1 minute Video testimonial from Bash-san and Brooklyn-san
I helped many students to pass Japanese exam!
Testimonials from past and current students.
Q1. What do you like about my lesson? Your combine a friendly and personal approach with a strong work ethic. Your explanations are clear and grounded in expert knowledge of the language. The programme is sensitive to my needs and based in a context of Japanese culture and customs.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? My rate of learning has increased significantly under your guidance-especially in speaking and listening. I am now very motivated to improve.
Q3. What do you like about my homework checking? Your write explanations and examples where it is clear I haven’t understood a pint. You discuss and check my understanding. You follow up with work where necessary. Ｑ4. How likely is it that you recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague? Absolutely! I very highly recommend you as a tutor! I enjoy your teaching style and engaging manner. – Trevor Jan 2021 –
Q1. What do you like about my lesson? I liked the variety and how different tools were utilised. eg. powerpoints, tests, reading, writing. It definitely challenged me, especially the writing!! You would always explain things clearly as well.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? I can definitely read a lot more kanji than I could before starting the lessons.
Q3. What do you like about my homework checking? It was always done very quickly and it was helpful going through it at the start of the next lesson. Ｑ4. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague? I would absolutely recommend!! You are a great teacher and I hope to be able to return when my life has settled down! Thank you for everything. – Emi Jan 2020 –
Q1. What did you like about my lesson? The flexibility of the lessons. We can have suggestion of what we want to learn in lesson or ask about things we are interested in.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? Good impact – without lessons my Japanese would not have improved at all – especially speaking. – Jenny (A Pair Lesson) March 2020 –
Q1. What do you like about my lesson? I like that the lessons are full of really useful and relevant material, and that the lesson and homework pace is individually suited. It has been very useful to have less work on wheels that I am busy, but can then make up for it with more work on other weeks.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? I have gone form only knowing a few words to confidently answering job interview questions in Japanese and can hold reasonable basic conversations. Ｑ3. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague? Very likely! – Kieran Oct 2019 –
Q1. What do you like about my lesson? You are a great teacher- gentle, patient and encouraging. Arigatou gozaimasu. Ayana san.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? As I started from scratch it has given me a good grounding in the basics. – female friends who plan to go to Japan Oct 2019 –
Q1. What do you like about my lesson? The Japanese lessons with Ayana sensei are a perfect mix of teaching & testing at a perfect pace. It is always enjoyable and we both look forward to the fund and friendly style.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? We have gone from having no Japanese to enjoying very basic TV shows. We find ourselves able to figure out what is being said even if it hasn’t been taught, as it is covered by grammar basics. Ｑ3. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague? Very likely. We have thoroughly enjoyed at! – Professional Couples who plan to go to Japan Aug 2019 – for more detail Success Story#3 ; We are enjoying very basic TV shows!
Q1. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? – I like that it is easy to follow.
– I like that I was able to learn all the basics to help me continue further on my own.
– I enjoyed the sentence structures. (Past, Present and future etc)
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? It has helped me to understand the correct way of learning.
Q3. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague? Very likely. I think your classes are great and will help those who want to learn – Jessie July 2019 –
Q1. What type of lesson do you take? What do you like about my lesson? – Online Zoom
The lessons are extremely fun and creative! I also love how flexible the lesson structures are and how I can focus on specific areas of Japanese that I am more interested in such as speaking and listening. Teacher Ayana is very patient and encouraging which has always made learning Japanese very enjoyable for me.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? I feel a lot more comfortable speaking and writing in Japanese. I also know a lot more words and more natural ways of saying / speaking in Japanese. I can now read comics in Japanese and understand at least 80% of the content.Q3. What do you like about my homework checking? I think it’s very useful to go over my homework with me and make sure I can understand where I went wrong and what should be the correct answer. Ｑ4.How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague?Extremely likely. – Elizabeth July 2019 –
Q1. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? The class are very helpful in giving me all the help I need with homework as well as many homework in vocab and grammar.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? It have improved my grammar and vocab during this class.
Q3. What do you like about my proof-reading or homework checking? You give new ways of adding more to my essays and speeches. Q4. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague? Very likely as I have a lot of friends who are going to learn Japanese – Eeshan July 2019. –
Q1. What type of lesson do you take? Online and face to face weekly.
Q2. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? I like that your lessons are not only formal and professional, but are also easy to relax and study without worry in.
Q3. What impact has it had on your Japanese? A significant and positive one. My Japanese would never be where it is today without these lessons.
Q4. What do you like about my writing support service? Very very helpful. I would not be able to communicate with my exchange partner at all without your writing support. – Thomas (high school student) – 2018. Aug
Q1. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? – Very clear and interesting Power Point slides.
