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Rosita R.

394 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks Japanese, English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2005
  • BA from musicians institute
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Rosita R.

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Learning Japanese? As being a composer for short Anime films and having a Japanese background, 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!

About Rosita

I have been singing and studying voice for over 23 years since I was a child! I hold a Bachelors from Musicians Institute and other accomplished degrees from American Musical Dramatic Academy to conclude my quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish,

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I've had quite a few lessons from Rosita and truly love the process. Even though I haven't practiced as much as I ought to, I'm already improving more than I imagined I could. She's good, and strongly encouraging.
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Maya S.

8 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 1992
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Maya S.

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Are you interested in learning Japanese but not sure how to start? Have you visited Japan but wished you could speak Japanese more fluently? Do you want to learn Hiragana and Kanji so that you can enjoy Japanese Manga? にほんごをべんきょうしたいですか?

A native of Japan, Maya received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Tokyo University of the Arts (東京芸術大学). During her violin study at the Tokyo University of the Arts, she earned her music teaching certificate for middle and high schools in Japan (中学校及び高等学校教諭専修免許状).

She finished New York Japan Society’s Japanese-language Teacher Training Program (Introductory level) in December 2020, same program with intermediate level in March 2021.

Maya also has 10 years of experience for tutoring Japanese language, offering private lessons to students of all ages. Her Japanese lessons cover everything from vocabulary and grammar, to culture, custom, and fun conversation of course!
For the first time Japanese learner, she uses GENKI textbook (An ...

About Maya

Hi! My name is Maya and I was born in Japan. I graduated from the Juilliard School in 2001 and have been a violinist of New Jersey Symphony since 2007. Did you just pick up the violin for the first time? Have you been working on some pieces but need further help? Are you taking an audition for yo

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Kalimah W.
Micah was very happy with his first class.
Eric J.
My son is very excited about his first session and can’t wait to learn more. Maya is very nice and makes sure to make herself available for her clients.

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Jennifer T.
Maya is an excellent teacher. She is patient and explains things clearly.
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Asuka U.

61 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks Japanese, English, French(Intermediate)
  • Teaches students 5 to 60
  • Teaching since 2005
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Asuka U.

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

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“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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Jessie N.

19 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2003
  • MA, Intercultural communication from Kobe University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Jessie N.

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I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

About Jessie

I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.  I believe when we learn other lang

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Adaila G.
Jessie was extremely helpful and she understands english well also. We cant wait for our second session.
Jesse
Excellent first lesson! My daughter is very pleased and interested so far!
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May G.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $22
  • Speaks Japanese
  • Teaching since 2018
  • Teaches Beginner
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May G.

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I am an open minded, friendly, multicultural experienced tutor of Japanese languages.
I can personalize lessons at your request from using basic GENKI textbook or Japanese for busy people to free conversation upon your advance request. Please let me know what your purpose and goal. I will do my best to help you to achieve your goal. (Hopefully with a lot of fun.)
I can also teach you Japanese culture such as Origami, cooking and calligraphy. I love Japanese history and would like to share richness of Japanese culture.

About May

My native language is Japanese. I grew up and obtained B.A in Linguistic at Kinjo University, Nagoya, Japan. I have 4 years of English tutoring experience for local high school English learners in Japan. As a career, I was an instructor for the airline reservation system to travel agents. Teaching i

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Kyoko B.

42 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Kyoko B.

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こんにちは! I'm a native speaker if Japanese. I've been tutoring Japanese for 10+ years in Japan and the U.S. I love talking about cultures, anime, traveling, hobby, etc. I'd love to hear what your goals are and customize my lessons. :) Let's get started! 一緒に勉強しましょう!

