Masaki Kusumori

Masaki K.

Los Angeles, CA
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Lesson Details

Japanese

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Do you want to understand your favorite anime show, movies or Japanese culture better? Do you want to learn to crack jokes in Japanese and win any crowd over? Would you like to do business in Japan and need someone who can not only teach you the language, but cultural differences and etiquette so you can win over any client?

Japanese and English are polar opposites in many ways.
Sentence structures are upside down. English is written horizontally left to right, but traditional Japanese is written vertically right to left.
Communicating can be difficult when what can be spoken directly in English has to be said in more subtle ways in Japanese, and this miscommunication can cause relationships to break down.

My passion is to help people cross cultural barriers and make new friends.
Learning a new language can build confidence and expand your mind in ways you never thought possible!

One of the signs that you have truly mastered a language is to understand the humor. I can break down and explain jokes and humor to the point where you’ll be captivating a crowd.
I want to build you up, not only in your speaking, listening, reading and writing ability, but in your confidence, because I believe confidence and charisma is the foundation for communication.
I have also trained in acting and script analysis so I like to use movies and TV shows to teach language in a fun and interactive way.

Let me help you master Japanese!

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About

Masaki delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
2013

About me.

I was born in Fukuoka, Japan and moved to the US when I was 18.
I studied ESL then got a degree in marketing and worked in Real Estate and Finance for many years.
I learned English from scratch when I moved to California and am now completely fluent in English, so much so that people can’t believe I’m not from here.
My work takes me back and forth between Japan and the US, and I am so grateful to have a deep understanding of both the Japanese and Western way of life and be able to celebrate the two.

Experience

Consultant, Actor, Musician
Feb 2007 - Present
Silver Tree International

Real Estate and Finance
Jan 2000 - Jan 2007
Silver Tree Corporation


Education

Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing
Jan 1996 - Dec 1999
California State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

2 Reviews

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Timothy Sep 4, 2019
Japanese · In home

Masaki fosters a learning environment where he takes all of the hard work of learning a new language transforms it into fun. He has a bright personality, and the ability to not only translate the language, but the language in the context of the culture. He doesn't just teach you to speak Japanese, but how to be Japanese!

Talking to Masaki you would never know that English was not one of his native languages... I'm still shocked that he didn't begin learning until he was already an adult!

If you are wanting to learn Japanese, or if you are Japanese and you want to become as a native English speaker, you have found your guy!

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Kat M. Aug 24, 2019
Japanese · In home

It's hard to believe Masaki could become so fluent at a second language when he only started learning at the age of 18. It makes him a great teacher for adults because he himself started a second language as an adult.

His teaching style is so fun and so tailored to each student I highly recommend him as a language teacher, both in Japanese and English!

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