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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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· 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 Toshi M.

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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 be able to learn in your spare time, on coffee break, at the beach, or at any public cafe! You will be able to learn wearing your pajamas during your day off in your home or even when you on your vacation! I can be with you everywhere by Skype! You will be able to learn from anywhere and from any country! I have ten years of experience in ...

About Toshi
Welcome! My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan.

I am currently working with a new project through Google called, "Ok Glass." It's a data collection project that leads to the betterment of Google products for voice search capabilities in their Google search engine, Chrome software and Google Glass. Google has chosen me to record, translate and transcribe for these projects within the Japanese division!

***Please read my entire page including the Cancellation, reschedule and late Policy carefully before purchasing lessons!!***

My tutoring policy is not just simply to teach the Japanese language as a Japanese. No, I always want to teach students more than the language.

If you are interested in the Japanese traditions as well as the language and traditions, then that is a good start for lea
rning. Fun, interest and enjoyment are the best tools for learning with my tutoring.

You will not only be able to speak Japanese, but you will grasp the traits of the Japanese language, traditions, history, culture, and, most importantly, the uniquely Japanese styles of courtesy and customs simultaneously!

I teach practical Japanese so you can actually communicate and exchange proper responses with real Japanese with a sense of smooth conversation. My teaching method varies depending on the student's level.

Are you struggling?

Perhaps you went to a Japanese language school, but when you saw Japanese anime or movies you still did not understand? Then you wondered WHY, didn'™t you! After all, you paid so much money for school!

Here is the answer: most of the school are not teaching true and complete Japanese! Yes, they are teaching proper Japanese very well. but it only works for some test like a JLPT or speaking at work.

The SECRET is that Japanese people do not speak proper Japanese all the time. They usually speak casual, informal Japanese when they are talking with friends and family, and there are gender differences in spoken Japanese!

Japanese movies and anime cartoons, manga, are mostly stories of friends and family, NOT stories of formal work.

That is why you need to know proper Japanese and casual, informal Japanese both! The Japanese culture and language have customs and orders which you must know and understand completely!

I teach both of these structures at the same time. You need to know when and how to change from proper verbs to casual, informal verbs, and then you will begin to understand the Japanese anime and movies!

I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. If you are only interested in JLPT Training (any level) or AP Japanese Language and Culture, we can certainly work with that.

However, I also teach business Japanese, word beautification, gender differences in spoken Japanese, proper and casual conversations, polite language, humble language, and respectful verbs. This is necessary for improving your personal and business relations!

I also teach Japanese slang along with many other aspects of the Japanese culture. Whatever you need or want to learn, I am here to assist you!

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can tutor you in private lessons at your computer. I am experienced with teaching all levels and all ages!

I give a fun, relaxed lesson and work to teach the precise and gentle true Japanese way in a friendly and open-minded one-on-one session or group lessons via Skype.

I believe you will find everything you need, because I am focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. I will do everything I can to meet your expectations, and with a variety of offerings to choose from, I am sure you will be happy working with me!

I also teach ORIGAMI (Japanese art of paper folding), Japanese Calligraphy, how to make SUSHI, and how to hold the Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony, How to make healthy Japanese foods. I am able to give you information about J-POP and traditional Japanese songs as well. We can have fun with those, too.

If you would like to have a lesson once per week or twice per week, let's discuss the possibilities!

I do not usually set up a specific 10-hour or 20-hour plan, because it all depends on the student's level.

I then find the best speed for each student. At that point, if you want to stop at 10 hours, that is fine, and you can stop! Or, if you want to continue to do the class, you can continue. You may stop at 8, 15 or 30 sessions... whatever is best for you!

Do you want to speak Japanese for a few conversations... or do you want to speak Japanese fluently? Or perhaps you want to take a Japanese Language Proficiency Test or AP Japanese Language and Culture Test? That all depends on your achievement!

You can let me know if you want to continue or not anytime! Let's go from there!

If you have any questions about my tutoring, please feel free to contact me through TakeLessons.com.

Hope to see you soon, I look forward to lesson with you! :)

ARIGATOU :)

Have an awesome day and God Bless!

Toshi

***Cancellation, reschedule and late, others policy***
Class cancellations and rescheduling must be done 24 hours in advance before the scheduled lesson. If you do not reach me within the 24 hour period, you will be charged for the lesson. (You must contact me 24 hours in advance or else you will be charged for the lesson. It does not matter what the reason the is, you will be charged.)

