Japanese Lessons for Children

Fun Japanese 1-1 Tutors for Your Kids

“I feel like I’m fighting for my children’s future” my friend said.

“It sounds dramatic, but it is SO HARD to teach them Japanese. I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO TEACH MY OWN KIDS! But it’s so important for their future.”

🎌Sound familiar? 2020 has taught parents just how tricky ‘homeschooling’ is. Knowing what books, games or programmes to choose is just the beginning.

Before you know it, resistance barges in: clenched fists, hiding under the desk and angry words. And that’s just you!🤣

🌱Would you like your child to have fun, while learning & absorbing real Japanese language and culture with a tutor?

Gus loves the lessons. I think Yasuko is amazing! He is totally engrossed in the way she is making this all about the culture of Japan. Yes please, more Japanese lessons. Mother of Gus, Hackney, 2020

🎏 It’s proven – childhood is THE BEST time to soak up another language. 🎎

I’d be delighted to find out more about your child and connect them to a friendly, qualified & experienced native speaking Japanese tutor, for 1-1 lessons online.

👇Click the button to contact me, Vanessa, for a free 10 minute phone consultation. Let’s chat.📞

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Japanese Language & Culture for Kids

“It needs to be OMOSHIROI” she said, “that is, fun and interesting!”. I’ve never forgotten this advice from a Japanese colleague as prepared to teach my first ever lesson.

Well, duh, I thought – of course it does. BUT HOW?

In the 20 years since then, I’ve come to understand what that very experienced  teacher actually meant by OMOISHIROI, in terms of language learning.

*Omoishiroi translates as: fun, funny, amusing, interesting. Four words, which each have quite a different meaning in English. In Japanese, their meaning is rolled together in this single adjective.

I firmly believe that learning must be IN CONTEXT, in order to be fun and interesting, and ultimately something children WANT to do.

Her lessons fill my daughter with joy!  Mother of N, Wimbledon 2019

Fun and Interesting Japanese: in Context

Immersion is the most effective way to learn a language. But short of moving to Japan, a Japanese tutor here in London will provide an immersive experience to help your child:

  1. Build familiarity. Get familiar with real Japanese stuff. Everyday things. Sushi, anime characters, using chopsticks… anything and everything. Culture is language. Language is culture.
  2. Learn meaningful words and phrases. Learn the words for what matters to the learner – your hobbies, your dreams, your life.
  3. Chat. Communicate. Tell stories. Get messages across, share ideas, and form a great relationship with their tutor. Learn real Japanese about real world situations that the child experiences.

Lessons not only helped improve my son’s language skills, but also showed him the fun of learning.

Thanks so much – he has spent a very meaningful time, learning for two years.  Father of S, Finchley, 2019

Japanese Tuition for Children FAQs

Getting a tutor for your child provides a real life relationship, which is built on learning to communicate in Japanese.

Over the years, JapaneseLondon.com has connected hundreds of learners to tutors. You can read what our students say, here.

How long are Japanese lessons?

Online Japanese lessons for kids can be 60 minutes, 45 minutes or 30 minutes.

We find that ‘little and often’ works really well for younger learners, and a frequency of 2 or 3 lessons a week can be really beneficial. This increases the frequency of exposure, which makes a deeper impression and stops longer lessons becoming a chore.

In person 1-1 Japanese lessons with tutors are 60 minutes minimum (for children under 12, usually 90 minutes for 12 to adult). All lessons are currently being delivered online, until restrictions on meeting are lifted.

Who will my child’s tutor be?

All of our tutors are qualified, experienced, native Japanese speakers who can safely & enjoyably tutor children. Most of our tutors are female.

Something to note is that our Japanese tutors can speak English well. This can be particularly important when tutoring beginners, or to explain grammar at higher levels.

My child doesn’t know any Japanese at all, will your tutor be suitable?

Yes, lots of children start lessons without knowing any Japanese at all. As Japanese is a ‘cool’ language, we find many children begging their parents to learn Japanese (especially after / before an inspiring trip to Japan!).

My child has already learned some Japanese, will your tutor be suitable?

Yes, as all our tutors are native Japanese speakers, they can teach children who have been living in Japan, who have learned Japanese at school, or from a parent, for example.

What results can we expect from Japanese lessons?

As each learner is unique, their results will vary, according to their needs, interests and goals. Quite surprisingly, beginner Japanese can be quite easy to build up.

We will assess what each child is looking to get out of their learning, and tailor lessons accordingly.

For many children, the results of Japanese lessons could be described as planting a seed for a lifelong love of Japanese language and culture.❤️🎌

How lessons should my child take?

Our minimum booking is 10 hours of lesson time. That is, 10 x 60 minutes lessons, or 15 x 45 minute lessons, or 20 x 30 minute lessons.

We don’t book packages of fewer lessons because, although tutors and learners are matched carefully, it takes time to build an effective learning relationship.

Many learners continue their lessons for years, appreciating the learning & benefitting from their special relationship with a native-speaking Japanese tutor!

How much are 1-1 online Japanese lessons for kids with a tutor?

Total Lesson Hours Price for 1 hour lesson time # of 45 min. lessons # of 30 min. lessons Total Price
12 £50.00 16 24 £600.00
24 £47.00 32 48 £1128.00
36 £45.00 48 72 £1620.00


But I might find a cheaper tutor elsewhere?

Yes, this is possible. JapaneseLondon.com👋 is a specialist tutoring connection company. I’m a UK PGCE / RSA CELTA qualified teacher & I’ve connected many hundreds of students with tutors since starting my agency in 2008.

This is quite different to the many generic ‘find a tutor’ type websites which have sprung up, where the onus is on the student (or student’s parent) to do all the work to secure the right tutor.

The tutors on the ‘find a tutor’ type websites are not vetted or pre-qualified in any way – it’s up to you to do that. You need to choose, get in touch individually and assess the tutor’s suitability.

Naturally, this process is particularly important when choosing a tutor for a child. If this sounds tiring – please, leave it to me. I’ll send the full tutor profile for you to check before lessons begin.

What do I need to get?

Your child’s Japanese tutor might request you to purchase a book or other study resources to go along with their lessons. But you don’t need to get anything before lessons start.

Can you recommend other Japan-inspired things to do in London that my kids can do?

Yes indeed! I wrote an article called: Japanese London for Kids: All You Need to Know. I’d love to hear if you have any other suggestions I should include.

Click below to contact Vanessa for a free 10 minute phone consultation.

Yes, we’d like a Japanese tutor