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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Romy R. August 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Dulcenea June 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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About Yukari M.

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Flower Mound, TX
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Hello!  こんにちは! If you are looking for FUN and EFFECTIVE Japanese tutor, I am here for you!!! I can help to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and I can provide specific lessons for all level of JLPT.After you provide me your goal and request, I can create a specific lesson for you.
I was born in Japan but I lived in America for years and have traveled quite a bit.
Also I have been a Japanese tutor for american students in US for years more than 750 hours and I understand how difficult to keep the motivation for studying language. I can help you to keep your motivation to reach your goal! Additionally, I have six years of experience in Japanese public schools and lived in many cities in Japan. We can share many unique Japanese culture that I experienced and studied in Japan.
I have a PhD in Japan, so I am good at academic writing and logical thinking in Japanese too.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)
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About Yukari
Hello! こんにちは! If you are looking for FUN and EFFECTIVE Japanese tutor, I am here for you!!! I can help to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and I can provide specific lessons for all level of JLPT. After you provide me your goal and request, I can create a specific lesson for you.

I was born in Japan but I lived in America for years and have traveled quite a bit.

Also, I have been a Japanese tutor for American students in US for years more than 600 hours and I understand how difficult to keep the motivation for studying language. I can help you to keep your motivation to reach your goal! Additionally, I have six years of experience in Japanese public schools and lived in many cities in Japan. We can share many unique Japanese culture that I experienced and studied in Japan.

I have a PhD in Japan, so
I am good at academic writing and logical thinking in Japanese too.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Samuel L. June 3, 2018
· Japanese · In home
So far just one lesson, but could not ask for a better start. Very helpful.
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Yoojeong E. July 19, 2016
· Japanese · Online
She was very patience, and professional. I appreciated her calness and abilitity to troubleshoot in terms of the level and needs of my language skill.
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Yukari M.

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About Seiko D.

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Saratoga, CA
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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!
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Tony V. April 2, 2019
· Japanese · Online
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.
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Nikolaos August 29, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
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.
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Javier January 25, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu
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Seiko D.

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About Paul S.

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Ever since I discovered Dragon Ball Z on Toonami back in the early 2000's, I have come to develop a love of all things Japan, specifically anime and J-pop. My experience with learning Japanese started back when I started studying at home with my older brother back in 1999 or so, and then started studying Japanese at college, which culminated in the completion of a minor in Japanese as part of my BA. I have also visited Japan one time to visit my older brother who was teaching English over there at the time. I love Dragon Ball (among many, many other anime) and T.M. Revolution.

About Paul
I hail from Walla Walla, Washington, home of the "famous" sweet onions. I can't begin to express how much I love languages!! I have studied 8 so far (Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, and Dutch) and I teach 5 (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Japanese), and want to keep learning new languages throughout the rest of my life. I love to work with students so that's why I've kept my rates low--to make sure more people can have the opportunity to learn these languages. I have a down-to-earth style and I allow my students to guide their own learning in a student-structured, individualized way. As of June 2019, I have taught multiple students different languages, among whom are three students I have been teaching between 7 and 9 months, who have all improved considerably and continue to progress steadily
. I am positive I can help you come to understand the wonderful world that is language and to learn how amazing it is to be able to say the same thing in so many different ways, and how much better it is to be able to communicate with someone in his/her native language instead of having to resort to English. Let's do this!!

Note: I have not had any connectivity problems for quite a while now so be assured that I can provide quality instruction with no issues.
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kevin September 3, 2019
· German · Online
Very nice lesson.
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Alexandre G. August 24, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Since I'm absolute beginner in Japanese, I found Paul to be the perfect fit for me. If you are young or adult (me) I would highly recommend taking classes with Paul at least for your beginning classes. I'm sure he would be the perfect fit for you too.
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CP August 10, 2019
· Japanese · Online
I am making amazing progress with Paul as my Instructor! I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to become proficient in Japanese! 5 Stars +!
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About Tomoe M.

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Justin, TX
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Japanese native. Living in the US for 30 years. Specializing in the beginner/intermediate.

About Tomoe
I came here to the US in 1989 from Okayama pref. It’s west side in Japanese main island. Taught Japanese at Mitsubishi Motors Co. and privately.

I myself learned how to speak English and had hard time leaning it and still learning. I understand how hard it is and struggles to learn different languages. I would like to help you learn from my experiences
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Justin, TX 76247
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About Herena C.

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I am currently working as a Korean, ESL, and Japanese tutor. Because I am also a language learner (English and Japanese), I know why and in what area the students struggle when learning Japanese especially English and Korean speaking students. I am confident that I can help you to achieve your goal even if you speak languages other than English and Korean.

