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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Hi, I'm Chieko. I'm Japanese and living in California but go back and forth between here and Tokyo. So I know the trend of Japan well. Furthermore, I have long working experience as manager in some major international companies in Japan. So I can help you communicate with Japanese workers using natural and effective language. I know the business custom is very different between countries and Japan's one is a little complicated.. So, if you'd like to get along with Japanese, please ask me what to do in a situation you encounter.
I have successfully passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test authorized by the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in October 2016.

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Chieko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a native Japanese speaker. I'm now living in the USA but also in Japan and go back and forth here and Tokyo. So I know the Japanese trend well from comics to business.
I have long working experience as engineering manager at some major international companies in japan. I know it is difficult for you to communicate with Japanese workers because there are a lot of business custom differences between Japan and other countries. If you feel something wrong in your communication with Japanese, please let me know it. I believe I can give you some tips on each specific situation.
I have the teaching credential of general science for middle and high school students certified by the Japanese University and I have successfully passed the Japanese language Teaching Competency Test authorized by the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in Oct 2016.
Regarding the textbooks, I will adjust the textbooks and materials used in my lessons according to the student's level, requirements and goals. I have many textbooks and workbooks for the Japanese language learners which I bought in Japan recently. They include textbooks for the Japanese language proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 -N5.

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Manager of Occupational Health and Safety
Apr 1987 - Mar 2015
HGST a Western Digital Co (former IBM)


Bachelor of Science
Apr 1983 - Mar 1987
Tokyo Metropolitan University


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
Dec 2016
The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Teaching credential for middle and high school students
Mar 1987
Tokyo Metropolitan University

General Science

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rich commercially available textbooks and workbooks got in Japan and original materials with ease of understanding


16 Reviews

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Jordi N. Aug 12, 2019
Japanese · Online

Chieko was sweet, patient, and organized. I felt very comfortable asking questions ranging from definitions to pronunciations to cultural implications. The first lesson focused on assessing my level, so I think it will only get better going forward.

Becky P. Aug 7, 2019
Japanese · Online

Wonderful lesson- thank you so much Chieko-sensei!

Sarah N. Jul 25, 2019
Japanese · Online

I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons with Chieko sensei! She is a very kind and patient teacher and she makes learning a lot of fun! I am learning so much already!

Nicole Jul 5, 2019
Japanese · Online

very nice and understanding always asking if I have any questions at the end

Nicole Jun 7, 2019
Japanese · Online

Noah May 24, 2019
Japanese · Online

My son is really enjoying his lessons!

Shannon Apr 22, 2019
Japanese · Online

I really enjoyed my first lesson with Chieko-sensei. She went at a fairly easy-to-follow pace, she was friendly and kind when I made mistakes, and she was eager to help with my grammar questions. I’m looking forward to the next lesson!

Angie Jan 23, 2019
Japanese · Online

Excellent first lesson!

Erin D. Jan 8, 2019
Japanese · Online

Chieko is a great instructor! Her lessons are clear and easy to follow, and she is very pleasant! We are looking forward to more lessons with her!

Keb Dec 23, 2018
Japanese · Online

Chieko is really smart and fast on the uptake; she 'gets' what you're trying to do even when you yourself are not quite sure. I need someone to help me alchemically (i.e., LINGUISTICALLY) transform ideas that, after decades of trying and failing, it looks like I finally might be able to express. However, I can express them only in English. But since the heroine of the Magic Enchanted Metaphysical Fairytale (sic) by which those ideas are being expressed is a Japanese woman who speaks no meaningful English, I need to see how she thinks and feels in Japanese too. I think 中村千恵子 is just exactly the right person sent directly from 天 to help me do this! (袖触れ合うも多少のえん).

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Emi Y. Oct 29, 2018
Japanese · Online

She is good and my daughter enjoyed.

David J. Sep 30, 2018
Japanese · Online

Chieko-san has an extremely good understanding of how to organize, present, and explain the various grammatical forms and sentence patterns of Japanese to a native English speaker. Her very effective study materials and practice tests helped me check my progress and clear up misunderstandings. As well, her positive comments encouraged me to keep working toward my goal.

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David J. Jul 24, 2018
Japanese · Online

Chieko-san has brought high quality and challenging material that has enabled us to find out which areas of Japanese I should target for the next phase of my studies. With this approach, she helps me develop confidence while at the same time I find out what I don't know so well, and need to practice more. I expect that her teaching methods will bring even more benefits as the subject matter becomes more advanced and sophisticated, and making sense of the language and not just memorizing become more and more important.

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Karen B. Jul 22, 2018
Japanese · Online

I have taken 5 lessons so far and I enjoy every bit of my class. I have learned so much in a short amount of time that I feel confident I will do great on my trip to Japan. Best Teacher ever!

Karen Jun 30, 2018
Japanese · Online

She is an amazing teacher! She gets to know you personally to help achieve your goal. I would recommend Chieko.

Karen B. Jun 24, 2018
Japanese · Online

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