Hello, my name is Yoshi Noda and I'm 49 years old and currently living in the Netherlands. I am a native Japanese speaker and teach Japanese. I have been an online Japanese teacher with Verbalplanet since May 2016.
I can speak the following languages fluently: Japanese, Dutch, English.
I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.
15 Mar 2023
Thanks for the speaking and reading practice.
01 Mar 2023
23 Feb 2023
Thanks for the conversation and grammar practice. I was impressed with the Bear Paw Cafe! The world needs more people like that.
07 Feb 2023
Old open class review. Thanks.
01 Feb 2023
Thanks for the conversation practice.
25 Jan 2023
Thanks for the conversation and reading practice. I look forward to practicing some more grammar as well this year.
Good news for everyone! Now Japan is completely open for all visitors without any COVID restrictions from October 11th 2022
I was born and raised in Japan. I now live in the Netherlands.
I was the company owner of a language school in Shinjuku, Tokyo for 8 years. We specialised in teaching Japanese from beginner to business levels for European and Asian ex-pats living in Tokyo. I also taught Japanese as a headteacher in addition to training other Japanese teachers. I have a total of 18 years of teaching experience in the language industry. I also have work experience in the hotel/travel, media / TV production, and business consulting industries.
Currently, I have students from the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Sweeden, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and Japan.
It is always interesting for me to teach people with different work experiences and backgrounds : )
Because I believe that teaching a language always opens my new world!
Don’t worry, if you don’t speak a word of Japanese. Everyone has to start from somewhere… In fact, I am learning Dutch now!
If you don't start learning now when are going to do it?
Let’s enjoy learning the Japanese language and culture with me!
Qualifications & Experience
Here are some examples of my course plans and teaching methods,
【Beginner / Pre-Intermediate Japanese】
You learn slowly from Hiragana and Katakana to basic Kanji and focus on daily conversations.
You will learn...
●Introducing yourself in both polite and casual ways for the first meetings.
●Talking about you: your hobby, work, interests, county, and family.
●Learning a different way of greetings depending on the situation.
●Asking about other people and keeping smooth conversations.
●Intonation and pronunciation practices.
●Japanese body language and mannerisms.
●Example textbooks: Genki1&2, Japanese for Everyone and etc.
※For Intermediate / Advanced level students, I use not only textbooks but also news articles
from NHK news or internet articles and current topics from the TV program to have discussions.
【JLPT Exam Preparation】
I have taught all levels from N5 to N1. I also have teaching materials for all levels.
I am qualified to teach all levels of JLPT exams.
Since I used to work as a newsreader, I can correct your pronunciation and intonation
by reading some articles and make you sound more like a native speaker.
【Travel / Survival Japanese】
Useful for people who are planning to visit Japan for pleasure or business.
You will learn...
●Getting on the various transportation and checking at the hotel.
●Going shopping and ordering in the restaurant.
●Asking for directions on the streets and the stations.
●Money and numbers.
●Manners and customs.
●Geography of Japan.
Introducing you to learn how to deal with Japanese people in real business situations.
You will learn...
●Visiting another company for the first time.
●Introducing yourself and being introduced to others.
●'do' and 'don't' in Japanese business meetings.
●Giving compliments and expressing gratitude.
●At the business dinner.
●I like using various worksheets as my teaching materials. But if students want to use textbooks, I use Genki, Marugoto, Minna no Nihongo, and others.
●I also create course plans for students according to their needs. For example, traveling, JLPT preparations, business meeting /mannerism, or focused on conversations lessons.
●I have some experience in developing online teaching methods and designing new curriculums for Japanese languages lessons.