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Asuka U.

61 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $65
  • Speaks Japanese, English, French(Intermediate)
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Awarded Prize, Finalist and Opera Scholarship from 1st Prize YAMAHA Kitakantou Electric Piano Competittion,The Opera Idol Competition,Lincoln Center, New York ,The Hariclea Darclee Voice Competition, Romania,The Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition, New York, Queens College, The Savannah Voice Festival, Georgia
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Asuka U.

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

About Asuka

“Her exceptional talent will continue to open many doors of opportunity for her in NYC where she continues to thrive as an excellent artist. Subsequently, she is a valuable contribution the opera industry.” The Metropolitan Opera Guild ​“Combination of the Ms. Uchida’s stunning presence

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Thank you for everything and i will love to hear the song right now.
Brooke Fulton
My daughter has loved working with Asuka. As a complete beginner, Asuka made her feel comfortable and confident. She sings every day now and is enjoying sharing the song they've been working on with our family. I would highly recommend Asuka.
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Wakana Y.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Wakana Y.

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I am a Japanese trainer with extensive knowledge in teaching Japanese as a second/third language.

I work closely with my students to identify their goals and objectives and develop tailored lessons for a more effective learning experience.

I believe that you will absorb more effectively when you enjoy learning and you are encouraged to learn!

I teach basic through advanced Japanese.
• Speaking, listening, reading, writing, Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji
• Conversational Japanese: casual/polite/formal
• Real-life applications to Japanese life and culture
• Nuance in Japanese
• Japanese way of thinking, trends, custom, traditional and contemporary Japanese culture

About Wakana

Hello! My name is Wakana. I am an energetic yet very patient native Japanese with many years of experience in teaching Japanese. My motto is to provide a learning experience while having fun and being encouraged to learn more. I understand how frustrated it can be when one learns a language as a

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Eric
Wakana sensei is extremely knowledgeable and she can explain the reasoning behind the concepts and the nuances of Japanese in a way I can relate to and easily understand. She answers any questions I have (grammar, random cultural questions etc..), which I really appreciate because I usually can't find these answers anywhere.
She is incredibly patient, accommodating, and fun. Wakana sensei itsumo arigatougozaimasu!
Alex M.
I had a great session with Wakana and am excited to do more. She was very interested in why I wanted to learn Japanese and is tailoring the lessons to help me get the most out of it. She made it very interesting and fun. Recommend 10/10!
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Hikaru I.

28 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • M.A. in ESL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) & Intercultural Communication from University at Albany
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Hikaru I.

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During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a president of SUNY Albany Japanese Student Association and also worked as a TA for Japanese 101 classes, and I absolutely love to teach languages! I understand it is often very hard to find a language tutor outside of the spoken community, and I hope to provide you with the opportunity to be exposed to authentic media sources to acquire natural fluency. Hope to hear from you soon!

About Hikaru

はじめまして & thank you for taking a moment to check out my profile! I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and I moved to NY with my family during high school. I've completed Master's degrees in Language Education & Communication, and Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance and Political Science.

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Paige M.
I just had my second lesson with Hikaru and I ask so many questions all the time and am just a lot as a person, but she's so patient and is really willing to answer all of my questions and go over absolutely whatever. She's also very good at explaining things and can explain the grammar side to me (I'm a big grammar proponent), which is an absolute blessing. Lessons fly by and I absolutely cannot wait for my next one.

Also, she's been helping me find resources that I can use to work on my Japanese outside of lessons. I know that some people won't do that because they want you to buy more lessons, but Hikaru genuinely just wants to help me learn both the language and the culture.
Micah
Great instructor. Patient and willing you work with you.
Paige M.
After one class I’m so excited for more. Hikaru started off by explaining the very very basics and was incredibly knowledgeable whenever I asked questions. I look forward to my next class.
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Seiko D.

13 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Seiko D.

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Hi, My name is Seiko. I am an experienced Japanese tutor teaching online nationwide as well as in-person locally in CA. I provide individually tailored lessons 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 learn the language but also strengthen your communication skills in understanding its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience in reviewing and proofreading resumes and essays as well as JLPT test preparations.

About Seiko

I am an experienced Japanese tutor. I was born and raised in Japan. I earned 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 corporations in Japan and the US for 15+ years. I was liaising with the compan

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Seiko is a great teacher. She gets through the work in an organized, stress-free manner. She is friendly and I feel supported. I think the online tools are great.
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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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 for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Brenden R.
Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
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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Toshi M.

349 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Business from USC
  • Teaching since 2004
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Toshi M.

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🎅🏻⭐️ I am a Los Angeles US-based certified veteran NATIVE Japanese language instructor/coach/mentor with over 18 years of experience. I teach people of all ages from all over the world, through online platforms. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a STRICT teacher and serious when it comes to Japanese language matters. Manners ARE part of the Japanese language. I will teach you Japanese manners first. I’m living in Calabasas, Los Angeles ( in the Valley ) CA, USA for more than 28 years. (PST). Yes. I literally speak “Valley Girl English“ Soo good? Haha, just kidding! 😁 Currently, I have students from the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Russia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan.

