Toshi Morikawa

Toshi M.

Los Angeles, CA
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Toshi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 55 and special needs

Teaching since:
April 2004

Welcome! My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan.

I am currently working with a new project through Google called, "Ok Glass." It's a data collection project that leads to the betterment of Google products for voice search capabilities in their Google search engine, Chrome software and Google Glass. Google has chosen me to record, translate and transcribe for these projects within the Japanese division!

***Please read my entire page including the Cancellation, reschedule and late Policy carefully before purchasing lessons!!***

My tutoring policy is not just simply to teach the Japanese language as a Japanese. No, I always want to teach students more than the language.

If you are interested in the Japanese traditions as well as the language and traditions, then that is a good start for learning. Fun, interest and enjoyment are the best tools for learning with my tutoring.

You will not only be able to speak Japanese, but you will grasp the traits of the Japanese language, traditions, history, culture, and, most importantly, the uniquely Japanese styles of courtesy and customs simultaneously!

I teach practical Japanese so you can actually communicate and exchange proper responses with real Japanese with a sense of smooth conversation. My teaching method varies depending on the student's level.

Are you struggling?

Perhaps you went to a Japanese language school, but when you saw Japanese anime or movies you still did not understand? Then you wondered WHY, didn'™t you! After all, you paid so much money for school!

Here is the answer: most of the school are not teaching true and complete Japanese! Yes, they are teaching proper Japanese very well. but it only works for some test like a JLPT or speaking at work.

The SECRET is that Japanese people do not speak proper Japanese all the time. They usually speak casual, informal Japanese when they are talking with friends and family, and there are gender differences in spoken Japanese!

Japanese movies and anime cartoons, manga, are mostly stories of friends and family, NOT stories of formal work.

That is why you need to know proper Japanese and casual, informal Japanese both! The Japanese culture and language have customs and orders which you must know and understand completely!

I teach both of these structures at the same time. You need to know when and how to change from proper verbs to casual, informal verbs, and then you will begin to understand the Japanese anime and movies!

I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. If you are only interested in JLPT Training (any level) or AP Japanese Language and Culture, we can certainly work with that.

However, I also teach business Japanese, word beautification, gender differences in spoken Japanese, proper and casual conversations, polite language, humble language, and respectful verbs. This is necessary for improving your personal and business relations!

I also teach Japanese slang along with many other aspects of the Japanese culture. Whatever you need or want to learn, I am here to assist you!

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can tutor you in private lessons at your computer. I am experienced with teaching all levels and all ages!

I give a fun, relaxed lesson and work to teach the precise and gentle true Japanese way in a friendly and open-minded one-on-one session or group lessons via Skype.

I believe you will find everything you need, because I am focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. I will do everything I can to meet your expectations, and with a variety of offerings to choose from, I am sure you will be happy working with me!

I also teach ORIGAMI (Japanese art of paper folding), how to make SUSHI, and how to hold the Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony. I am able to give you information about J-POP and traditional Japanese songs as well. We can have fun with those, too.

If you would like to have a lesson once per week or twice per week, let's discuss the possibilities!

I do not usually set up a specific 10-hour or 20-hour plan, because it all depends on the student's level.

I then find the best speed for each student. At that point, if you want to stop at 10 hours, that is fine, and you can stop! Or, if you want to continue to do the class, you can continue. You may stop at 8, 15 or 30 sessions... whatever is best for you!

Do you want to speak Japanese for a few conversations... or do you want to speak Japanese fluently? Or perhaps you want to take a Japanese Language Proficiency Test or AP Japanese Language and Culture Test? That all depends on your achievement!

You can let me know if you want to continue or not anytime! Let's go from there!

If you have any questions about my tutoring, please feel free to contact me through TakeLessons.com.

Hope to see you soon, I look forward to lesson with you! :)

ARIGATOU :)

Have an awesome day and God Bless!

Toshi


***Cancellation, reschedule and late, others policy***
Class cancellations and rescheduling must be done 24 hours in advance before the scheduled lesson. If you do not reach me within the 24 hour period, you will be charged for the lesson. (You must contact me 24 hours in advance or else you will be charged for the lesson. It does not matter what the reason the is, you will be charged.)

If you cannot make your assigned lesson time for more than two weeks consecutively (for vacation, camp, or for any other reason) I will have to give your lesson time to another student. I work with many students and have a busy teaching schedule, which means that I cannot afford to hold a time slot with a student that cannot consistently show up for their lesson. If you would to start lessons again, I ask that you please chose your preferred day and time from my availability, and then let me know when you want to start again. I will then put you in my schedule.

