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About Natsuki S.

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I'm a native Japanese speaker who was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.
I've been a freelance translator for various seminars, one-on-one meetings and have translated many business emails/documents/etc.

I'd be happy to help you achieve your goals: whether it be a quick Japanese lesson before your trip to Japan, working on conversational skills, writing Japanese...or anything else!

About Natsuki
Hello Students/Parents:

I have been playing saxophone for 18 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Los Angeles area. I have been teaching music for more than 8 years and have been able to find fun and creative methods for helping my students succeed.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and surrounded by a musical family. I started playing piano at age 4 and started playing saxophone at age 10. I continued my woodwind training in high school by learning to play flute and clarinet. After beginning saxophone, I found I had a passion for big band jazz music. I joined a big band for young musicians and played lead alto with the band for almost 6 years.

After graduating from high school, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship where I studied performance and jazz composition. While I was in Bost
on, I was fortunate to play lots of gigs around town and was also a featured soloist on a number of recitals, recordings, and film scores.

In May 2010, I graduated from Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles. Always maintaining a busy schedule, I have been performing with a number of talented musicians at several venues in the LA area. In addition to playing live shows, I have been recording for film/TV music.

I love all kinds of music: Classical, Pop, Jazz, Rock etc…
Some of my favorite artists/influences include:
Cannonball Adderley, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and many more

Thank you so much for stopping by my page and hope to work with you soon!

Best,
Natsuki

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I am experienced in most styles: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Latin, R&B, Funk, Rock etc…
After discussing your goals, we will figure out the best way to accomplish those goals!

I am a really easy-going person and I want you to have FUN and discover new stuff every time you play your instrument.

After we figure out what you want to play and what areas we want to work on, I will make a special curriculum for you! Each student has a different curriculum that is specific to his or her level and learning style. I give a weekly curriculum after every lesson so you don’t need to worry about forgetting what we worked on at our lesson and you can work on it at home. Looking at past curriculum also provides an excellent way to look at a student’s progress.

One of the most important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument is achieving a good tone. I will help you get a good tone by teaching the fundamentals: from how to hold your instrument, how to blow, etc…

Other topics that we might cover include sight-reading, improvisation, theory, ear training, etc.

You are welcome to bring/suggest any music that you want to work on!

My studio is in a safe and nice family friendly neighborhood as you can see in the photos.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Grand Piano
Music Playback System
Lots of space (parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, R&B, most genres
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Abram April 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Number ( 1 ) 7 *******. stars To her
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Abram April 18, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Fantastic :
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Alex A. January 16, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
The best teacher ever.
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About Taro T.

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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.

About Taro
Hi. I'm a native Japanese speaker from Kobe. I was born and raised there and speak both standard Japanese and Kobe dialect. I'm an expert at bringing one's overall language level from the beginner to intermediate. I will assist you more with English first if you're a beginner and gradually transition to using only Japanese as you get closer to an intermediate level.
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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!
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About Richard W.

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Provo, UT

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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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Owen June 19, 2018
· Japanese · Online
My son just started today with Japanese lessons. Richard quickly found out what he was capable of and challenged him at the level he needed, providing a useful list of words to practice right away. My son loves him!
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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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About Nina M.

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Experienced Japanese tutor available for eager students who are new to Japanese or want to strengthen their skills! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of grammar, cultural understanding and essential vocabulary. I specialize in every day Japanese, typically use the Genki books, and also have audio, movie/show clips, workbooks and other valuable resources available to use during lessons.

About Nina
Hello! My name is Nina and I am an Oakland University graduate with a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature.

I started tutoring Japanese about 5 years ago at the Oakland University Tutoring Center, when I was a student myself, and have been freelancing teaching both online and in-person ever since. It has been an incredibly fun and rewarding experience that I'm looking forward to continuing for many years to come. In addition to freelance teaching, I also work full time at a language training company, where I help translate, interpret and conduct phone calls in Japanese.

Since I started tutoring, I've had students of all ages who often describe me as being friendly, flexible, fun and supportive (and I definitely like to think that's true)! My lessons are always customized to fit my student's needs/goals and I provide plenty of p
ractice and exercises to reinforce topics. My approach is all about structure mixed with fun; I use textbooks/workbooks as a base and supplement lessons with music, movies, books, articles and other media based on my student's interests.

If you would be interested in taking Japanese lessons, please feel free reach out to me anytime and I would be happy to learn about your language goals and how we can get there together. Looking forward to hearing from you! : )
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Logan P. February 12, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Sol October 26, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Nina has great communication skills and knows just how to present the material. She has the patience and is a great motivator. Works well around my busy schedule. I am looking forward to more learning :)
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Ryan D. October 6, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Great first lesson! Looking forward to more.
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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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Kathy June 18, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Yoojin is very sweet and encouraging. Her enthusiasm makes her very fun to learn from! My 9 year old son is looking forward to his next Japanese lesson.
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Jules S. May 8, 2018
· Korean · Online
Yoojin Kim is very friendly, and goes at your child's pace! She really has a great approach to breaking down the language into easy to understand the parts! Highly recommend!
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Kyle January 29, 2018
· Japanese · Online
great teacher! Friendly and patient and really understands how to teach a language to beginners!
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About Seiko D.

