Rie Takashima

Rie T.

Rochester, NY
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About Rie T.

Born and raised in Japan, I moved to the United States in the 80's to pursue the goal of obtaining a library degree. Fast forward almost 30 years, I now live in Western New York, working in a local school district.
In the past 30 years, I have worked as a librarian, an English instructor in Japan, and a school administrative assistant. I have also taught Japanese to college students and adults in my free time, and when I become an empty nester this summer, would love to dedicate more time teaching the language and customs of my native country. I can help you with homework, conversational Japanese, and more - just contact me and we can find out if we are a good match!

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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Master's in Library and Information Studies from University of California, Berkeley
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Reviews (26)

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Tim F. Jan 8, 2020
Japanese · Online

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

Christina K. Dec 30, 2019
Japanese · Online

Sanjay Kanodia Dec 8, 2019
Japanese · 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

Shannon Nov 11, 2019
Japanese · Online

I really enjoyed meeting and starting to work with Rie-san. I think we’ll work well together.

Mary Eloise V. Oct 20, 2019
Japanese · Online

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!

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Christina K. Jun 23, 2019
Japanese · Online

Torena V. Jun 19, 2019
Japanese · 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.

Ted M. May 14, 2019
Japanese · Online

She is a very good teacher

Suan M. Apr 23, 2019
Japanese · Online

She made us feel like we could really learn Japanese

John Apr 13, 2019
Japanese · 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.

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Kiersten L. Apr 12, 2019
Japanese · Online

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

Kevin Apr 7, 2019
Japanese · Online

Rie sensei is simply the best language teacher I've ever had. Do yourself a favor and take lessons from her.

Daniela Apr 2, 2019
Japanese · 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.

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Dolph Mar 6, 2019
Japanese · Online

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

Emiko G. Mar 2, 2019
Japanese · 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.

Shane M. Feb 17, 2019
Japanese · 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!

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Kevin Feb 14, 2019
Japanese · Online

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

Kevin Feb 14, 2019
Japanese · Online

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

Mark Feb 3, 2019
Japanese · Online

I just completed my first lesson with Rie and she was fantastic. I look forward to my future classes with her.

Marty Feb 2, 2019
Japanese · Online

First lesson was great ! I am looking forward to continuing

Tatjana N. Feb 1, 2019
Japanese · Online

I just finished my very first lesson and it was GREAT! Rie is patient and very much supportive. Thank you!

Ronald R. Jan 16, 2019
Japanese · Online

She was well prepared and her instruction was excellent.

Sanjay Kanodia Jan 7, 2019
Japanese · Online

Excellent first lesson!

Leah Apr 19, 2018
Japanese · In home

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!!

Jose Apr 19, 2018
Japanese · In studio

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

Sara Apr 19, 2018
Japanese · In studio

Amazing teacher!! Patient and caring with my kids! Totally recommend.


Attendance Clerk
Jan 2007 - Jul 2019

Brighton High School (Brighton Central School District)

Apr 1993 - Jan 1997

United States Information Service, US Embassy, Tokyo


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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

Eiken Foundation of Japan

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