Rie Takashima
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Rie Takashima

Rie T.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Maximize your Japanese learning with an experienced teacher in and outside of lesson time!

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 currently accepting students ages 16 and up. I am looking forward to meeting you!


❗️Cancellation, reschedule and late policy ❗️

1. Lesson cancellation and rescheduling must be requested at least 8 hours before the scheduled lesson starts. Without an 8-hour notice, you will be charged for the lesson, regardless of the reasons.

2. If you cannot attend your lessons for two or more consecutive weeks, your time slot may be given to another student. If you wish to resume lessons with me but your original time slot has been filled, please contact me.

3. If you realize you will be late for your lesson, please contact me as soon as possible by text or email. I will wait until you log in, but I cannot extend the duration of your lesson. No refund will be given for the time you missed.

Please remember that by signing up for lessons with me, you will be agreeing to all of the above.

About Rie T.

こんにちは!りえと申します。

Hello! My name is Rie.
I have been teaching Japanese since 2010. My past and present students are from many different countries, including the U.S., China, Taiwan, India, Israel, Italy, and Croatia and range from 9 to 75 years old. I have taught students, educators, business professionals, sports professionals, health care providers, artists, military personnel, and many others from all walks of life, and whether it is getting good grades, becoming proficient before their trips to Japan, or simply wanting to learn a new language, I have loved helping them reach their goals.

I am originally from Kure, which is about 20 miles southeast of Hiroshima. 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 have worked in public, academic, and government libraries in various capacities both in Japan and the U.S.
More recently I have worked with thousands of high school students and their parents, while building rapport with the community. I am an extremely patient and conscientious 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 respond within 24 hours.

I am currently accepting students ages 16 and up. I am looking forward to meeting you!

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Ruth Ann
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Rie is truly a wonderful teacher of the Japanese language. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons with her

Posted Nov 9, 2021
Robert F.
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I’ve been studying Japanese off and on for almost 20 years. I had reached an upper intermediate level but I wanted to take my ability to a higher level so I started looking for a Japanese tutor. I feel really lucky to have found Rie. She’s a cool person who’s fun to work with. She’s patient and flexible and she always explains things in a way that is easy to understand. She’s as invested in my Japanese learning as I am and it’s hard to place a value on that kind of support and partnership. She also has good textbooks for people at more advanced levels. Without a doubt, my Japanese has improved more in the time I’ve been working with Rie than it has at any other time in all the years I’ve been studying it. If you’re an intermediate or advanced learner of Japanese and you’re looking to improve, Rie can absolutely help you. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Posted Oct 20, 2021
Teddy
Profile-location-online Online

Rie's lessons are super comfortable, her explanations are always crystal clear, and she's great at balancing compliments & critiques. 11/10 Highly, highly recommend !

Posted Oct 18, 2021
Samantha
Profile-location-online Online

Rie is an excellent tutor regardless of your level in the Japanese language! She caters your lessons to your needs and what you would like to focus on. Her teaching style is helpful and relaxed, and she helps make learning fun! I highly recommend her as a tutor.

Posted Oct 18, 2021
Yufei Y.
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Rie is amazing!

Posted Oct 17, 2021
John
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Rie is a very patient, friendly, and understanding teacher. When I first started my lessons with her, I didn't feel as uncomfortable or awkward as I normally do when doing online lessons, she made me feel very comfortable while doing it. She is very good at explaining the material, including the more complicated ones.

Posted Oct 17, 2021
Kevin
Profile-location-online Online

Rie is a very friendly and patient teacher, but she is also very effective! She quickly assesses strengths and weaknesses and does a great job motivating you to continue developing your skill.

Posted Aug 26, 2021
Ada D.
Profile-location-online Online

I started lessons with Rie in order to pass a college course placement test after missing the first semester of my school's Japanese program. Not only was I able to test into second semester Japanese with her guidance, I was also accepted into a rigorous study abroad program after less than a year of studying the language.
As someone who finds speaking another language rather frightening, I was very fortunate to find a teacher like Rie. Not only is she extremely patient, she tailors lessons and homework to the needs of her students. It only took me a few lessons for me to feel completely at ease while stumbling through grammar points and vocabulary.
I’ve had many different language teachers in the past, but Rie has definitely been my favorite. If you are looking to learn Japanese I highly recommend her teaching!

Posted Aug 23, 2021
Lyla N.
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Rie-san is a really great instructor, i've always felt a little awkward with online lessons but hers are really fun!

Posted Jul 22, 2021
Heather
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Rie is the best teacher you could ask for. She is very patient and has worked with me and my crazy schedule! I highly recommend her!! She is a wonderful teacher. I'm on my 37th lesson and I've already learned so much!!! I cannot state enough how great a teacher Rie is.

Posted Jul 8, 2021
Karina R.
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Ríe-san has been a wonderful teacher to my daughter. Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Jason W.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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
Vivienne
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

Super awesome at teaching and really friendly! Can't wait for additional lessons!

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Johanna T.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Tim F.
Profile-location-online Online

Extremely fun and informative first lesson! Looking forward to more!

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Sanjay K.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Torena V.
Profile-location-online Online

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.
Profile-location-online Online

She is a very good teacher

Posted May 14, 2019
Suan M.
Profile-location-online Online

She made us feel like we could really learn Japanese

Posted Apr 23, 2019
John
Profile-location-online Online

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.
Profile-location-online Online

First lesson was great! Shes nice, patient and funny, looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Apr 12, 2019
Kevin
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

Extremely clear, helpful, and offered plentiful positive reinforcement. Rie is certainly delightful.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
Emiko G.
Profile-location-online Online

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.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome! The best. She genuinely cares about her students. You should definitely take lessons from her.

Posted Feb 14, 2019
Kevin
Profile-location-online Online

She is awesome! You should definitely take lessons from her. She is very concerned about teaching her students.

Posted Feb 14, 2019
Mark
Profile-location-online Online

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
Profile-location-online Online

First lesson was great ! I am looking forward to continuing

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Tatjana N.
Profile-location-online Online

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.
Profile-location-online Online

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
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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.

Secretary
Jan 2007 - Jun 2019

Brighton Central School District (Rochester, NY)

Librarian
Apr 1994 - Jan 1997

United States Information Service, US Embassy, Tokyo

Library Assistant
Aug 1991 - Jul 1993

Berkeley Public Library

English Instructor
Jan 1990 - Apr 1991

AEON Corporation

Assistant Librarian
Jun 1988 - Jun 1989

University of California, Los Angeles, East Asian Library

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 (Tokyo, Japan)

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

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

Eiken Foundation of Japan

Teacher License (English, Social Studies)
Feb 1986

Ministry of Education, Japan

Affiliations

Association for Teachers of Japanese
Sep 2021
The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is an international, non-profit, non-political organization of teachers, scholars, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics, which works to promote study of the Japanese language at all levels of instruction in the field and to broaden and deepen knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its culture.

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