Naoko G. Araya

Naoko G.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My lessons are full of originality and are designed to match your level and meet your goals and range from beginning to advanced levels. Start by learning how to say “hello” and “thank you” in Japanese, and by the end of the course you’ll be able to talk about your interests and hobbies, and share your opinions on a variety of topics.
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My lessons are fun, useful and 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, students 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 that you decide and the classes are held in Japanese only.

◆45-minute lesson: All in one comprehensive lesson with 15-20 minutes speaking plus listening and reading, new vocabulary and grammar.

◆30-minute lesson: Speaking practice plus one activity from listening, reading, or grammar, idioms your choice.

***Note: My lessons always have 5 minutes of break time at the end. This is because I must write feedback and prepare for the next class. Thank you for understanding.

About Naoko G.

Hi, everyone! I am Naoko. I live in upstate New York since 2010 and have been teaching Japanese online and in-person in this local area.
Why are you interested in learning Japanese? For work? For travel? For watching anime?
No matter what your goals are and why you want to learn Japanese, I will help you learn with interactive and fun lessons!
I worked at a trading company and a wedding agency before moving to the U.S. So I can help businessmen and women who are trying to apply for job opportunities in Japan and who want to learn Business Japanese as relates to the honorific system, how to write formal emails, conversation on the telephone, and useful phrases for business situations.
I established my language school 5 years ago. I currently teach Japanese children who are developing their literacy and speaking skills, teenage students being homeschooled, and college students working on JLPT preparation or their graduate theses. Also, I have students from various occupations like lawyers, actors, pilots, artists, professors, engineers, doctors and etc.
I look forward to seeing you soon!


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6 Reviews
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Naoko help prepare detail and practical lessons, which help me learn Japanese in a very structure way, and as fast as I could!

Posted Mar 2, 2020
Greg J.
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Very professional and very good teacher. I am looking forward to learning Japanese with her.

Posted Jun 12, 2019
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Posted May 23, 2019
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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!

Posted Jun 1, 2018
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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.

Posted Mar 13, 2018

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!

Posted Mar 7, 2018

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Private Japanese Teacher
Jan 2012 - Present

Ithaca Online

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


Japanese Pronunciation for Communication
Apr 2019 - Sep 2019

Waseda University

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

University of Matsuyama



Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native 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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