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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...
http://support.takelessons.com/hc/en-us/articles/202972993-What-is-the-24-Hour-Golden-Rule-
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Nyle September 21, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Toshi is Extremely knowledgable and reliable teacher.
Toshi is able to work with you regardless of your prior knowledge of language. He is able to work out a lesson plan that will fit your needs as well as having the flexibility to work with your schedule. As a native speaker of japanese, he understands practicle use of day to day conversations aswell as the formal side of it all. He will help you build the essential foundations required so that you may learn how to read,write,speak, and understand Japanese speak.
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Wesley September 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Toshi Sensei is a great teacher! I started seeing him after I received a low grade on a Japanese test, but within weeks of seeing him I was getting A's on every test. He's very patient and time effective. Every time I leave a session I feel that much more confident in my Japanese. Overall he's a cool guy and makes it easy to learn.
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Stephanie September 17, 2017
· Japanese · Online
We are thrilled to have found Toshi to tutor our son in Japanese. He is everything you want in an educator for your child: he is fun, patient, informed and responsible. He makes learning fun and effective. Our son looks forward to his time with Toshi and is benefiting tremendously from their lessons. Five stars all the way!!!!!
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About Ben U.

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Columbus, OH

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About Ben
Music Lessons & Tutoring

Welcome to my studio, where I will instruct you in your musical and academic endeavors. What sets me apart is that I offer diverse instruction in two different areas. In my music studio, I give lessons in piano, violin, guitar, and composition. In my tutoring center, I specialize in Latin (learning from scratch and tutoring). I instruct students of all ages at different skill levels.

My in-studio lessons are given on a grand piano.

Education

BM Music Composition -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
BA Classics (Greek and Latin) -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
Classics Fellowship -- Indiana University, 2013-2014
Piano Training: Collegiate lessons from Steven Glaser and private lessons from George Haddad

Accomplishments

As a high school senior, under the tutelage of OSU Profess
or Emeritus and world-renowned pianist George Haddad, I performed the first movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the chamber orchestra.

I performed different self-composed pieces at seven OSU Composers' Workshops and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition in 2012. My Senior Composition Recital was performed on October 25, 2012. It showcased several of my three-movement works: string quartet, clarinet solo, set of classical songs for piano and voice, set of pop songs for piano and voice. Interspersed with these were two solo piano pieces and a duet for piano and violin.

My background makes me a knowledgeable and effective tutor. I was valedictorian at Delaware Hayes High School in 2009 and received OSU's Maximus Scholarship based on my ACT and SAT scores.
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Catherine August 30, 2017
· Violin ·
My son enjoyed his experience and he was patient with him.
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Catherine H. August 21, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Martha August 17, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very patient teacher.
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About Michael L.

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Austin, TX

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About Michael
I am a classically trained and professional musician who has worn many different musical hats over the years. I began playing drums when I was 14, in Houston, TX with Craig LeMay, and since then I have learned many different string and world instruments. I studied music theory and vocal performance at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy, taken sitar lessons from Mita Nag in Kolkatta, India, and jazz performance in Austin, TX with Joey Colarusso. I have played in many different bands over the years, such as accompanying Michael Kiwanuka with the musical saw, accompanying Katie Sachs with the musical saw, playing bass guitar with Halaska and DJing private events with Spacecraft Entertainment. I have been teaching music to special education students, in Austin public schools, and foster children with Kids in a New Groove. I have als
o built and modified many of my own instruments and ready to teach you some quirky musical production skills as well. I believe listening and being adaptable to an individual student's needs are the keys to teaching anyone to express themselves through music.

After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
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Alex Derzhi July 31, 2016
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Michael is doing a great job getting me started on my piano journey. The exercises and drills he is teaching me have helped me feel comfortable at the keyboard. I've even learned a song already, after just 2 lessons!

Highly recommended.
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Alaina ( Ally) Robertson June 17, 2016
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My 8 year old daughter took piano lessons from Michael and she really enjoyed learning the basics in fun ways. He was VERY patient and able to meet her where she was at, but still knew how to challenge her. I would recommend Michael to any beginner level piano player!
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Daniel Elsner April 9, 2016
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Really good teacher. I had never played piano before and Michael was great at instantly giving me things to work on and gave off the impression that lessons were tailored to what I was interested in and the direction I personally wanted to go with the piano. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone else looking for a good instructor in piano or any other musical instrument he works with.
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Michael L.

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About Melody T.

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New York, NY

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About Melody
Melody Tai is an accomplished harpist, dancer, and pianist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

She has been on stage since the age of four and has performed on some of the world’s largest stages including center stage at the 2015 Grammy Awards with Stevie Wonder and Usher. Melody loves performing in high pressure situations whether it’s in an orchestral, a pop/rock environment, a professional chamber group, or it’s for a solo recital or competition.

