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 at 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!!
Speaks Japanese, Chinese, English
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Political Science from UC Berkeley
Great lesson at a good pace. Has plenty of practice material and explains things that are easy to understand. Let me borrow a couple of books to practice with.
good class - easy to ask questions with Ai!
I have learned so much with Ai's help in just a few months; she's a wonderful teacher!
Very patient! Understanding! Thank you!!
When I'm feeling overwhelmed with so much material to learn, Ai helps me understand and is very supportive
Very good first lesson!!
Very smart & knowledgeable. Great teacher, can’t wait to take more lessons.
Ai is a great teacher. Her lesson plans are well prepared and organized. She is very patient and flexible. She does not rush through the lessons and makes sure you understand the material before moving forward. I would highly recommend Ai if you are looking for a Japanese teacher.Show More
Teacher Ai is very gentle and nice - so far our kids enjoy learning from her and I am happy with her communication skills.
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!!
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I began playing the piano when I was 3 years old in Japan. I have the Yamaha certification of piano instructor, which I passed the exam when I was 16. I played in many music festivals held in the city as the pianist and competed in many youth competitions.
I was diagnosed with tendinitis when I was 15 and I was unable to play competitively after that. However, I still enjoy playing the piano and love teaching the joy of being able to play the piano to let the heart out. It’s relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.
In addition, practicing the piano is great for brain development especially for younger children. However, it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, playing the piano is great for brain health and mental health as well. I look forward to working with kids, adults or seniors!
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
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