Picture of Japanese lessons in Ridge Spring, SC

Japanese Lessons
in Ridge Spring.
Amazing Teachers.

Flexible & affordable Japanese lessons.
In person or online

Search For Your Teacher

Japanese Lessons.
It's your Time.

Get Started

A Better Way to Learn

Stay motivated and see faster results with TakeLessons!

Why TakeLessons
Icon-expert

Expert Instructors

We'll match you with the perfect teacher, wherever you are.

Icon-personalized

Personalized Lessons

Your style. Your pace. Feel like a star with custom plans designed for you.

Icon-guarantee

100% Guaranteed

We're here to make sure you're thrilled. Can you feel the love?

Meet Your Match

These Japanese teachers are highly rated by students in the Ridge Spring area

Asuka U.

(42)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Japanese Teacher

Become comfortable with daily conversational Japanese. I also offer music lesson in Japanese.

About Asuka

I started my musical training as a pianist at YAMAHA institute at age 4 in Japan. I was selected to enter perfect pitch class. It was designated for students who have perfect pitch and potentials to be professional musicians.

I enjoyed playing piano and electric piano and won the 1st prize at Kitakantou Electric Piano Competition hosted by YAMAHA institute. Because of the intensive training, I have been accompanying my students' recitals and performance exams.

As much as I enjoyed playing piano, I discovered that I also love singing, so I started to take singing lessons and majored in vocal performance during my college days.

Since I have graduated, I have been performing opera professionally. My career highlights include roles as Cio-cio san(Madame Butterfly) with Snob Opera, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Fairy(Falstaff) with Sir B

ryn Terfel with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Dorinda(Orlando) with Cantanti Project, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Manhattan Studio, Frasquita (Carmen) with One World Symphony, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Capitol Heights Opera, Alice (Le comte Ory) with West Side Opera Society, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Myrrhine (Lysistrata) with Opera Avanti, Gilda (Rigoletto) with Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, and The First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

My international credits include performances under the direction of Conductor Laurent Pillot at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England;the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, France; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Chianti,Italy; the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where I was selected to sing for the Japanese Ambassador.

I made appearances as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall, and MOMA museum in New York City and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

As a versatile singer, I was presented as an aspiring opera singer on the website of Maybelline New York. Her voice was featured in short films for the Japanese technology company NEC. I appeared as a soprano soloist for the opera, Jazz and theater collaboration of "TAKE ABITE" by David Antonio Cruz. I also sings Broadway songs and continues her musical theater studies. She is an active recitalist and also performs Oratorio works.

I was also a finalist at the Opera Idol Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, The Hariclea Darclée Voice Competition in Romania and the Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition in New York City. Ms. Uchida was selected as a vocal scholarship recipient at Savannah music festival.

Her upcoming engagements in 2019 include performing concerts with Philharmonie Teplice, Neubrandenburg, Germany, the title role of Lucia di Lammermoore and a lieder recital with Opera After Hours, New York. Ms. Uchida gave a recital hosted by Russian Cultural Center in Kiev 2019. Asuka is invited to give a recital at Festival dell’arte in Wojanow, Poland in August 2019.

Besides being an opera singer, I have been teaching piano and voice for 11 years. I would like to share my skills and experience with you. Since I perform often, I can coach you how to perform on stage in addition to building solid technique and languages. Also, I have taught various kinds of music, such as Rock, Broadway musicals, Pop music, so we can work on all kind of music.

I look forward to teaching you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to improve their skills and start to enjoy music more as we work together.
I believe that learning music is fun and enjoyable. However you also need to be serious and focused.
I can demonstrate various and specific techniques, phrasing, and interpretation and will always coach on how to develop your skills. However, I feel it is important for students to think critically on their own and take the first try at solving a problem themselves. I cannot emphasize enough that primarily it is you who find the ways to improve. Leaning music is a collaboration between teachers and students. I hope that through my lessons, students will become more self-sufficient and confident as musicians.
Let me help you become a better musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (Clavinova), music stand, and desk.