✅ I have worked with veterans, MLB professional athletes (MVP 2010), Hollywood film editors, producers, actors, actresses, TV presenters, filmmakers, voice actresses, ...

About Toshi

Welcome! 😃👋🏻 My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan. 🌟 One on One Lessons via Online ( Zoom) (Group Lessons available for more than 3 people.) Takelessons.com requires all group lesson students to sign up and purchase for their lessons separat

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Hillary S.
Toshi is the best teacher in the world and I recommend having him as a teacher, he is really funny and kind to hang out with and overall Japanese is really fun.
Ian.
What a GEM! Patient and knows his stuff. So much fun learning Japanese. Can't wait for next class. Punctual and great communication! Finally found what I was looking for. Thank you again.
Katherine M.
My 12 year old son takes Japanese with Toshi weekly for an hour. He has enjoyed the lessons from day one. Toshi is a gifted teacher, and my son appreciates quick breaks during the lesson (it keeps him engaged for longer). My son says Toshi is a nice balance of serious and fun, and he also says what a great teacher he is. Toshi is supportive, encouraging and fun. What more could you ask for?!

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Is your dream Japanese teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

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The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $78. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $42 and $130 per hour.
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"My first lesson was very promising. I like all the visual aids and how she coached me through the pronunciations. I am excited about the next lesson."
Munirih
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Thank you! I had a great first lesson!"
Chyna
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Sunho was very nice and affable. I'm an American and she took the time to help me with pronunciation and fundamentals. She also told me about exciting things I could do on my trip to Japan.

Looking forward to more lessons!"
Ian
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Aimi is a great instructor. She beings a curriculum and recommended resources to help you tackle the goal of learning a new language. I've had to reschedule a few classes, and she responds to my emails quickly and accommodates my schedule changes when able! I highly recommend her as a Japanese teacher!"
Francheska
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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"Very good japanese teacher. Helping me review all me weekly classes and providing me with more insight."
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Took Japanese lessons from May G.
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"Having a great experience with Sunho-sensei. We are working through more complex reading so that I can experience more kanji and answer different kinds of questions about the reading content. Thank you!"
Toni
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"I am so happy that found the best teacher !"
Roja
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"先生のおかげでかなり上達しました。これからもがんばります。


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"Thanks to my teacher, I improved considerably. I will do my best in the future.""
Almond
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Jessie is Amazing! I was self teaching and just felt like I needed more help and with someone who actually knows the language and she was perfect! So happy I decided to take the jump in!"
Justice
Took Japanese lessons from Jessie N.
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"Fun and easy going experience with Japanese!"
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Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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Japanese Lessons

While you may hear Japanese spoken all around the world, the language is primarily spoken in Japan. After all, it is Japan’s national language, and an estimated 128 million people speak it every day. That’s why it is a great idea to learn Japanese if you have an interest in traveling to Japan or learning more about the country’s history and culture. But where do you start? That’s where TakeLessons can help.

At TakeLessons, we offer Japanese lessons for kids and adults of all skill levels. Whether you have never spoken a word in Japanese or already know some basics, we will pair you up with a certified Japanese tutor who can accelerate your understanding of this Eastern language. Sign up with us today to find convenient and affordable Japanese lessons near you.

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When you know how to read, write, and speak in Japanese, you can achieve a deeper and more complex understanding of this country and its culture. Not only can you interact and form friendship and business relationships with Japanese speakers, but you can write messages and read all kinds of texts. Maybe you want to learn Japanese so you’ll have an easier time traveling around the country, or perhaps you would like to read your favorite Japanese novels in their native language. Whatever the reason, our Japanese lessons for beginners can help.

Why Take Japanese Language Classes?

Japanese is a wonderful language to learn, but it can be tricky knowing where to start. After all, understanding the language involves learning the Japanese alphabet, which includes 99 sounds and five vowels, along with three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. While it’s certainly not impossible to learn the language on your own, a private Japanese tutor can do wonders for your progress.

During your one-on-one sessions through TakeLessons, your Japanese tutor will determine your current understanding of this language and create a game plan to help you meet your language goals. If you are a beginner, you will start with the basics to build a strong foundation. But if you already know some Japanese here and there, your tutor will challenge you with new vocabulary, grammar, and more. With your tutor’s undivided attention and support, you will receive the professional guidance you need to master the Japanese language.

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If you’re serious about learning Japanese, then we’re glad you’re here. When you sign up with TakeLessons, we’ll help you find flexible and hassle-free Japanese lessons near you. We offer online sessions along with in-person classes at either your home or your tutor’s studio to best suit your schedule.

To start, simply browse our selection of certified tutors. You can check out their background, read reviews from past students, and even reach out to them in advance to ensure they are a good fit. And if you’re a new student, you can take advantage of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first session.

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