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

Teaching since:
September 2014

Originally from Japan, and moved here two years ago.
My father is American and I have been learning English for more than 10 years, so I can speak both English and Japanese.
Currently, I am majoring Linguistics at UC Berkeley and I can speak little bit of Spanish as well.
I had been tutoring English and Japanese on community college campus for a year.

Japanese: I'm teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced conversation. Not only what is written in text books but words that we actually use in Japan and real Japanese conversation day to day.
I can also teach to pass JPLT, basic business Japanese including some formats of writing a letter and documents.

ESL: mostly, I teach writing but I do reading, listening and speaking too. I've been hearing English since I was born so can pronounce words correctly but I know the pain of learning another language and how people usually struggle.

Message me if you want to learn from expert of learning other languages! I know four different languages:)

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Japanese Tutor
Sep 2016 - Present
UC Berkeley

• Provide private instruction to individuals and small groups of students to improve their language skills for academic performance and occupational purposes.
• Utilize multiple teaching strategies for students of all ability levels
• Ensure effective and positive communication with the students

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Tutoring on Campus
Sep 2014 - Present
Sierra College

• Participate in training and developing sessions to improve tutoring practices and learn new tutoring techniques
• Assist students in acquiring better understanding of targeted weak areas within a subject or a subject and how to strengthen them


Jan 2016 - Present
UC Berkeley


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Local Education Travel Coordinator 2015-2016
Oct 2015
Department of United States of America

Certified College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor
Feb 2015
Sierra College


Carrera-Joffe Foundation Scholarship Award
May 2015
Carrera-Joffe Foundation
Placer Division of California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Award
May 2015
Placer Division of California Retired Teachers Association
International Award
Dec 2014
Sierra College

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13 Reviews

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Matt Dec 27, 2017
Japanese · Online

I studied Japanese with Kana for almost a year and a half. In that time, she took me from knowing absolutely nothing to being a proficient beginner level speaker. I can now read Hiragana/Katakana every day, have a solid grasp of the different counters and number system, as well as conjugation of u/ru verbs and adjectives and various sentence forms.

Kana was always very patient and never made me feel awkward or uncomfortable. She was willing to go as fast or as slow as I liked and always had the answers to my questions. She was always fun to work with and has become like a friend to me over the time I've studied with her. Highly recommend!

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Ramsey Aug 18, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kana is very personable and a great teacher of Japanese!

Ace C. Aug 17, 2016
Japanese · Online

Great teacher. She's patient with students and I can tell she has a lot of experience teaching Japanese. Highly recommended.

Tatiana A. Jun 9, 2016
Japanese · Online

My daughter really loved it. Thank you!

Miranda K. May 24, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kana is very nice, and will explain the sounds so that it's easier to pronounce. Absolutely loved my first class.

Daniel Apr 11, 2016
Japanese · Online

After completing three hour long lessons, it's fair to say that I have enjoyed my tutoring with her. She doesn't let things become boring, and helps out with anything you need. Very friendly person as well, so easy to let loose with her. Very good teacher and can't wait to learn more with her

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James Mar 30, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kana is a great instructor! She is great at explaining concepts and has been tremendously helpful.

Beverly M. Mar 9, 2016
Japanese · Online

fun! I felt very comfortable. The pace was perfect. Thanks, can't wait for our next lesson.

Glenn M. Feb 27, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kana does a great job of explaining lessons in detail. She is patient and always happy to answer any questions and help with difficult sentence structures.

Lori Bernard Feb 23, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kana is an excellent teacher. She is easy to talk to and very flexible. I am learning a great deal. Even more and more quickly than I expected.

Justin Patricio Feb 22, 2016
Japanese · Online

If you want to learn everything from Katakana, Haragana, Kanji, sentence structure, and pronunciation this is a must have instructor! Don't be fooled by here minimal reviews. She is a very thorough instructor.

Robert M. Feb 21, 2016
Japanese · In studio

私は果菜さんに師事。それはとても素敵でした。私の日本語は良くなっています。それでも、やることがたくさんがあります。いきましょう! ^_^

(I studied with Kana. It was very nice. My Japanese is getting better. Still, there are a lot of things to do. Let's do it! ^_^)

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Robert C. Oct 6, 2015
Japanese · In studio

Really enjoyed my lesson with Kana. I expected to go into the lesson lost and confused but she made everything so clear. I now have a better understanding of the language and I can't wait to continue the lessons

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