*** Travel Equipment ***
By Subway, the closest station is 23rd street. You can take C, E train(within one block). 1 train(one block), M, F train (2 blocks).
More

Reviews
September 2, 2019
Shaelyn
Asuka, was wonderful. I've been looking forward to learning Japanese for a long time. She is very detailed and patient. Excellent teacher!
June 1, 2019
Lukas
On behalf of my son who is 15. Before finding Asuka, Lukas had taken voice lessons from several very good teachers (between breaks we would experiment with teachers).
Now with Asuka he feels most comfortable and feels he learns more per lesson with Asuka. More progress with all aspects of voice. She helps prepare for auditions with Broadway vocals and advance on the more serious and challenging Opera selections.
So the actual lessons are great and Asuka is also a charm; engaging and personable. As the parent I very much like she remains a professional singer as her career.
So we are staying with Asuka through the breaks and may even extend into piano lessons as well.
I would recommend Asuka without hesitation.
January 12, 2019
Maya D.
Asuka is a patient and talented piano teacher.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Asuka U.

Online

(42)

Mari M.

(2)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Japanese Teacher

Konnichiwa!!!! My name is Mari and I am a native Japanese speaker fluent in both English and Japanese. I grew up in the States but speak Japanese regularly with my parents and Japanese friends.
Are you going to japan and want to learn some key phrases? I can help!
Do you need someone to practice Japanese with? I can help!!
My lessons are in 30 minute increments.
Let’s start learning!!

About Mari

Welcome to my music studio!

This will be a fun, incredible way to start or continue your music instruction. I have been a private violin and piano instructor since 1991. I took a break in 2005 while my kids were little. Now that they have grown up a bit, I am so excited to come back to this!

My teaching methods involve reading notes. I do not teach the Suzuki method. If that is what you are looking for, I can refer you to some wonderful local teachers. I will have 2 recitals a year and some workshops and clinics in between.

Thank you and I am looking forward to taking this musical journey with you!

Recitals and Performances: I will schedule 2 recitals a year and I highly encourage students to attend and participate in both.

Practice: A student's progress is 100% based on the practicing that takes place at home. I recom

mend having a scheduled time everyday that is dedicated to uninterrupted practice time. For 30 minute lessons, I recommend a 30 minute practice.

Books and Materials: On the first day, I will have books that you can buy from me. Please bring books to every lesson.
PIANO STUDENTS: It is crucial that you have a working piano at home. While I understand it's a huge commitment to buy/rent a piano, playing on a keyboard is not the same. The exception is if you have a full size keyboard (88 keys), with touch sensitivity.
VIOLIN/VIOLA STUDENTS: PLEASE consult me before you buy/rent a violin. There are several places that you can buy a violin 'package' for $99. For not much more, you can have a violin that is higher quality and will sound better. Remember, you only sound as good as your instrument! I know several reputable places that rent instruments that are of high quality.

Summer Schedule: I will try and be as accommodating as possible for the summer. If you know already which days you will be gone, let me know and we can work it into the calendar.

My approach to teaching lessons has always been with a gentle, calm demeanor. However, that said, I do want my students to excel and feel challenged. If at any time, you have concerns, please don't hesitate to talk to me about them. I want this to be a fun experience and the only way to ensure that is to make sure that the port of communication is always open. Thank you and let's get started!
More

Reviews
April 4, 2019
Anne
I absolutely loved learning from Mari for my piano lessons! As an adult learner, I felt like my brain doesn't work as fast as it used to, so learning a new instrument was difficult, but Mari completely caters each lesson to my learning speed and maximized my abilities. She takes into accounts the areas and types of music I wanted to learn and helped me to achieve being able to play that type of music. I also loved and appreciated that she works around my busy work schedule and accommodating lessons when plans change throughout the week. I would highly recommend Mari as a music teacher to anyone interested in learning a new instrument at all ages!
August 29, 2014
Paul S.
Great violin teacher!!! My daughter can now do vibrato and play at a much higher level.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Mari M.