If you are going to be late for your lesson, please contact me by text or Skype message before your scheduled class. If you are late 5 minutes or more to class (without prior notice), your lesson will be cancelled, and you will be charged for the missed lesson. No refunds given and you might be terminated from my calendar. Please note: if you signed up for lessons with me, you have agreed to my cancellation, reschedule, and late policy. Also, please read The 24 Hour Golden Rule by takelessons.com...
http://support.takelessons.com/hc/en-us/articles/202972993-What-is-the-24-Hour-Golden-Rule-

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Experience

"OK Glass" Google Project
Apr 2013 - Present
Google USA & Japan

Member
Jan 2006 - Present
"The Church On The Way" Van Nuys Los Angeles CA

Tutor
Apr 2004 - Present
Japanese Tutoring

Education

Bible
Sep 2006 - Nov 2009
KING'S UNIVERSITY
Business
Jan 2002 - Nov 2005
USC

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Passed Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
Dec 2002
Japanese Language Teaching Association

Affiliations

National Tutoring Association
Apr 2014

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102 Reviews

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Marshall Aug 16, 2017
Japanese · Online

I am ten years old and Toshi has taught me almost 450 kanji in less than two years. I have a lot of fun while learning a lot. In 45min we go over reading, writing, and speaking. Thank you Toshi Sensei. :)

Katherine Aug 13, 2017
Japanese · Online

My son loves his Japanese lessons with Toshi-san! Toshi is very patient and takes the time to explain why the Japanese language works the way it does. I was very excited that he was a native Japanese speaker, so he is able to help, correct and advise my son on all his school work. I highly recommend Toshi-San!

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Vivian Aug 12, 2017
Japanese · Online

I am preparing JLPT N1 right now and Toshi is always understanding and never gets frustrated during our lessons. He is very helpful. I feel like the tutoring time is used very productively, he goes through grammar points one after another and lets me practice exercises for each one, making full use of the 60-minute lesson so I learn very fast. He helps you find the easiest way of doing things.

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Mandy Aug 11, 2017
Japanese · Online

My daughter was struggling in her high school first year Japanese class; she did not have any prior experience with the language. We found Toshi halfway into the first semester, and it was a great decision! He is so engaging and covers all parts of the language: reading, writing, and verbal. He is patient, understanding, and fun. My daughter never feels bored during his lessons. goes beyond the school curriculum and really teaches for understanding the language, not just for memorization. My daughter's high school Japanese class focuses on memorization before teaching the grammar; however, Toshi teaches grammar, which in turn makes learning the language much easier. Much of the material my daughter learns is practical and could be used in everyday conversations with a Japanese person. We love Toshi and will continue to have lessons with her for all four years of high school and perhaps beyond!

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George Aug 11, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi taught me Japanese for two years and he's a great Japanese teacher. He's very prepared for each lesson and every time when I have a question, he is very patient to answer. My Japanese level improved enormously with his help and I would definitely recommend him to other students. Toshi has become not only my teacher but also a good friend that I cherish.

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Julien Aug 10, 2017
Japanese · Online

I have been taking Japanese lessons with Toshi for a six months now, and I can already see improvement in my speaking, reading, and conversing skills. The lessons vary from time to time to keep it interesting, and Toshi is very willing to stop and answer questions. I watched Japanese anime yesterday, and I understood much better! I have an idea of what's going on now and I can understand probably every other sentence well. :) Highly recommended if you want to learn Japanese effectively and efficiently!

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Mark Aug 8, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a fantastic teacher. He is very helpful and he adapts what and how he is teaching based on each students needs. I highly recommend him if you're just starting out or if, like me, you have had some instruction in the past.

Frank Aug 8, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi-Sensei is a native Japanese speaker and really enjoys teaching his language. I have taken several Japanese programs and Toshi-Sensei if by far the best. He goes over everything thoroughly and makes sure you understand and are learning all that is being taught. f you are a serious student and want to learn I HIGHLY recommend him....

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Garret Aug 5, 2017
Japanese · Online

I had a wonderful conversation with Toshi for our first session. He goes beyond teaching the basics of the language by also talking about the cultural contexts as we briefly discussed the history of Japan and its society. He’s a great teacher.

Helen Aug 3, 2017
Japanese · Online

My son has had one session with Toshi & it was very helpful. The goal is to help improve my son's Knowledge & grade in Japanese - enough that his enthusiasm & confidence fully return & that he will be happy to continue with japanese into his Sophomore year. Toshi was friendly and professional. We have booked twice a week session & clearly Toshi have worked with his age group before.. thank you so much for your kind gentle manner with my son.

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Elisa Aug 1, 2017
Japanese · Online

Extremely patient and kind with my shy 12 yr old Granddaughter. Toshi makes her feel very comfortable so my Granddaughter is not afraid to ask questions. A big plus in my book! He made it fun and eased all her nerves. She is super excited for her next lesson with him. Thankful to have found Toshi.

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Phillip Jul 31, 2017
Japanese · Online

I have been waiting to write this review until I attended a few lessons. Toshi is by far the BEST Japanese teacher I ever had. His level of patience is superhuman, especially if your someone who likes to take their time to digest what they learn and not feel rushed. His ability to assess your academic needs underscores his years of teaching. I have taken many Japanese classes in college and with private organizations full of native speakers, but to date, Toshi stands head and shoulders above them all. An added benefit to studying with Toshi is his working knowledge of business Japanese and social etiquette, manners. Something I did not receive in a classroom setting. If I had to give him a grade, it would be an A++. Outstanding teacher for serious students of Japanese.

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Alice Jul 31, 2017
Japanese · Online

Mr. Toshi M. has tutored my son across several weeks now and we could not be happier! My son, who utterly hated his Spanish class in school, immediately took to Mr. Toshi. He teaches and communicates almost effortlessly over the Skype. He is focused in bringing out the best in my son, teaching to his level (beginner), but pushing him along outside his comfort zone. And setting aside the fact that Mr. Toshi is a native speaker, Mr. Toshi's skills at teaching and tutoring in a foreign language, specifically, are quite clearly those of a professional. I actually do feel quite fortunate to have found him and very much look forward Mr. Toshi continued teaching my son.

