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Lesson Details



Jinko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi there! My name is Jinko and I can't wait to meet you! I was born and raised in Tochigi, Japan.

I have been teaching Japanese since I moved to America in 2001. Currently, I teach Japanese at community college and home. Also, I teach at Saturday school in Bethesda, MD. At the same time, I am raising 3 children as a bilingual.

I earned B.A. and certified in Japan as a teacher. 11 years of experience as a public school teacher gave me a joy to see children's success and achievement. Learning is fun! Not only children, but adults too, can have fun to learn something new. My role is to help and support them to achieve their goal.

Because I use both languages, I can teach it efficiently, explain details, and provide some useful tips. I am very good at finding what kind of learning style they prefer and make a comfortable atmosphere. I am very confident that I can provide high quality lessons and make you satisfied.

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Apr 2012 - Present
Washington Japanese Language School

Sep 2011 - Present
At home

Japanese instructor
Aug 2011 - Present
Community College

Apr 1990 - Sep 2001
Public school in Japan


B.A. in Education
Apr 1986 - Mar 1990
Utsunomiya Daigaku


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teacher's certification
Mar 1990
Ministry of Education

Photos & Videos

Photo by Jinko H.


25 Reviews

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Dolores Derksen Oct 25, 2017
Japanese · Online

Alek J. Oct 2, 2017
Japanese · Online

I wrote a review earlier, but I feel that my past review was too simple to explain how drastically my Japanese has improved over a few lessons.
I just finished my lesson for today, in which Jinko 先生 read a sentence out loud, in which I translated and replied it was very easy. Looked back at just three weeks ago to my current level of Japanese, I'm now forming my own sentences, and understanding full sentences developed by others.
If you are like I was, and nervous that taking a tutor online will be more difficult that in person, then try at least one lesson with Jinko 先生. I guarantee that all the worries you once had will be completely gone.
Thank you for everything Jinko 先生! I'll study hard for the JLPT N4

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Max Sep 21, 2017
Japanese · Online

Great first lesson, thanks!

Alek J. Sep 14, 2017
Japanese · Online

Very understanding and super useful, greatly improved my Japanese every lesson!

Sandy Sep 6, 2017
Japanese · Online

I like her lesson! : )

Debbie Aug 4, 2017
Japanese · Online

Rodger L. Jul 10, 2017
Japanese · Online

Gabriel B. Jun 26, 2017
Japanese · Online

it was great

Bob B. Jun 16, 2017
Japanese · Online

Dear Sir/Madame:
I am ecstatic.
My teacher, Ms. Jinko Hanson, is amazing. It seems that with every class, she shares yet another "goodie" from her treasure chest of Japanese language and culture learning tools, study aids, games, approaches to learning, mastery drills, etc.
All of which increases my interest to learn the Japanese language and culture more in depth.
Ms. Hanson is worth her weight in gold.

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Gabriel Jun 14, 2017
Japanese · Online

Great first lesson, looking forward to many more!!!!

David Jun 12, 2017
Japanese · Online

Sneha K. Jun 12, 2017
Japanese · Online

The lesson went well in my opinion! I brushed up on a few of my skills, and I learned a few new things too! The only problem is that the call was a bit lagging, but that's the internet's problem.

Sha May 10, 2017
Japanese · Online

Miranda G. Apr 26, 2017
Japanese · Online

Great first class! Jinko is very patient and helpful, especially when I struggle. Even though it was just the first class, I feel like I learned a lot already. I now see why she is rated a student favorite. I highly recommend her! (:

Alyssa Apr 21, 2017
Japanese · Online

The lesson went so smoothly! She wasted no time in diving right into the lesson, which was wonderful. I am so appreciative! She took the time to call me the day before to get a feel for my Japanese level and created a corresponding custom plan. She already seems like a wonderful teacher and a lovely person- and this is just after one lesson! I am highly impressed. =)

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Delcio Feb 24, 2017
Japanese · Online

Stephen Feb 7, 2017
Japanese · Online

Just finished my first lesson with Jinko!! I learned a lot and I'm excited for out next lesson. She was very patient but knew when to encourage me to try the things I was unsure of. Honestly the best experience I have had so far trying to learn a language.

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Bob B. Feb 1, 2017
Japanese · Online

Dear Sir/Madame,

I just completed my first class with Ms. Jinko H.

It was a GREAT CLASS!!!

She is a very skilled, very patient instructor. Her method of presentation was very professional. She is a very effective communicator.

I'm already preparing for my next class.

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Casey Dec 21, 2016
Japanese · In studio

I took classes both in a group and individually with Ms. Jinko all throughout highschool, and they were always engaging and fun. She was incredibly patient, and always seemed to enjoy teaching no matter how crazy some of the classes could get. The 1-on-1 conversational classes were my favorite. After taking some of this classes, I was successfully able to hold conversations with some of my visiting guests from Japan. I also recently spent a month in Japan, and felt that learning Hiragan and Katakana and other basic Japanese in Ms.Jinko's classes definitely helped prepare me for the experience.

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Kevin Dec 1, 2016
Japanese · In studio

It has been a couple years since I had Jinko-san as a language instructor; due to scheduling (mine, not hers). The purpose for me to study the language was because I had an opportunity to visit a relative who was living in Japan for a short term and I wanted to have a basic understanding of the language and culture. With her instruction I was able to communicate a little with the people there, and I was able to read in Hiragana and Katakana, which I found to be extremely useful.

Jinko-san is very passionate about the Japanese language and has a gift in teaching the subject matter in such a way as to make memorable and entertaining.

If I ever have the opportunity to visit Japan again; or if my busy schedule ever clears up; I would definitely like to learn more Japanese from Jinko-san.

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Rita Nov 23, 2016
Japanese · In home

Truly excellent learning experience. I first enrolled in one of Jinko sensei's community college courses, which was too easy for me, but engaging Jinko-sensei as a private tutor ended up being the perfect solution! Scheduling is flexible, she explains lessons in an interesting and understandable way. The best are the conversations-- they are informative, insightful, fun, and challenge your listening and speaking without overwhelming you. I look forward to every class!

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Alainna Nov 16, 2016
Japanese · In home

I've been a student of Jinko-san for nearly two years. Jinko-san has been patient, is adept at explaining things (I ask a LOT of questions!), and works at my pace. She is friendly and is genuinely passionate about teaching the language.

I look forward to my one-on-one classes with her every week. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in learning Japanese.


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Stevie Nov 13, 2016
Japanese · In studio

I enrolled and completed Sensei Hanson's Elementary Japanese class in 2012. Learning the language from her was an authentic and informative experience as she is a native speaker of Japanese. I went on to certifying in the JLPT exam and continue to seek higher levels of certification. Sensei Hanson has influenced me to study Japanese.

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Nichelle Nov 12, 2016
Japanese · In studio

I started studying Japanese with Ms. Jinko a few years ago. First as a student in her college course, and then as her tutoring student. She has a talent for making lessons in this complex language fun, interesting, and incredibly educational. She is a very nice person, very organized and helpful, and motivates through encouragement. I have honestly enjoyed every single lesson! I have full confidence that under her, I will become fluent in Japanese.

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Carrie Nov 12, 2016
Japanese · In studio

My son took Japanese lessons with Miss Jinko for three years. He learned not only the Japanese language but learned about Japanese culture as well. He thoroughly enjoyed his lessons. Jinko was flexible and made learning fun. She remains my son's all time favorite teacher.

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