Message from Your Japanese Tutor, Ayana

Hello all,

I hope you and your family are doing well.
Since isolation started in New Zealand, currently I am offering lessons via Zoom.
I love my job and am committed to my students. I think for children and teenagers, continuing to take Japanese lessons can bring back a bit of that normal, everyday routine even though there is no school during this time.
For adult learners, it can provide a welcome distraction from all of the COVID-19 news coming at us all the time. I have chosen to distract myself by learning to improve my cooking, though shopping is difficult, so I have to get creative!
Do you know the Japanese proverb “波乱万丈(はらんばんじょう)”haranbanjyou” ? It means “full of ups and downs”.
This is a time that is full of ups and downs for everyone, but It will get better. One day this will all be history. In the meantime, please stay safe and well. Once this situation gets back to normal, I will start offering lessons in person again in Glenfield!
See you online for now.

Thank you for taking my lessons.  It is a pleasure to teach every single one of you.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. Can you give me an idea of your teaching process ?

A1. The teaching process varies depending on the students level and goals. Some fluent students will practice listening, writing essay and speaking as well as weekly vocab test.

Example 1 (Beginner )

  • Study Japanese characters. (2 rows per week)
  • Vocab test (5 – 10 words per week)
  • a few grammar point each lesson.

Example 2 (Intermediate)

  • A short essay writing including new grammar points
  • N4 /N3 level listening test
  • Speaking practice (topic is different each week)

Example 3 (Advanced)

  • 作文
  • N1 or N2 level 文法&Listening
  • kanji test
  • Speaking practice (discussion topic is different each week)

You can check my website.

Q2. Will I will need to purchase materials?

If you take my lessons weekly, you do not need to buy materials. I will provide you a photo copy or send you the materials via email.  If you are a beginner and would like to have a text book, Genki text book will be good to start with. You can purchase at Auckland Uni book store or online.  

Q3. What is the timeline you believe it will take to become fluent?

A3. I am not sure timeline because it all depending on individuals. Many factors involves such as how much you put your effort into your learning and how often take lessons as well as constantly output your learning.

Hmm if you think about JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) exam, N1 is the fluent level. If you start with absolute beginner and study 1 year for N5 level and pass and move on to the next level, it will takes 5 years to be in N1 level which is fluent level. Probably, it takes 3-5 years. (around 2,000 hours of study)

Q4. I am a shift worker so will need some flexibility with tutor dates and times. My roster each week is different so I will not be able to commit to the same time and date every week, is it possible?

A4. Yes, you can inform me when you would like to book. We will work out when our schedule works out. You can check my current availability click here.

Q5. Where do you do your Japanese lessons?

A5. I offer my lesson in Glenfield (home office) or online Zoom. If you can not come to Glenfield NorthShore, I suggest to have lesson at your home using Zoom. For more detail click/download  Online Japanese Lesson information.