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Nihongo-Pro students say it best: real testimonials from real students.

We'll get out of the way and let our students tell their Nihongo-Pro stories. We can't promise every student will have the same great experience learning Japanese here, but we can promise we will do our utmost to help you meet your Japanese language goals.

The classroom environment at Nihongo-Pro is excellent!

I have taken Japanese lessons before both in a traditional class and via Skype. The online classroom at Nihongo-Pro is on par with a regular classroom, but with the added benefit of having private lessons.

I'm very excited to start studying again, and my lessons really showed how much my Japanese has degraded over the past few years.

Additionally, the prices at Nihongo-Pro make it possible for me to study Japanese again. I have investigated a lot of other options, but nothing offers this level of quality at this price.

Bradley H.
(student of Sei-sensei)

Nihongo-pro has been the most flexible and cost-effective means for me to study Japanese.

I have been studying with Nakamura-sensei for nearly two years and have greatly enjoyed my lessons with her. Nakamura-sensei is very personable and is a lot of fun to work with.

Originally, I wanted to study Japanese in a university environment, but because I work full-time and have a growing family, the university route was not feasible. Nihongo-Pro allows me to study at my own pace and take lessons when it is convenient for me.

Nihongo-Pro has also been very flexible with teaching materials, allowing me to choose which textbooks and methods I would like to work with. This has allowed me to move towards my Japanese learning goals in the best way possible for me. This is a great contrast to other online lesson providers that seem to treat both their teachers and their students as commodities to be exploited.

Nihongo-Pro has been helpful to me on various occasions, and I greatly appreciate this.

(student of Nakamura-sensei)

I would absolutely recommend Nihongo-Pro to any potential student of Japanese!

Thanks to my teacher Michiko and the support I received from the Nihongo-Pro staff, I definitely feel that my motivation to study as well as my day-to-day Japanese ability has increased a great deal.

I became a student at Nihongo-Pro in order to enhance my regular Japanese study. Even though I had lived in Japan for 5 years by that time, I felt that I needed an extra boost.

Michiko is a very able and experienced teacher and as a result is able to mold my lesson material to my weak areas, interests or demands in terms of test preparation.

Daniel H.
(student of Lilly-sensei)

Nihongo-Pro is super convenient!

I've studied Japanese for the past 25 years, including living in Japan for six of those years. I've studied at five different Japanese language schools, but my online private lessons with Nagatomi-sensei have been the best experience out of them all.

First, Nagatomi-sensei is very professional. She is a full-time Japanese language instructor in Japan. During our first class, Nagatomi-sensei asked me how I liked to learn. What methods in the past worked well for me? I like learning Japanese through current events, as well as reading about historically significant Japanese from the past. She recommended two text books that perfectly met this goal. Each week, we cover new vocabulary and grammar by reading topical news stories as well as short biographies of famous Japanese.

Nihongo-Pro is also super convenient. I travel a lot for my work. But I can always log on to Nihongo Pro and get my lesson no matter where I am in the world. This solution works for me. It will work for you, too!

David S.
(student of Nagatomi-sensei)

I love my lessons at Nihongo-Pro.

I have a long history with Michiko-sensei, but with Nihongo-Pro the flexibility and my ability to help craft the curriculum are leaps and bounds over what I have experienced before.

Small things like no longer using romaji in the lessons is a huge step forward in helping me learn Japanese. I would recommend Nihongo-Pro lessons and Michiko-sensei to anyone. It takes a special personality to have the patience and guidance to help someone try to learn a new language, and Michiko-sensei has it all.

I am a busy professional and learning Japanese is a passion of mine. It's nice to feel that my learning is something that Nihongo-Pro cares about and can craft a program around.”

I am excited! I think that I will be able to learn much more quickly than before. Nihongo-Pro is very lucky to have such a good teacher in your program...and I am a tough customer. I have an MBA, an engineering degree from an Ivy League school, and am pretty discerning, so it's big kudos to everybody at Nihongo-Pro!

(student of Lilly-sensei)

I passed the JLPT N3 thanks to Lilly-sensei!

Hi, my name is Deise Noriko and I have been Lilly sensei’s student since September 2014. I found Nihongo-Pro when I was looking for books to study Japanese and it is the best thing that has happened to my Japanese learning!!

