony, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Capitol Heights Opera, Alice (Le comte Ory) with West Side Opera Society, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Myrrhine (Lysistrata) with Opera Avanti, Gilda (Rigoletto) with Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, and The First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

My international credits include performances under the direction of Conductor Laurent Pillot at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England;the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, France; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Chianti,Italy; the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where I was selected to sing for the Japanese Ambassador.

I made appearances as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall, and MOMA museum in New York City and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

As a versatile singer, I was presented as an aspiring opera singer on the website of Maybelline New York. Her voice was featured in short films for the Japanese technology company NEC. I appeared as a soprano soloist for the opera, Jazz and theater collaboration of "TAKE ABITE" by David Antonio Cruz. I also sings Broadway songs and continues her musical theater studies. She is an active recitalist and also performs Oratorio works.

I was also a finalist at the Opera Idol Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, The Hariclea Darclée Voice Competition in Romania and the Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition in New York City. Ms. Uchida was selected as a vocal scholarship recipient at Savannah music festival.

My upcoming engagement includes singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera in 2018 in New York City.

Besides being an opera singer, I have been teaching piano and voice for 11 years. I would like to share my skills and experience with you. Since I perform often, I can coach you how to perform on stage in addition to building solid technique and languages. Also, I have taught various kinds of music, such as Rock, Broadway musicals, Pop music, so we can work on all kind of music.

I look forward to teaching you soon!

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My students can expect to improve their skills and start to enjoy music more as we work together.
I believe that learning music is fun and enjoyable. However you also need to be serious and focused.
I can demonstrate various and specific techniques, phrasing, and interpretation and will always coach on how to develop your skills. However, I feel it is important for students to think critically on their own and take the first try at solving a problem themselves. I cannot emphasize enough that primarily it is you who find the ways to improve. Leaning music is a collaboration between teachers and students. I hope that through my lessons, students will become more self-sufficient and confident as musicians.
Let me help you become a better musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (Clavinova), music stand, and desk.

*** Travel Equipment ***
By Subway, the closest station is 23rd street. You can take C, E train(within one block). 1 train(one block), M, F train (2 blocks).
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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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Natalia March 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Asuka is an excellent teacher. Very attentive, patient and always happy to explain things in-depth.
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About 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!My name is Hikaru. I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and this is my eighth year living in NY so it feels like my second home now. I'm currently pursuing my Master's degrees at SUNY Albany for Language Education and Communication and completed my Bachelor's Degrees in Music Department, Music Performance and Political Science. I LOVE to teach languages and also the enjoyment in devoting your time to music! Excited to hear from you!
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David January 12, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Very patient and humble.
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Cecily Campbell March 3, 2016
· Japanese · Online
Hikaru is patient, encouraging and had been super flexible in scheduling our sessions.
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Matt D. November 10, 2015
· Japanese · Online
Amazing teacher. She really helped me further my studies in the Japanese language. I can't wait for additional lessons.
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About Erika M.

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San Diego, CA

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I am a Japanese teacher specializing in teaching intermediate and advanced levels. Although all levels are welcome, usually my students are highly motivated college students or adults who wish to study or work in Japan. I look forward to working with you!

[Academic Japanese, Business Japanese, Conversational Japanese, Japanese Writing, JLPT preparation]

About Erika
Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and currently teach at SDSU and UC San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical translating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new
culture!

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All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos depending on their learning goals. If you've been working on and are going to learn with me regularly using the book you have and if I don't have it, textbook fee will be charged.

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- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
- If you would like to use a textbook that I don't have, additional fee will be charged.
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Kathleen Corcoran August 31, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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David July 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
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Perry June 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
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About 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 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!

About Mona
I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast living in Boston! I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a flute performance degree and Japanese minor and am now pursuing graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard work! I, therefore, create a positive and encouraging environment for all of my students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, I tailor my teaching to fit each student’s needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. I also believe that body awareness is important, and will include stretches and practice methods into each lesson,
so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries!

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English and welcome beginning Japanese students!
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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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Sean June 13, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Lessons are going great and my son is learning a lot fast!
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About Kaz H.

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Over the years I've used different books to teach, and I've found that the following books have worked well for my students:
- Youths (Ages 10 - 17): Japanese for Young People; Japanese from Zero
- College Students: Genki; Elementary Japanese
- Adults: Japanese for Busy People
- For the intermediate Japanese learners: Japanese Tutor - Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook.
- I can also get the textbooks that the students use at their classrooms.

