Nihongo-Pro offers live online Japanese lessons, both private lessons and gropu classes, with experienced Japanese teachers

Student Testimonials

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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.

Chris
(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)

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!

Debbie
(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.

ロタ
(student of Lilly-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.

Jean
(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)

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!
Melissa
(student of Lilly-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 Nihonogo-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)

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.

Viviane
(student of Yamafuji-sensei)
I Love Nihongo-Pro