Taro Taguchi

Taro T.

Washington, DC

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I'm a native Japanese speaker here to help you learn Japanese. My aim is to help you gain not only the Japanese skills but also the cultural awareness to help you navigate in situations in which you need to use Japanese. I approach my lessons with customization that is only possible in private teaching. I teach students of all ages who are able to take at least 6 months of my lessons. I look forward to making contribution to your learning.

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Taro delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2015


My name is Taro, and I am a Japanese teacher from Kobe, Japan.  
I first started teaching Japanese when the mother of a high school student reached out to me to help him learn Japanese. I have been teaching the language since then to men and women of all ages.  

Japanese is a language that emphasizes formality which is reflected in Japanese culture that values civility and order. Learning Japanese properly enables you to understand how Japanese people think and act, which helps you to enjoy Japan fully when you visit the country.  

My job is to help you learn the language the right way so you can get to the next level. In order to do so, I use curated material and utilize technology to maximize your learning process.  

I look forward to working with you, and I am excited to help you realize your goal.  


Material Used:

Genki I&II (beginners)
新完全マスター Shin-kanzen Master (JLPT: N4-N1)

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Associate Advisor
Feb 2013 - Present
MZ Capital Management

Fee-only independent financial advisor. Advised clients on investment, wealth preservation, and tax mitigation.

Media Strategist
Apr 2015 - Sep 2015
Mentora College

Created audio-visual content which presented the English as second language school in Washington D.C. Established new partnerships with organizations in Japan and Colombia.

Research Associate
Aug 2012 - Nov 2012
Inter-American Dialogue

Helped construct an annual scorecard on Remittance Service Providers (RSPs) which increased the transparency of the money transfer industry. Gathered data on RSPs’ presence and payment points in Latin America and South East Asia.


M.A. in International Affairs
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012
American University
B.A. in Political Science
Aug 2007 - Dec 2009
Tulane University


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Series 65
Nov 2016
The North American Securities Administrators Associations

Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination


Graduate Research Conference Winner
Nov 2012
American University
Distinguished Scholars Award
Aug 2007
Tulane University

Photos & Videos

HOW MY LESSONS WORK: I talk about how my lessons work and tips to get the best out of them.
VIDEO MESSAGE: Two tips to learn Japanese effectively.
By Alexander Morozov
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15 Reviews

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Eric Jul 4, 2019
Japanese · Online

Prior to the beginning of my lessons with Taro, I had little to no knowledge of Japanese, so I took weekly lessons for Japanese lessons for a little over half a year, and I am proud to say that I feel confident in my understanding of the basics in Japanese grammar and knowledge. He was excellent in adapting to my learning goals and ensuring that I received what I expected from every lesson. I was able to retain much of what we went over because the lessons effectively covered material that I can relate to my personal life. Taro is definitely my favorite teacher since he goes the extra mile and genuinely cares about his students as well as their goals. If you're thinking of beginning lessons and aren't sure where to start, Taro is the perfect teacher for guiding you to identify and reach your learning goals, whether you're a beginner or have moderate experience with Japanese!

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David H. Nov 28, 2018
Japanese · Online

First lesson far exceeded expectations. Can`t wait for lesson 2.

Alva L. Oct 13, 2018
Japanese · Online

I have been taking Japanese lessons with Taro Sensei for about 5 months. He is a very patient and organized instructor. He designs the teaching material based on my specific level and goals. I enjoy the fun conversation with him during every lesson. My Japanese skill has improved gradually as time goes by. Thank you Taro Sensei.

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Reagan Aug 8, 2018
Japanese · Online

Taguchi Sensei has helped improve my Japanese tremendously! Not only is he able to accommodate my sometimes crazy schedule, but he's very patient while learning, will go in-depth on topics I don't quite understand and will provide exercises for me on those topics. He's personal, so we use real-time situations from my life to practice with (describing my day at work, where my cats are, what I ate, etc.)

When I visted Japan this year, I owe it to him that I was able to have the amazing experiences I did. Because of him, I was able to understand the language, the culture, and have the confidence in speaking with locals.

I appriciate all the help and encourgaement that he's provided.

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Jermaine Jun 25, 2018
Japanese · Online

Taro is a great Japanese instructor! He’s constantly analyzing and reevaluating the best possible learning methods for each particular student. I’ve only taken 3 lessons so far but I’m quite confident in his ability to help me reach fluency in Japanese, so long as I am patient and disciplined 🤔😅

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Theo Jun 23, 2018
Japanese · Online

Taro is amazing! Just finished 5 lessons and I feel great about my Japanese. I will be signing up for more!
Taro is very positive and polite. He knows how to challenge me but at the same time keeps me motivated.
I highly recommend Taro to anyone who wants to learn Japanese!
Thank you!

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H.H Mar 18, 2018
Japanese · Online

Taro is a great teacher. Rather than simply expecting rote memorization, he uses practical applications to help you learn and understand the material.

Gabriel Freitas Dec 21, 2017
Japanese · Online

Taro is a very nice helpful and professional Sensei

Highly recommended.

Shell Dec 2, 2017
Japanese · In studio

Mr. Taro is a marvelous teacher! He is very patient and kind. He works hard to tailor his lessons to your need. His lessons encompass speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t matter if you are new to Japanese or already have foundational conversational skills, Mr. Taro can help your Japanese skills reach the next level!

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Douglas M. Nov 14, 2017
Japanese · Online

Taro Taguchi is a fantastic teacher. He is highly knowledgeable, prepared, and always willing to help throughout the week. Along with being expedient in his responses, he is always capable of answering any questions clearly and concisely. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn Japanese. Happy to rate him 5 stars, and would give more if I could!

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Eva Oct 11, 2017
Japanese · In studio

I really enjoy these lessons! English is my second language so I was little bit afraid of studying Japanese but Taro is helping me so much. His way of teaching is pretty nice and comfortable. I couldn't imagine that I can enjoy lessons as much as I do right now. However, Japanese is interesting and amazing language and I think this is great way how to learn it. Thank you so much!

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Jim Jun 16, 2017
Japanese · In home

Taro was very good and knowledgeable teacher. As a native speaker he provided a lot of helpful insights.

Kaz Jun 9, 2017
ESL · Online

He teaches me eagerly, friendly, kindly and calmly. When I can't understand, he explains with English and Japanese. It's very helpful for me. I recommend to try taking his lesson.

Robin May 19, 2017
Japanese · In studio

Taro is a great instructor! I am learning so much.

Efe F. Mar 3, 2015
Japanese · In home

Thank you for teaching me! I went to Japan last summer and I've been studying Japanese for my next trip. Taro has been helping me improve my Japanese. He speaks very clearly and he is really patient. He's a great teacher as well as a great individual.

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