About Kyoko

My name is Kyoko. I am a native speaker of Japanese, born and raised in Japan. (As you might guess, my name came from the beautiful city of Kyoto.) I moved to the U.S. in 2005, and I'm in Orlando raising three bilingual children. :) When I was in college in Osaka, Japan, I started helping

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Patrick M.
excellent
Patrick M.
nice to be back learning Japanese with Kyoko who is an excellent tutor
Patrick M.
as always great lesson

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"Yoshi Sensei makes every lesson unique and fun! He is engaging and it is such a joy to work with. I can not imagine having to work with anyone else through my Japanese journey. ありがとう先生!"
Leah
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Always love his class."
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Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Sensei Yoshi Oyamada is very warm and friendly. I was so relaxed that I spoke more Japanese in an hour than ever.
I believe that I am really going to learn a lot with his guidance."
Dawn
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Yoshi sensei is a very nice and understanding teacher. I recommend his classes."
Genie
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Yoshi Sensei is my 3rd Japanese teacher and he is the best.
I had the great lessons last 11m-nth. Now I can read 僕のヒーローアカデミアManga without dictionary. 有難う先生"
Jim
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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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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"Oyamada sensei is very patient and accommodating. I'm a bit obsessed with getting all my crazy questions answered, and Sensei gives me all the information I need. I could never get this degree of detailed instruction from a college class. He's both fun and informative. As a first-time student of Japanese, I give Sensei two thumbs way up!"
Lisa
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Super friendly. and detailed in teaching everything so you understand just as a native Japanese speaker would understand. ありがとう先生。"
Victoria
Took Japanese lessons from Yoshifumi O.
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"Aimi is so great! My 8 year old (who hates reading) ended his first lesson and said, "Mom! You can't take me out of this class!" Aimi is so helpful and easygoing. I can't wait to see what she'll teach him!"
Yvon
Took Japanese lessons from Aimi F.
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"Great and fun to talk to. Always able to help when I get stuck."
Brian
Took Japanese lessons from Kyoko B.
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Learning Japanese in Chicago

If you’re taking Japanese lessons in Chicago, then you should know about all of the places in your city to learn about Japanese culture and history. While fine-tuning your language skills and pronunciation, take advantage of these opportunities to interact with Japanese-speaking people, try delicious Japanese foods, and increase your understanding and awareness of Japanese culture.

First let’s talk about all of the great restaurants where you can try delicious, authentic Japanese food.

Taketei

Taketei is known for having a fairly simple menu full of fresh, delicious sushi and sashimi. The staff is very friendly so this is a great place to practice your conversation skills.

Wasabi

Wasabi is the perfect place to go on a cold Chicago night for a bowl of

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steaming hot ramen (Japanese noodles). Try the different flavors to discover your favorite type of ramen.

Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku is a great place for a family dinner or outing with a group of friends. At this popular Japanese BBQ, you can order different types of meats and vegetables, and grill them right at your table. Some of the most popular menu items include the kalbi short rib, sukiyaki bibimbap (rice bowl), and yaki-shabu beef.

Besides food, there are a lot of other great ways to experience Japanese culture in Chicago. Here are some local Japanese organizations that host events and activities.

Japanese Cultural Center

With three different locations, The Japanese Cultural Center (JCC) offers martial arts and cultural arts classes in Chicago and the surrounding areas. There are classes in Aikido, Kendo, Shorinji Kempo, Ikebana (flower arrangement), meditation, and more. Check the website to find the nearest location, and stop in for a free class.

Chicago Area Origami Society (CHAOS)

Tap into your creative side and try origami (Japanese paper folding). Unlike other types of art, origami doesn’t require any cutting, gluing, or additional materials. CHAOS meets once a month, and all age groups and skill levels are welcome.

The Japan America Society of Chicago

The Japan America Society (JASC) is a not-for-profit association that works to promote understanding, and build and maintain a positive relationship between the two cultures. JASC promotes social interaction and friendship among its members. Check the website (www.jaschicago.org) to find out about local educational and cultural events.

These are just a few of the places you can explore while you’re taking Japanese lessons in Chicago. Remember, it’s much easier to learn a new language when you can apply your studies to real-life situations. Take advantage of any opportunity to interact with the Japanese-speaking community. Not only will this help you learn the Japanese language, you may even make some new friends!

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