About Kaz
I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. After moving to the U.S. to attend college, I worked for a couple of U.S companies before I came to work for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as a staff member.

My tutoring sessions are usually held on the Cornell University campus or at coffee shops in Ithaca. I also provide interactive online lessons using Skype. My services include: spoken and written language lessons; school work supplement for high school- and college-level courses; and cultural and travel preparations.

I offer a free initial interview session to see how I can best customize my lessons for each student. We can decide which material would be appropriate for the individual students at the initial interview session. (Please note that the students are responsible for providing their own materials.)
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About Kevin H.

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Improve your Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills from lessons taught by an instructor with a degree in Japanese language. I lived in Japan for 15 years, teaching at high school, university and business levels. I can also offer insights into Japanese culture and living in Japan. I have devised a "crash course" in Japanese which is ideal for those planning to relocate or visit soon.

About Kevin
I am an English language instructor (native-speaker) with over 18 years of teaching experience, the nine most recent of which have been in post-secondary, diplomatic, and university settings. My qualifications include an M.A. TESOL (New York University) with a 4.0 GPA, B.A. in Japanese and Linguistics (Massey University), and Cambridge CELTA. I have extensive experience teaching a diverse range of adult English Language Learners in the USA, Belgium, and Japan. My most recent teaching positions involved instructing academic, professional, and general EFL courses at the New York University ALI Tokyo Center and academic English courses at Waseda University in Japan. I have also taught English to junior and senior high school students in Japan. I am a reliable, well-organized, positive, and cooperative individual with a love of teaching, em
powering, and motivating my students to help them fulfill their potential. I would truly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your learning.
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Harsha R. October 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
It was a good experience. I especially liked the attention Kevin gave to details such as how to say particular syllables, the mouth movement etc..
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Rose October 8, 2017
· ESL · Online
Kevin is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and provides many useful suggestions to help me achieve my goal. So far I have benefited a lot from teaching experiences he shared during the class. He is also very willing to accommodate for my learning needs. I highly recommend his class!
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Hello, my name is Maxmillion. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam, and my parents are both from Okinawa, Japan. I grew up speaking both English and Japanese, and spent many summers attending school in Okinawa. I am comfortable teaching conversational Japanese, hiragana, katakana, basic kanji, and I can also help with proper pronunciation. I currently offer online lessons and in home lessons, but can also meet up locally at a coffee shop, library, etc. よろしくお願いします!

About Maxmillion
I am very proud to have been born and raised on the lovely island of Guam! I have been playing guitar, bass, and drums since I was 15, and have had a passion for music since I can remember. In 2007, I earned my associates degree in music from Musicians Institute Hollywood. I have had my music placed in popular television shows, such as “The Real World” and “Road Rules," as well as the film “The Tested.”

I previously played guitar in a project called Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. We were featured as the musical guest on the popular late night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2014. We were also featured on the local television programs "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" and "New Day Northwest." We are also featured on YouTube as sponsored artists on EMGtv and Blue Microphones. I also have had the opportunity to share the stage with
Crosby Stills and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Russell Ferrante, Travis Carlton, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Guitar is my main focus, but I am also comfortable teaching bass and ukulele. I love all styles, and specialize in rock, blues, funk, pop, reggae, metal, and acid jazz. I have experience teaching students of all ages (as young as 4 years old) and am currently an active teacher. I am also fluent in Japanese.
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Alex Aldana June 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Max is very knowledgable about music and it's theories. However, he also understands where his students are and what they need. He made lessons in guitar applicable at my level. He is very patient and works well with kids. You can tell he genuinely cares for people and wants them to improve!
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Kevin Mizuta June 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar ·
Max is a great bass guitar teacher. You can tell that he has a deep fundamental understanding of music and he presents lessons very clearly and at a manageable pace. My bass playing, music theory, and music appreciation have improved dramatically under his instruction.
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About Trang V.

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Hi there! I just make it short. Both of us know that you want to learn it seriously so let's make it happen and try our best in order not to waste time and money. I believe I can help you... I am looking forward to studying with you!!! Thank you for reading my message.