Online

(2)

Mona S.

(42)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Japanese Teacher

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English at home and understand the difficulty of trying to juggle both languages! Whether you want to learn a new language, or simply want to brush up on your Japanese skills, I am always happy to be of help! Lessons will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking (both formal and colloquial styles). I typically use the Genki and Tobira books and also like to introduce students to classic and modern Japanese literature as a way to enhance the students’ cultural knowledge. I welcome beginning and intermediate Japanese students!

About Mona

I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast currently living in Seattle, WA! I hold degrees in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Washington, and will continue my studies on Fulbright at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland this fall. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard work! I therefore create a positive and encouraging environment for all of my students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, I tailor my teaching to fit each student’s needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. I also believe that body awareness is important, and will include stretches and

practice methods into each lesson, so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries!

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English and welcome beginning Japanese students! Students and I work out of the Genki I, Genki II, and the Tobira textbooks. Japanese lessons focus on reading, writing, and speaking standard Japanese at the conversational level.
More

Reviews
October 8, 2019
Olena
Mona is very patient and understanding.
August 31, 2019
Robert
August 27, 2019
Ian P.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Mona S.

Online

(42)
Private Japanese Teacher

Hi My name is Seiko. I am an experienced Japanese tutor teaching locally in Silicon vally/Bay area, CA. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.

About Seiko

I enjoy teaching Japanese. I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. Since I was a child, I was interested in Japanese grammar and Kanji. I am happy to help you to learn the language.

I have a college degree in Japan with a secondary teaching credential as well as a BS degree in the US. Prior to my tutoring career, I worked at global companies in Japan and the US for 15+ years. I involved in numerous translations between the languages. I would like to tutor you from your point of view to understand the language and enjoyable to learn it.

I teach beginners to advanced levels including JLPT preparations. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements, and goals. In-person and online lessons are welcome.

During lessons, you would most likely use textbooks. For travelers

and your interest-based lessons, I will select appropriate materials to meet your needs. You can choose either Romaji or Kana based lessons. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in the understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance, and expressions. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays Lastly, I can help you study for the JLPT test. I have experience teaching n5-n1 levels.
I also teach group lessons (2+ people more). Please ask for the rate.

My schedule on the site might not be updated. Please send me a message to check my availability and any questions you might have. Look forward to hearing from you!
More

Reviews
April 2, 2019
Tony V.
Seiko-San was very cooperative and encouraging during my first online lesson. I believe it was her first time teaching online and she did well. I am really happy today with my experience, she gave me some nice compliments. I look forward to the next lesson.
August 29, 2018
Nikolaos
Seiko walks with me every lesson through the "Japanese for busy people" book and I like how she asks me to go through exercises in japanese so I can get used to listening. We also spend time enriching vocabulary.
January 25, 2018
Javier
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu

View Details

Seiko D.

Online

(5)

Yoshifumi O.

(149)

Bgcheck Background Checked


Private Japanese Teacher

I'll create customized classes for you. I'll teach you to SPEAK the language. Lessons are dynamic, fun and give you confidence, incorporating things you like: Japanese Newspaper, Anime, J-POP Music,Movies, current events, and much more.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I have over 25 years of teaching Japanese Language experience at my own school in Davie FL that . I have many students from beginner to advanced level. Especially If you like Anime and Japanese movies I am perfect for you.

One-on-one, small groups, company-wide programs, online, in person.

About Yoshifumi

Native Japanese speaker with Education business background, love to teach kids too! Hi. I'm Yoshifumi , born and raised in Tokyo Japan through university graduate education.

I have Martial Arts and Japanese Language teacher experience in Japan and USA for 29years.
Currently I am School Owner live in Florida .

