Learn Japanese Step by Step!
Learn Japanese Step by Step!
"Incredible Tutor!!! I can't wait to be her student again"
Katie, 3 lessons with Yumiko
Response time: 3 hours
Interested in learning Japanese, but not sure how to get started?! I can help. I offer practical and interactive tutoring sessions to help you achieve your goal.
Once you sign up, unless you are a complete beginner, I will ask you some questions both in English and Japanese to assess your proficiency. I will prepare class materials that are unique to your level and interests.
We will work hard, but I promise, it will be fun and exciting!
A little about me.
I am a Japanese native. I have been living in the SF Bay Area for over 20 years and am fluent in English. I have taught at UC Davis as a teaching assistant, and at a local high school as a guest teacher. Currently, I work with both students and professionals as a private tutor.
Look forward to meeting you!
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Incredible Tutor!!! I can't wait to be her student again
I can't possibly describe what an amazing tutor Yumiko is!!! I came to her a bit lost -- I had taken Japanese for five years, but hadn't used it in at least three. I didn't know where or how to start back up. Yumiko crafted customized lessons for me that brought me back up to speed in just a short amount of time. I wanted to get better at casual conversation, which was nearly impossible for me to do by studying textbooks alone. Yumiko explained the nuances of casual speech, and made sure that I understood everything before moving on with lessons. She even went out of her way to help with a special project that I was working on. Overall, she was extremely patient, flexible, and fun to be around. We met both at cafes and her home; both worked perfectly. I can't recommend her highly enough, and I hope to continue my lessons with her as soon as I can.Katie, 3 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
Thank you. Lovely meeting you! Have a wonderful stay in Japan:-) Sending big hugs.
kind understanding. She works at my pace. She tailored my lesson to my needs and offered a lot of enforcement. I would tell someone if you need a great teacher of Nihongo call Yumiko.Richard, 12 lessons with Yumiko
Yumiko san is a thoughtful and inspiring tutor. I highly recommend her if you're looking for a faster way to learn Japanese. She was able to quickly assess my skill level and adapt the lessons to accommodate my needs as a studentJeff, 7 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
Thank you, Jeff san! I know you are going to have a great time in Japan. See you!
Couldn't have asked for a better tutor!
I've been seeing Yumiko for almost half a year now and I'm loving every lesson! During the first lesson she assessed my ability: at that point I already had some basics down and knew hiragana/katakana fairly well so we took note of that and catered the following lessons appropriately. Yumiko is extremely helpful and always answers questions without judgement. You can tell she loves what she does; it shows in her enthusiasm and excitement for her student's progress. My understanding of the Japanese language has improved drastically and I don't plan on stopping the lessons any time soon! ?????????????!!Vicky, 31 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
Vicky san, Arigatou;-) Yes, yes, let's keep going! You are doing great! Ganbatte!
Truly gifted tutor
Yumiko is a truly passionate and adept Japanese tutor. She is clearly an expert not only at Japanese, but (more importantly) at teaching and honing in on the specifics of a student's needs and helping them improve. I have had several tutors across disciplines in the past, but Yumiko is in the 1% of tutors who really takes an interest in her student's trajectory and aims to maximize their growth with customized lessons and individualized anecdotes and tips for improvement. I am excited to continue learning from Yumiko, and hopefully others will have the opportunity as well - she's one of a kind!Phil, 18 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
Thank you, Phil! You are a super student. I appreciate your dedication and enjoy working with you. You will get there! Let's keep learning.
Yumiko-san helped me prepare for my upcoming trip to Japan by having lessons that focused on my needs as a traveler. She discussed the Japanese alphabets and taught me vocabulary and sentences for asking directions, ordering food, introducing myself, shopping, telling date and time, etc... I also learned about basic conversations, grammar, pronunciation and sentence formations. She was very patient, attentive to my needs and encouraging. I would love to work with her again when I get back from my business trip!Camille, 3 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
Arigato, Camille san! Hope you enjoyed visiting Japan. Whenever you need help, I am here. Let me know, ok?! Good luck with your new venture in SF!
A talented and charming tutor
We are not serious student of the Language and just wanted to pick up a few words in connection with an upcoming vacation. Yumiko understood our interest and was very helpful. Were we to ever wish to learn more, we would gladly study with her.Jim, 4 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
It was a pleasure helping you and Laura prepare for the long trip to Japan! Have a wonderful journey!
Great introduction to Japanese
Yumiko Sensei quickly identified my strengths and weaknesses and together we came up with a plan to help me learn a new language. Very excited for upcoming lessons.Kimberly, 32 lessons with YumikoTutor responded:
Welcome, Kimberly! Look forward to working with you!!
Yumiko is great at explaining language conventions and grammatical nuances, giving her students a faster path to understanding. I look forward to doing more work with her this year!Margaret, 6 lessons with Yumiko
Customizes lessons to fit the student; she was great!!!
I completed my first lesson and cannot wait for the next - I can tell that Yumiko will help me reach my goal of becoming fluent in Japanese! She was very personable and knowledgeable. Thank you Yumiko!Heidi, 10 lessons with Yumiko
Response time: 3 hours