Chiharu M. - Experienced Japanese/ESL Tutor with a Master's Degree

Coastal Carolina Chiharu M. Tutors Coastal Carolina University Students in Conway, SC
$100 / hr
San Antonio, TX
5 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
Hi, I'm Chiharu, and I was a top 10% Wyzant tutor in 2019 and 2020. I am originally from Kyoto, Japan, and I speak both Japanese and English. I was an EFL teacher at private high schools in Japan for several years before I came to the US to get a master's degree in TESOL. I had an opportunity to start my teaching career in the United States soon after I got the degree, and I have been a teacher in the US since then.

My teaching experiences are mostly in a classroom setting at colleges, la...
As a beginner learning Japanese, Chiharu was incredibly kind, patient and thorough in her teachings. Although we used the Genki textbook during our lessons, she always went on to explain more about the subject and why the way things were. She made sure that I understood what was being taught and what would be expected in the future if you ever go to Japan or speak Japanese in real world scenarios. She made the sessions incredibly fun because she has an easygoing personality, which makes learning Japanese with her enjoyable. We worked on grammar, vocabulary and practiced having conversations which enabled me to say that with a bit more hard work I can be confident in my Japanese communication skills thanks to Chiharu! I was always looking forward to the sessions because learning with Chiharu was the best. No questions were ever left unanswered, I highly recommend her as a tutor for anyone trying to start learning or wanting to brush up on their Japanese.
- Kavon R. from Gwynn Oak, MD
Chiharu-sensei has been of tremendous help to me since our first lesson. Having spent some time in Japan, I had learned some of the basics of Japanese but had also picked up a number of bad habits. Chiharu-sensei has been thoughtful, patient, and thorough in helping me correct these issues. She's help me engage in the study of Nihongo in a really meaningful way, and she brings much experience, humor, and diligence to our lessons. Always finding ways to engage me on my level, she's helped put difficult grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and speech styles in context so that I may utilize them more naturally going forward. Classes are always fun, challenging, geared to my needs as well as sensitive to my schedule. It has been my tremendous pleasure to study under Chiharu-sensei. I look forward to continuing my lessons with her in the years ahead.
- Alex K. from Boston, MA
Chiharu Sensei is an excellent instructor, who manages to juggle the complex task of introducing several writing systems, vocabulary, grammar, and mixing it together into natural sentences, all for a language that is notoriously difficult for a foreigner to learn. I was speaking full, albeit simple sentences, in my first lesson, and creating my own by the next week! On top of being highly-capable at transmitting information, she manages to make lessons enjoyable as well. I've yet to have a single lesson that feels overly serious, and she treats me as a student, rather than a paycheck. Finally, she is quite flexible as a teacher, allowing me to go at my own pace, giving suggestions on what I should do to achieve my goals with the language, and giving recommendations beyond the bare minimum her job requires. For anyone unsure about going to her for tutoring, let me put aside any doubts, she will not disappoint.
- Alexander T. from Boerne, TX
Chiharu has been an excellent tutor. I can go at my own pace and feel like I?m making good progress.
- Alberto H. from San Antonio, TX
Taking lessons with Chiharu has been an incredible experience! I had tried to self-teach for months through various apps and textbooks, but after just a few weeks of lessons with her I really started to feel things clicking into place. She is happy to answer any questions you have and tailors lessons so that you get exactly what you?re looking for. It?s not just going through a textbook, lessons with her truly feel like a personal experience! On top of all of that she is incredibly kind, accommodating, and fun! If you?re wanting to learn Japanese I couldn?t possibly think of a better instructor!
- Kerry S. from Austin, TX
The lesson today was very enjoyable and fun! I always feel like I'm improving after each lesson! I thought it was very funny, how do you say the dog feeder!
- Brandon C. from San Antonio, TX
I took Genki 1 & 2 Elementary Japanese with Chiharu. She is a great tutor. She is friendly, knowledgeable, patient, and prepares for her lessons well. She is very familiar with the Genki textbooks. She takes the time to write a summary of each lesson and to grade each homework. I learned a lot in my Japanese tutoring in preparation of moving to Japan. Highly recommended tutor!
- Tom G. from Ann Arbor, MI
I had fun! I got to speak and laugh, more importantly learn! I can?t wait for the next lesson and complete the assignments.