If you cannot make your assigned lesson time for more than two weeks consecutively (for vacation, camp, or for any other reason) I will have to give your lesson time to another student. I work with many students and have a busy teaching schedule, which means that I cannot afford to hold a time slot with a student that cannot consistently show up for their lesson. If you would to start lessons again, I ask that you please chose your preferred day and time from my availability, and then let me know when you want to start again. I will then put you in my schedule.

If you are going to be late for your lesson, please contact me by text or Skype message before your scheduled class. If you are late 5 minutes or more to class (without prior notice), your lesson will be cancelled, and you will be charged for the missed lesson. No refunds given and you might be terminated from my calendar. Please note: if you signed up for lessons with me, you have agreed to my cancellation, reschedule, and late policy. Also, please read The 24 Hour Golden Rule by takelessons.com...
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Laura January 16, 2018
· Japanese · Online
We love everything about Toshi! He is amazing with our daughter who is not always the easiest to work with. Our daughter also cannot stop talking about him which is such a great feeling. Toshi is the perfect tutor!
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Judy January 8, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I'm able to learn a lot from each lesson mainly because Toshi has been able to teach me in a patient and easily comprehensible way. Not once did I feel uncomfortable. I also learn different ways to practice a language with not just Japanese, but in general. Not only does he talk about basics, particles, verbs, grammar, and other parts of the Japanese language, but he also goes over some interesting culture fun facts that I never knew, which has kept the lessons interesting. For a determined student like myself, I not only make a lot of progress reaching my goal of learning a language, but also enjoy it along the way and that's why I think Toshi’s teaching is optimal for those who really want to learn Japanese.
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Craig December 29, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Toshi has been a tremendous tutor that has helped me progress in my Japanese learning each week. He is patient and provides excellent direction and guidance to continue building off the previous week's lesson. The lessons are part discussion, part textbook work, which allows for both learning of new material (grammar, vocab, kanji, etc.) as well as application of that learning through conversation -- which is really how you start to learn the language. Could not ask for a better tutor!
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About Hiromi S.

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I am a native Japanese speaker from Tokyo. Currently, I am an instructor at the Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School, which provides courses entirely in Japanese. Whether you want to improve your reading or writing skills, or you are simply looking for a conversation partner, let me know!

About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Aviva September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter had a wonderful experience with Hiromi. She is looking forward to working with her again next week!
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Hao December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Just the first leson but i love the way she explained and teached
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Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided him through perfectly, while then following up with structure. Thanks to Hiromi and a wonderful first lesson. :)
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About Richard W.

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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!

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 compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.

I am currently writing music for video games.
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Valerie L. December 15, 2017
· English · Online
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Rachel M November 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Richard is awesome with my daughter. He continues to be patient with her and with me, as often my work schedule conflicts with lessons. He continues to work with me despite the schedule conflicts. My daughter is enjoying Piano more and more, as he continues to find ways to help her learn. Thanks for all the hard work.
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Glover November 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
He has helped me a lot. Japanese is challenging!
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About Sunho K.

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Here is a little about me, I'm from Korea, graduated in Japan, working in America. Also,I'm an outgoing person. I like cooking, painting and watching movies. I really would like to meet new students who interested in Asian culture and people who would like to share their lifestyles and hobbies. Hope to meet you soon!

About Sunho
Hi, My name is Sunho. I'm from Korea and lived in Japan for about 5 years. I'd like to meet people who want learn language. I can teach Korean and Japanese. Here is a little about me, I'm an outgoing person. I like cooking, painting and watching movies. I really would like to meet new students who interested in Asian culture and people who would like to share their lifestyles and hobbies. Hope to meet you soon!
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Chyna Y. January 20, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Thank you! I had a great first lesson!
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Alex January 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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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About Yoojin K.

