Naoko Goto Araya

Naoko G.

Ithaca, NY
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Naoko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80

Teaching since:
January 2012

Hi, everyone! I am Naoko. I live in the upper New York state and teach Japanese online and in-person since 2010.

I am a friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic teacher.
I love teaching and interacting with people from all over the world. I would love to help you study. Japan has so many interesting little cultural quirks that foreigners want to know about. I know a lot about the traditional culture of Japan, feel free to ask me all the questions that you like.

​My lessons are full of originality and are designed to match your level and meet your goals. For beginning students, I focus on teaching grammar first and using that grammar to practice making short sentences. For the middle and advanced levels students, we will work together to strengthen your vocabulary, listening and reading skills. Also they write composition homework every time, and we correct mistakes together in the next lesson. Advanced level students discuss one or two news articles or themes which you decide.

So why don’t you take a trial lesson and start learning Japanese with me?
I look forward to seeing you soon!​

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Private Japanese Teacher
Jan 2012 - Present
Ithaca Online

Private tutoring to beginner-advanced level students in local area.


B.A. Humanities English and American Literature
Apr 1996 - Mar 2000
University of Matsuyama


Professional Proficiency


The Advanced Japanese Teaching Traning Course
Jan 2013
The World Japanese Language Centre

Japan Ministry of Education Secretarial Skill Proficiency Test 2nd Grade
Apr 2006
Japan Ministry of Education

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Photo by Naoko G.
My hobby is playing the piano!

3 Reviews

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Justin Jun 1, 2018
Japanese · Online

Naoko-san is definitely a 5 star instructor for learning Japanese! I would highly recommend her classes, especially for beginners like myself. She breaks everything down in easy to understand ways & makes each lesson a lot of fun. I very much look forward to continue learning about Japanese language & culture with her!

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Jody Mar 13, 2018
Japanese · Online

I am so happy that I am able to continue my Japanese language study with Naoko. She is always happy and helpful, answering all of my questions and giving me the right amount of push to continue learning, and the right amount of support so I don't get frustrated. I recommend her to anyone looking for a native Japanese speaker who wants to take their learning to the next level.

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Nick Mar 7, 2018
Japanese ·

Naoko-san has been a great teacher. In my experience, she is very devoted to helping her students. She is very helpful with answering questions about Japanese language and culture. She covers grammar, penmanship, pronunciation, conversation, culture, and more and truly seems to enjoy teaching. She is always happy to help me with anything I need instruction with regarding Japanese. Her lessons do a good job of introducing grammar and vocabulary, and she is very patient and helpful when her students have trouble with pronunciation or grammar. I am very thankful to have found a teacher as great as Naoko-san. ありがとうございます、先生!

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