- Sean V. from San Antonio, TX
My 17yr old daughter has just finished her first lesson with Chiharu. She was very nervous because she didn?t know what to expect.., she is very shy. Chiharu was AMAZING with her! The lesson was well planned out and kept her engaged and able to follow along. My daughter can?t wait to take the next lesson.. Which means she felt very comfortable with her.. A BIG thank you from both of us Miss Chiharu for making the journey of learning Japanese an exciting one!
- Kellie B. from Las Vegas, NV
Chiharu is always so patient and understanding with the learning curve. Japanese is just so different but she takes the time to see how I learn best and gears lessons towards my style. She always makes sure that when I leave, I know I?ve at least accomplished and grown in certain areas. This way it always leaves me feeling like I can really do this!!!
- Amber U. from San Antonio, TX
Although we have just started our lessons, I am extremely grateful for her time and patience. I've never had a tutor before but I am glad I decided to message Chiharu-San.
- Jade F. from Tucson, AZ
Chiharu is very sweet! She made me feel comfortable as soon as I met her. Chiharu is patient with my learning of Hiragana and Katakana characters. I absolutely loved the lesson!
- Monica M. from San Antonio, TX
Chiharu M. Has really helped me understand some beginner Japanese and is very patient and understanding. I enjoyed her style of tutoring with a mix of dialogue and workbook pages.
- Sarah K. from San Antonio, TX
Chiharu-sensei is extremely knowledgeable on her subject. She gives excellent instruction, and easily explains the reasoning behind the concepts. Her cross-cultural fluency is really helpful for me as an American studying Japanese. She is able to be both easygoing and focused at the same time, which is really helpful when stepping outside of one's comfort zone in trying to learn a foreign language. I feel challenged yet comfortable when working with her. Highly recommended!
- Michael W. from Seattle, WA
Chiharu's classes are amazing. The classes are structured well, she's always answering our questions, and she sets a good pace for our skill level. We hope to take many more classes with her.
- Katie Jo T. from Van Nuys, CA
I attempted to learn Japanese independently but quickly realized that I needed guidance and structure. After reading many rave reviews, I signed up for tutoring lessons with Chiharu. Chiharu is genuinely invested in each lesson and adapts well to individual needs. She is a native Japanese speaker, but she is fluent in English, so she is able to explain the nuances of Japanese in a way that is easy to understand. She has been introducing and reviewing concepts at a speed that is perfect for me, and she also uses a great balance of Japanese and English in our conversations to smoothly immerse me in the language without making me feel overwhelmed. Her personality is great, and lessons with her feel like I am studying with a friend!
- Rachel L. from San Antonio, TX
I was at first a bit hesitant to do online lessons. Previously, I had a one-on-one (in home) tutor for 10 months of basic Japanese. I had also completed half of the Rosetta Stone course. Once my earlier teacher left, I thought I would start with a native speaker, and boy am I glad I have. In just 6 weeks of working with Chiharu once or twice a week my understanding of Japanese -- as well as my conversational skills -- have improved exponentially more than in all previous Japanese studies. Chiharu is a great teacher, patient, engaging and supportive (i.e., don't be scared!). There is no substitute for speaking one on one in Japanese with a native speaker, and the on line format is a snap. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to begin, continue or improve their language skills.
- Scott S. from Charlotte, NC
I have been studying with Chiharu and she has been a great tutor so far! She is quite knowledgeable and fun to talk to. She always has a positive attitude and approaches me with encouragement. She has also referred me to various useful materials to help my studying and always answers any messages I send throughout the week in a diligent manner. I highly recommend Chiharu if you want to learn or re-learn Japanese.
- Joe C. from San Antonio, TX
This is my first time ever doing any kind of tutoring. Chiharu started with trying to make me feel comfortable and asked many questions on my goals and hopes for learning Japanese. She?s very encouraging, and goes at a perfect pace; giving you information about certain cultural things or common vs uncommon uses. I?m so excited for my next lesson. If you?re like me and just want to learn Japanese because it?s an amazing language, Chiharu sensei is the one to go to!
- Tabra B. from Portland, OR
Ms. Chiharu helped my son Justin at our request of last minute and late evening like 11 pm. She reviewed Justin?s essay and provided comments in an hour and she followed up to ensure my son got it. We were so grateful of her accommodation to our request at this circumstance. Thanks a lot. My son will definitely continue to have Ms. Chiharu as his Japanese tutor. Once again, thanks a lot!
- James S. from Basking Ridge, NJ
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