Clare Kappenman
Lakeland, FL
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Clare Kappenman

Clare K.

Lakeland, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a private tutor of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to middle-age. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I have a lot of experience teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, and I've lived there off and on since then. My students receive the benefit of my life experiences there, including preparation for the realities of daily life in Japan--from how to use the public transit, to what to do during a natural disaster.

Along with my on-the-ground experience working in Japan as a translator/interpreter in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!

About Clare K.

After two years working as a translator/interpreter for local government in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US in 2016. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 12 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I am highly experienced in teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and high-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!

Attendance Policies:
-Please give 24 hours' notice before a missed lesson. Short-notice cancellations and no-shows will be billed the full cost of the lesson.
-Students who expect to miss multiple lessons in a row, please give at least as many business days' notice as anticipated missed lessons. (Example: Missing 3 lessons for vacation=Provide at least 3 full business days' notice.)
-Please give 2 weeks' notice if you need to end lessons permanently or semi-permanently (i.e., want to begin again sometime, but can't give a definite restart date).

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Jamie
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Posted Jun 30, 2020
Stephanie
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Posted Jun 25, 2020
Jennifer
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Very good at finding where you are knowledge wise, very patient and corrects when needs to

Posted Jun 8, 2020
Stacey Z.
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I have been enjoying my lessons so far and I've been learning a lot. Clare is good about giving me lots of real-life information that a textbook doesn't really explain, which I enjoy very much and find helpful! She was very good at handling my expectations and concerns the first day and having good analogies to help me understand things. She has been very good about working with my chaotic schedule as well, which I appreciate very much. I look forward to my future classes.

Posted May 22, 2020
Laura B.
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Clare has been an amazing tutor! I did about ten weeks of one-on-one Japanese lessons in anticipation of a trip to Japan - although the trip fell through, Clare was extremely helpful and patient, always teaching with an emphasis on how things would actually be expressed in Japan. She was great at establishing the foundations and rules of grammar, but also when those rules can be broken.

After spending several years in the country, she also has fabulous insights into the culture and how to navigate as a non-native in Japan. Thanks Clare, I will be certainly be back when I can plan my next trip!

Posted May 20, 2020
Stacey Z.
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Posted May 7, 2020
Daniel and Aubrey Houck N.
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Clare is engaging and very practiced in the topic. She clearly has a lot of experience teaching and doesn't hesitate to challenge us, and correct us. We really look forward to continuing our lessons with her.

Posted Mar 8, 2020
Jamie
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Posted Dec 26, 2019
Alida W.
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Posted Nov 11, 2019
John W.
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As a non-traditional aged student, I was very intimidated by the Japanese language at the start of my lessons. Clare's patient and understanding instruction has been of immense help in my otherwise self-directed studies, and I'd highly recommend other adult learners take classes with her!

Posted Jul 11, 2019
Jamie
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Posted Jun 25, 2019
Diana M.
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Really helpful to gauge skill level at the first lesson and provide guidance from there. Very accommodating and patient! Excited to learn more from her.

Posted Jun 13, 2019
Raul R.
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Overall awesome experience I did not feel over whelmed at all. Overall very polite and noticeable amazing teaching experience.

Posted Apr 9, 2019
Desmond B.
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Posted Apr 9, 2019
Madi
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Clare is awesome. I am taking Japanese casually simply because I enjoy the culture. Knowing that Clare not only teaches me the language but also, what it's like in day to day life or how their society compares to ours.
Clare never makes me feel like our lessons are rushed and if I'm not understanding I am 100% comfortable asking her to go over it with me again.
She is a very encouraging and kind person highly recommend taking lessons with Clare.

Posted Apr 1, 2019
Curi
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Claire is such an excellent teacher! I am glad to call her my Sensei. I signed up for Advanced language courses, and immediately she knew exactly what she was doing. I recommend her to students of any level.

Posted Mar 16, 2019
Kyle
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Great instructor, very passionate about teaching and language in general!

