Rie Takashima
Rochester, NY
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Rie Takashima

Rie T.

Rochester, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
As a native Japanese speaker, who has spent the last 30 years in the United States, I understand the structural and grammatical differences in the two languages. This gives me both the teacher’s and the student’s perspectives, which I find valuable as a language instructor.

I have taught Japanese to college students and adults, using beginning Japanese textbooks, and I am most comfortable teaching high school/college students and adults.
I can also teach conversational Japanese and/or customize the lesson to meet each student’s particular goals and needs.

Send me a message to find out if we are a good match!

About Rie T.

こんにちは!りえと申します。

Hello! My name is Rie. I am originally from Hiroshima.
I have been teaching private Japanese lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students with their homework, get better grades, become proficient prior to their trips to Japan, and reach their goal of learning a new language.
I went to Tsuda College in Tokyo and earned a degree in International Relations in 1986. I then moved to the U.S. and earned a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from University of California at Berkeley. I'm a patient and conscientious (and a little goofy) person and my teaching style is friendly, fun, and flexible.

I tailor my lessons to each student's learning style, her/his needs and goals. I use Genki 1 and 2 textbooks and workbooks with most of my beginner to intermediate level students, unless other textbooks and/or learning resources are requested.
During the lesson, my focus is generally on the grammar explanations and practice, as well as reading, and speaking practice. Homework is assigned after each lesson, and students are expected to work independently on vocabulary building, unless otherwise requested.
I encourage all of my students to contact me between lessons if they have any questions, and I will try to answer them within 24 hours.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

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Mike B.
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Posted Oct 27, 2020
Jason W.
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Takashima sensei is a very kind instructor who is very approachable. She allows contact outside of meetings for questions in a rather friendly atmosphere so you won't feel silly for asking questions. It makes for a comfortable learning environment where it's OK to make mistakes, but you will come out of it knowing more than you did before.

Since she is a native speaker, she is perfect for practicing speaking with someone out in the real world.

Posted Sep 28, 2020
Angelica
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Rie is an amazing teacher! Today was my first lesson and I have already learned so much from her. I am excited for our future lessons! :)

Posted Aug 17, 2020
Olivia
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Takashima-sensee is a wonderful instructor. She is very patient and kind. She completely understands where students struggle in Genki and with Japanese. I look forward to our next meeting.

Posted Jul 12, 2020
Yitang
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Posted Jun 4, 2020
Vivienne
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Rie is nice and friendly. Though I had only one class with her, I could tell she is a very experienced Japanese teacher. I feel lucky having her as my teacher.

Posted May 28, 2020
Katie
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She is very good and informative and tells you step by step how a form or sentence structure works!

Posted May 16, 2020
Olivia S.
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This was my 5th lesson with Rie Sensei! Rie is nice and fun to talk to. She’s a good instructor and is helping me get through the Genki textbook faster that I was before. I’m able to memorize what I’m learning much faster and now I use what I’ve learned more then before! Very excited to continue my lessons :)

Posted May 15, 2020
Alethia
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Super awesome at teaching and really friendly! Can't wait for additional lessons!

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Johanna T.
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She's very patient and willing to adjust the lesson according to your skill set. I also like that she gets right to the point and teaches in a very efficient manner.

Posted Feb 28, 2020
Arthur B.
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Posted Feb 10, 2020
Tim F.
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Extremely fun and informative first lesson! Looking forward to more!

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Christina K.
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Posted Dec 30, 2019
Sanjay K.
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Rie-san is an amazing Japanese Language teacher. She has many good tips on learning Japanese language. I will definitely continue taking lessons from Rie-san

Posted Dec 8, 2019
Shannon
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I really enjoyed meeting and starting to work with Rie-san. I think we’ll work well together.

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Mary Eloise V.
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I've enjoyed working with Rie 先生. My boyfriend and I have an upcoming trip to Japan and these lessons help me to be more confident in being able to navigate around. I enjoy the feedback because it not only highlights what I can improve on, but it also shows there are concepts I'm actually retaining. Learning Japanese feels natural with her! ありがとうございます!

