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Wakana Y.

24 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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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 patient native Japanese teacher with many years of experience teaching Japanese. My motto is to provide a learning experience that is enjoyable and encourages students to learn more. I understand how frustrating it can be to learn a language as a se

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Wakana is very energetic and knowledgeable about the nuances of both English and Japanese, making her explanations of different concepts easy to understand and useful to put into practice. She is also excellent at tailoring lessons to your specific needs and interests, as well as answering seemingly any question you can come up with along the way. Plus, she is patient and always ready to celebrate your successes.
Every week, I come away from her lessons with tons of new knowledge and the confidence to put it into practice. And I'm always looking forward to the next.
Jessica
excellent teacher -- lots of positive energy
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Yuriko I.

6 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks JAPANESE
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • Teaching since 2007
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Yuriko I.

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Experienced JAPANESE teacher since 2007, available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while building a strong foundation to further develop proficiency in Japanese. Each class is custom made to your own level and needs.

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Learning Japanese is super FUN with ME!!

Japanese is one of the hardest languages to master.
But it's also one of the most interesting ones.

The best way to learn a new language is to have fun learning it.
Bring your favorite topic; travel, anime, fashion, food, your mid term or JLPT.
I will make it a good fun by tailoring your lesson to what you really want to accomplish.
Don't worry, I am friendly, patient, and easy-going.
My goal is to support your goals and dreams.

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Wanna watch anime without subtitles or voiceover?

If that's your goal, then let's make it happen!
It'll be possible if you focus on learning Japanese using your favorite anime!
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About Yuriko

Hi, my name is Yuriko Kon nichi wa. Genki? I was born and raised in Japan. I can teach from beginner to intermediate in Japanese. I have many hours of experience teaching Japanese to any ages, kids to adults, private, group or home-schooling -- whoever wants to learn Japanese (writing, reading,

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Courtney
Yuriko is very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. I've been studying Japanese on my own for about a month and decided I wanted an instructor to help me. I was very nervous to speak Japanese in front of her as my studies have left me reading about grammar and vocabulary, not necessarily saying much of it out loud, but she quickly calmed me with her reassuring nature. She provided me with a lot of insight on the use cases for many words/phrases, as well as Japanese culture. I left my first lesson feeling confident and ready for more!

I'd highly recommend Yuriko to anyone wanting a Japanese language instructor! She's the best!
Sandi T.
My daughter is absolutely LOVING her lessons with Yuriko. We travel often and it is wonderful that my daughter is able to continue her lessons, where ever we are.
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Chiaki K.

16 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Medical interpreter from Medical interpretation training
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Chiaki K.

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Hello! How is your learning going so far?

Since you are looking at my page, I’m guessing that you are looking for a teacher who can help you! If you are trying to learn how to speak Japanese, it's your lucky day!



In my lesson, we will be talking a lot!


Are you a shy person or a beginner? Don't worry! I will help you!


I believe that talking is the most effective and fastest way to learn a new language.
When I was in school, I was so bad at studying, but when I put myself in another country and forced myself only to speak English and not make any Japanese friends, my English skills improved in such a short amount of time.


I would like to use my effective learning experience to teach here.



Kids don't learn their native language by studying; they learn naturally by listening and speaking.


So we will be talking lots during our lessons. Of course, I do not expect you to speak perfect Japanese! I know that you will make lots of mistakes; we will have a safe learning ...

About Chiaki

I'm Chiaki! I was born and grew up in Japan. 
I think you will be surprised to see how happy and positive I am during our lessons. 
I am not trying to overreact or anything, but I get super happy when you do well because I think of my students as my learning partners. When you do well or

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Jacques
She taught me SO much in a short period of time. I can now construct sentences, read Hiragana, and am working to learn more verbs to conjugate and Katakana! She is extremely supportive, understanding, patient, and knows how to challenge a student. I will return to her when I am ready to get back to learning even more. :)

Thank you Chiaki/ Sensei
Chelsea G.
Chiaki-San is a wonderful teacher! She has so much patience with me and is very encouraging. When I need to work around my schedule she is so understanding and easy to work with. You are always guaranteed to laugh in her lessons. It’s like talking to a best friend but learning as you go. As a very shy person, she makes me feel comfortable and excited for each lesson. I have learned so much more than I thought I would in a short amount of time. She is a great teacher and the only one I would ever recommend. She is great!
Chelsea G.
Chiaki-San is a wonderful teacher! She has so much patience with me and is always very encouraging. When working around my schedule she is always understanding and easy to work with. You are also always guaranteed to laugh in each lesson. It's like talking to your best friend. She is such a joy to learn from. As a very shy person she makes me feel very comfortable and excited for each lesson. I've already learned so much more than I thought I would in a short amount of time. I can not recommend her enough!
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Toshi M.

355 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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♥️ Special Offer! $30 for the first 3 lessons! ♥️Get up to $125 off! Don’t miss out! Limited Time Offer! I will send 15% of my earnings from Takelessons to the Ukraine relief 🇺🇦 and COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Organizations.

