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Kumiko M.

Native, Experienced and Certified Japanese Tutor

Los Altos, CA (94024)

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I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. I am certified as a Japanese language teacher in Tokyo, where I started teaching. I have taught both business people and students for nearly ten years in six different countries, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Finland, and the U.S.

Those experiences have given me a deep understanding of the uniqueness of each culture as well as the differences of languages that often impede learning Japanese.

I teach from kids to adults, from college students to international students to business people. A customized curriculum can be built, depending upon your goal. As a mother of two school-aged daughters, I know school curriculums and can help you studying for the AP Japanese course too.

I am very friendly, patient and a good listener.

I have a tutoring office in Los Altos but can travel to another location if that is more convenient for you. I will try to be flexible with scheduling. While I have a 24 hours cancellation policy, I am happy to offer a make up class.

I am looking forward to hearing from you!


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I have BA in Education from Kobe University, Japan. I have almost ten years of teaching experience in six different countries.

I passed "Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test", an official certification for a Japanese Language Teacher in Japan.

I can teach either by the Direct Method (only in Japanese) or by the Indirect Method (in Japanese and English), depending on students' goal, skill, and environment. I can also customize curriculam for individual students.

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Kobe University (in Japan) (Education)

Wonderful Japanese Tutor for Business People — Kumiko has been wonderful in quickly preparing us for a trip to Japan. No, we aren't conversant, but after 4 lessons we have enough Japanese to get around. She is clear, concise, and very, very patient. I highly recommend her! ...

— Mark from Union City, CA on 5/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kumiko will travel within 20 miles of Los Altos, CA 94024.

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