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Ellie Jul 28, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is Excellent Japanese Tutor!
Toshi does and excellent job every time. He's been my Japanese tutor every week for 7th months now and I've learned a lot. I'm very slow at Japanese (because my memory is atrocious and it's a difficult language to adjust to), but he is a very patient person with me. Japanese is really starting to click with me now, and he was patient through my struggles, which I'm very grateful for. He seems proud of my progress too. I'm also progressing much faster because I'm more consistent about doing the homework every week and studying in addition. He is really good at working with you to approach the lessons in a way that works well for you, because everyone learns differently and at a different pace. Thanks Toshi :)

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Carrier Jul 23, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is tutoring our son in Japanese and Japanese calligraphy So far it is a great combination and he is excited about learning both. We had some reservations on putting both together - but it really works! It challenges him in ways that keeps him engaged in the lesson. I would highly recommend Toshi to anyone looking to tutor their child.

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Francisco Jul 21, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi san is an amazing teacher. He really takes the time to break down the Japanese language and teach you piece by piece. He is very understanding and attentive to each student's learning needs. He is very passionate about what she teaches, and is super fun to learn from! He is truly the best teacher I have ever had, and I look forward to many more lessons with him in the future. Toshi san is awesome!!!!

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Diana Jul 20, 2017
Japanese · Online

I took only two classes with Toshi and am looking forward for more as the methods of his tutoring are really unique. He hears-sees-senses the most hidden flaws not only in my Japanese, but also in my conducting before the audience. He picks these flaws so professionally, shows them to me and teach me how to correct them so easy that it’s just amazing how those fixed little details bring a huge difference into my speech. I am very grateful for all his help and glad that he is my tutor.

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Tracey Jul 20, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is awesome tutor! Starting out from Zero knowledge in Japanese, Toshi has taught me in a very short time a basic understanding, vocabulary, ground rules. I learned so much more than I thought I would be able to. I look forward to learning more with his help. I like that the lessons are challenging but manageable because of his support.

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Serena Jul 19, 2017
Japanese · Online

I would highly recommend Toshi as a tutor - He is extremely kind, affable and enthusiastic and has a very approachable manner with children. He is also reliable, prompt and hardworking. He is clearly very intelligent, his communication skills are excellent. My children love Japanese lesson with Toshi. I think that the lessons provided my children with a positive introduction to the Japanese language.

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Kaite Jul 19, 2017
Japanese · Online

He's really patient with me when I'm trying to remember things. It takes me a bit sometimes to respond and he never rushes me. I am also a student who gets bored if things are too easy, but can also get frustrated if I don't feel successful. Toshi challenges me just enough to make me feel like I am really successful in learning, without feeling like I am always failing. Toshi changes his lessons to fit each student, and is really helpful whenever I have questions.

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Kevin Jul 18, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi-san helped me prepare for my upcoming trip to Japan by having lessons that focused on my needs as a traveler. He discussed the Japanese alphabets and taught me vocabulary and sentences for asking directions, ordering food, introducing myself, shopping, telling date and time, etc... I also learned about basic conversations, grammar, pronunciation and sentence formations. He was very patient, attentive to my needs and encouraging. I would love to work with him again when I get back from my business trip!

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Kelsey Jul 16, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is able to work with you regardless of your prior knowledge of language. He is able to work out a lesson plan that will fit your needs as well as having the flexibility to work with your schedule. As a native speaker of Japanese, he understands practicle use of day to day conversations as well as the formal side of it all. He will help you build the essential foundations required so that you may learn how to read, write, speak, and understand Japanese speak.

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Joel Jul 15, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi san is an amazing native Japanese teacher. He really takes the time to break down the Japanese language and teach you piece by piece. He is very understanding and attentive to each student's learning needs. He is very passionate about what he teaches, and is super fun to learn from! He is truly the best teacher I have ever had, and I look forward to many more lessons with him in the future. Toshi san is awesome!!!!

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Maggie Jul 12, 2017
Japanese · Online

My son was struggling in his Japanese class. There are no tutors where we live, so we found Toshi. After only two lessons via Skype, my son feels far more confident about his mastery of Japanese. He says he's cleared up a great deal of confusion and is very patient. Thanks Toshi!

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Jonathan Jul 10, 2017
Japanese · Online

I have been tutored by Toshi Sensei for around six months now and I must say he puts more effort into his lessons then any other teacher I have seen. He has helped me with a translation of a story in order the help me improve my Japanese, created several lesson plans based on input in order to make the lessons fun as well as productive. He is also one of the most approachable teachers I have met, constantly responding to texts and emails throughout the week, making learning a continuous process instead of something done once a week. I would recommend Toshi Sensei over any other tutor.

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LISA Jul 7, 2017
Japanese · Online

My three children have enjoyed every moment they have been studying with Toshi Sensei. They have varied levels of Japanese with varying needs, and he adjusts beautifully. It's nice to have a teacher that the children look forward to seeing.

Angela Jul 6, 2017
Japanese · Online

My fourteen year old daughter is taking Japanese lessons with Toshi and cannot wait for each time they meet. Toshi is kind, patient, and very knowledgeable. He helps guide my daughter through this complicated language in a way that keeps her engaged and excited. Thank you for your time, Toshi!

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Theo Jul 3, 2017
Japanese · Online

Excellent teacher!

