I specialize in teaching Japanese as a foreign language. I have lived in both America and Japan and I am fluent in both Japanese and English. I have been working in language education for over 7 years in both America and Japan. I have a degree in both Japanese Language and History with awards for excellence in Japanese language.
John was extremely friendly and guided me through my first lesson here. He made sure to ask if I had questions and pronounced everything clearly. Will definitely be back for another class!
- Hannah C. from Brainerd, MN
John is a great tutor. He is patient and knowledgeable. He provides helpful methods and is encouraging. I'm so glad I happened to find him to prepare for a trip to Japan. I was very discouraged at first but when I found John I knew everything would be okay. I would highly recommend him to a student of any level.
- Joan G. from Sandy Hook, CT
My wife and I were travelling to Japan and wanted to learn a bit of the language to help us get around. John taught us the basics of grammar, numbers, and common phrases we would need to get around. He was incredibly polite, respectful and encouraging. It was so fun!! We might continue with lessons after we return!
- Ajay B. from Los Angeles, CA
Mr. John taught me the parts of Japanese I from the Genki handbook that I had missed when I had to withdraw from a class. We did the workbook from the end of chapter 3 and all of chapter 4. John was very encouraging, kind, and patient. He was very knowledgeable and could answer any question I asked him in full detail. He made sure I understood previous concepts before moving on, so it felt like it was perfectly paced. In addition, I had many times where I was grumpy or frustrated, prior to and during the lesson, but he never once acted bothered by it and was very patient and kind to me regardless.
By the end of our tutoring sessions, I had an exam that was required for me to move into Japanese II. I passed the exam, and the class, with an A. I'm very happy with John's service and would definitely recommend him to those looking for a Japanese tutor.
- Jesse M. from Allen, TX
John was a great tutor. The fact that he is a native English speaker also went a long way in being able to understand what it was I was misunderstanding. Not always something easy to explain to native Japanese speakers unless they have very extensive English experience.
- Kristian C. from Camp Lejeune, NC
He's helping my son with speaking and writing. It has changed his afternoons and his life. Wonderful to see his dedication and progress. So Happy. :) It's what he looks forward to all week - the best gift I could give.
- Melissa W. from Clarksville, TN
John just started tutoring my high school son who struggled with his first year of Japanese . After just the first session, John was able to get him engaged and committed to making progress with his Japanese. Great tutor.
- Mandy L. from Richmond Hill, NY
What a GEM! Patient and knows his stuff. So much fun learning Japanese. Can't wait for next class. Punctual and great communication! Finally found what I was looking for. Thank you again.
- Niko C. from Dana Point, CA
My college senior son needed to pass Japanese in order to graduate and receive his degree, but for a variety of (complicated) reasons his 3rd and final quarter of Japanese had been delayed, putting him in the difficult position of needing to catch up after a hiatus. John's tutoring proved to be absolutely indispensable in shepherding him through that final term. He focused on the important matters and was patient and helpful at every step, and my son was able to pass the class and graduate. Highly recommended!
- William C. from Seattle, WA
In grammar exercises and practice, John Sensei provides practical usage in sentences helping to pull together grammar rules, reading and writing. He helps me correctly pronounce words and allows me to hear vocabulary and grammar properly used at the sentence level.
- Tifanie L. from Owasso, OK
After only one lesson I already feel far more confident about my Japanese. Particles actually make sense now. I only wish I had contacted John for help earlier in the semester because I'm pretty sure that instead of playing catch-up I'd have a couple of letter grades higher and a lot less anxiety.
John is great for students with dyslexia like me, and not just aware of the fact that people have different learning styles, but able to put that understanding into practice by suggesting lots of different ways to study and practice that are appropriate and advantageous for different types of learners. I was thrilled to actually understand my homework from school when I actually looked back at it after our lesson.
My past experiences with tutors made me apprehensive and skeptical about working with a tutor again because I've had tutors who were kind of patronizing or would easily lose patience and make me feel bad when I made an error. I am happy to say that does not describe John. He is patient and supportive and, for a student like me who does better with the carrot than the stick, he is exactly the kind of tutor I need and the kind of tutor who makes me want to better next time.
I gave in to my parents' urging to try a tutor when Japanese was no longer fun for me and was becoming a chore and another thing adding to my anxiety and I'm so glad that I did, or rather, I'm glad that I turned to John for help. This review will probably backfire on me and make John even more popular, but he deserves it. He's worth every penny and then some.
- Julia D. from Avondale Estates, GA
John is super awesome, his classes are always paced well. He is patient and willing to review as many times as needed. He is helping me with my japanese class and since I started with tutoring there has been a noticeable change in my grades, he is the reason i'm going to pass the class.
- Christopher H. from Marietta, GA
John is the epitome of what a teacher/tutor should be! He's knowledgeable, patient, helpful, encouraging, and makes the material easy to understand. It's amazing the progress I've seen in my comprehension and it's thanks to him. If you're looking for quality with excellence then contact him... but don't take my time slot lol... Kidding aside, you don't need to look any further :)
- Michelle O. from Tampa, FL
John is teaching me Japanese. He's really patient with me when I'm trying to remember things. It takes me a bit sometimes to respond and he never rushes me. I am also a student who gets bored if things are too easy, but can also get frustrated if I don't feel successful. John challenges me just enough to make me feel like I am really successful in learning, without feeling like I am always failing. John changes his lessons to fit each student, and is really helpful whenever I have questions.
- Jennifer I. from Ypsilanti, MI
John makes an effort to connect with his students and adapts his teaching to the level and pace appropriate for each student. He challenges students and keeps the learning fun! Overall, John is an excellent tutor and we are very pleased with his teaching!
- Jen F. from Minneapolis, MN
John is very patient and encouraging in helping me pursue my interest in learning Japanese. He is very knowledgeable and clear in his explanations so I always understand the lesson. He is very friendly and makes the lesson enjoyable. I can get discouraged learning a new language, but John is always encouraging and supportive which has been so important for me to make progress.
- Barbara L. from Santa Cruz, CA
John has been a great instructor. He is patient and very understanding. I have never learned another language and while Japanese is not easy, John is making the lessons as new friendly as possible and always has an answer to any questions I have. He uses the GENKI book and is able to explain what the book is trying to teach in a way that is easy to understand while still going to the depth needed for actually learning the language not just memorizing words.
- Josh K. from Hurst, TX
John makes my son very engaged in learning and lessons are always very interactive. My son wants one every day and always looking forward to it. Thank you John!
- Alexandra S. from New York, NY
Explains things clearly and adds nuances not shown by the textbook. Always open to any and all questions and answers them clearly and effectively. Also has a cat, cats are a plus.
- Darren W. from Stevens, PA
John is an extraordinary teacher. He knows a lot about Japanese and organizes the class very well. He also personalizes the class to your particular needs and makes sure the learning experience is fulfilling and fun! I highly recommend him!!
- Catherine H. from San Francisco, CA