Since the first contact Steve was very helpful, with prompt reply to my doubts. Then I read some testimonials and asked to have a trial lesson with Lilly sensei. Steve was always assisting me through the process, answering my emails right away.

The Nihongo-Pro classroom is very good, the whiteboard is a plus helping the understanding of topics. Even with the geographic distance that separates us from the teacher, it is like we are in a real classroom in person.

I met Lilly sensei in my trial lesson, and liked her from that first contact!! Lilly sensei is very dynamic and cheerful. Her classes are always balanced with conversation, reading, listening. I could even practice my writing skills through the emails that we always exchange, and she even helped me with sakubun-writing!

Lilly sensei cares a lot about my improvement, noticing my weak points and working on them in a very personalized teaching. She prepares the classes very carefully, trying to explain the topics in a very didatic way. Even in the conversation at the beginning of the class, she makes sure that we always learn new vocabulary, the way it is written and used, and she gives me many examples of different ways I can use it.

We try to use Japanese as much as possible. My lessons with Lilly sensei are almost all in Japanese, which for sure helps a lot my Japanese skills. After every lesson she sends me review files with the topics that were taught and the new vocabulary. That way, during the class I can focus only on learning without having to rush to take notes because I know she will send it after the class. At the end of each month she sends a report of my monthly progress so I can follow it.

I passed JLPT N3 in December 2014 with a very good score (my reading and listening were 60/60 with a total grade of 164/180), thanks to Lilly sensei! My Japanese certainly improved a lot in a very noticeable way!

Moreover, I feel that Lilly sensei is more than a teacher—she is a friend!

(student of Lilly-sensei)

Without hesitation I strongly recommend Lilly-sensei.

I have class with Lilly-sensei online once a week. The great thing is it doesn’t feel like class, but I get all the benefits of learning as she makes it extremely fun and enjoyable.

She’s very flexible in how she teaches: whether you want to just improve your Japanese or prepare for the JLPT exams, she’s perfect for it.

Lilly-sensei, ほんとうにありがとうございます。

Ed Cruz
(student of Lilly-sensei)

Nakamura-sensei is an inspiration...a brilliant teacher.

Nakamura-sensei is funny, friendly, kind and patient. She gets up in the early hours of Sunday morning to teach my Japanese lessons, laugh with me and make learning Japanese more enjoyable and inspiring than it ever has been to me in the 5 years I have been trying to learn Japanese on my own.

Not only am I more immersed in and connected with the Japanese language, I have learned and retained so much more in the last month than ever before. I am no longer embarrassed about making mistakes, asking questions, or speaking Japanese aloud.

Nakamura-sensei is an inspiration; a motivator, a brilliant teacher and a pleasure to spend time with.

Emma P.
(student of Nakamura-sensei)

My Nihongo-Pro teacher is adept at helping me achieve my Japanese language goals.

I have taken lessons with Lilly-sensei for nearly a year and a half. Lilly-sensei carefully balances lesson time between reading, writing, speaking and listening. She quickly discerned my strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the JLPT and helped me accordingly.

Nihongo-Pro’s software is exceptional: It is simple to use and the choice of screen colours is easy on my eyes. I feel the whiteboard feature is a necessity when studying Japanese along with textbooks; a mere dialogue box for presenting lesson materials would be insufficient.

Nihongo-Pro’s software has lacked only one feature important in the study of Japanese: the ability for the instructor to prove the student’s handwriting of Japanese characters. I am pleased to hear of the new KakikataPad soon to be available for the Nihongo-Pro classroom.

(student of Lilly-sensei)

I will recommend Mukai-sensei to everyone!

Every Friday I get extremely happy because I know that on Saturday I have my online Japanese class. I love my lesson because Mukai-sensei is extremely good, sweet and patient. He explains everything in different ways so I can understand the meaning of new topics.

Mukai-sensei is punctual, too, and I appreciate that kind of things in a teacher. Also, I love that when I finish the class, he immediately sends me the material we worked with and the chat log, too. At home I store all of this in a notebook and I keep studying for another hour.

My teacher always answers when I write to him on Facebook or through email. This is important because he builds rapport with the student. I also like that he remembers the things we have talked about and brings them to the class to teach new things. Mukai-sensei definitely connects with the student.

As a teacher myself, I am extremely picky about my teacher. I have studied education for more than 10 years and taught English for 13 years—I can happily say that I am 100% satisfied with Nihongo-Pro. I wanna keep studying with Mukai-sensei and will recommend him to everyone!

