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Chuo University
Economics
City University of New York
Graduate Coursework
University of Toronto
Master's

Education

Chuo University (Economics)

City University of New York (Graduate Coursework)

University of Toronto (Master's)

About Hiro

I have over fifteen years of experience in teaching Japanese to high school students, university students and young professionals. I have about 13 students at the moment who I am teaching online because they are all over North America including, LA, Seattle, Vancouver, Austin, Houston, Miami, NY, DC, VA, Chicago and Toronto. Many of them have been taking JLPT N5-N1 levels as well.

I see myself to be somewhere between university professors and language school teachers. Although I don't teach in those institutions anymore, I still enjoy teaching by myself and have been able to help many people learn Japanese. I often write reference letters and recommendation letters for my students as well.

Compared to classes in schools, my lessons are more flexible but still well-structured. In fact I use the same textbooks most universities in North Americana and Japanese language schools in Japan use. As a teacher who experienced both university and private language school settings, I am taking good things from both of them.

In my lessons, once my students get a solid basic knowledge of Japanese language, I use extra materials that I created myself. They help the students understand how to use what they have learned in many different ways, rather than just using repetitive simple exercises you find in the textbooks. You do need the repetition for practice at the beginning, but we go one step (or a few steps) further so you can learn how to combine the grammar points and new vocabularies to say a lot more things with them.
This is the part all my students particularly find more interesting and satisfying to do. Many textbooks can only talk about the basic usage of each grammar point (sometimes with misleading information written in English), but you can say a lot more by combining them.

My lessons are conducted in English (and some Japanese) especially for beginners. We go over each new word introduced in the textbook and talk about the usage of them. Often the translation in the textbooks are misleading, so this is where I come in and help you, otherwise you will be learning them incorrectly.

Once you reach advanced beginner level, we have about 15 minutes of free conversation session at each lesson. Typically the students bring photos they took during the week and we talk about them. They prepare what to talk about based on what are in the pictures. During this session, I constantly take notes while talking to give my students feedback so they can rework on each sentence or refer to them later, when necessary.

All my students get homework each week. They not only work on some of the exercises in the textbook but also they write their own sentences using the new vocabulary list and grammar points. I also provide sample paragraphs and they write their own paragraphs based on the samples.

Also, to use a power of "distributed learning", at the beginning of each lesson, we quickly go over a list of vocabularies. It's a very quick session just to give you another chance to review the vocabularies that you learned in past chapters. I sometimes ask them to create a sentence on the spot. This quick session is a good and fun way to turn your brain into "Japanese mode".

Speaking and listening are the hardest area for most of my students. We do listening and repeating session as well while paying close attention to their pronunciation and intonation. Those are very important and something you can improve in my lessons. This is another example of what is hard to get in class settings.

Now I am only teaching online because I live in multiple cities depending on the time of the year, etc. - San Juan (PR), NY, and Toronto.
I have over fifteen years of experience in teaching Japanese to high school students, university students and young professionals. I have about 13 students at the moment who I am teaching online because they are all over North America including, LA, Seattle, Vancouver, Austin, Houston, Miami, NY, DC, VA, Chicago and Toronto. Many of them have been Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My rate is basically $40 per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of New York, NY 10007
Music:
Composition (Music)
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Composition (Music), Graphic Design
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
Japanese
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer

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Japanese

I have over 15 years of experience in teaching Japanese to college students and adults.

Chuo University
Economics
City University of New York
Graduate Coursework
University of Toronto
Master's

Education

Chuo University (Economics)

City University of New York (Graduate Coursework)

University of Toronto (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate is basically $40 per hour.

Travel policy

Hiro will travel within 0 miles of New York, NY 10007.