Justin Jul 3, 2017
Japanese · Online

I had been studying Japanese for a few months on my own by watching news programs, movies and reading through a textbook. At first it was difficult to tell what level I was at or if I was even speaking the language correctly as I had no one to practice with. When I first met with Mr. Toshi, he was very calm and patient with me. It was through him I was able to figure out were I am at in learning Japanese. His teaching methods and explanations are very clear and each time lesson with him I feel as though I know so much more than before. Mr.Toshi, is the perfect tutor for anyone really wanting to improve their skills in the Japanese language!

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Tyler Jul 3, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is my son's Japanese language tutor. He is a lovely and intelligent teacher originally from Japan. We see his positive teaching spirit in all of his lessons, and with help by email between lessons. He always comes prepared with a marker board to demonstrate the Japanese symbols. His teaching style is patient, fun and thorough. We would highly recommend him to others.

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Vanessa Jul 2, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi- sensei is always on time and thoroughly prepared for every lesson. I felt he really listened to what I wanted from my tutoring sessions and has developed my lessons in accordance with that. He is friendly and knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and very helpful in pursuing language learning at the pace that is right for me. Thank you so much Toshi- Sensei

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Marc Jul 2, 2017
Japanese · Online

I was very skeptical my daughter would maintain her desire to learn Japanese, since the language is so different from her native English. However, she has not only stayed focused on her desire to learn more about the language and the culture,...she is genuinely excited and can't wait to show me what she has learned after each lesson. Toshi is the source of my daughter's excitement about learning Japanese, and I am SO happy we found him. Because he is a native speaker AND he worked in the local school disctrict, he brings a unique balance of patience and understanding to new students of Japanese. My daughter can be easily disappointed when she is not progressing fast enough, or is struggling with learning something new,...but Toshi has managed to keep my daughter calm and still push her at a steady pace - I am SO impressed with her progress in such a short time.

If you are considering a Japanese tutor, then I would strongly receommend you consider Yoko as your language guide - she's FANTASTIC !!

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Kimberly Jul 1, 2017
Japanese · Online

I am very happy I chose Toshi-san! He comes highly recommended! I have been going to Toshi-san since September of last year twice a week. Now I can read Hiragana & Katakana. I can go to Japanese market and pick up words. Friends of mine are amazed at how much I have learned and a big part of that comes from the fact that Toshi-san is a wonderful teacher. He has loads of experience...He wants the best for his student & my favorite part about learning from him is he keeps things interesting. Interesting enough for me to remember Japanese vocabulary or writing! He is very interactive, uses great tools (books, cards, games, SONGS!)

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Patricia Jul 1, 2017
Japanese · Online

Me and my BF decided to learn Japanese together and found Toshi on Takelessons, and we were so happy that we did! He was very nice and knowledgeable, always smiling. I will have more to talk about when we have more lessons, but he is definitely a great teacher and we look forward to our classes in the future.

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Vicky Jun 30, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi san is a thoughtful and inspiring tutor. I highly recommend him if you're looking for a faster way to learn Japanese. He was able to quickly assess my skill level and adapt the lessons to accommodate my needs as a student. Arigato Toshi san.

Julie Jun 25, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a very knowledgable and patient tutor. Our first lesson was very thorough and covered the Japanese writing system of Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. We learned the pronunciation of Hiragana and Katakana and how to say "hello", "goodbye", "good morning", and "goodnight". We look forward to more lessons with Toshi!

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Sheryl Jun 25, 2017
Japanese · Online

I had my first lesson with TOSHI recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. He has his plate full with me, I must say. I not only want speaking and listening practice, but also help with grammar and vocab in order to meet my goal of passing the N1 level of the JLPT in December. I'm confident I'll get there with his help. We had a very interesting conversation and I am looking forward to studying with her more.

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Randy Jun 22, 2017
Japanese · Online

I have never had to tutor before, but once I found Toshi I knew he was the teacher who was going to help me reach my goals. I want to reach level 2 on my JLPT. I tend to be overly ambitious with the goals I set for myself, but Toshi is very understanding and accommodating. He is very open to discussing his culture and customs, which makes our after session discussions, so much more pleasant. He doesn't treat you like just another student, he is truly an amazing teacher and I have so much respect towards him. If you want to learn Japanese, I can't recommend Toshi enough!

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Bill Jun 18, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi sensei is a wonderful teacher! He is very down-to-earth and clearly explains the colloquial and formality nuances of the Japanese language that you might not get in a classroom setting.

Paula Jun 17, 2017
Japanese · Online

I almost hate to write this review for fear Toshi-sensei will become too busy to continue teaching me! Toshi-sensei is AWESOME!! He comes well prepared to teach you, is patient and has phenomenal skills to keep a student wanting to learn more! I definitely recommend sensei to anyone who is serious about learning because he is serious about teaching.

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Jimmy Jun 14, 2017
Japanese · Online

I really enjoyed my first lesson with Toshi. I got through a few chapters of my textbook by myself but I really felt like I needed another person to work with. Toshi reviewed the first few chapters with me and gave great feedback. We then focused on the last chapter I had been working with; verbs. Also, I haven't done really any speaking up to this point and he was very patient and understanding. Overall, we were able to figure out what I need to review and what I should focus on next and what we're going to do next time. Now I can't wait for my lesson every week and in between I have a much clearer understanding of how to progress forward!

