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I find writing the journal very useful as it allows me to express my experiences in Japanese and it makes it easy to identify mistakes I make while writing. The pace of the classes is appropriate and if I need more time on a certain Japanese grammar point Arai-sensei will make time for it. Being a foreign tourist, I also appreciate the occasional explanation of Japanese culture in conjunction with lessons.
Since I work evenings it is important to me to have a consistent schedule to learn and Nihongo-Pro allows me to do this while still maintaining flexibility when I occasionally need to make a change to the schedule. The Nihongo-Pro classroom is well designed and allows for a customized lesson. While I still have a long way to go with my Japanese studies, I look forward to continuing my learning with Arai-sensei through Nihongo-Pro.
I started taking offline lessons from Araki-Sensei in Hawaii. It was my first time learning Japanese. Araki-Sensei made the learning environment very engaging from the beginning. I went from knowing zero in Nihongo to being able to read, write in hiragana, katakana, and beginner Kanji, as well as listen and speak at a beginner level.
I relocated from Hawaii to Maryland, and then continued learning on my own. This wasn’t working. So, I reached out to Araki-Sensei and learned she was teaching online Japanese lessons at Nihongo-Pro. I once again started taking classes and my knowledge base is again on the rise. I have a hectic schedule but Araki-Sensei works with my free time.
The classes feel more like friendly meetups with structure. We start the class with personal speaking, for a few minutes, in Japanese. This is to get me used to speaking at normal speed in Japanese with everyday topics, not just simple phrases like ”これはペンです”.
I would recommend anyone at any level to schedule a Japanese class with Araki-Sensei. The class will be enjoyable, informative, structured (depending on what your goals are), and 楽しい.
Araki-Sensei, hontoo-ni arigatoo gozaimasu.
I really like how flexible it is: you can tailor the lessons to your level and schedule, and your personal goals. Over the years I’ve done everything from intensive JLPT prep to just casual Japanese conversation practice, and Nihongo-Pro has been great for both.
I’ve worked with two different teachers and they have both been excellent. I’ve done supplemental kanji practice on my own, but with just that and Nihongo-Pro I’ve gone from very basic knowledge to passing the N2 (currently about 50-60% on N1 practice tests) and being able to read novels in Japanese. I definitely recommend Nihongo-Pro.
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.
Tanoshima sensei is that one Japanese teacher I had been looking for. I started my search in my local town and finished on the other side of the ocean.
You might think that polyglots have it easy, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, as it happened with me, having a large knowledge base requires a highly skilled teacher with very swift and quick train of thought being able to help you connect all the information you acquire intuitively and being able to help you build a solid foundation.
Tanoshima sensei conducts my Japanese lessons in such a masterful way that there is room for me as a student to use my language intuition, practice all the possible examples and variations of the words and sentences and step by step acquire more and more. I am very comfortable during these lessons, I am never rushed, and I have a lot of time practicing speaking, which is crucial for me in Japanese. Tanoshima sensei is a very responsive teacher—at my request she can help with finding a lot of unique information about Japan and even give an introduction to the modern Japanese poetry. I am very grateful that I can take lessons from Tanoshima sensei.
Nihongo-Pro. Wow. This is the first online learning platform with such a fantastic classroom! I have never come across a system so easy and convenient to use as the one provided by Nihongo-Pro. From the technical side, my teacher can choose a server that gives us the best possible connection speed, what gives the optimal connection speed no matter where you are and how unstable your connection is. From the practical side, the classroom platform is very easy to use and intuitive. This is the first time that I felt that distance learning can be comfortable and convenient.
Thank you once more to Tanoshima sensei and Nihongo-Pro: for existing, for finding the best of the best Japanese teachers and for staying up to date with modern technologies.
I am mainly focused on writing at the moment. I write about my life and thoughts so the content is always relevant to what I am likely to want to talk about with my Japanese friends. I really value the flexibility to choose what and how I want to learn – not what a textbook offers – that is available at Nihongo-pro. At the same time I am exposed to new items through the writing practice book that Nakano-sensei recommended. Many of these items turn out to be quite simple common expressions which my previous textbook did not include. So I feel I have the best of everything now.