– Ayana sensei always finds out more information about any questions. You may have if she doesn’t know the answer straight away.
– Lots of useful sheets/information handouts/printouts.
– Good mixture of writing and speaking exercises.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? Better knowledge of grammar points and different kanji meanings.
Q3. What do you like about my proof-reading or homework checking? highlighting errors and giving you a chance to try figure out why its wrong.
Q4. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague?
100%. Very nice environment and easy to understand in terms of her teaching methods. Very enjoyable lessons. – Kassidy – 2019. April
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? The teacher is very friendly and sweet. There is a wide range of learning resources used, such as videos, textbooks, which aid with all components (reading, speaking, writing and listening). The one-one-one lesson style is beneficial as I feel more comfortable in that environment.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? A magnificent impact. I am able to read hiragana and katakana fluently. I am also able to understand some Japanese speech and songs which has made me enjoy it even more. I’ve also learnt a lot about Japanese culture and traditions which will prepare me for when I go on exchange.
Although I still have a long way to go in terms of ability, I am 100% enjoying this learning journey. – Kylie (high school student) – 2018. March
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? There are many things that I liked, one of the main ones was the environment and friendliness of my tutor. When I did not understand or couldn’t not remember vocabulary or phrases, she was very encouraging.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? It has definitely improved my Japanese quite a lot over the short time that I have tutoring classes before my first exam for IB. It has also improved my confidence while doing past papers and my use of the languages as a whole.
Q3. What did you like about online proof reading services? The service was very very quick, I was very happy with how soon I got my paper back all proofread. I also liked how easy it was to send you my document then receive it, it was very good at how simple and easy it was – no hassle!
– Bianca (high school student) – 2017. November
Q1. What did you like about my lesson? Very helpful. Found it much easier having someone who could help me with the problems I was having when I could talk face to face with them.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? It has help improve my grades and made me feel much more confident when I was in class.
Q3. What did you like about my writing support for your school assignment? Found it very helpful as it made me understand what I was writing. Made it easier for me to be able to have other ideas from Ayana. – Brooklyn (Level 1 NCEA Japanese) – 2017. November For more detail click Success Story#1 ; High School Student.
【Her parent’s message】2018. Jun
We just wanted to let you know that with your wonderful tutoring Brooklyn received a Merit Endorsement for her Japanese NCEA exam, a great achievement as she was seriously struggling with Japanese before she had your assistance.
Thank you so much for all your help, and we will highly recommend you as a tutor to anyone who needs assistance with their Japanese!
With Kind Regards
Q1. What did you like about my Japanese lesson? It was always easy to ask questions and you were always willing to answer them. It was always easy to contact you if I ever had something to ask, also you are a friendly teacher.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? I’ve improved a lot both grammatically and in vocabulary. I also learn a lot of cultural points in my lessons too. I’ve also become more confident in speaking.
Q3. What did you like about my writing support service for your school assignment?
You would help me write, not write for me. The language used was always language that I could understand, so I learn a lot from the writing support too. -Cindy-
Q1. What type of lesson do you take? Japanese one-on-one.
Q2. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? Everything was well planned, the goals we set were our focus throughout the lessons and you were very patient with me!
Q3. What impact has it had on your Japanese?
I feel that I have gotten clarification on certain points of vocabulary and grammar that I was unable to understand by myself. I feel more ease with my speaking.
Q4. What do you like about my writing support service?
The kanji that you introduced to me were at a good level and often had the same radicals as others that I remember.
– リアノン (Auckland University Student) – 2018. Sept
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? ◆ Lots of examples / practice
Q2. How will you use your Japanese skills that you have learned through my lesson? To travel to Japan
– Cami – 2018. Nov
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? Working on pronunciation asking specific questions relating to my trip.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? more confidence speaking Japanese
– Brendan Kyle – 2018. Feb
Q1. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? I like that the lessons are always different and I am learning many new things every week. I like that you are very patient with me, and always encouraging me to get the correct answer. I also appreciate that you set me homework and check it promptly every week.Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? I feel that my writing and grammar has improved, and I have learned many new vocabularies. Q3. How likely is it that you would recommend my lesson to a friend or colleague?
If I have an opportunity, I will definitely recommend your lessons to other learners of Japanese. – J.I 2019 Jan-
Q1. What type of lesson do you take? Weekly one to one.Q2. What do you like about my Japanese lesson? – Lesson were always well prepared and personalised for my needs. I received guidance and encouragement. – to keep learning Japanese in order to reach my goal.Q3. What impact has it had on your Japanese? Through lessons with Ayana san, I gained more confidence in speaking Japanese. I feel ready to take an interview in Japanese, which seemed impossible by myself.