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Drew Jun 13, 2017
Japanese · Online

I have worked with Toshi Sensei on line for several weeks. Sensei has worked with me 3 times per week and the sessions are fun and I am making much faster progress than I had hoped. Toshi Sensei effectively uses a textbook at times and at other times just focuses on more spontaneous conversation. I could not be more pleased and look forward to working with Toshi Sensei going forward.

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Jarret Jun 12, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is smart, patient and very good at communicating with my boys. They look forward to their tutorial as Toshi makes it interesting and relevant to their age group and general interest.

Stacy Jun 12, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is an excellent tutor. Our 7th grade son said the other day "I love Japanese lesson with Toshi" after a session with Toshi, and our son is not easy to impress. Toshi is very conscientious and flexible. He has done an excellent job assessing what our son needs on an ongoing basis and creating lesson plans to meet his needs. Toshi is also very patient and able to explain Japanese concepts in a way our son can understand. We are so glad that we found Toshi. We highly recommend. him.

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William Jun 4, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi Sensei provides great knowledge of the Japanese language. In addition - I love how he provides a fun and welcoming atmosphere to learn the language. As a person who grew up in Japan, his goal is not only to teach you the language, but to make sure you are one with the Japanese people! He is throughly organized and lessons with him have helped me a lot. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn Japanese.

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STEPHAN Jun 3, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a great Japanese teacher. His explanations of the grammar and culture are clear and helpful. His suggestion of working with the text was a really good one. The supporting apps are also well worth it. I just finished my fourth lesson with Toshi and I can't say enough good things about him. A few of my friends decided to sign up as well. I went from taking private lessons to now having lessons in a group of six. Everyone loves him and he really takes the time to break down everything. as a tutor without hesitation. Great experience!

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Cathy Jun 1, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a professional that knows what he is doing. He was very patient with my son, explaining everything as many times he needed. He is very pleased with him! And so am I! Be sure that here you have a person that knows the content and knows how to teach it to a high school student. Just one word describes Toshi, WONDERFUL!

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Aaron May 30, 2017
Japanese · Online

About a year ago my 9 year old daughter asked about learning Japanese because of her interest in kawaii and anime. We have always wanted her to learn a second language, so we decided to find a tutor. We were lucky to find Toshi. The lessons never get boring for my daughter because Toshi has so many fun learning games to play with her. It's amazing to see how much Japanese she is learning while having fun the whole time. Thanks, Toshi!!!

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Joshua May 27, 2017
Japanese · Online

The lesson with Toshi-Sensei was an effective one. Not only is he well-versed in the Japanese language, he is very savvy with structuring a well-flowed lesson. Most of all, he projects an energetic vibe that makes learning fun! I am so happy! highly recommend!

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Daniel May 21, 2017
Japanese · Online

Thank you Toshi Sensei! At my first lesson I learned many basic expressions and sentence structures. Toshi Sensei is fun. I will be going to Japan in 3 months, and I know my lessons with Toshi Sensei will help me communicate politely and effectively. Can't wait next lesson!!!

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Jaime May 17, 2017
Japanese · Online

A great experience!

Travis May 15, 2017
Japanese · Online

I have been learning from Toshi-sensei for about three years now. He does a good job assigning homework and providing that bit of pressure that pushes you to succeed. Thanks to Toshi, I passed the JLPT at the N5 level. I am now taking Japanese at the university level and will be studying abroad in Japan for summer 2017. Thanks to Toshi-sensei, I embarked on an amazing journey that keeps getting better.

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Robert. E May 15, 2017
Japanese · Online

Toshi Sensei is kind, patient, and very skillful at teaching a foreign language. I would highly recommend him for his steady encouragement, caring nature and dedicated professionalism. Thanks to his tutoring, I find myself being able to convert my previous experience of learning Japanese into more organized, polished sentences. His homework assignments are especially targeted to help you succeed. I look forward to each week and getting closer and closer to maybe one day being fluent!

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Samuel. D May 14, 2017
Japanese · Online

SOOOO Good. Amazing Tutor. I love Toshi- Sensei. Very competent and highly intelligent. Wonderful personality and friendly attitude. Very good at explaining things and helping you to understand.

Rusty May 14, 2017
Japanese · Online

Sensei is great. He makes me feel comfortable and confident. Our lessons about Japanese are perfect for me. He teaches with a smile and understands the struggle of learning a foreign language.

Adam Feb 16, 2017
Japanese · Online

Great experience, Toshi sensei does a fantastic job at keeping you motivated and guiding the lesson. Already a few lessons in and I am starting to have basic conversations.

Arigatou Gozaimasu Toshi sensei!

Cameron T. Jan 20, 2017
Japanese · Online

Excellant

Marie Sep 21, 2016
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a fabulous teacher to my 11 year old daughter. She absolutely loves her Japanese lessons and looks forward to them. She has 3 lessons a week with Toshi and has been going strong for 6 months. I love his teaching method, his attention to detail and his patience, whilst at the same time pushing forward and expecting the best he knows that his student is capable of. Toshi shares Japanese culture and information via skype or email outside of 'lesson learning time, which is another wonderful addition to lesson learning outside of actual lesson time'. Toshi is a rare find and I cannot recommend him enough for anyone wanting to learn Japanese.