Posted Oct 20, 2019
Christina K.
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Posted Jun 23, 2019
Torena V.
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She is amazing! The first lesson was very constructive and it was very easy to find what level I was at and what I needed to practice.

Posted Jun 19, 2019
Ted M.
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She is a very good teacher

Posted May 14, 2019
Suan M.
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She made us feel like we could really learn Japanese

Posted Apr 23, 2019
John
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Rie makes sure you understand what you're learning and even occasionally teaches you some fun facts. She is very clear in explaining and describing how to pronounce them. Overall, if you're looking for a Japanese teacher, I'd say Rie is a good choice.

Posted Apr 13, 2019
Kiersten L.
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First lesson was great! Shes nice, patient and funny, looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Apr 12, 2019
Kevin
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Rie sensei is simply the best language teacher I've ever had. Do yourself a favor and take lessons from her.

Posted Apr 7, 2019
Daniela
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Rie Is a great teacher! Very nice and patient, she’s always willing to answer any questions I have and let’s me know if I’m doing a good job and what I need to work on. I get along well with her and she’s easy to talk to, which is a plus. I always feel like I have trouble communicating with people so to meet a teacher who makes having conversations much easier is great! It helps me feel more confident in asking questions and speaking Japanese.

Posted Apr 2, 2019
Dolph
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Extremely clear, helpful, and offered plentiful positive reinforcement. Rie is certainly delightful.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
Emiko G.
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This was my first lesson with Rie. She was very kind, personable, and patient. She took her time to see where I need the most assistance and worked with me from there. I look forward to our future lessons.

Posted Mar 2, 2019
Shane M.
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Just finished my first lesson. Rie先生 was wonderfully helpful and truly cares about her students. I am at an intermediate level of Japanese in college and she was able to assist me with the topics I was learning. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs some help learning Japanese!

Posted Feb 17, 2019
Kevin
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Awesome! The best. She genuinely cares about her students. You should definitely take lessons from her.

Posted Feb 14, 2019
Kevin
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She is awesome! You should definitely take lessons from her. She is very concerned about teaching her students.

Posted Feb 14, 2019
Mark
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I just completed my first lesson with Rie and she was fantastic. I look forward to my future classes with her.

Posted Feb 3, 2019
Marty
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First lesson was great ! I am looking forward to continuing

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Tatjana N.
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I just finished my very first lesson and it was GREAT! Rie is patient and very much supportive. Thank you!

Posted Feb 1, 2019
Ronald R.
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She was well prepared and her instruction was excellent.

Posted Jan 16, 2019
Sanjay K.
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Excellent first lesson!

Posted Jan 7, 2019
Leah
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Rie did a great job teaching my kids Japanese. She’s loving, caring and my kids were excited to see her every week! I strongly recommend Rie! Love her!!

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Jose
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What an incredible teacher! So patient, kind, and always willing to help me work on my Japanese.

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Sara
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Amazing teacher!! Patient and caring with my kids! Totally recommend.

Posted Apr 19, 2018

Experience

Private Japanese Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present

Self-Employed

I tailor my lessons to each student's learning style, her/his needs and goals. I use Genki 1 and 2 textbooks and workbooks with most of my beginner to intermediate level students, unless other textbooks and/or learning resources are requested. During the lesson, my focus is generally on the grammar explanations and practice, as well as reading, and speaking practice. Homework is assigned after each lesson, and students are expected to work independently on vocabulary building, unless otherwise requested. I encourage all of my students to contact me between lessons if they have any questions, and I will try to answer them within 24 hours.

Librarian
Apr 1993 - Jan 1997

United States Information Service, US Embassy, Tokyo

Education

Master's in Library and Information Studies
Aug 1986 - May 1988

University of California, Berkeley

BA in International Relations
Apr 1982 - Mar 1986

Tsuda College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Eiken (Test in Practical English Proficiency) Grade 1
Jun 1994

Eiken Foundation of Japan

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