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Toshi M.

333 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 2 to 85
  • Business from USC
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Toshi M.

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⭐️ I am a US base veteran NATIVE Japanese language instructor/coach with over 16 years of experience. I teach people of all ages from all over the world, through online platforms. Anyone knows me knows that I am a STRICT teacher and serious when it comes to Japanese language matters. I’m living in Los Angeles ( in the Valley ) CA, USA for more than 26 years. (PST). Yes. I literally have “Valley English Accent” Ha just kidding! 😁 Currently, I have students from the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Russia, Italy, Germany, Japan, New Zealand.

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About Toshi

Welcome! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹πŸ» My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan. 🌟 I am also working on a project through Google, since 2013. It's a data collection project that leads to the betterment of Google products for voice search capabilities in their Google search engine, Chrom

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Ramon R.
Really great teacher. Easy to learn with and is very good at explaining the cultural aspects of the Japanese language.
Julianne
Out of all the tutors I've been with over the years, Toshi is by far the best. He is able to take the most difficult concepts and break it down to where anyone can understand which is something that most teachers aren't good at. All and all Toshi is very knowledgeable at what he does as well as understanding and accommodating. Toshi is celebrity tutor you can't go wrong with.
Liz
I’m totally new to Japanese and I was very nervous. I just completed my 3rd lesson and I'm finding learning Japanese is fun! Toshi is very patient and he is helping me create a plan forward. I have been working hard and have kind of gotten Hiragana, but I need a lot more practice. I am able to read and write some words and in our lesson today I spoke my first complete Japanese sentence. Thank you, Toshi for your help and for making my Japanese journey fun! :D
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Hikaru I.

22 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2010
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Hikaru I.

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During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a president of SUNY Albany Japanese Student Association and also worked as a TA for Japanese 101 classes, and I absolutely love to teach languages! I understand it is often very hard to find a language tutor outside of the spoken community, and I hope to provide you with the opportunity to be exposed to authentic media sources to acquire natural fluency. Hope to hear from you soon!

About Hikaru

γ―γ˜γ‚γΎγ—γ¦ & thank you for taking a moment to check out my profile! I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and I moved to NY with my family during high school. I've completed Master's degrees in Language Education & Communication, and Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance and Political Science. I enjoyed o

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Very kind and friendly. Would love to continue lessons with her! Was also very organized with a great lesson plan.
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Jessie N.

11 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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 language

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Jenna S.
Excellent!
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Caitlin V.
I love her! She is so energetic and engaging! It feels like learning with a friend then with an instructor. She gives me when praise and encouragement when I do something well which helps boost my confidence in learning/speaking Japanese, something I lacked when I was taking languages in school. 10/10 would recommend if you are looking for a fun one on one while learning a new language!
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Asuka U.

47 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • Speaks English, Japanese, French(Intermidiate)
  • Teaching since 2005
  • Teaches Beginner
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Asuka U.

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

About Asuka

About. “Her exceptional talent will continue to open many doors of opportunity for her in NYC where she continues to thrive as an excellent artist. Subsequently, she is a valuable contribution the opera industry.” The Metropolitan Opera Guild ​“Combination of the Ms. Uchida’s stunning presence

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Shirrey
very kind and motivating ! thank you so much
Nilson
It was super fun and an awesome experience for just my first day. Ms.Uchida is super nice and a really nice person to talk to. I was nervous at first when I started but she quickly helped me get rid of my nervousness and have a fun time learning Japanese. If you are looking for a teacher to learn Japanese or piano then I highly recommend Ms.Uchida
Julia
Asuka is a wonderful teacher. She has been teaching me how to play without any force and read effectively.
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Masaki K.

17 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2013
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing from California State University
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Masaki K.

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Do you want to understand your favorite anime show, movies or Japanese culture better? Do you want to learn to crack jokes in Japanese and win any crowd over? Would you like to do business in Japan and need someone who can not only teach you the language, but cultural differences and etiquette so you can win over any client?

Japanese and English are polar opposites in many ways.
Sentence structures are upside down. English is written horizontally left to right, but traditional Japanese is written vertically right to left.
Communicating can be difficult when what can be spoken directly in English has to be said in more subtle ways in Japanese, and this miscommunication can cause relationships to break down.

My passion is to help people cross cultural barriers and make new friends.
Learning a new language can build confidence and expand your mind in ways you never thought possible!

One of the signs that you have truly mastered a language is to understand the humor. I can ...

About Masaki

About me. I was born in Fukuoka, Japan and moved to the US when I was 18. I studied ESL then got a degree in marketing and worked in Real Estate and Finance for many years. I learned English from scratch when I moved to California and am now completely fluent in English, so much so that peop

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Sara B.
Very kind and engaging!
Amber
I had a toothache in Tokyo! SO fun!
Rowan
Very friendly and engaging !
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Brenden R.
Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.

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The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $85. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $42 and $134 per hour.
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Arigatougozaimasu"
Najine
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"I just had my first lesson with Sensei Yoshi Oyamada. He was very efficient with the time we had, and he had a very good structure for the lesson. I'm looking forward to continuing."
Ben
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Thanks Sensei. Yoshifumi has a good attitude in teaching Japanese.
I recommend his class to everybody."
Max
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"I could not find a good Japanese language teacher in my town(LA) but FL. I love his lesson . So helpful and inexpensive."
Jammy
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"He is a excellent teacher.Thank you Sensei"
Mimi
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Aimi is such a sweet lady! She is very accommodating and friendly. She cares and focuses on what you want/need to learn. She speaks good English and she's always on time. I would definitely recommend her!"
Steph
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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"Natsuki is so knowledgeable, as well as kind and patient!! Exactly what my kids need!!"
Harper
Took Japanese lessons from Natsuki S.
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"I like his online class very much."
Mike E
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Thank you! I had a great first lesson!"
Chyna
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Hikaru is down to earth, conversational and a great teacher. I have already learned so much from her. I can't say enough good things about her. If you make time to study on your own, in conjunction with her lessons you'll be picking up the language in no time at all!"
Greg
Took Japanese lessons from Hikaru I.
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Why Take Japanese Lessons Online?

Japanese is a fascinating language that is rewarding to learn, whether your goal is fluency or just enough to get around Tokyo. With three distinct writing systems and various formality levels, it can be difficult to learn on your own. Fortunately, an online Japanese tutor can provide you with a personalized, step-by-step plan to accomplish your linguistic goals.

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Although there is a wealth of resources for learning Japanese, nothing beats having your own tutor. Books, lesson videos, and apps simply can’t give you the level of personalized lesson planning that a private teacher provides. You can get your questions answered in real time while you learn reading, writing, and speaking in Japanese. This results in faster progress and a more complete understanding of the language and culture.

Busy parents and kids alike love the convenience of taking Japanese lessons online. Virtually any schedule can fit in a lesson when there’s no need to commute across town – simply use your computer or smartphone to connect with your teacher directly. It’s easier to stay motivated with a teacher’s help, and regular lessons help ensure steady progress for the long run. Your language goals are never too far away with the right tutor on your side!

With TakeLessons, finding the perfect Japanese tutor is simple. Just browse our listings of Japanese teachers around the world and select a few teachers that meet your needs. Then, you can check out their bio, schedule, and reviews to decide which instructor is right for you. Feel free to send them an introductory message to make sure they are a good fit right from the start! Ready to discover your Japanese language potential? Find your tutor today!

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