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Jennifer Sep 20, 2016
Japanese · Online

We love Toshi-Sensei! He is a professional, warm, friendly and so patient and very fun with the boys. He is always upbeat and enthusiastic. He helps the boys with their homework and writing sentences with their katakana, kanji. They love working with Toshi so much, and his gentle humor takes most of the drudgery out of doing homework. I love that he is there to help make sure they understand their work, as I don't know any Japanese at all. Toshi is BEST!

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Sam R. Sep 13, 2016
Japanese · Online

Since Toshi has started teaching me Japanese, I have started understanding all kinds of Japanese not just business level Japanese. I understand complex interactions and am picking up on cultural cues that would have been very difficult to learn on my own. Toshi has a unique way of teaching which allows you to understand all different levels of Japanese whether TV or animation, day to day conversations with family or friends, business associates, etc. Toshi is very focused like me and has grounded and benchmarked me in my Japanese. He has given me challenges appropriate to my skill level. I feel that with him teaching me I will achieve my goal of speaking fluently to Japanese and also picking up N5-N1 JLPT certifications as I learn. Toshi is a warm, kind, encouraging tutor that will work with you and answer questions at any hour of the day. Highly recommend!!

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Janet.S Sep 12, 2016
Japanese · Online

Toshi has been a great tutor so far for my daughter. He has an encouraging teaching style which is always positive. Even when it gets difficult, he is always patient and will slow it down to her pace. He not only teaches the material but talks to her about Japanese culture and lifestyle. My daughter always looks forward to her lessons every week.

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Pablo T. Jun 16, 2016
Japanese · Online

Awesome experience! My first time learning japanese and Toshi sensei make it look so easy and the way he organized the class made me feel really comfortable.

I'm eager to continue my lessons with sensei.

Kathy Apr 26, 2016
Japanese · Online

I can't not tell you how wonderful Toshi is! My son has been taking lessons with Toshi and is so excited and motivated. Toshi has a great way of teaching and his method of teaching really works. I highly recommend trying out lessons with Toshi you will not regret it; and you'll be speaking in no time.

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George Apr 14, 2016
Japanese · Online

Toshi is very fun to talk to and is always very nice and really teaches you how to pronounce the words and things of that nature. You learn a lot of vocabulary which is very useful.

Brandon. C Apr 8, 2016
Japanese · Online

I love Toshi-sensei because he plays J-pop while we work. He is cool, fun, kind, nice, very positive. He teaches me Japanese culture, J-pop, J-anime, ice cream, snacks, something new every time. and he does a lots of fun things with me. I can speak and read Japanese now. Thank you Toshi-sensei. I love Japanese lesson with Toshi-sensei.

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Mitsuru Yazawa Apr 8, 2016
Japanese · Online

Excellent teacher! Very friendly, fun and great personality.

Huey S. Apr 7, 2016
Japanese · Online

In the first lesson, I learned not only how to speak proper Japanese in a way that's more natural so that real Japanese people can understand me, I also learned about cultural differences. I highly recommend Toshi Sensei if you want more than just textbook knowledge of Japanese (like actually traveling to Japan)!

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Becca F. Mar 19, 2016
Japanese · Online

Today was my first lesson with Toshi Sensei and it was amazing! We talked about some Japanese culture as well as the things I love. The class was fun and useful. We talked about some greetings in Japanese, too! Toshi Sensei is a really good teacher and you won't feel nervous in front of him. It was such a great experience! I'm really happy that I chose to take the lesson with him! Thank you!

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Ashley Smith Mar 7, 2016
Japanese · Online

Great intro; feel very comfortable and excited to move forward.

Jean C. Jan 20, 2016
Japanese · Online

Toshi sensei is great and resourceful!

Sandra McCormack Jan 18, 2016
Japanese · Online

I had a great first lesson with Toshi sensei! He is fun and friendly and is very well organized. We talked about his plan for me going forward and I am confident that the rest of our lessons will be just as great as this one. I am excited because he seems to really understand the struggles of someone that is studying Japanese and how frustrating it can be. I would definitely recommend him to other students. :) 楽しかっただよ!

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Scott T. Dec 16, 2015
Japanese · Online

I've been trying to learn Japanese for a long time, and have never been able to understand Japanese TV, anime, news, dramas, or anything like that, despite several classes and investment in tools like Rosetta Stone, Japanese in a Flash and the like. Although I am still a long way from really being able to understand the shows, Toshi's explanations of how the language is used every day has been enlightening, and allowed me to get a better handle on sentence structure when I'm listening to the spoken language. I had no idea that the Japanese I had been learning in school and through the other texts I had used was really only for polite situations, when most of what I am hearing in television shows and movies is more casual and doesn't use many of the particles and phrases that are commonly taught. I'm excited to continue working with Toshi.

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Zene' G. Dec 3, 2015
Japanese · Online

My daughter LOVES Toshi! Definitely purchasing more lessons for Z! Christmas present add on... shhhh :)

Zene' Nov 17, 2015
Japanese · Online

He's the PERFECT tutor for my daughter!!! She is very happy to officially learn Japanese & is highly comfortable with Toshi. As a busy working single mother it is so convenient having the lessons come online at home so I don't have to worry about transportation; she jus comes home from school as usual & logs right on.

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Darci A. Oct 23, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi-sensei is the best!!! He makes it easy and fun to learn Japanese and always helps you do the very best you can! He's engaging and gives you helpful tips to improve yourself in all things Japanese! He's patient and understanding and lessons are always fun! You'll learn a lot about the culture too! Thank you Toshi-sensei for your great lessons! ありがとうございます! ! !