About Trang
Hi there! I know I should show off my experiences and such to gain your trust but I guess all will mean nothing if you try and find out I am not so good as I said. Therefore, please drop me a message and let's discuss to make it work for us (what you would like to study and what way will be the best). Thank you for reading my intro.
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Deron December 16, 2017
· Vietnamese · Online
awesome teacher... she is very kind and enthusiastic
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Michelle December 16, 2017
· Vietnamese · Online
I am trying to learn Vietnamese because my husband is Vietnamese and speaks Vietnamese with his family. I already knew a little bit but Trang has been helping me increase my vocabulary and learn useful phrases pertaining to my life. The pace of the lesson is not too fast and not too slow. She also does a great job of checking comprehensions with reviews within the lesson. Learning a new language is an active experience and she defitely makes it where your brain has to be active during the lesson! She also has very very gentle and kind personality which makes me feel unafraid to make mistakes! She creates a wonderful learning environment. I have already had 2 lesson with her and I have signed up for 13 more. I’m sure I’ll sign up for even more when those have finished! I look forward to speaking with my in-laws as well as traveling to Vietnam and speaking with the locals:)
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Kent P. October 22, 2017
· Vietnamese · Online
Wonderful language teacher. My children really enjoyed the lessons. They learned a lot about the language (speaking and writing) and also about the Vietnamese culture. Strongly recommended.
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About 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 a local government office in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US last year. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to mid-40s. 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 am highly experienced in 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, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and hig
h-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!
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Kuber December 15, 2017
· Japanese · Online
she does a great job structuring the foundation of learning Japanese.
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Anne October 1, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Our son has always been interested in foreign languages. He began teaching him self Japanese in early 2014. He asked us to help him locate a tutor so he could accelerate his learning. We started working with Claire in late 2016 at the age of 14. It has worked out great! She is patient, professional and organized. She keeps us appraised of his progress. We would highly recommend her for anyone interested in learning how to read write and speak Japanese! Ron and Anne L . , Belchertown , MA
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Myanna September 30, 2017
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Clare has a perfect balance for a homeschool instructor. Half "strict" teacher and half fun innovator we have found her balance of worksheets/homework along with Youtube videos to watch and Japanese games to play to be just what we need. My boys are 8 and 10. The 10 yr old actually has a learning disability and he does better in Japanese than with some structures in English!!
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My lesson includes cultural aspect in Japan with life style It is totally depends on what my students are interested in, such as food, sports, music, art, and more. I have a philosophy in teaching. Speaking actively with my student interest enhance writing and reading all at once with letting them to have the maximum motivation to speak up what they want to say. Grammar will catch up naturally by listening how I speak to my students and reading materials they present or I exchange. It works a lot better than text book teaching. My lesson would not be authentic, which means I teach Japanese language that has been used the most in actual life My students speak natural/common Japanese faster. As you are talking about your interest in Japanese language, your vocabulary will increase faster, also you will find other Japanese people or learners who share the same interest quicker and they will stay confidence in speaking with others. Overall, my students like my lesson because this

About Toyoko
Hello, my name is Toyoko Leonard, but everyone call me Yoko because they make mistake to call me Tokyo or even Toyota. Yoko is your new Japanese friend/teacher who teach you anything you want to learn about Japan. I am a mother of two daughters one is 27 and another one is almost 17 years old. Older one was born in Japan, younger one was born in Maine. I was from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. I moved to Maine in 1995 with my older daughter to study English, now I have lived here in Maine as a professional in both Social work and Education field for 22 years. I am still passionate in teaching and teaching is in my blood.
I graduated University of Maine, Orono with BS in Education. I also have Social Work degree with Child Psychology minor in Japan.
I am working at University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine as a Nursing
Lab Specialist. I have taught in University of Maine, Orono Campus as Japanese instructor back in 2003-2004 and also had variety of students in past outside of University, age between 12-80. They are from middle school students, business personal to retired people. I have worked with special needs students in past work, so any people who have disabilities are welcome. I understand that life is more bright to start new things, and I have patience in my teaching. I am very friendly, my time is flexible if you request other lesson schedule than listed here, but I work full time, evening online lesson hours are the most flexible. Please pick the topic what you like to talk about and start from there, you will be surprised how fast you can learn Japanese!
I am open to everyone and open to your needs in education.
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Karly December 31, 2017
· Japanese · In home
Excellent teacher. She has decades of experience and is very enthusiastic about her work. She will truly take the time and cater to your individual learning style to ensure that you get the most out of her sessions. I would highly recommend this instructor.
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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

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