🌟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 an enthusiastic 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 like “Valley Girl English“ Totally so good? Haha, just kidding! 😁 Currently, I have students from the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan.

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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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Liam. T
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. Something I did not receive in a classroom setting. Outstanding teacher for serious students of Japanese.
Jentezen. F
The reviews of Toshi outlined a tutor who was fully devoted to the craft of teaching the Japanese language. They were accurate with their description of this amazing tutor. None of the reviews are inflated. Toshi makes the pain of the language tolerable while delivering accurate information - grammar and vocabulary. I would highly recommend him for learners at any level.
Savannah
Toshi was a great teacher! Very patient with teaching and answering all the pop culture questions I had throughout the months!
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Rie T.

53 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 14 and up
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Rie T.

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Maximize your Japanese learning with a native speaker with years of teaching experience!

I tailor my lessons to each student's learning style, her/his needs and goals. I use Genki 1 and 2 textbooks and workbooks with most of my beginner to intermediate level students, unless other textbooks and/or learning resources are requested.
During the lesson, my focus is generally on the grammar explanations and practice, as well as reading, and speaking practice. Homework is assigned after each lesson, and students are expected to work independently on vocabulary building, unless otherwise requested.
I encourage all of my students to contact me between lessons if they have any questions, and I will try to answer them within 24 hours.

I am currently accepting students ages 16 and up. I am looking forward to meeting you!

❗️Cancellation, reschedule and late policy ❗️

1. Lesson cancellation and rescheduling must be requested at least 8 hours before the scheduled lesson starts. Without an ...

About Rie

こんにちは!りえと申します。 Hello! My name is Rie. I have been teaching Japanese since 2010. My past and present students are from many different countries, including the U.S., China, Taiwan, India, Israel, Italy, and Croatia and range from 9 to 75 years old. I have taught student

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Renn
I cannot believe I haven’t written a review before this. I’ve been learning with Rie for almost two years now, and it’s been a wonderful experience. Homework is manageable on top of my classes and her teaching style reminds me of a classroom. I chose to study under Rie because I knew that she was someone whose teaching would hold me accountable to continue progressing. I can say happily that was a great choice and I could not have picked a better instructor.
Ruth Ann
Rie is truly a wonderful teacher of the Japanese language. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons with her
Robert F.
I’ve been studying Japanese off and on for almost 20 years. I had reached an upper intermediate level but I wanted to take my ability to a higher level so I started looking for a Japanese tutor. I feel really lucky to have found Rie. She’s a cool person who’s fun to work with. She’s patient and flexible and she always explains things in a way that is easy to understand. She’s as invested in my Japanese learning as I am and it’s hard to place a value on that kind of support and partnership. She also has good textbooks for people at more advanced levels. Without a doubt, my Japanese has improved more in the time I’ve been working with Rie than it has at any other time in all the years I’ve been studying it. If you’re an intermediate or advanced learner of Japanese and you’re looking to improve, Rie can absolutely help you. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
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Masaki K.

27 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing from California State University
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Masaki K.

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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 peopl

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Sierra
Awesome and engaging!! I am very pleased with my 8year old sons progress, (writing, speaking and recognition), with Masaki as his Japanese language teacher!! Masaki took the time to get to know why he was interested in learning the Japanese language and his goals and has built a great learning plan from there!! Masaki also will share about himself and Japanese cultures as it comes up or fits into the lessons.
Benjamin
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Really bad experience. I came to learn Japanese seriously while the teacher just spent the first 10min trying to talk about himself and asking me personal questions. When I asked him what his plan is for the class, he threatened me I can change another teacher and he does not want to teach. Pretty condescending attitude it seems to me.

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"Sensei Yoshi is very professional, prompt and efficient with his lesson plan. Great teacher!"
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"I have been working with her on and off for over a year. She's been a fantastic tutor. She willing and able to adapt her tutoring to specific needs and flexible in terms of how and when to meet. Recently I traveled to Japan and I was able to function in simple conversations which was what I needed and the trip went well. She has a good sense of humor and does not take herself too seriously. I definitely recommend her and will continue to use her."
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"Very helpful and made sure to know what I was already familiar with! Thank you very much Yoshi san!"
Jane Carpenter
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Mr Yoshi has more knowledge and teaching skills. I am very happy I found the best teacher in this fall."
Joyce
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"She's absolutely fantastic! It was such a joy having her teach me about the language and the culture. 先生は一番大好きです。日本語を練習して来ます。ありがとうございます!"
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"Rie Is a great teacher! Very nice and patient, she’s always willing to answer any questions I have and let’s me know if I’m doing a good job and what I need to work on. I get along well with her and she’s easy to talk to, which is a plus. I always feel like I have trouble communicating with people so to meet a teacher who makes having conversations much easier is great! It helps me feel more confident in asking questions and speaking Japanese."
Daniela
Took Japanese lessons from Rie T.
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