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Fiona A. Sep 24, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi is very friendly and nice. I just started taking lessons but so far I'm very happy with him! He is helping me learn to speak and read Japanese, and I am also learning about the culture. Toshi is the best!

Dasha rienhoff Sep 22, 2015
Japanese · Online

Was very happy with my first lesson

Erika T. Sep 3, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a great teacher! He is so patient and very nice.

lee S. Aug 31, 2015
Japanese · Online

My 15 year old daughter has been studying Japanese with Toshi for nearly a year. She has learned a tremendous amount and enjoys her lessons with him very much. Toshi makes the lessons interesting and fun, and is such a pleasure to work with!

Patrick Aug 28, 2015
Japanese · Online

Very helpful and involved instruction.

Nick S. Jul 21, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi was very good! He worked with me thoroughly and explained everything very well. I am able to hold a bit of a conversation with my clients and will look forward to resuming when I am back in the states.

Kari M. Jun 6, 2015
Japanese · Online

I have been taking Japanese lessons with Toshi for a few months now. I can say he is my favorite teacher! He is super patient and always explains everything perfectly.
He is always committed and always in time for every lesson. Keeps track on where you are so that you can keep going from there, and you can tell how much he enjoys teaching.
If you are looking for someone who will help you get to the level that you need, he is the one! Trust me, you will love every lesson. Best teacher ever!

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SOFINA L. Jun 2, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a wonderful sensei. He is patient and encouraging. He teaches a lot about the culture and history, which I feel is very important in understanding more of the language. He is great at teaching correct tone and pronunciation in a casual and more formal style. I would highly recommend Toshi. He is fantastic!

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Art E. May 20, 2015
Japanese · Online

Very friendly and you can tell he enjoys teaching. Only my first lesson, but looking forward to many more already.

Krista O. Apr 7, 2015
Japanese · Online

My first lesson with Toshi-sensei was very enjoyable. It is clear that he has experience in teaching Japanese and makes learning the language fun. I am looking forward to my future lessons.

Erica H. Mar 26, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi-sensei is such a great instructor. He's very personable and makes learning Japanese easy and fun. He offers a lot of encouragement. I am so excited to have him as my teacher. I can't wait for my next lesson!

Brandon B. Jan 30, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi-sensei is a very kind-hearted teacher who is very supportive of learning Japanese, helps with any goals you want to accomplish with the language and culture, is clear on making sure your pronunciations are correct, and is able to answer any questions one might have. What I like most is how supportive he is, so if you're struggling with a certain area he makes sure you don't feel discouraged and works with you to constantly improve. I really enjoy lessons with him and would recommend to anyone interested in learning Japanese.

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Hector N. Jan 28, 2015
Japanese · Online

Toshi is a very good Japanese teacher. He makes the lessons a fun and enjoyable experience as well as teaching cultural and societal norms as they relate to Japan. Very satisfied with him, If you're in the market for a Japanese teacher I HIGHLY recommend Toshi.

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Samantha B. Jan 14, 2015
Japanese · Online

I've been taking lessons from Toshi every week for the last few months. I feel like I've learned more Japanese in this short time frame than the amount of French I've learned in the five years I took in high school and college. Really personable and fun to take lessons with and teaches you not only the language, but the culture too. Hope to keep taking lessons for much longer!

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Jacob S. Jan 9, 2015
Japanese · Online

I have been working with Toshi-Sensei for a few months now and all I can say is wow! He has been such a huge help to me and helps me to be very confident with my Japanese.

Whether I am having a simple time or struggling he always makes sure to explain it in ways that are easy to understand and never gets frustrated with my questions or if things take me a long while to grasp.

Not only that but he makes a point to always check up on my home life and see how my family is doing! He is an honest good person and one of the best teachers I have ever encountered in my life and I consider him a great friend!

Arigatou gozaimasu Toshi-sensei!

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James Z. Jan 9, 2015
Japanese · Online

Japan is a wonderful country full of diverse businesses, unique people and customs which when stretched across their land make up the beautiful tapestry which they know as home. Toshi sensei will always be blessed to call this beautiful land home but takes up residency now in California where he is able to spread the light of Japan abroad teaching anyone willing; the art that is the Japanese language!

Language is a powerful blessing that allows us to effectively communicate clearly with one another, thereby allowing us to connect with one another on a much more common ground. Toshi sensei takes his time to ensure that the language is learned clearly and effectively by reviewing often and with overwhelmingly positive reinforcement! Lessons tend to fly by so quickly as you quickly dissolve the concept of being 'taught' with the actuality of having fun! Learning any language can be hard, but Toshi sensei ensures that the effort is well worth it! As a student you can expect to smile, laugh and learn a lot at a pace that both fits your lifestyle as well as your personal interests. Do not expect an instructor that is judgmental, quick-tempered, hasty, rigid, or anything less than phenomenal! There are NOT ENOUGH STARS to define the teaching style of Toshi sensei! Hard work, dedication and continual practice will pay off if you should choose Toshi sensei as an instructor.

When thinking about what language comprises and how intricately it connects to even our own cultures and customs, it is overwhelming how much there can be to learn! I am so very thankful and blessed to have Toshi sesei as my instructor. While considering who you want to learn from, remind yourself that YOU...dear reader...DESERVE THE BEST. You are not paying for OK, and you certainly want above average...so do yourself the privilege of seeing just how awesome Toshi sensei is!! Many blessings on your path to learning the art of Japanese!