I appreciate the ease of reserving class times (as well as cancelling when necessary). And I value the use of the whiteboard during class. It’s very clear and easy to see where the errors in my writing and to clarify any confusions I have. The electronic access to teacher resources that Sensei has allows her to explain grammar points or put up definitions of new words. This makes the lesson run smoothly and efficiently. Being sent all the files afterwards means I can check the corrections to my errors, practice any new words, and make my writing into a reader for my own later use.
In the 6 months I have been having lessons with Nakano-sensei, my Japanese writing skills have definitely improved. I’m looking forward to continuing!
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.
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!
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!
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 Nakano 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 Nakano sensei in my trial lesson, and liked her from that first contact!! Nakano 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!
Nakano 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 Nakano 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 Nakano sensei! My Japanese certainly improved a lot in a very noticeable way!
Moreover, I feel that Nakano sensei is more than a teacher—she is a friend!
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.
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.
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.
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 Nakano-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. Nakano 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.
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. Nakano-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.
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 Japanese lessons, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.
There are a lot of benefits to having Japanese 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.
Nakano-sensei has been teaching me Japanese for over five years, and I am enjoying every lesson I am having with her to the fullest. She has a lot of patience and encourages students to ask their questions. If I needed to repeat some grammar points for an exam, she gladly did it. Nakano-sensei also helped me a lot with my Keigo, which I am now able to use at work with confidence.
I am having a great time learning Japanese at Nihongo-Pro, and I am sure that you will have that too.
After graduation, life happened. I continued to explore Japanese culture, but my familiarity with the language waned, as I had little opportunity to practice and even less desire to reclaim what I had lost.
A decade later, I felt the itch to study formally once again. I explored a number of in-person and online options, settling on Nihongo-Pro due to its scheduling flexibility, its sophisticated learning platform, and its extensive roster of highly qualified instructors.
Ohno-sensei has been a wonderful teacher, holding me to high standards while making the learning process enjoyable and informative. She’s a skilled and patient instructor who incorporates my learning goals and personal interests into each lesson. Ohno-sensei and Nihongo-Pro have increased my confidence level while equipping me to speak -- and even think -- in Japanese.
If you’re serious about enhancing your Japanese fluency, and want caring, individualized instruction along the way, there is no better investment.
My lessons with Ogihara Sensei are always fun. The format is flexible—sometimes we follow a textbook or exercises that Sensei has prepared, sometimes we just talk about topics that are current, anything from films, books, TV shows, news and even songs! There were lessons where Sensei explained the lyrics of my favourite Japanese songs – the ones that are poetic and use a lot of Kanji. And there were lessons where we worked on writing my favourite recipes in Japanese ;-)
I even met up with Ogihara Sensei when I visited her city. She is like a good friend. I learned not only the Japanese language but most importantly the Japanese culture. I recommend Nihongo-Pro and Ogihara Sensei to anyone who wants to further their Japanese studies.
Nakano 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 Nakano Sensei to anyone who wants to learn the Japanese language.
One day I had to attend a—I can’t remember exactly what it is called, but it was one these brain-washing, team-building things every company nowadays tortures their employees with. We started with a short introduction round—name, hobby, etc. Of course, everybody had model hobbies like hiking or reading or reading while hiking.
Everyone except this one Japanese guy, who said without any false modesty: “My hobby is drinking.”
So, he and I started drinking together. Regularly. Meaning almost every day. But in a totally responsible manner.
One thing led to another—or, to be more precise, drinking together led to cultural exchange—or, to be absolutely precise, he started drinking Russian vodka and I started learning Japanese. It was fun, but I wasn’t really making much progress in Japanese, although I was (and still am) quite committed to learning the language. Maybe I wasn’t focused enough though…
Thanks to Nihongo-Pro I discovered that one can learn Japanese without drinking! What a mind-blowing experience! Well, to be honest, with Araki-sensei we quite often talk about food and drinks, but so far we have managed to remain sober.
