Japanese Lessons in London

Learn Japanese with a Private Tutor.

When I first started learning Japanese I tried ALL the different ways. Textbooks, courses, group lessons, flashcards, you name it. It was slow – and to be honest, a little painful. Then, it hit me. I realised a deceptively simple truth:

🗣️ You learn to speak Japanese by speaking Japanese.🎌

We offer 1-1 private lessons with friendly, qualified, native-speaking Japanese tutors, so you can become a confident Japanese speaker.

* All our tutors are now delivering Japanese lessons online. When the current circumstances change, you might meet your tutor in person, in London, at a time & place convenient for you. All NEW students are eligible for a 15% discount for online lessons only, to be taken in 2020.

Yes, I want a Japanese tutor

I totally get it. Learning Japanese can feel overwhelming.

There are SO many ways – yet, group lessons can be hard to follow, self-study can be lonely, and you can only go so far with Japanese apps & podcasts.

There’s only 24 hours in a day. Why not learn in the way that is most effective, fun and communicative? A Japanese tutor will help you to stick to your learning plan and get results – fast.

How it works:

  1. 👋 Fill in the contact form
  2. 📞Your 10-15 min consultation call with Vanessa
  3. 👩🏻‍🏫 Japanese Tutor Connection – meet & starting learning!

Chika and Kumiko, 2 of our native Japanese tutors

Just imagine how you’d feel if you could:

  • ✔️ Stop relying on your partner or friends to translate everything for you
  • ✔️ Chat & have a laugh with your Japanese friends and colleagues
  • ✔️Travel around & order your favourite food confidently

“My Japanese tutor is brilliant, I absolutely love her! She’s really easy to get along with, so I feel comfortable chatting in the Japanese language about anything and everything. This has allowed me to maintain and improve my conversational Japanese – one of my learning goals having returned from two years of living in Japan.

She has an instinctive understanding of my level of Japanese, and a real skill of simplifying the complicated, which has been particularly useful when trying to tackle difficult JLPT 2 reading passages. She’s also happy to be flexible on a lesson by lesson basis, meaning I can get something out of each lesson regardless of whether I have had time to study that week, or not. I can’t recommend private tuition enough.” – Jenni E, PR Executive

Read more our what our students say here.

Ready to get on with your Japanese lessons?

Yes, I want a Japanese tutor

FAQs – Japanese Tuition

Please find below the most frequently asked questions from people interested in learning Japanese language.

The first section is specifically about private 1-1 Japanese lessons with a tutor, and the second is generally about learning Japanese.

About Private Japanese Lessons

Where do private Japanese lessons take place?

It’s completely your choice (although we are happy to suggest a variety of lesson locations that we have found work out well for lessons). Tutors can come to your home, office, or meet you in a quiet café or hotel lobby.

Due to the current circumstances, all our tutors are now delivering lessons online. Later on, students and tutors may choose to meet in person again.

Are the Japanese lessons 1-1?

Yes, all lessons are between you and the tutor only. The one exception is beginner level students only, who may opt for 2-1 lessons with their own, selected partner (i.e. husband and wife, business partner, friend), for a top up fee of 30%.

Are private Japanese lessons expensive?

Our students find that 1-1 private tuition is a surprisingly economical & undoubtedly the most efficient way to learn Japanese. No more paying for inflexible group lessons (even when you can’t attend).

Many students start with a block booking of 10 x 90 minute lessons, which costs £675.00, plus travel expenses when applicable of £6.00 return, a total of £735.00.

All NEW students are eligible for a 15% discount for online lessons only, to be taken in 2020.

See our Prices page here.

For more discussion on prices, read How Much Do Japanese Lessons Cost? here.

How many lessons should I take?

Lessons are available in block bookings of 10 x 90 minutes, or more. I don’t believe that it is in the best interest of Japanese learners or tutors to make shorter block bookings. To learn more, please read: This is Why You Need to Book 10 Japanese Lessons (At Least)

What if I need to cancel a Japanese lesson at the last minute?

A lesson can be cancelled or rearranged without incurring a fee as long as you give 24 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel in less than 24 hours, we will charge you 50% of the original lesson fee.

This fee is to reimburse your Japanese tutor (who has reserved their time especially for you).

How long is each Japanese private lesson?

Lessons usually last for a minimum of 90 minutes, although longer lessons are also available.

We can also arrange lessons of 60 minutes online, or for children under 12, or if the student travels to the home of the tutor.

What is the content of the lesson?

The lesson content is tailor-made for your own goals – whether this is business speaking skills, survival Japanese for a holiday, or to pass a Japanese exam such as the JLPT.

The tutor will likely use a Japanese textbook as a springboard.

Students find it works well to use lesson time to focus on speaking and listening with your tutor, and then focus on reading and writing as self-study (homework).

Are the tutors native speakers of Japanese?

Yes, your tutor will be a friendly, native Japanese speaker, personally matched by Vanessa to your situation & requests.

As they live in the UK, our Japanese tutors can also speak English.

How do you match learners to tutors?

We carefully consider: timing & day of the week, your goals & interests, the tutor’s qualifications & experience, lesson location*, and – importantly – your personalities too. *currently online until restrictions are lifted

The lessons should be a fun, goal-orientated & sustainable relationship for both the student and the tutor.

About Learning Japanese

Is learning Japanese difficult?

Japanese is perceived as being one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn. Of course, it is certainly a challenge to learn any language, and for English speakers, learning a different writing script can be daunting.

However, even beginner level Japanese can be extremely satisfying, and the language does not feature tonal pronunciation, like Chinese, for example.

To learn more, please do check out: Three Suprisingly Easy Things About Learning Japanese

Is it worth learning Japanese for a holiday?

Yes. Please do. Even just a smattering of key Japanese phrases is a very good idea for a trip, after all, Japan is a monolingual country – like the UK.

To find out more, read: Is it Worth Learning Japanese? Why A Little Japanese is a Whole Lot Better Than None

Which is better for me? Group lessons or a private Japanese tutor?

It depends on your goals and lifestyle. There are benefits to each style of learning, and in fact, many of our students take group lessons and have a private Japanese tutor too.

One of the main benefits of private tuition is that you can learn to speak Japanese by speaking Japanese with a Japanese person. This is deceptively simple, and undoubtedly the most effective way.

For a full exploration of pros & cons, read Japanese Language Group Lessons vs. Private Japanese Tutors

I’d love to answer any other questions you may have.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Vanessa, to arrange a consultation call. Contact me here.