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Jamie R. Nov 25, 2014
Japanese · Online

Toshi works with my son and to say that he is enjoying Toshi's friendly smile and positive feedback is an understatement. He really is a nice person. Thank you Toshi!

Jorden P. Sep 30, 2014
Japanese · Online

I have been studying with Toshi for over a little over a year now. He is a fun and
amazing teacher who I have learned a lot from since I met him. I have already learned writing, reading, and Japanese culture. Japanese culture has always been something I liked so the lessons are very interesting. I hope to one day live in Japan after I become fluent and that would still be just a dream without his tutoring. He stands out amongst tutors as somebody who is kind and patient and not just somebody who crams information to his students. I am proud of what I have learned and I am excited to study more. Thank you Toshi. – Jordan Phillips

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Ethan L. Aug 21, 2014
Japanese · Online

I've been studying with Toshi for a year. He is a fun and awesome teacher. Since I've been with him I not only am learning Japanese, but Japanese culture as well. I know how to read and write in Japanese and now I'm being instructed within our lessons in Japanese. Since its something that interests me and is very fun the lessons just go by so fast. I'm hoping to study in japan when i go to college for a semester or two. Thank you Toshi.

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Cambria W. Aug 19, 2014
Japanese · Online

Toshi is very kind and pleasant to learn from and makes sure you understand everything. Because he is a native Japanese speaker I know I am learning the correct meanings of words and when I am pronouncing words incorrectly. Toshi is an awesome teacher!

Diane R. Aug 19, 2014
Japanese · Online

Toshi is an outstanding Japanese tutor. He came highly recommended to me and he did not disappoint! Because I am preparing for a Fulbright fellowship in Japan, I needed someone who could arm me with essential Japanese phrases for social and academic settings. Toshi has prepared me both linguistically and culturally for this international move and for this, I am very grateful. - Diane Rodriguez-Kiino, Ph.D.

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Jessica G. Aug 19, 2014
Japanese · Online

I originally sought Toshi out for tutoring with JLPT level 3. He was very prompt with getting in contact with me and scheduling an appointment as opposed to other possible Japanese tutors who were either slow to or did not respond at all. Even though Toshi and I were only able to meet up for 6 sessions of tutoring ( 1 hour per session), his tutoring was a pivotal part of my passing the JLPT the when I took it the second time. Toshi is able to give very detailed explanations of grammar points and especially cultural points. Even though I have already passed the JLPT, I have chosen to happily keep Toshi on as a regular tutor for my Japanese class due to his effective tutoring skills!

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Cameron & Rheya C. Aug 19, 2014
Japanese · Online

Dear Toshi Sensei,

I think you have taught me a lot of Japanese. It has made me able to understand the words. Also, when you teach, it is soo fun. You also, make it enjoyable to listen to. Since, you make it fun, it is easier. It is also fun talking and laughing together. I love your Japanese class. I can't wait to go to Japan with you and my family in the future. I also wish we can take the Japanese test soon. -
I've learned alot so far. I also get to use the words sometimes in Karate. It's fun learning how to write the words. Sensei is sometimes funny. He is also kind. I am happy I'm doing classes with sensei Toshi.- from Cameron & Rheya Carr Twins Sibling

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Claire M. Aug 19, 2014
Japanese · Online

Toshi's Japanese Tutoring service are excellent, and I would recommend them to anyone. He helped me on Japanese speaking skills, grammar, and the reading and writing of Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji. He is always very meticulous - his attention to detail helped me fix bad habits I didn't even know I had - but always very patient and cheerful. Furthermore, his knowledge of the Japanese Language is vast; thus he is able to advise people on how to speak in any specific situation. This will prove vital for those planning to travel to Japan. Not only speaking, but behavior, posture, etc. are socially relevant, and he takes time to educate students on these points as well. I passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam (A.K.A. JLPT Level 3 ) recently; it is safe to say that this is mostly to the credit of Mr.M Toshi's teaching skills. He is also very accommodating in terms of time and meeting place. If you are looking for a Japanese tutor, I world definitely recommend Mr. Toshi.

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Patrice F. Aug 1, 2014
Japanese · Online

Toshi is doing a fantastic job helping me prepare to take JLPT N1. He is patient and very understanding of what my needs are at my level. It's very hard to find a teacher that can help those at advanced levels. He's been very accommodating, and I love having him as a tutor! I know that with him as my tutor, I'll be pera-pera in no time.

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David R. Jun 11, 2014
Japanese · Online

Taking Japanese lessons with Toshi-sensei is well worth the time and effort. He is a very patient instructor who always eager to answer questions and explain important language nuances.

Michelle W. Jun 4, 2014
Japanese · Online

I am so very happy to have Toshi as my teacher. I like that he is a native Japanese person so I know that I am learning the right way. He is a strict teacher who demands proper pronunciation of the language yet each lesson is fun and filled with interesting cultural information on Japan. Not only am I learning the proper way to speak Japanese, I'm also learning to write and read hiragana and katakana. Toshi has allowed me to incorporate my love of Jdrama into my lessons and has introduced me to an enjoyable program called Sazae-san. Toshi has helped me erase the fear of learning Japanese and now I look forward to each and every lesson.

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