Masano O : Japanese
Masano O
Japanese Native
Sessions: 243
Last class: Yesterday
 9 Reviews: 100% Positive
£19.42 / €22.94 / $24.38
Trial: Free
 Hello, my name is Masano O and I'm an experienced native Japanese tutor currently living in Japan. I have been giving Japanese lessons online with Verbalplanet since 2021. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students. 
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Latest Reviews
tutor oaifos
 Very organised and efficient class! Thank you, Masano-sensei! 
tutor Joanna W
 I like that Masano San prepares some exercises! It makes a lot of fun! 
tutor Joanna W
 Thank you for the Trial-Lesson! Masano-San is a very nice and kind person. It made a lot of fun to speak with her. She is a very experienced teacher and I liked the class very much, because she did a structured lesson with a role-play and a reading section. I want to book a class again! :)  
tutor Emma R
 すばらしいレッスンをありがとうございました。 楽しかったです。 
tutor minirabbitz
 I have been learning important Keigo (polite Japanese) with Masano Sensei. Extremely useful in daily life. Many thanks for your excellent lessons so far. 
tutor minirabbitz
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About me - English


I am Masano, a Japanese native speaker and a qualified Japanese language teacher. I was born and raised in Shizuoka City (in the middle of Japan) and live in Tokyo now.

I have been teaching Japanese from beginners to advanced level students. I am good at teaching people who have some basic Japanese and would like to try using more expressions. I can teach conversational Japanese, business Japanese, Japanese for certification exams, Japanese in specific fields (IT, medical science, sports, music, traditional culture, etc.). Please see Teaching Approach section for more details.

I like learning languages and have been learning English, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean. Also, I like watching sports (soccer, sumo, tennis, volleyball), listening to music (jazz, latin), and seeing plays.

First, please take a trial lesson to get a feel for the atmosphere of my lesson. The key to improving your language skills is to have a clear idea of "what you want to be able to do with Japanese". Please let me know your objectives to learn Japanese in the first lesson. I will propose a lesson plan that meets them. I am looking forward to working together!

!! Check out my podcast (For upper-beginner/intermediate/advanced learners) !!

Qualifications & Experience


- B.A. in linguistics

- Completed the 420-hour Japanese language education training course

- Passed the Japanese language teaching competency test


- 5 years of experience in teaching Japanese online (one-on-one/group)

- 16 years of experience in live captioning on TV programs and conferences

- 5 years of experience in system and software engineering

Teaching Approach

I basically speak Japanese during the lesson, but also speak English as needed.

Lessons are conducted via Zoom or Skype.

(1) Conversational Japanese

-- Output what you are learning in the apps (Duolingo, DROPS, etc.)

-- Casual/Polite control

-- Increase vocabulary with podcast

-- Intonation control with drama scripts

-- Learn words and phrases you didn't know in free conversation

(2) Business Japanese

-- Job interviews preparation

-- Presentation preparation

-- Resolve communication issues in your daily work

-- Read articles related to the industry in which you currently work and exchange ideas

-- Using textbooks, practice common business expressions and honorific/humble expressions

(3) Japanese for certification exams

-- JLPT preparation. You will use the textbook of "TRY!" series. In my lessons, you will not only work on each item, but also go over how to use them in real situations. Remember that the key to passing the JLPT is how much you can study on your own. There are many JLPT textbooks published, so try to tackle as many exam questions as possible.

-- BJT preparation. You will use the BJT textbooks. Depending on your target level and length of study, we will decide which parts to study. You will not only work on each item, but also go over how to use them in real business situations.

(4) Japanese in specific fields (IT, Sports, Music, Movies, Traditional culture, Medical science, Marketing etc.)

-- The lessons will be tailor-made to fit your needs, goals and interests.

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