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Average Cost of Japanese Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $49. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $19 and $93 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$29 average
$60
45-min $17
 
$39 average
$80
60-min $19
 
$49 average
$93

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute Japanese lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute Japanese lessons are 21% less expensive at $39, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $29.

Curious how much Japanese lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best Japanese teachers .

Japanese Lesson Reviews from Students

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Asuka U.

New York, NY
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Rosita R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Taro T.

Washington, DC
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About Asuka U.

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

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Nitan S. June 22, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Natalia March 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Asuka is an excellent teacher. Very attentive, patient and always happy to explain things in-depth.
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Kelly March 10, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
I'm almost afraid to write this review lest Asuka's schedule gets totally filled with new students:) I started lessons with Asuka Nov 22 as a beginner and by January 15 the notes I could sing increased by an octave.

My high C/C6 came by early December, a couple of weeks after starting with Asuka. Some of this is my voice type, but I believe anyone who works with Asuka will see improvement.

I am taking lessons with a well-regarded pop teacher from the same time period and I've developed almost entirely from Asuka's lessons vs the other teacher, and quickly too with consistent practice. What Asuka teachers carries over to non-classical singing also.

Asuka is not rigid in her approach, thankfully, and she is so nice about the million things beginner singers can correct. I don't feel embarassed singing in front of her because she is non-judgmental.

I did some online lessons when she was traveling, and I got just as much out of them so even if I leave New York I will continue working with her.

About Rosita R.

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Learning Japanese?As being a composer for short Anime films and having a Japanese backround, I have worked with Japanese companies for many years and trained employees of different companies in not only speaking Japanese but also the business culture. But that is not all my classes are for everybody for those planning a trip to Japan. What's special of my classes is that we learn to have a conversation for different situations every week. You will start talking after your first class! CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS HERE ON TL FOR JAPANESE TIPS!

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Kevin October 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
Fun,patient ,knowledgeable , helpful and Kind .
She is awesome !!!
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Yoshi October 13, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
I've learned so much from you! I have improved my voice and my English. I worked with Sensei on different projects. She helped me survive Shokugeki no Souma and seeing my work partner get ill I'm happy I had listen to Sensei I'm really happy to continue to work with you.よろしくお願いします。
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Damien H. September 30, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Thanks again for another great session Rosita. Your patience is much appreciated and so to your enthusiasm and passion when things come together, however small they are hahaha.

About Taro T.

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I'm a native Japanese speaker educated in leading universities in the United States. I will tailor your lessons to your specific needs for real-life uses. You will receive customized homework such as reading material and speaking practices to start improving your Japanese immediately.

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Douglas M. November 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro Taguchi is a fantastic teacher. He is highly knowledgeable, prepared, and always willing to help throughout the week. Along with being expedient in his responses, he is always capable of answering any questions clearly and concisely. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn Japanese. Happy to rate him 5 stars, and would give more if I could!
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Eva October 11, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
I really enjoy these lessons! English is my second language so I was little bit afraid of studying Japanese but Taro is helping me so much. His way of teaching is pretty nice and comfortable. I couldn't imagine that I can enjoy lessons as much as I do right now. However, Japanese is interesting and amazing language and I think this is great way how to learn it. Thank you so much!
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Jim June 16, 2017
· Japanese · In home
Taro was very good and knowledgeable teacher. As a native speaker he provided a lot of helpful insights.

Kenji Luis T.

La Mirada, CA
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Richard W.

Provo, UT
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Rod K.

Ridgewood, NY
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About Kenji Luis T.

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Initially I like to evaluate the student's current comprehension level (regardless of years studied) to better select the appropriate starting point. From there, if there is a specific subject matter or course work/syllabus for a class that needs to be followed, I can tailor lessons to fit those needs. Throughout lessons, I like to bring in elements such as cartoons, newspapers, movie clips, etc. to aid in understanding everyday usage & make learning practical and pertinent to the student.

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Melissa November 15, 2017
· French · Online
I have greatly enjoyed my experience with Kenji. He is flexible and patient with the material. I found sessions with him to be extremely helpful.
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Bob September 20, 2017
· · Online
Kenji is a nice guy and speaks very slowly and clearly. My only misgiving was with error correction. I am not sure if he could not hear me well do to the connection, but I got the feeling he was not correcting all my mistakes when I spoke. I also would have preferred a more structured class, but I probably should have told him that in the beginning of our session. Otherwise he was a nice guy and spoke Portuguese very well.
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marilyn September 19, 2017
· Spanish · Online
It was my first lesson, but I really enjoyed it and feel confident about continuing.

About Richard W.

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O genki desu ka?
Hi, I'm Richard, and I can teach you simple Japanese. I graduated from BYU in Japanese and lived as an LDS Missionary in Tokyo for two years in 2003-2005. I love teaching everything that I know in a simple, understandable way. So I can help you learn the basics faster than you would normally. I know what it's like learning in school where you seem to take forever, and don't get very good. I also know what it's like talking to many people in Japan, and learning very quickly, and knowing the difference. I want to help you learn as efficiently and as quickly as possible. I also have a one hour presentation of the basics of Japanese grammar, that basically covers like the first 2 years of college Japanese classes! No joke, it's a powerpoint presentation I've put together that will really give you the "big picture" with the backwards grammar that we try to understand. Ask me any question, and I'll do my best to help you out! Mata ne!