More

Reviews
September 26, 2019
Angel p S.
very to the point and precise. Very informative
September 8, 2019
Victoria
Sensei Yoshi is very professional, prompt and efficient with his lesson plan. Great teacher!
August 27, 2019
Josh S.
Yoshi is very professional, prompt and efficient with his lesson plan. Great teacher, I want to learn from someone who is a native Japanese speaker.

View Details

Bgcheck-lg
Yoshifumi O.

Online

(149)
Private Japanese Teacher

Three Japanese lessons provided, each tailored to maximize student's abilities according to their goals. I recommend the 45-minute lesson to beginner and intermediate level students.

◆45-minute lesson: All in one comprehensive lesson with 15-20 minutes speaking plus listening and reading, new vocabulary and grammar.

◆30-minute lesson: Speaking practice plus one activity from listening, reading, or grammar, idioms your choice.

About Naoko

Hi, everyone! I am Naoko. I live in the upper New York state since 2010 and teach Japanese online and in-person. I used to work at a trading company in the semiconductor industry in Japan. Also, I have three years' experience of working in the bridal company. These experiences working in the two different fields are very valuable and I acquired much knowledge and business skills. I like traveling, eating authentic food and talking with foreign people. I have been to Eastern Europe, Asia, Oceania, Canada, Bahamas, Maldives.
I currently teach Japanese online and in the local area around Upstate New York. I have students from various occupations like lawyers, professors, engineers, and doctors. Also, I teach young Japanese children who are developing their literacy and speaking skills, teenage students being homeschooled, and college studen

ts working on JLPT preparation or their graduate theses. Furthermore, I help businessmen and women who are trying to apply for job opportunities in Japan and who want to learn Business Japanese as relates to the honorific system, how to write formal emails, conversation on the telephone, and useful phrases for business situations.
My lessons are full of originality and are designed to match your level and meet your goals. For beginning students, I focus on teaching grammar first and using that grammar to practice making short sentences. For the middle and advanced levels students, we will work together to strengthen your vocabulary, listening and reading skills. Also, they write composition homework every time, and we correct mistakes together in the next lesson. Advanced level students discuss one or two news articles or themes which you decide.
Let's start learning Japanese with me.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
More

Reviews
June 12, 2019
Greg J.
Very professional and very good teacher. I am looking forward to learning Japanese with her.
May 23, 2019
Cassie
June 1, 2018
Justin
Naoko-san is definitely a 5 star instructor for learning Japanese! I would highly recommend her classes, especially for beginners like myself. She breaks everything down in easy to understand ways & makes each lesson a lot of fun. I very much look forward to continue learning about Japanese language & culture with her!

View Details

Naoko G.

Online

(5)
Private Japanese Teacher

I am a native Japanese speaker. I was born and raised in Japan. I have experience teaching people of all levels and backgrounds from children to adults both in Japan and overseas. I love teaching. I teach quick Japanese for your travel to Japan, business Japanese, and JLPT prep work as well. I teach Japanese in Japanese.

About Luna

I was born and raised in Japan. I like movies, owarai (Japanese comedy) and cooking.

More

View Details

Luna A.

Online

Private Japanese Teacher

I was born and raised in Japan. Learning second language is sometimes frustrating. I will explain Japanese with cultural background so you can understand better. I have taught from 5 years old to college students. I can do both teaching and toutering. Any age is welcome!!!

About Yuko

I was born and graduated college in Japan. After I worked there several years, I decided to come to the US to study more.

As a piano teacher, I specialize for beginners. When you start playing, everybody realizes that your fingers don’t move as fast as you want to which is very normal. We are going to work on slowly in a fun way. I have taught from 3 years to 70 years old. Everyone can enjoy the piano anytime!!!

As a Japanese teacher, I will explain Japanese with cultural backgrounds so you can understand better. I can do both teaching and tutoring. Your goal is my goal. I would love to tailor the lessons whatever you are looking for.

