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Asuka U.

59 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $60
  • Speaks English, Japanese, French(Intermidiate)
  • Teaching since 2005
  • Voice performance, music theory and piano from Queens college, University of North Texas
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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 and voice

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Grace
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.
Lin
Lin enjoyed the first lesson very much and is now all excited for more lessons to come!
Thank you!
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Taro T.

20 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks Japanese, Spanish, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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Taro T.

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I'm a native Japanese speaker here to help you learn Japanese. My aim is to help you gain not only the Japanese skills but also the cultural awareness to help you navigate in situations in which you need to use Japanese. I approach my lessons with customization that is only possible in private teaching. I teach students of all ages who are able to take at least 6 months of my lessons. I look forward to making contribution to your learning.

About Taro

こんにちは  My name is Taro, and I am a Japanese teacher from Kobe, Japan.   ​  I first started teaching Japanese when the mother of a high school student reached out to me to help him learn Japanese. I have been teaching the language since then to men and women of all ages.   Japanese is a lang

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Alan
Taro is excellent; he's professional & thorough, and provides my son with a clear set of goals for the next lesson. Can't recommend him enough!
Sonya
Taro really is the best instructor, and I highly recommend lessons with him for people of every skill level when learning Japanese! He has all the qualities you want in a teacher: he is patient and is always willing to spend extra time helping me understand difficult grammar points and cultural concepts that impact language; he is communicative and very responsive via email; and (as someone who took in-person lessons) he is an excellent host. I am especially happy with his lesson plans, which are extremely thorough and personalized to my specific skill level and goals—he was also quick to adapt them as my goals changed throughout the year. Every very lesson with Taro has been both educational and very engaging and interesting! Overall, I’ve been so impressed with Taro’s teaching methods, and with his help, I hope to pass the JLPT N2 next year!
Lisellot M.
The best online teacher. Responsible, respectful, always patient and on time. I recommend him.
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Jinko H.

222 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • B.A. in Education from Utsunomiya Daigaku
  • Teaches students 15 to 75
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Jinko H.

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I am a native speaker and former school teacher in Japan. Learning is fun-that's my motto. When you achieve your goals, you enjoy a feeling of accomplishment, right? I want to help you to achieve your goals. My lesson starts from finding what students really need to learn. Understanding student is the key to success. I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with fun way. Also, casual, informal, practical Japanese too.

About Jinko

明けましておめでとうございます。Happy new year!! If you are trying to start learning Japanese, you found a right tutor!! Hello! I will open up my morning time since it's a very difficult time for most of the people and lots of school is closed until this coronavirus pandemics ends. Also, I accept temporally st

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Benjamin
My son is very happy and enthusiastic. I wanted him to take a couple of weeks off for summer break but he won’t hear of it.
Bob B.
Jinko Sensei,

Thank you for your class and the critical grammar point regarding the -te form.
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
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Jesse M.

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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 bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. 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

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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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Hikaru I.

23 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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. I enjoyed o

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Hiraku is a wonderful teacher. Very specific, great structure and patient. I’m extremely pleased. Michael
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Toshi M.

338 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Business from USC
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Toshi M.

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💕Special Discount 💕due to the COVID crisis and get up to $125 off! Don’t miss out! Limited Time Offer!
💙 I will send 15% of my earnings from Takelessons to the COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Organizations.

⭐️ I am a US-based veteran NATIVE Japanese language instructor/coach/mentor with over 17 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 27 years. (PST). Yes. I literally have “Valley English accent“ 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 athlete (MVP 2010), Hollywood film editor, producer, actors, actresses, TV ...

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 separately. ⚠

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Darryl
My son absolutely enjoyed his Japanese lesson with Toshi and is looking forward to his weekly lessons with him. He is well prepared, patient and very knowledgeable. We go lucky with Toshi.
Amy
Our son loves working with Toshi! He looks forward to each lesson. Toshi does a great job making the lessons fun and integrating material that our son shows an interest in. He is awesome!
Ben
Toshi was a great Japanese instructor for my 12 year-old son. Toshi kept my son engaged and looking forward to each lesson. We highly recommend him.

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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!

Average Cost of Japanese Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute Japanese lessons is $92. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $55 and $130 per hour.
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"You were very thorough, and connected well. I look forward to my next lesson. Ja, mata!"
Brandy
Took Japanese lessons from Hikaru I.
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"She gives me encouragement and ways to improve."
Olena
Took Japanese lessons from Mona S.
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"Yoshi is the best teacher of TakeLessons.
Very good class and price."
Dean
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Great lesson! Breaks it down easily"
Ben
Took Japanese lessons from Sayaka M.
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"Yoshi listened to my requests and created a lesson to meet those requests.
I love his Japanese class."
Kate
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"My daughter enjoyed her first lesson"
Amy
Took Japanese lessons from Sunho K.
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"Great experience, He does a fantastic job at keeping you motivated and guiding the lesson. Already a few lessons in and I am starting to have basic conversations."
Ben
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Really patient and helpful. I had some computer problems starting the class and Oyamada sensei was very understanding about it. Overall, a really awesome first class and can't wait to keep going."
Colin
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"My son really enjoyed his first lesson!"
Lisa
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Aimi is very nice and accommodating. Looking forward to the next lessons with her."
Leah
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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Private Japanese Classes Near You and Online

If you want to take Japanese lessons, you'll be taking part in a tradition that spans back many generations. That's because Old Japanese is believed to date back to at least 200 BC – over a thousand years before the time of the samurai. The earliest writings of the language that have been found are from the 8th century AD, however.

