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I am passionate about teaching Japanese, and would love to help you meet your language goals! I help students by listening to their aims, setting their goals, motivating students depending on their levels and introducing current and interesting topics in addition to their textbooks. I often assist students outside of lessons by e-mail, and love to teach via Skype to help busy people learn Japanese.

I have been teaching Japanese for 25 years, here and abroad. As a professional teacher, I've taught beginning to advanced students, privately, and at universities such as Harvard, The Ohio State University, Indiana University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Hawaii. My students include business people (Microsoft, Boston Scientific, Bosch, IBM), State Department candidates, military officers, spouses, college students and younger children. While my specialty is working with learners to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), I have also helped people learn survival-level Japanese ahead of a business trip, taught specialized vocabulary to land an internship, and helped anime and manga fans better enjoy those popular Japanese arts. The variety of teaching experiences I have had means that I adapt easily to your goal. I am used to working with a variety of students and textbooks, so it is no problem for me to switch between a first-timer learning simple greetings and an advanced student working on complex kanji constructions. Let me help you achieve your goal!

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Mari’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: University of Hawaii - Bachelor in Arts, Linguistics

Graduate Degree: The Ohio State University - Master of Arts, East Asian Languages and Literatures


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