About Herena
Hello. I am an in-service tutor at the college. I am currently helping students with Korean, ESL, and Japanese. I meet many students with various needs daily basis. If you let me know your concerns or struggles, I will try my best for you to achieve your goal! Let's make it happen together!
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Frances March 18, 2019
· Korean · In studio
I wanted to find someone who was knowledgeable to help lead me in the right direction in my Korean studies. I've been studying Korean at home and Herena has been incredibly helpful as a tutor! I went in knowing a tiny bit of very basic Hangul. Herena worked with me and with the book I had already purchased for studies. She is knowledgeable and personable. As a native Korean speaker I trust that she knows what she is talking about. Herena is also very friendly and relatable. Super cool that she uses the topics I am interested in for the lessons and offering cultural and historical facts as well. I've learned so much with her, you can't go wrong if she's your tutor!
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Herena C.

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About Maiko K.

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Hi my name is Maiko. I was born in Japan, and all my family still live in Japan. I am a Montessori teacher in Oklahoma. I've been Montessorian for over 17 years and also teaching Japanese language to children after school for many years. I enjoy working with children and adults.

About Maiko
My name is Maiko. I was born in Japan. Both of my parents are Japanese. I speak fluent Japanese. I've been Montessori teacher for 17 years and also taught Japanese language as after school program for many years. I enjoy sharing my culture and language.
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Katherine June 8, 2019
· Japanese · In studio
Our daughter is enjoying her lessons. Ms. Maiko is very personable and is a great teacher.
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Maiko K.

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About Jason O.

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What I can offer with my Japanese lessons is time spent that is unlike the traditional Japanese learning classroom. With me, there will be less of a strict schedule to follow and more flexibility to fit your needs. You will have the chance to practice and learn with someone who has the experience of learning Japanese from scratch and who understands the needs of those beginning the Japanese journey, rather than someone who has spoke it their whole life. These lessons will help build the foundation for learning Japanese, which you can use to grow and expand your learning in the future.

About Jason
こんにちは!My name is Jason Ogbue. I’m starting takelessons to help students find a place where they can begin their Japanese learning, in case they don’t know where to start. I’ve been studying Japanese for 2 years with a combination of self-teaching and college classes. My goal is to help all of my students create a strong foundation for their Japanese learning that will allow them to grow on their own afterwards. If your ready to begin Japanese, go ahead and make your start with me!
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Jason O.

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About Sara M.

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New York, NY
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I was a 5th year ALT on the JET Programme. (Ask me how I transferred from Nagasaki to Tokyo!) I taught high school, middle school, and special education English classes. Since then, I've been teaching adults and children here in New York City. As a native English speaker who has studied Japanese, I know the most effective methods to learn it.

I love teaching Japanese and English! They're both so much fun to learn. I can teach you what you need to know to visit Japan, sing karaoke, or become a translator. Anything for my amazing students.

About Sara
I am here to help you meet and set goals with your Japanese and English while encouraging and challenging you to reach new heights as a student and as the wonderful, beautiful individual you are. I will teach with as much enthusiasm as you study. 10 hours of classes a week? No problem! 3-hour sessions? Time to pack some cookies! Haha, you probably think I'm kidding. I'm not. :)
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Sara M.

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About Masaki K.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Do you want to understand your favorite anime show, movies or Japanese culture better? Do you want to learn to crack jokes in Japanese and win any crowd over? Would you like to do business in Japan and need someone who can not only teach you the language, but cultural differences and etiquette so you can win over any client?

Japanese and English are polar opposites in many ways.
Sentence structures are upside down. English is written horizontally left to right, but traditional Japanese is written vertically right to left.
Communicating can be difficult when what can be spoken directly in English has to be said in more subtle ways in Japanese, and this miscommunication can cause relationships to break down.

My passion is to help people cross cultural barriers and make new friends.
Learning a new language can build confidence and expand your mind in ways you never thought possible!

One of the signs that you have truly mastered a language is to understand the humor. I can ...

About Masaki
About me.

I was born in Fukuoka, Japan and moved to the US when I was 18.
I studied ESL then got a degree in marketing and worked in Real Estate and Finance for many years.
I learned English from scratch when I moved to California and am now completely fluent in English, so much so that people can’t believe I’m not from here.
My work takes me back and forth between Japan and the US, and I am so grateful to have a deep understanding of both the Japanese and Western way of life and be able to celebrate the two.
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Timothy September 4, 2019
· Japanese · In home
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!
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Kat M. August 24, 2019
· Japanese · In home
It's hard to believe Masaki could become so fluent at a second language when he only started learning at the age of 18. It makes him a great teacher for adults because he himself started a second language as an adult.

His teaching style is so fun and so tailored to each student I highly recommend him as a language teacher, both in Japanese and English!
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