Aside from performing, Melody also loves teaching and sharing her artistic crafts. She has been teaching for five years through multiple studios in Southern California, Northern California, and New York City. As a teacher, she prides herself in training the technical and and historical aspects of her art forms to make sure students develop appropriate technique to
avoid injury both immediate and long term. At the same time, she promotes a fun environment and learning experience for even the most difficult students. She focuses on beginning- intermediate levels, but has experience training all ages from beginners to coaching for international competitions.

Melody received her musical training from Alexandra Perdew, Mei Lau, Daniel Alfred Wachs, and The Little Dance World company and school. She completed all of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music levels in piano and holds a Royal Academy of Dance certificate with Distinction at the Advanced Vocational Level. In addition, she has won and been a finalist at many competitions in the above fields, including the 2016 Grandjany Memorial Competition, Lily Laskine International Junior Prix, AHS and ASTA regional competitions, and Beverly Hills ACT-SO, as well as being a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 and the American Harp Society.

In addition to being an artist, Melody is also currently completing a degree in Sustainable Development at Columbia University in the City of New York. She tutors in academic subjects as well including ACT Test Prep, High School Math and Literature, and ESL Reading.
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Destiny August 14, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
Melody was an incredibly kind and patient teacher. There were multiple times when I couldn't understand the material right away, but she would work with me until I was comfortable with it. She was really understanding with my struggles in math. I would highly recommend her as an instructor.
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Kiana April 28, 2016
· Harp · In studio
Melody is as lovely as she is talented. Not only does she understand the harp inside and out, but her playing is like nothing I've ever heard. While she can of course play classic tunes, she is also innovative with the harp, tackling some of today's most popular hits. Most importantly, however, Melody is patient. While the harp is her first passion and she is well beyond her years, she is not only willing, but eager to share her talent with others. It has been a pleasure learning from someone who has in time become a friend. I would recommend Melody to any and everyone with the slightest passion for harp. While it is a joy learning from her, the greatest treat is hearing her play. Thanks for everything Mels!
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William T April 19, 2016
· Chinese · In home
She was extremely helpful and patient despite my very poor knowledge with the language. Would recommend as a instructor for any subject, not just my weakest one. Occasionally asked problems not regarding Chinese and still got very helpful advice.
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About Clarissa B.

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Auburn, CA

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About Clarissa
I focus on the student. My approach and materials will vary depending on the progress, past experience and interests of the student. I want her or him to want to learn.My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, travel, reading, and language learning.

I am working on my Masters in Secondary English and currently hold an Associates in ECE, this combined with my extensive experience with the AP system and the time that I lived in and attended université in France make me qualified to tutor in these subjects and the satellite subject areas such as diction, study skills, reading and writing. I have experience learning four foreign languages in addition to English. It is my love of the learning process, patience and passion for these subjects, however, that are most efficacious in the tutoring process. Best of luck with your studies!
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Tom & Mary August 30, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa was very flexible with her lesson and accommodating with my particular needs.
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Marcia June 7, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa knows her subject well and how to assess a student's level of proficiency so that she can appropriately tailor the lessons to the need and goals. She also has a wonderful sense of humor which keeps the learning environment light and less stressful!
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Michele P. March 30, 2017
· French · Online
Patient, professional and persistent!
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About Young-Ju K.

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About Young-Ju
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I graduated with a degree in Japanese and English literature. After I graduated college, I went to take TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. Since then, I have spent several years teaching English, Korean and Japanese and being a supervisor to several other teachers. I'm currently taking "Early Childhood Education" classes at college, and I've been working at a Early Childhood center for 1st and 2nd grade.

I have an outgoing type of personality, and enjoy teaching others to improve their knowledge of either Japanese, Korean or the English language. I also enjoy doing yoga, cooking, traveling, staying active, hiking, and also enjoy trying new things.

I like to help people learn languages faster in a fun way. So I use many different materials to boost le
arning faster. With my my extensive knowledge of the Korean and Japanese language, and Korean and Japanese culture I will be able to teach you anything and everything about Korea and Japan. I look forward to teaching you and to help you learn and improve on your goals.
Thank you!!
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Tanya P. September 21, 2017
· Korean · Online
Ms. Young Ju is very nice and helped me learn the Korean alphabet in less than an hour she is a very nice teacher and i would love to learn more.
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Therese September 8, 2017
· Korean · Online
Young Ju is very patient and structures lessons well. She makes sure you understand something before moving on. She takes the time to get to know you personally too. Great instructor!
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James August 27, 2017
· Korean · Online
Excellent instructor! Young-Ju has a very solid approach that teaches new material without being overwhelming, reviews content without redundancy, and integrates native conversation for an immersive experience. I studied Japanese for years so I also really appreciate that she can relate new Korean vocabulary and expressions to already familiar Japanese equivalents. She's patient and easy to talk to, qualities you should definitely set as priority while searching out an instructor.
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