More

Reviews
July 31, 2019
Madeline
I am very pleased with my first lesson! Yuko's method of instruction made it easy for me to catch on to patterns and to notice similarities to English and other languages. I am excited about how far I can go with her instruction.
March 4, 2019
Jessica
Yuko is very kind and patient. She is also very knowledgeable and explains everything in such a great way my 13 year old enjoyed her class very much.
February 27, 2019
Marcellin
My son really loved Yuko who replaced his previous teacher who is no longer with Takelessons. He knows how to play some kids songs already. But after their lesson, there is this an instant motivation to learn deeper.
He is now having learning with Yuko.

View Details

Yuko K.

Online

(7)
Showing 10 of 58 results View More
How it works

Students love our teachers

The reviews are in. We've got the best in the business.

Japanese Reviews

Angelina
"She is a great teacher! She explains everything thoroughly and is very patient! I definitely recommend her! I have had an online teacher before but I thin
k Sunho is a better fit for me!"
...
Olena
"Mona is very professional, knowledgeable and supportive. My daughter said after her lesson: "Mona is the best teacher ever!!!". We are very excited for mo
re lessons!
Olena"
...
Coleman
"It was an amazing lesson. I enjoyed it very much, can't wait till next week!"
Timothy
"Masaki fosters a learning environment where he takes all of the hard work of learning a new language transforms it into fun. He has a bright personality,
and the ability to not only translate the language, but the language in the context of the culture. He doesn't just teach you to speak Japanese, but how to be Japanese!

Talking to Masaki you would never know that English was not one of his native languages... I'm still shocked that he didn't begin learning until he was already an adult!

If you are wanting to learn Japanese, or if you are Japanese and you want to become as a native English speaker, you have found your guy!"
...
Jordan
"Oyamada Sensei is very good at finding a student's skill level and tailoring his instruction to improve the skills and challenge the limits of the student
, which has quickly spurred me on to dramatic improvements in my Japanese ability after only 3 lessons. He also makes it fun by playing to the interests of the student and keeping the sessions light and full of humor. Highly recommended if you want to work hard, have fun, and learn Japanese!"
...
Carrie
"Aimi is obviously fluent in Japanese, but her English also is excellent. She is a very committed, personable, and conscientious teacher. I haven't known A
imi that long, but I already am impressed."
...
Josh
"Yoshi is very professional, prompt and efficient with his lesson plan. Great teacher, I want to learn from someone who is a native Japanese speaker."
Lenee
"Extremely professional, he taught me lessons for about year. The books he recommended were very helpful and easy to understand. Richard has taught me the
most useful Japanese phrases for real situations. I would recommend him to anyone who is beginning or intermediate like me. I would not have the skill speaking and reading that I do now without his tutoring."
...
Jose
"This was an amazing experience. Aimi made time to fit my busy schedule. She was extremely flexible and responded to my needs in a timely manner. I was v
ery impressed with the effort she devoted into ensuring that my Japanese language needs were addressed. This has obviously been a great beginning. Thank you."
...

New Student Special:
Get Started Today and Save!

Up To $165 off

Shop the Sale

Expires: October 18th. Select teachers only.

How it works

How It Works

Ready to learn how to speak Japanese? There's nothing to stop you! Connecting with the best teachers is easy, convenient and fun.

Icon-match

1. Match

We'll help you find the perfect Japanese teacher.

Icon-meet

2. Meet

Book your lesson package, connect in person or online.

Icon-master

3. Master

Learning opens doors to a new world. Start your journey!

Play-button
Online Learning

LESS TIME IN TRAFFIC.

MORE TIME TO LEARN.

Most Ridge Spring teachers offer online lessons. Relax and focus on learning.

The value of a lifetime

45
min
  • $20
  • $40
  • $60
  • $80
  • $100
  • $120

Average cost of online Japanese lessons: $45

Start Your Search

Actual cost depends on location, teacher and lesson packages.

Popular Japanese Articles from our Blog

Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?

By Maile Proctor

Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or anoth …

More