- 19 years in business
- 178 hires on Thumbtack
"The best part about her lessons, is that she makes the grammar and vocabulary from the textbook "come to life". Often when learning a language, it can be difficult reconcile the straightforward grammar from textbooks with how the language is commonly used, but not so with her. I always leave our sessions with an improved understanding of how native speakers actually use the language which helps me better express myself and understand others in practical applications. She is also very skilled at teaching conceptual matter and through conversations, making sure I understand why a particular aspect of the language and culture is such. Often she will ask questions using differing grammar and vocabulary which poses a fun challenge to help me understand the nuances and subtle differences between similar constructions. By coaching me to reproduce more complex and creative statements, I feel I'm learning to truly "use" the language and not simply repeat constructions according to a formula. This is important because the JLPT does require that you infer quite a bit of information from context which can be indicated by how the speaker chooses to phrase a particular sentence. Her demeanor is fun, friendly, and exciting and it's easy to become enthusiastic about the material and our progress during classes. Regarding JLPT preparation, she knows how the tests work and helps me navigate the format and how to avoid any potential pitfalls.Any JLPT practice work I have done so far feels easy due to how thorough her instruction of the material is. Anyone could buy a textbook and maybe memorize grammar, but with her tutelage you acquire a sense of ownership over your skills and therefore as your communication ability improves, you begin to produce and understand the language organically. Bottom line, if you want to truly cultivate ACTUAL ability in the Japanese language for both testing and practical application, I can’t recommend her highly enough!"