While Japan is the only country with Japanese as its official language, you'll find native speakers all over the world. For instance, roughly 15 percent of Hawaiians speak Japanese. Unlike most Asian languages (such as Mandarin), Japanese doesn’t rely on tone to accurately communicate. This makes Japanese lessons for beginners accessible to anyone.

In fact, many consider Japanese to be the most unique language worldwide primarily because there's

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no known derivative language. It is truly a one-of-a-kind language and culture that is as innovative as it is unique. All of this makes taking classes in Japanese a one-of-a-kind experience!

Reasons to take Japanese Lessons

Japanese is a great language to master for someone who isn't scared of a challenge. Since there are no related languages in the world, the learning curve can be a bit steeper than learning Spanish or French. However, the rich culture of Japan provides plenty of inspiration to study this beautiful language.

You may want to take classes in Japanese to prepare for a trip to Tokyo, or to enjoy your favorite Japanese movies better. You may even dream of living in Japan someday! Whatever your reasons are for learning the language, you’ll find that time spent studying Japanese is rewarding on many levels.

Although everyone has their own reasons for taking Japanese classes, there are some positive benefits you may not be aware of yet. Let's explore a few of the benefits available to kids and adults.

Benefits of Japanese Lessons for Kids

Children experience plenty of benefits by learning a language like Japanese. Studies have shown that bilingual students' test scores are higher compared to monolinguals. This test score improvement applies across all subjects and even applies to college entrance exams.

Bilingual children also develop a deeper knowledge of their native tongue when picking up a second language. Learning Japanese is a great way for children to connect with their heritage and learn to be an outside-the-box-thinker as well. Finally, when your child takes Japanese lessons for beginners, their worldview will be expanded and their imagination will be unleashed.

Benefits of Japanese Classes for Adults

Adults also experience numerous benefits when they learn to speak Japanese. New career opportunities may open up, including work as an interpreter, in emergency services, or in immigration. Traveling to Japan is much more exciting when you know the language, and you can expect to develop a more open-minded perspective of other cultures.

Studies have also found that plasticity is improved in regions of the brain used to learn a second language. Indeed, the mental workout of learning Japanese leads to a "younger brain." It's even believed that this brain strengthening can delay the onset of various dementia forms by up to four and a half years.

Topics You'll Cover in Japanese Lessons

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to how Japanese lessons are conducted. Your Japanese teacher will factor in things like your unique interests, age, and learning style. Your tutor will also help you decide if you'd best fit into beginner, intermediate or advanced Japanese classes. Here are some of the highlights of what you can expect to learn at each level.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Japanese Lessons

Starting Japanese lessons for beginners is an exciting opportunity since everything is so new. An intriguing world of culture and language awaits you. What will you learn at the beginner level? Here are just a few topics your teacher may choose to cover.

  • Greetings in Japanese
  • Proper pronunciation
  • Basic vocabulary and phrases
  • Writing the Japanese alphabet (Hiragana)
  • Intro to Japanese culture

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Japanese Classes

If you find yourself somewhere in the middle, the intermediate level could be a great place for you to start. It's motivating to know that with some hard work, you'll soon become proficient in the Japanese language. Here are some topics you'll cover at this stage of learning.

  • Intermediate Japanese grammar
  • Writing in Japanese
  • Practicing conversations
  • Reading comprehension
  • Understanding fluent Japanese speakers

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Japanese Lessons

By the time you're ready for advanced Japanese classes, you've already put in lots of hard work. The good news is that perseverance is about to pay off in a big way. You're getting closer to using the language fluently! Here are some advanced topics you'll cover.

  • Differences in dialects
  • Formal and informal writing
  • Colloquial sayings and idioms
  • Kanji studies
  • Full immersion in the Japanese language

Finding a Japanese Tutor

Although finding an experienced Japanese teacher can be a challenge, TakeLessons has made it easy to find the perfect tutor. All you need to do is browse our directory of vetted tutors and choose the one who best aligns with your schedule and needs.

All the info you need is available in our teachers’ profiles. Past reviews from students, the location of your Japanese tutor, and credentials are all important details to consider before booking Japanese lessons. You can even send an introductory message to a teacher you’re interested in, to make sure they’re the right fit.

More than ever, online lessons have been used to help students and teachers stay connected. Busy kids and parents alike love the flexibility that online lessons offer, as do those who prefer to study from the comfort of their own home. Perhaps the best part about online lessons is that you can connect with the best teachers on the planet, including all over Japan!

TakeLessons make it easy to find the best online Japanese tutors. Simply browse our directory or get in touch with our team. One of our friendly Student Counselors can help you find the perfect teacher in no time.

No matter where your Japanese learning journey takes you, we're excited to help you succeed!

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