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Kana E.

Experienced native Japanese language instructor

Experienced native Japanese language instructor

$35/hour

  • 2,036 hours tutoring

About Kana


Bio

Dear new student,

First of all, thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to introduce Japanese culture and its language to you. I believe that having knowledge of other country’s culture and its language will bring you a lot of opportunities for better understanding of people in the other part of the world.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kana (pronounced “Kahna”) E. I have lived in Pittsburgh since 2007. I worked in Okinawa, Japan as an English Instructor for my own...

Dear new student,

First of all, thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to introduce Japanese culture and its language to you. I believe that having knowledge of other country’s culture and its language will bring you a lot of opportunities for better understanding of people in the other part of the world.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kana (pronounced “Kahna”) E. I have lived in Pittsburgh since 2007. I worked in Okinawa, Japan as an English Instructor for my own private English School since 1995. I helped writing essays or making teaching materials for the school. While I was working for the school, I had some chances to teach Japanese language to the people who worked for U.S. military base. They were very eager to learn Japanese language to have a communication with local people. I also teach business Japanese (conversation and email writing). I have helped people who needed to make a presentation (Japanese speech training) in their work places. I really enjoyed helping their needs and I am feeling blessed to do the same to you this time.

For your learning, input from you is very important. Do not hesitate mentioning your specific needs, and that would help me customize your lesson as much as possible. I always believe that language learning should be ‘interactive’ in true meaning. I am really hoping that our class would be successful!

Just being native speaker does not always prove that the teacher is skilled one. So I took some test for my students. I have ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages - Japanese) OPI (speaking) and WPT (writing) certificates, and both are superior levels. (The highest skill level of the test.)

I can set up a flexible schedule for you. Sometimes things happen. I would like to support your learning as much as I can. Input from you is always important. Let me know about your specific needs to learn Japanese. I will customize your lesson.


Education

B.A.
English and American Literature

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $35
  • Rate details: Group Lesson rate : for 2 people $60/h, for 3 people $75/h, 4 to 5 people $95/h, for 6-10 people $120/h. If no-show happens 3 times, you will be charged the full amount lesson fee for an hour.
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/15/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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I have a certification of ACTFL writing and speaking certificates. 

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Japanese

I have a certification of ACTFL writing and speaking certificates. 

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Japanese

I have a certification of ACTFL writing and speaking certificates. 

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I have a certification of ACTFL writing and speaking certificates. 

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I have a certification of ACTFL writing and speaking certificates. 

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Patient, sweet and a great tutor

Kana is the best and the sweetest! Her lessons and study sheets are very helpful. She packs a lot of useful and engaging material into 1 hour. Highly recommended!

Ryan, 4 lessons with Kana

Knowledgeable, patient native speaker teacher

I will start by saying I'm a bit of a unique case. I approached Kana after 5 years of self study and learning to help fill in cracks and gaps in my knowledge, as well as help me with my listening and speaking ability. Living in the states doesn't provide much opportunity for practicing Japanese face-to-face, so I knew that having one-on-one sessions with a private tutor would probably be of extreme benefit to me. I was not mistaken when choosing Kana as my teacher. I'm naturally a very shy person, so when it comes to speaking a foreign language, that shyness is multiplied tenfold. I was astonished at how quickly I was able to ease up and become comfortable with Kana. After just one lesson my nervousness has mostly evaporated, and I started really looking forward to every lesson. She is warm, kind, and has lots of interesting stories about her time living in Japan. She brings Japan's culture right to the table and really helps you immerse yourself in Japan's world. I probably spend ~20 minutes or so of each lesson just talking to her about her experiences...in Japanese! As for actual contents of the lessons themselves, I can only speak for myself, as every student's situation and approach may be different. However, what I can tell you is that Kana is making all of her teaching materials from scratch, and are great at both giving you good practice, and insight into Japan's culture. Her methodology for testing your knowledge and ability are stellar. And she's always open to questions when you need help, or don't understand something. Overall I am extremely happy with my lessons with Kana, and can assure you she can provide an excellent learning environment for your Japanese learning needs! まずは、僕の場合はほとんどの生徒とちょっと違うかもしれません。僕、5年間の独学のあとで、日本語の知識の穴や聞き取りや発声などを手伝いにもらいに個人レッスンを加奈先生と受けに来ました。アメリカで住んでるまま、日本語で喋ったり練習したりする機会はあんまりありませんし、直接経験で日本語母語の先生とレッスンを受けるのが僕にとってすごく効果的みたいに見えました。僕が加奈先生を選んだ時、全然間違えていませんでした。 僕は恥ずかしがり屋で、母語でも、ましてや外語で話してみるとこういう恥ずかしさが10倍になるみたいな感じです。加奈先生と初めて授業を受けた時、思ったより速く落ち着けて加奈先生に慣れられたので、とてもびっくりしていました。それから来週のレッスンに待ち遠しくなります。加奈先生は日本の文化や、加奈先生が日本で住んでいた時の面白いストーリをよく話したりしてくれますし、1時間のレッスンにたぶん~20分くらい会話します、日本語で! さらに、まぁもちろん僕と他人の経験は異なるかもしれませんが、加奈先生は手作りの教材と使ってて、いい練習になったり、日本の文化をよく経験できる雰囲気になったりです。こういう教材が、自分の能力や知識を深く試験します。で、もし何かを理解できなかったり手伝ってもらいたかったりするとき、質問を思いついたら、加奈先生がいつも歓迎して答えてくれます。 要するには、あなたの日本語の勉強のために、加奈先生がいい学習環境を備え付けられるということを僕は保証できます!

Brian, 7 lessons with Kana

Great an so patient

My boy loves her so much He is the one asking for more lessons You won't regret working with Kana She has the ability to teach and listen to students I strongly recommend her She is the best

Zakia, 6 lessons with Kana

She is great!

Kana is really nice. Explains things in a way its easy to understand and remember. Kana keeps the class interesting. We are very happy having her as our tutor. Thank you very much!

Katya, 37 lessons with Kana

Patient and dedicated Japanese tutor

Our eight year old son had the pleasure of working with "Ms. Kana" to learn introductory Japanese. She was exceptionally patient, accommodating, and dedicated. We are most grateful for how she kept him engaged during sessions after a long day at school.

Greg, 5 lessons with Kana

great teacher

Kana E. Really helped me understand how the language came to be and how to really speak it, and when. The charts she uses really allows me to easily study after the lesson is over.

Nicholas, 1 lesson with Kana

Knowledgable and interesting

Kana was very patient. She explains grammar and context very well. She is extremely helpful with everyday Japanese word usage. Kana can explain the slightly different meanings of similar words in Japanese. All this is incredibly useful to me. It was a very useful and productive hour.

Janet, 92 lessons with Kana

Great Japanese Tutor

Kana is awesome!!! She really relates to my child and has been a patient tutor for Japanese! Thank you for all your hard work!

Jen, 38 lessons with Kana

Thank you so much! I’m excited to have such a great Teacher

Ms. Kana works very well with my child and I can see we are going to go for the long haul with learning Japanese fluently.

Osula , 1 lesson with Kana
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$35/hour

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Kana E.

$35/hour

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  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

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Response time: 3 hours