Japanese Lessons in London

Japanese Private Tutors: Why Choose 1-1 Lessons?

It was an evening, after work, and I was sitting at a desk in a Japanese language school in Utsunomiya-shi, with my ‘Minna No Nihongo’ textbook, dictionary, notebook and pens laid carefully in front of me.

My head spun as I tried to keep up with the lesson. It was my first time in this class. Having been placed in a lower level (where I felt I wasn’t progressing), I had insisted I wanted to move up to this, more challenging, Japanese class. But it was TOUGH!

Suddenly, I realise the teacher is looking at ME. She has asked a question and is waiting for a response. My mind went as blank as my pristine new notebook. I didn’t even know how to say ‘I don’t know’! 🤦‍♀️

Tears stung my eyes and my cheeks blazed. The other students turned to gawp as the silence dragged on. Days – years possibly – seemed to pass in this moment.

I never did go back to that class.

After I scraped up my pride up off the floor, I realised a deceptively simple truth:

🗣️ You learn to speak Japanese by actually speaking Japanese.🎌

A group lesson is not the only way to learn a language, and for some learners (like me), it’s simply not the best way.

That’s why we offer 1-1 private lessons with friendly, qualified, native-speaking Japanese tutors in London, and online.

  • ✔️ Learning 1-1 with a Japanese tutor means YOU get their undivided attention. You can ask all the questions you need to.
  • ✔️ Practicing real communication skills, getting immediate feedback and controlling what you what to learn, when & how quickly. 
  • ✔️ And best of all? No audience!

👇 Click the button to arrange your 10 minute consultation with Vanessa.

Yes, I want a Japanese tutor

Learn Japanese with a Private Tutor.

Group lessons can be hard to follow, self-study can be lonely, and you can only go so far with Japanese apps & podcasts.

Progress can be slow – and to be honest, painful. 

Why not learn in the most effective & fun way – whilst actually speaking Japanese (without waiting for your turn in a group lesson)?

Your 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 Japan & 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.

Japanese Lessons – Fees

Are private 1-1 Japanese lessons expensive?

For the price of a decent Japanese meal in a restaurant, every week you can experience so much more than just a full tummy! 🎌 🔜 🧠

A fast, efficient way to learn, your private 1-1 lessons will be at your level – no more wasting precious lesson time going over things you already know – or missing the point of something too difficult.

Group lessons can appear cheaper than private 1-1 tuition, but work much like gym memberships. It’s very easy to miss classes you’ve already paid for, and then hard to catch up, which can put you off returning. Mottainai! What a waste!

I tried group Japanese lessons, but found I have so many more questions than a group setting could possibly accomodate. I’m a beginner, but really keen to make progress, so a private tutor is better for my needs. – CB, TV Producer, 2020

For more discussion around lesson fees, kindly read my article: How Much Do Private Japanese Lessons Cost?

The prices below will apply to all lessons booked and paid for in the year 2020. 15 hour block bookings must be used within 6 months from the date they are paid for. 30+ hour block bookings must be used within 1 year.

2020 Prices – Minimum Booking 15 hours

Total Lesson Hours Number of 90 minute lessons Price for 1 hour Price for 90 minutes Total Price
15 10 £45 £67.50 £675
30 20 £43 £64.50 £1290
60 40 £42 £63.00 £2520


* Prices do not include £6 return travel costs per lesson. Due to the current circumstances, no travel fees apply as all our tutors are now delivering lessons online.

Later on, students and tutors may choose to meet in person again (travel fees would be applied at the time, case by case).

If you need to miss a week with your Japanese tutor, just let them know in advance. If need to cancel less than 24 hours in advance (hey, it can happen to anyone) the lesson fee will be charged at just 50% – in order to reimburse your tutor fairly.

Japanese Tuition – FAQs

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 – FAQs

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%.

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

Private 1-1 Japanese lessons create a fun, goal-orientated & sustainable learning-based relationship for both the student and the tutor.

About Learning Japanese – FAQs

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.

Not only will learning survival Japanese enrich your connection to people you meet on your holiday, getting more familiar with the culture is a gift to yourself to enjoy all your life! I speakfrom experience as learning Japanese changed my life – learn about my journey here.

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.