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Glover November 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
He has helped me a lot. Japanese is challenging!
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Sandy October 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult learner and have just finished my first five piano lessons with Richard and have already booked up five more! I have been working through the excellent Piano Pronto series with him, but Richard has also been happy to set me practice pieces from other books of my choosing and has been very adept at helping me, even with pieces that are unfamiliar to him.

Richard is also a teacher on Piano Maestro, an iPad application where you can, among other things, play the pieces from Piano Pronto (and Alfred's). This has been a great way to practice, and would be especially good for children (as Richard gets a weekly progress report, including time played).

Richard is very flexible and teaches each lesson at my pace - so, the more I practice, the more I can progress! He is patient and encouraging and clearly wants me to enjoy each lesson - and I do! I can't wait to begin my next block of lessons!
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· English · Online

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A Hidden Treasure of Advice: If you are really serious about learning and mastering this language, you will need to learn to read and write Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji (Chinese characters). You know when you have reached an acceptable level of proficiency when you can read for example the Yomiuri Shimbun (one of the five national newspapers in Japan) with ease and that's when the real fun begins!

This language is so different than the Latin-based languages, e.g. French, Spanish; and so if you get the wrong tutor, in the long-term, you might even get worse than make any real progress!

Choose wisely.

90mins/lesson + travel fee; travel fee waived for 120min lessons.

(IMPORTANT: Please do NOT book any lessons without confirming with me if we have a match in schedule. I have other obligations besides tutoring so if you do not have a flexible schedule, I recommend other tutors that will match your budget and schedule.)

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Jennifer K. September 5, 2017
· Algebra 1 · In home
I initially reached out to Rod for Algebra 1 review because I felt that my daughter lacked a solid foundation in algebra. However, after a couple of sessions, we have decided to switch gears toward geometry with Rod’s recommendation. Throughout the geometry lessons, algebra practice was incorporated. I am happy that not only did Rod tailor his lessons to my daughter’s goals but also he gave her a lot of encouragement. My daughter found it extremely helpful that she got to explain and discuss with Rod, which made lessons interactive and real learning. Now going back to school, my daughter feels confident, thanks to Rod!
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Renée August 29, 2017
· Math · In home
Rod worked with my daughter weekly for a couple of months leading up to the NYC state tests. With Rod's careful, concerted planning and diligence, my daughter's score went from 2.4 on the 7th grade Math state test, to a 2.8 in 8th grade, which equates to a move from below the 50th percentile, to between the 50th and 75th percentile. My daughter's in-school math instruction was chaotic and disjointed, and I attribute her improvement to Rod's intervention.
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Jennifer K. August 6, 2017
· Geometry · In home
I asked Rod to work with my daughter on geometry to help her get ready for 9th grade. Rod explains each concept and its application very well. His lessons are appropriate for grade level but also challenging. I am particularly happy that my daughter is learning a broader approach to problem solving and critical thinking. As a scientist (PhD in chemistry) and a mother of a teenager, I appreciate Rod’s approach as it will provide a solid foundation for my daughter’s learning for many years to come. And he is always on time and gives me an overview of what was covered and what will be covered after each lesson. I highly recommend him.

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A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order

Having trouble figuring out the stroke order for Japanese characters? Whether you're using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, these tips from Japanese teacher Karou N. will help you learn the correct stroke order for Japanese characters... There are three types of characters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used for basic writing. Katakana looks similar to hiragana, but is slightly different in function. Kanji was originally invented in ancient China from … Read More

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order
Having trouble figuring out the stroke order for Japanese characters? Whether you're using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, these tips from Japanese teacher Karou N. will help you learn the correct stroke order for Japanese characters... There are three types of characters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used for basic writing. Katakana looks similar to hiragana, but is slightly different in function. Kanji was originally invented in ancient China from
15 Japanese Vocabulary Words for Travelers
You don’t have to master the entire Japanese language to be able to communicate on a basic level with native Japanese speakers. When it comes to basic communication, a few essential words and phrases can help you get by on your trip to Japan. Whether you're taking Japanese lessons or planning a trip to Japan, here are the Japanese vocabulary words you should know. Traveling to Japan Whenever you travel to a new country, you need your passport. The Japanese word for passport is pasupoto (pa
The 7 Best Japanese Videos for Language Students
  Japanese videos are fantastic to help you practice the skills you're learning in your Japanese lessons. Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate student, it's easy to find a video series that suits your needs. Here are our recommendations for the best videos to help you learn Japanese. 1. JapanesePod101 Set in a classroom, complete with a white board and pointer, this video demonstrates how to introduce yourself in Japanese. The instructor explains the phrases and p
Japanese for Beginners: 5 Study Tips That Work
Although learning a new language is a gradual process, there are things you can do to make the learning experience easier and more rewarding. Language teacher Carol Beth L. shares the best ways to learn Japanese for beginners... When you're learning a new language, it's important to start with the basics and lay a firm foundation. Here are a few tips that will help you on your quest to learn Japanese. 1) Write in Hiragana and Katakana The Japanese writing system is very different from E
5 Reasons You Should Learn Japanese
  Japanese may not be the first topic that comes to mind when you think of studying a foreign language, but there are many great reasons to learn Japanese. Whether you're considering language lessons for yourself or your son or daughter, here are five ways you can benefit from learning Japanese. 1) Travel Learning Japanese language basics is essential for anyone interested in traveling to Japan. While you don't need to be fluent, you'll have a much easier time making your way around if you

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