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About Alisa Y.

Translation and language teaching has always been a strong interest of mine. Teaching a difficult language like Japanese and motivating students to keep up with learning can be a challenge, but one that I find rewarding and worthwhile. In terms of tutoring experience, I was a tutor and class assistant for the Oberlin College Japanese department during my undergraduate program and have continued private Japanese tutoring since graduating. I am a professional writer and translator in English and Japanese, with bylines in The Japan Times and other media outlets. An original article of mine published in The Japan Times is currently used for the Kansai Gaidai University entrance exam. I recently moved to New York City in order to pursue a master's degree at New York University in Media, Culture and Communication.

I grew up in Tokyo, Japan with a Japanese father and an American mother, so I was raised to be completely bilingual in Japanese and English. I do Japanese copywriting and translation professionally, as well as quality checking translated scripts for film directors and screenwriters.

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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Comparative Literature from Oberlin College

Reviews (4)

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Andrea Santos May 3, 2019
Japanese · Online

Alisa is an excellent teacher! I speak 3 other languages so ive had my share of teachers. She is so clear and makes this very dificult language seem possible!

Anna Oct 14, 2018
Japanese · In studio

Alisa is a fantastic teacher, I was able to learn a lot from her in a short period of time. Very attentive and engaging. Thanks to her I feel confident about my upcoming trip to Japan!

Isaac Oct 10, 2018
Japanese · In studio

Alisa did a great job teaching me Japanese vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural context while I took Japanese 101/102! Since she has native fluency in both Japanese and English, Alisa was able to anticipate which aspects of learning Japanese might be particularly challenging for me, and gave excellent advice for handling those topics. A+!!!

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Michael Sep 23, 2018
Japanese · In studio

Because of her background growing up in both Japan and the States, Alisa has an amazing ability to explain even a complex language like Japanese in a way that is easily understandable for English speakers, and making the challenge really fun in the process!

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Aug 2013 - Present

The Japan Times

I have been a contributing writer to The Japan Times since 2013, covering topics such as music, culture and politics.

Social Media Editor
Nov 2016 - Jul 2018


I managed the Japanese social media channels for global brands and handled Japanese copywriting.


Media, Culture and Communication
Sep 2018 - Present

New York University

Comparative Literature
Sep 2012 - May 2016

Oberlin College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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