(student of Mukai-sensei)

Nihongo-Pro exceeds my expectations in teachers and technology.

I have been taking private lessons at Nihongo-Pro since the beginning, and I must say that this language school completely answered my expectations.

First, it's not easy to find a lesson time suitable for both teacher and student when they live thousands of kilometers apart.

I am a 53-year old European student, and, due to job commitments, I can take lessons only on weekday evenings. With Nihongo-Pro, I had no schedule problems at all, since my teacher lives in the U.S., which gives me many more scheduling options than with teachers living in Japan.

Having tried several languages schools in the past, I really appreciate the high quality of Nihongo-Pro's classroom software. Really well-thought out and extremely easy to use. There were extremely few technical problems, and they were solved very quickly thanks to quick support. The classroom software is always improving and evolving, too, with new features.

Now about teaching: I am really happy about the lessons (several dozen already!) I have taken with Lilly-sensei.

Intermediate level is a tough step, where you have to find your way through the intricacies and subtleties of intermediate-level Japanese grammar, as well as spoken Japanese, which differs quite a lot from the "proper" didactic language you learn at elementary level.

At the intermediate level, understanding often depends on nuances and on your acquaintance with Japanese culture. Lilly sensei is a wonderful guide: She gives careful thought to how to explain the difficult points of Japanese, and she always works painstakingly to answer my questions, to provide the best examples, to show the differences between similar words or grammatical structures.

When you take private lessons, the quality of human contact between teacher and student is essential. When I take a lesson at Nihongo-Pro, I am pleased to meet both an excellent teacher and a friend.

(student of Lilly-sensei)

Nihongo-Pro tailors my lessons for my specific needs.

Before I discovered Nihongo-Pro, I was faced with an apparently unsolvable dilemma: I had a background in modern Japanese, but I needed to learn how to read Japanese texts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries for a research project. I could not, however, find any resources for reading this kind of text.

Before I started, I had no idea how much the Japanese language had changed in the past century in terms of grammar and kanji use. Working at a small university without a developed Japanese program, I was not sure where to turn for help for acquiring such a specific set of Japanese skills.

Although my situation was unusual, Nihongo-Pro was more than happy to find a teacher who could help me. Lilly-sensei has been an amazing resource. She helped me to find Japanese books on how to read texts written in my period of study and formulate a study plan. She has time and again patiently helped me to tackle even the most difficult texts, and I am deeply grateful for the extensive preparation she has done before each online lesson.

Nihongo-Pro is more than a resource for passing the JLPT; it can flexibly accommodate a wide variety of individual Japanese language instruction needs for students anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection.

(student of Lilly-sensei)

I'm really having a great time with Satoru Ishikawa-sensei.

I am making fast progress since starting online lessons at Nihongo-Pro. I can recommend it to all Japanese learners, from beginner to advanced students.

I tried to learn Japanese in many ways (podcast, regular classes, tutors at home, etc.), but Nihongo-Pro was the first time I studied online in my own room on the computer. At first I wasn't quite sure about online lessons, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.

There are a lot of benefits to having lessons at home. I appreciate the time savings, because I don't have to commute to class. Another benefit is the price performance ratio. At Nihongo-Pro, I pay less than classes at a regular Japanese language school, and the online lesson gives me a lot of time to speak Japanese.

My teacher, Satoru Ishikawa, is great as well. Ishikawa-sensei's teaching is very flexible, and he shows a lot of patience with the students, which is a great plus.

Julian W.
(student of Satoru Ishikawa-sensei)

Lilly Sensei is an excellent teacher, very patient and understanding.

I have been studying Japanese with Lilly Sensei since 2013. Her lessons turned out to be much better than I expected, and I have learned a lot from her.

Lilly Sensei is an excellent teacher, very patient and understanding. This is my first online learning experience, and it is a good one.

I would recommend Nihongo-Pro and Lilly Sensei to anyone who wants to learn the Japanese language.

Kosit Prieb, M.D.
(student of Lilly-sensei)

I have found inspiration to learn Japanese.

When I decided to try Japanese lessons, it was only because of my upcoming visit to Japan, and because I find language learning fun. I knew very little about Japan or Japanese culture.

