Kenji Luis Taniguchi

Kenji Luis T.

La Mirada, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Initially I like to evaluate the student's current comprehension level (regardless of years studied) to better select the appropriate starting point. From there, if there is a specific subject matter or course work/syllabus for a class that needs to be followed, I can tailor lessons to fit those needs. Throughout lessons, I like to bring in elements such as cartoons, newspapers, movie clips, etc. to aid in understanding everyday usage & make learning practical and pertinent to the student.
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Kenji Luis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
August 2006

I grew up speaking English, Portuguese & Japanese in a multilingual family and from a young age developed a strong affinity & penchant for languages. I attended an English-Portuguese Bilingual school through 6th grade and studied Japanese 4 years in high school, along with weekend Japanese school classes. In college I went on to major in International Relations & Diplomacy with a concentration in French studies, also honing my Spanish that I had picked up along the way (with Romance Languages, I have a very easy time of language absorption). I've gone on to work for international companies wherein my language skills have been highly sought after, translating & communicating often in all my language strengths.

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Global Export Sales Assistant
Jun 2009 - Aug 2011
Nishimoto Trading Company

Maintaining communication primarily with customer accounts in Central & South America, receiving orders & processing visa documents for large shipments. Also, creating & proofreading foreign labeling for all items being sold abroad.

Spanish Tutor
Jan 2006 - May 2008
Private Tutoring

Japanese Tutor
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Private Tutor


International Business
Aug 2009 - May 2011
California State University - Fullerton
International Relations & Diplomacy (French)
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Seton Hall University - Whitehead School of Diplomacy (New Jersey)


Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Japanese National Honors Society
Mar 2003
The Japan Foundation

Photos & Videos

Portuguese Introduction
Japanese Introduction

46 Reviews

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Sarah Jan 9, 2018
French · In home

Kenji was a great French teacher, he was very easy to work with to schedule lessons at a convenient time and he helped me improve my French speaking in advance of a big test.

Noel T. Dec 29, 2017
Portuguese · Online

With today being our first lesson with one another it was great. Kenji took his time to make sure that my per punctuation was correct.

Brandon Nov 23, 2017
Japanese · Online

I studied Japanese for a while at university, but I never really found a comfortable study style or pattern. Working through things with Kenji helped me find that style. Lessons with him seem casual and friendly, but have been immensely effective in advancing my Japanese skills.

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Melissa Nov 15, 2017
French · Online

I have greatly enjoyed my experience with Kenji. He is flexible and patient with the material. I found sessions with him to be extremely helpful.

Bob Sep 20, 2017
· Online

Kenji is a nice guy and speaks very slowly and clearly. My only misgiving was with error correction. I am not sure if he could not hear me well do to the connection, but I got the feeling he was not correcting all my mistakes when I spoke. I also would have preferred a more structured class, but I probably should have told him that in the beginning of our session. Otherwise he was a nice guy and spoke Portuguese very well.

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marilyn Sep 19, 2017
Spanish · Online

It was my first lesson, but I really enjoyed it and feel confident about continuing.

Raquel Aug 28, 2017
Japanese · Online

Bob S. Aug 11, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Dillon Apr 13, 2017
Portuguese · Online

David Mar 21, 2017
Portuguese · Online

valentina Mar 9, 2017
French · Online

The audio didn't work for me, the image was slow, sometimes while he talked it would freeze and he had to repeat or i just couldn't listened what he said. It was completely unproductive.

Anne W. Mar 1, 2017
Spanish · Online

valentina Feb 9, 2017
French · Online

Mohammed Feb 1, 2017
French · Online

JD T. Jan 30, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Vinay K. Jan 26, 2017
Portuguese · Online

It was a great first class.

Strong G. Jan 12, 2017
Spanish · Online

Kenji was very sweet and my first lesson ever.

Lindsey Nov 17, 2016
French · Online

Kenji was beyond patient,kind, and intelligent. Can't wait for all the lessons to come!

Chase Oct 21, 2016
Japanese · In home

Kenji does a Great job of Teaching on a personal Level, I have a disability with learning languages. he teaches with respect and helps me get past my Huge Learning Curve.

Karla M. Oct 17, 2016
Spanish · Online

Kenji is a very understanding and kind instructor. I am a coma survivor and lost a lot of what Spanish I had learned. He is helping me to access and telling me ways to learn to speak, as I understand so much more than I thought. I now have a good direction on how to get back some of my skills and to become a fluent speaker some time.

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Karla M. Sep 26, 2016
Spanish · Online

I love having Kenji teaching me to speak and practice more difficult Spanish. He makes me feel like I can do it. He is patient with my limitations in terms of a mild hearing loss. He provides information for me that I am actually able to read almost 70 percent of and understand. He helps me with sentence structure and verbs as we talk in Spanish. He keeps us focused on task with learning. He is the first Spanish teacher and I have had 8 different ones in immersion courses in Mexico, that I feel may really help me to learn. I need to do more on my part, as I have lost a lot of basic vocabulary and verb tenses and that will be my goal...He is a 5 star instructor.....