The most amazing thing though is that online Japanese lessons with Araki-sensei actually, really help. Before my first lesson I was, let’s say, a bit concerned whether I’d be able to understand anything, but right from the first minutes, Araki-sensei involved me in a conversation I couldn’t even imagine I was capable of. But by means of some voodoo magic (or maybe due to Araki-sensei’s experience?) all of a sudden I realized that I can be quite talkative, even in Japanese.
It has been almost a year since our first lesson. The only disadvantage of online lessons I have discovered so far is that one can’t drink together with the teacher. But collaboration technology and tools are rapidly improving, so I’m pretty sure the day will come when Araki-sensei and I will have an online Japanese class while drinking. Of course, in a totally responsible manner.
I began my Japanese language comeback on June 2nd 2020 when I started my first class with Yamamoto Sensei. Luckily I had learned a lot of Japanese language before and retained a lot of the knowledge from when I first learned it, so I was able to easily regain a lot of the knowledge I had forgotten as she educated me through the lessons. I am currently taking one class a week because of my busy work schedule as a massage therapist, I would like to take more than one class with Yamamoto Sensei in the future.Yamamoto Sensei is very kind and has so much to offer, when she teaches a class it is made quite clear that she possesses plenty of experience as a teacher and plenty of knowledge on Japanese culture. She orients the class to the student's goal and is flexible to schedule changes. She also lives in Japan, and thus lives in a Japanese Language environment which is an invaluable way for a foreigner like myself to learn about Japanese language and culture. As I continue Yamamoto Sensei's lessons, I find myself learning something new in every lesson and it always gives me a sense of happiness to learn something I never knew before.
Yamamoto Sensei's positive personality makes the classes a lot of fun, and it is especially enjoyable when we have cultural exchange conversations. I still to this day am eager to learn from Yamamoto Sensei the meaning of every word in my favorite song "愛のメモリー".
Over the past six months, my weekly lessons with Yamamoto Sensei have improved my understanding of Japanese grammar and challenged me in the best way to grow my understanding and fluency of Japanese. I am encouraged by what I have learned so far, and I am confident that my goals are within reach.
There are many resources available for free and at a cost to help you learn Japanese—I've tried many of them—but being able to ask Yamamoto Sensei specific questions as they come up in our classes, get real-time feedback, and have a learning strategy tailored to my level are the advantages of studying Japanese through Nihongo-Pro. I highly recommend trying a lesson, and you'll see the difference between Nihongo-Pro and the other Japanese resources out there. Best of luck in your Japanese studies!
Nihongo-Pro provides what I need exceptionally at an affordable price. Their set up is easy and their online learning platform gives me a wonderful learning experience especially under the guidance of my teacher, Kawamura-sensei.
Kawamura-sensei is experienced and patient. Besides following the curriculum outlined by the Genki textbook series, I learn a lot about Japan and its culture through my casual conversation with Kawamura-sensei. Little by little, I have become more confident in reading, speaking and writing Japanese. As a result, I have decided to work harder and attempt JLPT N5 in about 6 months! I hope someday I will be able to read the work by some of my favorite Japanese writers in their native tongue.
Also, Nihongo-Pro support is spot on, so if you have any questions or problems, they will answer you back promptly.
To sum it all up, Nihongo-Pro is an amazing place to learn Japanese and I will be sticking by them for the long haul. I have simply not found anything that comes close to what Nihongo-Pro offers, so don’t think about it, sign up—you won’t regret it.
Then, I found Kawamura-sensei at Nihongo-Pro.
With Kawamura-sensei, learning grammar became easier and fun. She always explains grammar points to make them easier to learn. She is also there to answer my numerous question about something I saw in a book or somewhere else. She is kind and always gives extra explanations (even repeating things because I forgot them -- 忘れてしまいましてごめんさない).
My conversations with Kawamura-sensei are fun and interesting while still learning lots of things about Japan. My speaking and listening ability have improved greatly.
