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People want to learn Japanese for a variety of reasons. Some want to enjoy undiluted anime, meaning they don’t want the language dubbed or to have to read subtitles. Others are entranced with all things Japanese – from elaborate food and drink serving rituals to the ethereal geisha.
You may want to experience life as an English teacher in Japan, or perhaps you have signed up for a rotation to your company’s Kyoto or Osaka office – both excellent reasons to learn Japanese even though you will most likely have a support team to help you over the language barrier, at least initially.
Or maybe you just want to travel to Japan to see those lovely cherry blossoms for yourself.
Whatever reason you have to learn Japanese, taking lessons with a tutor online is a great way to start!
Online learning offers a level of flexibility, privacy and comfort that you could never achieve in a classroom.
Consider that most people who take lessons online do so from their home or some other place they feel comfortable in. Now, add to that the fact that any discomfort over public speaking – the main reason that students do not speak up in class is eliminated when taking lessons online and you have one of the best reasons for taking online classes.
By the way: the fear of speaking out in class is prevalent when learning any subject but especially so when studying a new language. That is why so many language learners excel at grammar and spelling but do less well in speaking and listening in their new language.
The comfort and ease of online lessons are complemented by the time advantages they offer.
You don’t have to rush off to class and you don’t have to make sure that your house is clean before your tutor comes over. Your class schedule is not set in stone – no other student group needs to occupy the room after you do and no administration will set hours on when the learning facilities will be open.
In short: once you and your online tutor agree to the best days and times to meet, you’re all set!
Obviously, the best place to start is with a qualified instructor and suitable learning materials. Ideally, you would find an online teacher who is bilingual or a native speaker of Japanese, who has some experience in language teaching and who has an assortment of teaching materials.
Also, you would want the best value for your money. Easier said than done, right?
Many prospective students worry that taking online lessons means they have no way of knowing whether online teachers are qualified to teach, have any experience teaching or, for that matter, that said teacher even teaches ‘universal’ Japanese, as opposed to teaching one of Japan’s many dialects. A traditional school would have systems in place to vet teachers; to examine their credentials, contact past employers and maybe even subject teachers to an exam. Some online learning platforms also verify credentials before activating any tutor’s profile.
Superprof goes the extra mile by providing space for each Japanese tutor to detail their qualifications and teaching experience; there is even room for other students to give feedback on their teacher.
To be sure you get the ideal measure of knowledge, experience and value, you should look for Japanese lessons online through qualified teaching platforms such as Superprof rather than through adverts.
Contrary to traditional learning, in a classroom with other students and teacher-led instruction, online lessons are primarily driven by the students’ motivation.
The classroom setup we all know tends to pitch the learner as more of a follower and fellow students as competitors/allies. The teacher leads the charge, as it were, by introducing new material and initiating activities; assigning homework and monitoring students’ progress.
If you are taking one-on-one lessons online, rather than the teacher leading the instruction, you would be in the driver’s seat. How you work with the materials presented to you by your teacher, how much further you explore Japanese language and culture independently – through films, books and podcasts, is entirely up to you.
Students taking Japanese lessons online should spend more time delving into resources they’ve found for themselves and dedicate more time to their studies because they know that how well and how fast they learn is really up to them. Nobody will drive them.
You might say that, in a sense, your online Japanese teacher is more of a guide: s/he won’t stand over your shoulder, making sure you write each kana correctly or spend more than the allotted lesson time on your studies.
We’ve already mentioned a few advantages – flexibility and comfort, but there are several other reasons for learning Japanese online with a tutor.
The classroom setup has one major flaw: teachers must accommodate all students. In a lot of ways, that is a good and reasonable aspect of group learning but it can have a negative effect, especially for language learning.
Imagine that you are adept at learning Japanese but most of the other students in class don’t pick up on it quite so quickly. Certainly, there is no shame or blame placed on those students but you might want lessons that can run as fast as you do.
Even if you are taking Japanese lessons in class, you may want a Japanese tutor.
You might not have much chance to speak Japanese in class but with a tutor online you get to speak as much as you want! And you can delve deeper into Japanese culture with a tutor than you could in class because tutors don’t mind taking detours off their lesson plan – something teachers are, in most cases, not allowed to do.
So, are you ready for online Japanese lessons?
You can discuss directly with your tutor via email or phone. Their contact details are in the left-hand column of the lesson request page. You can then decide with your teacher on the preferred format of classes.
There are a number of possibilities:
A number of tools allow you to exchange via audio and video, as well as to share your screen or your tablet.
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The average price for online japanese lessons is £14.
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97% of tutors offer their first lesson for free.
Online classes are on average 20% less expensive than face-to-face classes.
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With so many of our connections being formed and maintained via online channels, online learning is becoming more and more popular with students.
It’s easy since both students and teachers have already mastered the digital tools that are used to facilitate online lessons.
It’s safe, simple and convenient. Wherever you are, you can connect with a teacher suited to your needs in just a few clicks.
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