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Hi My name is Seiko. I am an experienced Japanese tutor teaching locally in Silicon vally/Bay area, CA. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.

About Seiko
I enjoy teaching Japanese. I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. I have a college degree in Japan with a secondary teaching credential as well as a BS degree in the US. Prior to a Japanese tutor, I worked at global companies in Japan and the US for 15+ years would be a plus for tutoring and mentoring your goals.

Everyone has a different style and level of learning languages. I teach beginners to advanced levels. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements, and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For school students, I am familiar with textbooks being used in the bay area. I teach my students based on their school classes and assignment preparations. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also str
engthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.
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Javier January 25, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu
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George O. January 7, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was very exciting to learn with her and I am excited for future lessons.
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Jana Y. October 30, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
My teacher was very friendly and sweet. She gelped me a lot to get motivated for my future lessons.
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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.

About Yoshifumi
Native Japanese Sensei who love Anime & Manga I am a native Japanese tutor. I have 20 years of teaching Japanese Language experience at my own school in Davie FL that . I had many students from beginner to advanced level. Especially If you like Anime and Japanese movie I am perfect for you. Let me help you improve your skills!!
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JeanPierre June 21, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Adam June 20, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Mr Yoshi is an amazing teacher! Although I was very nervous, he carefully explained things and encouraged me. He wrote everything, clearly, so I could study later and made sure I understood the meaning behind the words and the reasons those phrases were used, in what context and to whom. I'm extremely happy that I've taken lessons from him. Thank you Mr Yoshi and Take Lessons! I'm even more dedicated to learning Japanese now!
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Jorge June 18, 2018
· Karate · In studio
After Practice of Oyamada karate......!
The core emphasis in Oyamada Karate is use of the Sabaki Method, a system of techniques employed with the goal of turning an opponent's power and momentum against opponents and re- positioning oneself to the opponent's -blind- spot to counterattack from a more advantageous position.
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About Ai P.

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Hi, I’ve taught Japanese since 2002 and I’ve always enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. I have taught American adults and college students for over 5 years now. Teaching Japanese to American military personnel and spouses who were stationed in Japan was the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. They truly needed the language skills to live in Japan, and they really appreciated that they were able to learn survival Japanese that’s instantly useful out in town.

I grew up in Japan and came to US to go to college. Since I was a college student, I taught Japanese to middle and high school students during summer in Japan. I have Master of Education in TESL. Yes, I used to teach English more vigorously, but I found teaching Japanese more rewarding. I teach all levels including those who are starting out and also want to improve their fluency and understand the culture and history!
I’m looking forward to working with whoever is interested in my language :) Thank you!!

About Ai
I started my teaching career when I was a college student. In Japan, I taught both English and Japanese to middle and high school students at a private academy. I have also taught Japanese to adults especially the spouses stationed in Japan and also community college. I have the Master of Education in TESL; therefore, I’ve taught English more vigorously, but know what it takes to be successful at second language acquisition. I really find it rewarding to teach those who are interested in Japanese language and culture.

I like to get to know your learning styles and what motivates you. I will cater to your needs and make your own lesson plan just for you.

I love teaching and discovering my own culture through the eyes of the students. I love to meet new people and just love the people who want to learn a foreign language. It gives you
an opportunity to widen your view of the world!

I’ve also played the piano since I was 3 years old and have the Yamaha certification; therefore, I teach piano too. I also love to play!!
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Sandy H. June 21, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Teacher Ai is very gentle and nice - so far our kids enjoy learning from her and I am happy with her communication skills.
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Katie March 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
Ai has been very responsive and worked with us to find a good fit for our daughters lessons, she is 4. The first lesson went well and my daughter enjoyed it, which is all I wamted. Thanks Ai!!
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About Rie T.

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As a native Japanese speaker, who has spent the last 30 years in the United States, I understand the structural and grammatical differences in the two languages. This gives me both the teacher’s and the student’s perspectives, which I find valuable as a language instructor.

I have taught Japanese to college students and adults, using beginning Japanese textbooks, and I am most comfortable teaching high school/college students and adults.
I can also teach conversational Japanese and/or customize the lesson to meet each student’s particular goals and needs.

Send me a message to find out if we are a good match!

About Rie
Born and raised in Japan, I moved to the United States in the 80's to pursue the goal of obtaining a library degree. Fast forward almost 30 years, I now live in Western New York, working in a local school district.
In the past 30 years, I have worked as a librarian, an English instructor in Japan, and a school administrative assistant. I have also taught Japanese to college students and adults in my free time, and when I become an empty nester this summer, would love to dedicate more time teaching the language and customs of my native country. I can help you with homework, conversational Japanese, and more - just contact me and we can find out if we are a good match!
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Leah April 19, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Rie did a great job teaching my kids Japanese. She’s loving, caring and my kids were excited to see her every week! I strongly recommend Rie! Love her!!
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Jose April 19, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
What an incredible teacher! So patient, kind, and always willing to help me work on my Japanese.
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Sara April 19, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Amazing teacher!! Patient and caring with my kids! Totally recommend.
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