It is worth every penny I spend on Nihongo-Pro. I recommend everyone to try Kawamura-sensei's lessons—you won't regret it.
When I started studying Japanese, I studied on my own through web pages and watching videos on YouTube. Although I felt that I was learning, I was not achieving the results I wanted. So, I got serious and looked for classes with a Japanese teacher. Googling the website that most caught my attention and that looked most reliable was Nihongo-Pro.
In the beginning I was not sure how good the online Japanese lessons would be . I had a test session with Steve, a very nice support person, where we discussed my goals and how to achieve them. After that I had my trial lesson with Ogihara Aki sensei.
The classes with Ogihara sensei are superb: her Japanese lessons are entertaining, and she is a gentle and patient teacher. Her teaching method is 100% efficient and helped me realize the need for an experienced and native teacher in the language. Also, Ogihara sensei speaks Spanish fluently, which I appreciate as a Spanish native speaker myself. Thanks to the motivation and support that Ogihara sensei has given me during classes and with extra work, I have managed to increase my level of Japanese very quickly and meet my goals. Now I am preparing for the JLPT and I am sure I will score a perfect 100!
Finally, let me add that I highly recommend Nihongo-Pro; the teaching platform is very good and technological. It is easy to use and share information, even practice kanji with ProPad.
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.
After a long break from lessons, I really look forward to studying Japanese at Nihongo-Pro.
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!
My focus is on conversational Japanese. Until the pandemic hit, I was a frequent traveller to Japan, especially to the island of Hokkaido. During class, Sensei discusses Japanese food, shopping and other activities, teaching me useful phrases for future trips. It doesn’t feel like a lesson at all (in a good way). I hope to use all that she has imparted to me on my next visit to Japan, whenever that might be!
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.
We have discussed everything from Japanese virtual youtubers, to daikon prep, to the best ways of drying a cat after a bath. So far, we have read Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto and are working our way through Osamu Tezuka’s classic Hi no Tori. So fun!
Araki-sensei is great—infinite patience and encouragement, and engaging lessons! The sustained weekly practice has improved all aspects of my Japanese, as well as my confidence. It makes all the difference.
I look forward to my lesson every week. Highly recommended!
The customized program that they use is far superior to simple Skype lessons. Moreover, the staff at Nihongo-Pro is also very approachable. No other online Japanese program on the market can equal it for depth or value.
Most importantly the quality of instruction is superior and professional. I love my instructor Tanoshima-Sensei. She is attentive, patient, very knowledgeable, encouraging and kind. She makes me feel that I am doing well and provides a great deal of instruction, interaction and positive feedback.
Tanoshina-sensei is an inspiration as well as a motivator for me. She is a wonderful teacher and it is a pleasure to be her student. I am very happy to have found Nihongo-Pro. Signing up was easy, the prices are well worth the value you get, and they are responsive to all emails.
I will continue to take online Japanese classes with Nihongo-Pro until I am fluent in Japanese and can without effort talk while in Japan. Congratulations, Nihongo-Pro and Tanoshima-Sensei. Keep up the outstanding performance!
I was a Japanese language major back in college and I wanted to continue studying Japanese after I graduated.
I studied by myself for two years after I graduated since I could not find the right teacher. I wasn't a beginner so I really needed someone who could easily grasp my level of Japanese and help me prepare for the JLPT N1.
Steve, who helped me with the setup, was friendly and helpful, and answered my questions before the trial lesson. I really like how fast he responds to my e-mails.
Nakano sensei never stops encouraging me, and I can tell that she truly cares about my Japanese study and well-being. She is very good at answering questions as well: I ask a lot of questions regarding the vocabulary and grammar, and she always gives me the answer right away in an easy-to-understand way. She simply makes difficult materials so easy! :)
She is friendly, caring, and professional. I love the fact that she is my Japanese teacher and I will keep taking her class until I master the Japanese language! :)
Thank you Nihongo-Pro and thank you Nakano sensei!