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About Toshi M.

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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 Amadou C.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

As an engineering major at IIT, I naturally maintain an ex
emplary study ethic that inspires my students to achieve more. I bring results. I relate to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, music, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to develop a passion for the courses I tutor. Additionally, I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose enigmatic topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to fuel their future academic endeavors. I guarantee quality, commitment, and a passion for training my students to be the best.

I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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Will December 6, 2017
· Algebra · Online
Amadou was patient and made learning easy for me.
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Leah November 28, 2017
· AP Calculus · Online
We only had one lesson with Amadou, but he was very nice and easy to schedule with. We're trying out a few different teachers to find the right fit, but are definitely considering Amadou in our top choices. Thank you!
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Latissya November 2, 2017
· Common Core Math · Online
Very kind and patient. Has qualities to help those not confident in Math to feel empowered. My 8 year old finished her first training lesson with Amadou smiling about Math. That was a first!
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About Darya L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am a Stanford graduate (Class of '06, BA in Political Science) with teaching experience in Algebra, Spanish, History, and English. I am a test preparation tutor as well, having tutored the ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, GRE, CBEST, CSET, SSAT, HSPT over the course of many years. In particular, I have substantial experience with History, English, and Reading Comprehension tutoring (English Language Learners welcome). I am fairly available and have experience with online tutoring.
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Neil Deore July 14, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Darya is very engaging with my 11 year old son and makes the Spanish lessons fun and interesting. She is teaching him Spanish step by step. My son enjoys his Spanish lessons.
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Seemantini K. June 4, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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About Victor S.

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South Yarmouth, MA
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I'm 24 yo, quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert and outspoken. I'm resourceful and solve new and challenging problems. I'm adapt at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. I'm good at reading other people. I get bored by routine. I will seldom do the same thing the same way. I'm apt to turn to one new interest after another. I have years of experience in teaching children and adults. I use MBTI as my main tool, knowing that each person has a different way to learn. I consider myself funny and kind, I'm not a robot while I'm teaching. I taught in an Language Center for 4 years and I've been traveling around the globe in order to improve my knowledge about different country where English is the first language. Will be a pleasure to share all my experiences with you.
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Lauryn W. June 24, 2016
· Portuguese · Online
Victor is a really, really good teacher!! He's funny, engaging, he cares about your experience and helping you learn the way you learn best, and at your pace. That doesn't mean he's too soft or let's it be too easy, because he does challenge you. He tells you before you start that some lessons will be easier, and others will be difficult. All in all, I think he's pretty awesome, and amazing to work with!!
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About Elsa S.

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Hackensack, NJ
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About Elsa
Hi, there! My name Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is personalized to my students needs. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Genevieve January 7, 2018
· French · Online
So good!
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· French · Online
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Charlotte December 14, 2017
· French · Online
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About Silvana G.

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Charlotte, NC
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hi dears my name is silvana i am italian teacher,i have experience in teaching italian for foriegners since2012 and i have MASTER degree from university of venice ca'foscari in teaching italian language and culture for foriegners.i am available to help you in italian and u are more than welcome ;)
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Stephen January 20, 2018
· Italian · In home
Silvana is very knowledgeable in Italian and a very professional teacher. Perfect for one-on-one lessons!
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Glen K. December 5, 2017
· Italian · In studio
This was a really good experience for me. Silvana loves to teach Italian and her enthusiasm shows which is a great motivator. She is extremely knowledgeable. I look forward to continued lessons.
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Jessica Kellie September 26, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Silvana is so very talented, easy to understand and connect with.
I feel confident she has the abilities to instruct anyone to learn Italian as a second language.
Very pleased with my decision to have her teach me!!
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About Miriam C.

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Charlotte, NC
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Teaching is certainly a calling, and I love it whole-heartedly. Since I grew up as an expat-child, living in various countries and attending international schools, I am multilingual and multicultural. I am a certified foreign language teacher (B.ed. English), Italian and Dutch with 20 years of teaching experience. What I love most about my job is connecting with students of all ages and backgrounds and making my lessons goal-oriented (with a strong focus on daily survival and communication skills, but also more business-focussed, grammar-focussed, or phonics-focussed for children with learning differences).
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Miriam C.

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Charlotte, NC 28277
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About Maite A.

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Mooresville, NC
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I'm from Cuba so I speak Spanish "very" well. I don't like bored classes. I like to interact with my students, talk with them and make them feel comfortable with the new language.
I like to do more than one diferent activity each class, I mix painting with games, songs and videos as tools to teach, that makes classes funny.
In my experience as a teacher I've learned that children need to undestand the importance to learn a new language, how important is that for their future, but they have to enjoy the learning process because they already have lots of responsabilities from, that's why my method consist in use all the tools I have to make me sure they really have fun while they are learning Spanish.
I'm gonna make them work hard, but they are gonna love it.
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Maite A.

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Mooresville, NC 28117
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About Viviane S.

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San Bernardino, CA
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About Viviane
Hola! I have spoken Spanish all my life, my family believed in dual learning since birth. I have a Masters in Public Administration working in the Education sector. I teach my friend’s and neighborhood children Spanish. I have a passion for teaching and learning! I can work with beginners as well as advanced; reading and writing. If you are in college, let’s talk about a semester in Mexico! I am available weekends and evenings.
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Viviane S.

Viviane S.

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