Posted Jan 9, 2019
Jamie
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Posted Dec 19, 2018
Isaiah I.
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Very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. My son really loved his 1st lesson and looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Oct 19, 2018
Cheri T.
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Very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging

Posted Oct 19, 2018
Desmond B.
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My son has just started taking classes with Clare. Since he began, she has gone above and beyond our expectations. She consistently give us updates on his progress and has been very helpful with organizing his work and sending us information to assist with his studying. He is really enjoying the class.

Posted Oct 2, 2018
Robert
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Posted Aug 31, 2018
Kevin
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Posted Aug 15, 2018
Joe
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Posted Aug 7, 2018
Sofie
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Checked in with my daughter after her first lesson with Clare. Her succinct, yet on point response..."It went well!!!" I'll take that as a strong like for Clare. Looking forward to see what these two do over the summer.

Posted Jun 13, 2018
Jamie
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Posted Jun 13, 2018
John W.
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Starting a new language can be intimidating, but this first lesson was great. Clare is friendly, welcoming, and patient; I’m looking forward to the next one!

Posted Apr 14, 2018
Reed
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When I was looking for a Japanese tutor, I wanted somebody who could help guide my studies and help me understand the subtle nuances that can't be gleaned from the dry instruction of a textbook. Clare really fit the bill, as she has deep knowledge of both Japanese and linguistics in general. We've been meeting for almost a year now, and my Japanese has improved tremendously (and at a great pace). She puts a lot of effort into the curriculum, and employs a variety of different teaching methods/exercises. I look forward to our every class.

Posted Mar 1, 2018
George K.
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Posted Feb 15, 2018
Kuber
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she does a great job structuring the foundation of learning Japanese.

Posted Dec 15, 2017
Anne
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Our son has always been interested in foreign languages. He began teaching him self Japanese in early 2014. He asked us to help him locate a tutor so he could accelerate his learning. We started working with Claire in late 2016 at the age of 14. It has worked out great! She is patient, professional and organized. She keeps us appraised of his progress. We would highly recommend her for anyone interested in learning how to read write and speak Japanese! Ron and Anne L . , Belchertown , MA

Posted Oct 1, 2017
Myanna
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Clare has a perfect balance for a homeschool instructor. Half "strict" teacher and half fun innovator we have found her balance of worksheets/homework along with Youtube videos to watch and Japanese games to play to be just what we need. My boys are 8 and 10. The 10 yr old actually has a learning disability and he does better in Japanese than with some structures in English!!

Posted Sep 30, 2017
Lexi
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My experience with Clare has been great! Clare is extremely comfortable with Japanese and is just all around excellent at guiding me through lessons. She is extremely patient and absolutely willing to take it slow and focus on my own personal language goals with me. She's able to adapt and help me regardless of my progress moving faster or slower any given lesson. I don't feel any pressure, she is friendly and approachable, and her understanding of Japanese is thorough. She's an excellent teacher. If you plan to learn just how to speak, read, or write, or if you need a tutor to help with the studies you've already begun, Clare has you covered. Highly recommended.

Posted Sep 30, 2017
Arcadio
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Clare is a wonderful teacher. She's very flexible with scheduling, very knowledgeable with the language. She makes it easy to understand and makes the Japanese learning experience fun and engaging.

Posted Sep 30, 2017

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Experience

Japanese Instructor
Jun 2019 - Present

The Well-Trained Mind Academy

Along with private, one-on-one tutoring, I teach small group classes for grades 8-12 at The Well-Trained Mind Academy, an online provider of courses for upper-grade homeschool students.

Coordinator for International Relations
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016

Kochi Prefecture, Japan

In my work as a CIR at the Kochi Prefectural Government, I translated official documents and tourism materials, interpreted for official functions, and organized events to increase local awareness of cultural diversity. My favorite part of the job, however, was when I got to visit elementary schools and play with the children while familiarizing them with English. When I came back to the States, I knew that I wanted my future career to be in teaching rather than translation!

Education

M.A., Japanese
Sep 2012 - Sep 2014

University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A., Japanese
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

N1
Dec 2011

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

I've heard it takes seven years to master any subject. I don't know if it's true in every case, but it was for me with Japanese! Receiving my N1 certificate in the mail, seven years after my very first Japanese lesson, was one of the proudest moments in my life. It will be for you, too.

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