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? It was very structured and the worksheets you made were helpful.
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? I have learnt quicker and remembered more.
– V.C (12 year old) – 2017. September
What did you like about taking my Skype lesson? Skype feedback:
Shared screen is convenient, but stability of wifi can cause some troubles like hearing difficulties etc.
Overall online lesson is not as good as normal lessons but share screen on internet is a good way of learningbecause I can see my mistakes and errors very clearly, saves time when you correct it and type the right answer.
– I.J (High School Student who are doing IB ) – 2017 October
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? あやな先生のレッスンは、レッスンの内容が私の条件を満たすことが好きでした。例えば、私の漢字の知識が下がったら、会話や文法や聴解の能力とバランスがとれるまで、漢字が中心になりました。色々な課題とマスメデイアから、教科書や新聞記事やユーチューブを使ったレッスンも好きでした。(I liked the way the lesson contents evolved over time to respond to my areas that needed improvement. That way when for example my Kanji knowledge was behind, we focused on Kanji until it was in balance with the rest of my language learning. I also liked the way we covered a wide range of topics and a wide range of media, from textbooks to news articles to YouTube videos.)
Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? あやな先生のレッスンを受けて、私の日本語の能力はかなり上がったと思います。特に、私の日本語会話でもっと自信があります。間違えるたびに、文法などの説明から日本語を深く分かりました。それで、変な癖がでる前に、自然と話し方をやり直すことができました。(I think it has a considerable impact on my Japanese and improving it all areas. I think this has improved my confidence in speaking particularly. I have understood Japanese better through receiving explanations when I made a mistake. That way I fixed mistakes before they become habits.) – S.T – 2017 June
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? I very much enjoyed your teachings. I appreciated that you were able to slow down or speed up depending on my progress. I also liked the fact that you would put in effort to clarify any questions that I had. Overall, very enjoyable. 楽しかった！ Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese? My Japanese has progressed to where I now have a fundamental understanding of how 日本語 is structured in terms of sentences and past and present tense verbs. I can now understand simple sentences in TV shows and reading. Again, very enjoyable because of the fact that I can see my progress through my hobbies. -Edward- 2017 May
Q1. What did you like about taking my lesson? You were very pleasant to work with. The lessons were well structured and well thought out. It was nice having homework. Q2. What impact has it had on your Japanese?I had a wonderful time in Japan. It was great being able to communicate a little in Japanese. I found that I didn’t get an opportunity to do this though with academics who spoke quite good English. But it really helped with travelling around and I did do a little bit of the introduction. I think my talk went quite well. -University Professor- 2017 June
“I had 6-7 lessons with Ayana in advance of a holiday I had planned to Japan. I had never been to Japan before and had no previous experience with the language. My aim was to learn some basic conversational Japanese to make my trip more enjoyable, and Ayana tailored her lessons to suit my requirements perfectly. I found Ayana to be a great teacher and the Japanese that I learnt contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable time in Japan.” -Shane (Development Manager, Arcus Property Limited)- Feburary 2017
“I am very happy with Ayana sensei’s teaching approach. It is invaluable to have a teacher who can explain the concepts of the language in English and provide feedback on specific questions. Overall I believe I have made much more progress taking tutoring than from group classes.”-Sean (Top University Student)-
“Ayana is an excellent teacher, she is extremely knowledgeable, attentive, and she really takes the time to make sure you understand the grammar. I like that she does not teach from a standardised curriculum but rather caters her lessons towards the individual needs/ requests of her students. Since she is a native speaker I feel that she is able to teach the language from a more practical perspective. I look forward to continuing lessons with her and improving my Japanese.” -Martin (Developer)-
“We first contacted Ayana for Japanese tutoring for our 15 year old son, in the spring of 2014. He was doing the Cambridge International Japanese IGCSE at one of the top schools in Auckland but was struggling and only achieved a grade of 58% in his Term 1 Japanese exam….Read more” -From the happy parents
“As a working professional who is studying Japanese for a hobby, Aya has been extremely accommodating to my study needs. Our sessions are geared toward my personal interests which involves learning both casual, spoken Japanese, as well as polite, structured Japanese. The learning materials we use are also tailored to my everyday interaction with Japanese people. For example, my email correspondence are sometimes used as teaching material to improve my reading and writing skills. One of the strongest reason for my recommendation is Aya’s command of English which has been exceptionally helpful when explaining nuances or teasing out idiosyncrasies between English and Japanese. I couldn’t be happier with Aya’s service. ” -Billy Wu (Clinical Data Manager, Master of Public Health)-