With my Nihongo-Pro lessons, I was speaking a new language from the first minute—a real challenge for me as I am gifted more with writing. I was nervous about one-on-one lessons and always being the one to have to answer questions, but from the first moments with Sei-Sensei, I felt relaxed and not at all embarrassed. Somehow, I picked things up quickly even though Japanese is unlike any other language I’ve learnt!

After just the first online Japanese lesson, I had gotten beyond feeling I ought to learn Japanese, and had instead developed a real desire to learn the language. I also quickly developed a friendship with Sei-Sensei, a wonderful teacher and person who shares some things in common with me. Sei-Sensei has such a great sense of humour and excellent English! She understands all my jokes and we laugh a lot. I really look forward to my lessons; once I get more time, I am looking forward to increasing my study at Nihongo-Pro to two lessons a week.

Sei-Sensei says I learn fast and she often remarks on how I constantly ask for more homework! Not only does she teach me how to speak Japanese and construct Japanese sentences correctly, we exchange cultural information also. Outside of our online lessons we regularly exchange emails—I’m looking forward to the day when I can write a whole email in Japanese!

I have learnt 4 foreign languages at different periods of my life, always with great pleasure, but none have given me so much satisfaction as Japanese—I would never have imagined it! Thank you, Sei-Sensei and Nihongo-Pro!

Maggie M.
(student of Sei-sensei)

I like the Nihongo-Pro policy that lesson tickets are good for a whole year.

It turns out I have to take a break from lessons for a while, and I'm glad I don't need to worry about my tickets expiring soon. This is a really good thing for me because of my busy schedule!
(student of Lilly-sensei)

I have an eye-opening moment almost every lesson.

First, I really appreciate Yamafuji-sensei’s ability to motivate and challenge a busy, working person like me. She keeps the pacing, workload, and material challenging and flexible when needed.

Next, Yamafuji’s sense for the student’s language ability is a great asset for anyone wanting to make the leap from intermediate to advanced. She has a way of imparting general rules and subtleties of the language in memorable ways. I feel I have an eye-opening moment almost every lesson.

Finally, it’s clear Nihongo-Pro has put some thought into the development of the online classroom tool and material. Reading materials, visual examples, quick dictionary definitions and more make the classroom an engaging experience.

Nathan K.
(student of Yamafuji-sensei)

My Japanese has been improving extremely well.

I joined Nihongo-Pro online Japanese classes in June 2013. Since then, my Japanese language has been improving extremely well. This is thanks to the systematic teaching methodology at Nihongo-Pro.

My sensei Aso Yutaka has been very attentive and hard working in designing lessons for me. He is patient in teaching the essentials of the Japanese language, which is very important to gain a solid understanding of the language. I am looking forward to making even more progress in my lessons with Aso-sensei.

Ramesh N.
(student of Aso-sensei)

I am in good hands with Yamafuji-sensei and Nihongo-Pro...

A German and French teacher for 11 years, and also World Language Department Head of my high school, I can attest to Nihongo-Pro’s effective and efficient delivery of Japanese lessons in a nurturing, caring environment.

I have the great honor to work with Yamafuji-sensei, who makes use of all the teaching methodologies that I require my own teachers to employ in our school classrooms.

Coupled with her positive, encouraging and supportive demeanor, Yamafuji-sensei is an expert in delivering clear and effective instructions in my Japanese lessons. She targets, implements and assesses student achievement in a relaxed, entertaining environment, making learning seem “fun and easy”.

  • All of Yamafuji-sensei’s instruction is given in Japanese, which reinforces listening skills, enlarges vocabulary, and trains the student’s mind to think in Japanese. If I do not know a word, Yamafuji-sensei writes the word down in Japanese and English, and I understand, without interruption of the flow of the lesson. I use this same method in my classes.
  • Every grammar and vocabulary concept presented is accompanied by a visual image, the appropriate text and Yamafuji-sensei speaking it as well. Then, I write down the concepts and continue to listen and repeat, viewing the image and text again. I personally use this effective method too, so students are exposed to listening, speaking, reading and writing from the start.
  • Yamafuji-sensei uses verbal assessments to verify that I have mastered the material, and reviews the lesson’s material in an organized and structured way. The lesson goal and objectives are easily apparent.
  • Nihongo-Pro’s Support Room offers students a whiteboard, which is essential to lesson delivery, especially for visual and spatial learners like me. I personally cannot teach and learn without a whiteboard.
  • Finally, an aspect of utmost importance in evaluating my teachers is the classroom environment. Yamafuji-sensei has created a distinct positive instructional environment conducive to learning. She always is concerned with my well-being, and as evidenced by her lessons, has built a strong working relationship based on trust, support and encouragement.