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Hajimemashite!
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 2 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 meet many wonderful people and make many new friends.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing the Korean and/or Japanese languages with you. If you're looking for enjoyable language study to meet your goals, you've found the right person!
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Kaylin January 12, 2018
· Korean · Online
Yoojin is so friendly and sweet. I just had my first lesson and I am looking forward to learning Korean with her.
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Rick August 8, 2017
· Korean · Online
Yoojin, is an excellent instructor! She is always in a good mood, promoting a great learning atmosphere. She presents the material in such a way that makes learning fun. One of the best instructors I have ever had.
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Meredith August 4, 2017
· Korean · Online
She is very nice and easy to learn from. She explains everything so great and if I have any questions or need her to slow down she adjusts to fit my needs! She's the best!!! I've only had one lesson from her so far and I can't wait for my next lesson. She makes a difficult language to learn simple and clear.
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About 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 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!

Bio:
I have been in love with language my whole life. This led to learning and studying English for the past 30 years. In learning English I rediscovered my love of Japanese language as well. I would like to share my enthusiasm for Japanese language with you.

I grew up in a family in which everyone was a t
eacher including my grandmothers, grandfather, aunts, uncle, and my parents. My family inspired me to become an educator as well where I would have the chance to make a difference in students' educational, social, and emotional well-being. I earned my teaching credential from Kochi Women's University in Japan and a Master's in Intercultural communication from Kobe University, Japan.

During graduate school days, I worked as a tutor for international Master's and PhD students to assist them on their theses in Japanese. After I moved to Los Angeles, I started my career in the corporate world, and have worked in the US, Canada and Japan for last 15 years. In Canada, I taught Classic Japanese and Chinese Poetry at Toronto Japanese School as a high school teacher.
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Jessie N.

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About Daniel F.

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Having lived in Japan and worked in Japan for over 8 years in a number of places, I can speak in casual language, dialects, and in polite language. I focus on speaking and learning/memorizing patterns that are useful so rather than trying to translate from English to Japanese, you can just put together basic sentences in simple ways and communicate in a more natural way.

About Daniel
I have been teaching for over ten years in a wide variety of situations and in a lot of different places. I have lived in two of the biggest cities in the world, New York and Tokyo. I have visited quite a few countries. I have taught people from all over the world. Doing that has given me a lot of interests and information. I am always trying to learn more from my students and also share with them the many things that I have learned from students, travel, and life in general. I am open, outgoing, positive and I am very good at focusing on details and coming up with a plan. That helps me figure out what students need, make a plan for them, and motivate them to follow it. I have a lot of interests, so I am easy to get along with and talk to. I love music, travel, cooking, health, the outdoors, sports (bouldering, hiking, watersport
s, the beach, etc.).
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About Toyoko L.

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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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Looking for more ways to practice speaking Japanese? Whether you're an intermediate Japanese student or you just started taking Japanese lessons, these tips from Brighton, MA teacher Kaoru N. will boost your confidence in your Japanese conversation skills... Real-life language skills are often very different from the skills you learn from a textbook or in a classroom. Think about your own language, you didn’t just learn in class; you engaged in conversations and used your language in real
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Do you ever get the feeling that you don’t REALLY belong in the land of big macs and slurpees? Sure, you love living in the land of opportunity and there are things in the U.S. that you couldn't imagine living without. That being said, you’re ready for a change. Don’t worry, there’s a country that perfectly matches your personality—no matter how quirky or eccentric you are. Take this fun and easy quiz to see where you should live. Before you pack your bags and board a plane to Ita
Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
With three different writing systems, learning Japanese can be confusing for beginners. It's much easier to break the systems down, and focus on one at a time. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. shares his tips to help you learn hiragana...  There are three types of letters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana are based on sounds and pronunciation. In kanji, each character has its own meaning. Hiragana characters are the most fundamental and basic chara
12 Japanese Holidays and Celebrations [Infographic]
From January through December, there are many ways to participate in Japan’s special occasions. So if you're taking Japanese lessons, make sure you get in on the fun! Mark your calendar, here are 12 Japanese holidays you should remember. Ganjitsu - New Year's Day January 1st People around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day. In Japan, many businesses remain closed until the 3rd, and there are all types of parties and traditions. Japanese people view each year as a fre
7 Simple Ways to Study Japanese
Lots of people are interested in learning Japanese, but they quickly discover that Japanese is not a simple language. With hard work and the right study habits, learning the language can be fun and rewarding. Here are seven easy ways to study Japanese from language teacher Elaina R... When you're learning a new language, it's important to start small and slowly build on what you're learning in your classes or lessons. Consistent study time and practice will help to reinforce both the writ

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