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Karla Sep 26, 2016
Spanish · Online

Kenji is very sweet, patient, and kind. He is a joy to have as an. Instructor......

Lola &. Sep 11, 2016
Spanish · Online

Very patient and kind. My 7-year old twins look forward to their weekly lessons.

Aj Sep 7, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kenji is a wonderful teacher he has shown great patient with my 12 year old son he spends time going over work to make sure he understands it he is polite and wonderful with kids I highly recommend him

Alex Sep 1, 2016
Japanese · Online

Great first lesson! He's patient, easy to understand, and knows his stuff. Pumped for more lessons

H. Hall Aug 30, 2016
French · Online

My son really enjoyed his first lesson!

Janelle Aug 26, 2016
French · Online

Great first lesson. Thanks!

Phoebe Aug 17, 2016
Spanish · Online

¡Buena leccion! Tengo ganas de estudiar y aprender :)
Muchas gracias...

Michelle Aug 11, 2016
French · In home

Wonderful patient first lesson together!

Jesse K. Aug 1, 2016
Japanese · Online

Having been taking Japanese lessons with Kenji for just under one month, I can confidently say this has already been a fantastic experience. Language learning is no cakewalk, but Kenji has the ability to put students at ease while keeping the lessons focused and productive. Questions are always welcome and you are never left feeling as though you are "on your own." I have elected to take 1 hour courses and would recommend any beginners to do the same. It provides ample time for a mix of review, sample exercises, and new topics.

If you have any hesitation, simply schedule one or two courses. I guarantee you'll be renewing your schedule the second you wrap up your first class.

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Mohammed Jul 27, 2016
French · Online

Best instructor ever.

Chris Jul 12, 2016
Spanish · Online

Kenji is a great instructor. Really enjoy our lessons and am learning quite a bit every time. The time flies by! Highly recommend.

Leah Jun 30, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kenji is very patient and accommodating. I'm a bit obsessed with getting all my crazy questions answered, and Kenji gives me all the information I need. I could never get this degree of detailed instruction from a college class. He's both fun and informative. As a first-time student of Japanese, I give Kenji two thumbs way up!

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Mila F. Jun 29, 2016
Spanish · Online

Kenji has been working with my son for couple months now. Although they meet once a week, I can already see the results. My son has gained confidence and improved his Spanish skills which lead to him graduating with A- as a final grade! He has been a straight B/ B- student ever since he started 6th grade. As a matter of fact, my son is taking French with Kenji as well now! Great teacher, very supportive and encouraging!

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Annie Jun 27, 2016
French · Online

Kenji is so kind and helpful. I instantly felt relaxed and excited to learn. I can't wait for many more lessons!

Alisha Jun 22, 2016
Spanish · Online

I loved my lesson, I was starting to feel unintelligent for second but Kenji quickly changed the situation into a fun learning experience. Very excited to keep learning.

Rebekah L. Jun 20, 2016
Spanish · Online

Very cool dude! Easy going and knowledgeable.

Raymond Mendonca Jun 5, 2016
Portuguese · Online

Great patience and excellent pronunciation (from what I can tell!) Looking forward to the next lesson...thanks!

Joe May 21, 2016
Japanese · Online

Kenji is a great instructor. He has a way of putting it simple and to the point. I haven't ever been confused by his explanations of any of the grammar and at this point I never expect to. Great teacher!

Alexandra May 12, 2016
Portuguese · Online

Great first lesson! Looking forward to the next.

Nathan W. May 10, 2016
Spanish · Online

Great instructor

Venkat N. Apr 10, 2016
Spanish · Online

He's a really good teacher and emphasises a lot on pronunciation which is really good for you in the future.

Wendy P. Apr 4, 2016
French · Online

Kenji is awesome! I can't wait for next week! And maybe even the homework.

Kerry C. Mar 17, 2016
French · Online

Have been with Kenji for a few months now. In that time my 7th grade son has gone from an "F" in French to a "B+". He got 100% on a test he took today. Mason loves working with him. Kenji makes the lessons fun and accessible. He also tailors them perfectly to Mason's ability and provides him with worksheets each week by email. He is also very easy to schedule with. I am a teacher myself, so I know quality teaching and Kenji is tops!

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Shara S. Mar 16, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have just had my first lesson, and I enjoyed learning. I appreciate that Kenji is telling me about the differences in accents and helping me correct my pronunciation. Many teachers don't do that! Thanks

Mason C. Nov 5, 2015
French · Online

Great with beginners. Very supportive.

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