In conclusion, I am extremely satisfied with my choice to study Japanese at Nihongo-Pro. With education as my own profession, I feel assured that I am in good hands with Yamafuji-sensei and Nihongo-Pro, as evidenced by my tremendously improved listening, reading, speaking and writing ability.

Reyes M.
(student of Yamafuji-sensei)

Thank You, Nihongo-Pro.

When I tried Nihongo-Pro for the first time, I was really nervous, but Lilly-sensei was very friendly and had a calm demeanor about her, which made the lesson very enjoyable. I am now very excited to get to my next Japanese lesson.

After a long break from lessons, I really look forward to studying Japanese at Nihongo-Pro.

Robert S.
(student of Lilly-sensei)

Mukai Sensei is extremely engaging.

I am a full-time employee so taking classroom-based classes was not an option for me. I spent a long time trying to find the right online school to handle my schedule and then I found Nihongo-Pro. From the first email I was hooked. The staff at Nihongo-Pro is extremely efficient and polite. I had the chance to meet a couple teachers and find one who fit what I was looking for as a student.

Mukai Sensei is extremely engaging. He makes learning Japanese enjoyable and not stressful, which is really important for new students. He tailored the lessons to me and my goals and I have seen a constant improvement in my skills. Thanks to Mukai Sensei I was able to pass my JLPT goal and now I am looking forward to gaining his help as I continue to improve!

Thank you, Nihongo-Pro!

(student of Mukai-sensei)

I'm so glad I found Nihongo-Pro!

I've been living in Japan for quite a few years but my Japanese isn't great. I knew I wanted to study but my schedule doesn't allow me to attend a class here so I decided to look for one online. I found Nihongo-Pro and, while I was reading teacher's profiles, I found Michiko Lilly—I just knew she would be a great teacher and I was right!

Michiko is a wonderful Japanese teacher. I really enjoy learning with her and I felt my Japanese improving after only a handful of sessions. She takes into consideration what I want to learn and what I already know as she plans my lessons. The classroom is great and I love that I get a file to review after each lesson. She makes learning Japanese fun—we laugh a lot! I truly enjoy my classes and plan on continuing them with her for a long time.

I'm so glad I found my Nihongo-Pro teacher!

(student of Lilly-sensei)

My lessons are helping me progress a lot.

I've been studying with Asai Yukiko since late 2014. I discovered Nihongo-Pro after I had studied Japanese at the university.

During the lessons we review the university materials while diving deeper into the details. We also focus on conversation skills.

My lessons with Asai-sensei are enjoyable and helping me progress a lot.

Tal Y.
(student of Asai-sensei)

Yamafuji-Sensei rocks!

I started online Japanese classes at Nihongo-Pro in preparation to post-grad school in Japan. Nine years ago I had lived in Osaka for one year, but my Japanese was almost gone. I wanted to recover some of the lost Japanese before I entered university, so I wouldn't waste my time learning everything all over again from zero.

Since then I have been taking lessons with Yamafuji-Sensei. She is always very friendly, attentive and, most importantly, a great teacher. She keeps our lessons in Japanese, which I prefer—otherwise I might be tempted to speak in English instead of making the effort to speak in Japanese.

We talk about everything and she is always open to questions, be them about grammar, vocabulary or just where to find a traditional tempura restaurant in Tokyo. She let me select the grammar points I wanted to study/review and organized the course according to my preferences. The 50-minute class really flies by with Yamafuji-sensei; it never gets tedious.

The fact that I don't have to leave home to go to classes saves so much time, which I can reinvest back into studying Japanese.

I am not a hard tech user, but the Nihongo-Pro platform has been quite easy to use. I had a minor technical problem once (the video kept freezing), but all I had to do was logout and login again. My one suggestion would be to make a larger text-chat box, as it gets hard to read the kanjis. The payment system is also very simple.

I would also like to drop a word about Steve, the manager/technician/financial manager etc etc, who has been very helpful and efficient whenever I had a question.

Well, to summarize I am quite happy with my experience and Nihongo-Pro and have already recommended the course to other friends.

(student of Yamafuji-sensei)
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