Oct 10, 2016
This was my first lesson with Umi. I want to practice conversational Japanese to force myself to use vocabulary and grammar that I'm studying. Umi guided conversation and was very patient with me. She asked what I want from lessons with her and catered to my needs. Although she speaks and understands English, Umi explained everything in Japanese for me at my level, which is very good practice. She is very easy to talk to and gives great followup feedback as well. I will take more lessons with her in the future! Thanks Umi :)
Sep 9, 2016
Umi's continual use of Japanese was very helpful -- ie, she did not switch to English -- which forced me to continue to try to speak in Japanese. This is exactly what I need, even though it isn't easy! Umi is persistent, yet encouraging.
Jun 24, 2016
Umi sensei is very friendly and easy to talk to. Materials are given in advance and thorough feedback is given after the lesson.
May 29, 2016
Umi sensei was gentle and patient as usual. I really enjoyed speaking with her; we shared a lot of topic. Japanese is hard but I got encouraged and motivation from Umi sense
May 25, 2016
Umi-sensei is always very patient and kind. It's very easy to converse with her about many things. She matches her level to that of the student and lets the student do most of the talking. She always provides very helpful and extensive feedback notes after the lesson. I've found her great for improving my conversational Japanese. Highly recommend for intermediate and above.
May 19, 2016
This lesson was a thought of fun! I'm a beginner student, and have a difficult time constructing sentences. I've been focusing on conjugating verbs, but still can't bridge together sentences. Umi先生 introduced key grammar that I can use in daily conversation! All the grammar points that she introduced were easy to understand, and allowed me to create a *ton* of useful sentences⭐︎! I'm so excited to practice what I learned today! Umi先生 was very patience, and easy to get along with. Because of this, I wasn't as nervous as I usually feel, and could focus more on the lesson materials. ^^ Thank you!
May 18, 2016
Umi was very kind. She was able to help me learn new hings that I had just began on my own, but hadn't gotten very far with. She sent documents before the lesson for us to study from and used her own personal documents as we were going through the lesson. She didn't seem like she minded how basic my Japanese was and was willing to work with me from exactly where I was at.
May 10, 2016
The lesson with Umi-sensei was great as usual! I'm looking forward to our next lesson!
May 3, 2016
The lessons with Umi-sensei are 素晴らしい. She's pleasant and easy to talk to and I always look forward to our conversation! The follow-up is not only perfect but fun as well since Umi-sensei always writes a nice story about the conversation we just had.
Apr 26, 2016
This was my second lesson with Umi-sensei. It was really fun and challenging to talk in Japanese about what I did last week! Umi-sensei guided me through the grammar and challenged me to re-use the grammar. As I wrote previously, she's very gentle and supportive. I can really depend on Umi-sensei.
Apr 19, 2016
Umi-sensei was very kind even though I was nervous, and helped me keep the conversation going. It was fun talking about a subject I like in Japanese! I look forward to taking lessons with her again.
Apr 17, 2016
It's always exciting to meet someone for the first time. I felt really insecure about my Japanese skills. However, because of Umi-sensei's gentle approach and patience I soon felt comfortable. Umi-sensei could explain the grammar in a way I can understand. I made a lot of mistakes, but she was very supportive. I really recommend Umi-sensei as a teacher to beginners, both children and adults.
Mar 28, 2016
This is my first time speak Japanese , Yumiko-san is able to guide me to speak Japanese without stress,
She is also patient and nicely, The lesson is definitely recommended to beginner who don't have chance to speak Japanese in daily life.
Feb 3, 2016
I have taken the "Japanese Free Talking for Intermediate and Advanced" with Umi-sensei for several weeks, and she is a great tutor and very nice person! I highly recommend her to anyone with intermediate to advanced Japanese looking to practice Japanese conversation. (I'm sure she is also good with beginners.) She is particularly excellent with followup and sends all of the vocabulary that has been reviewed during the lesson, making it easier to review this material later.
Jan 21, 2016
Umi sensei was very patient and gentle. The time passed very quickly when i was learning. The after lesson's feedback was useful too.
Jan 20, 2016
For me, I felt like there was a serious lack of "interaction" or "communication" going on, which I found to be a bit strange and uncomfortable. Of course a student needs and wants speaking time, but the student does not want to feel that they are speaking to someone who is mute. When someone tells me anything personal, I ask some questions about some of the things they are mentioning. Also, I felt there were too many cases of the teacher not getting what I was saying, despite much background information being given for the situation and/or story. Sometimes I asked for clarification of a question from the teacher, which to me was ambiguous or demonstrative of misunderstanding, but I got no clarification or explanation.
Nov 6, 2015
I would like to thank Umi-san. She is a very humble person and a good teacher. Very easy to talk with her. And her english is really good and helps a lot in explanation of the lessons. I had a couple of lessons with her. She allows me to read a lot and keeps correcting my mistakes. She provides me with post-class report with the points of my weakness and advices for the next lesson. Can't wait to learn more from her lessons. ありがとうございます。
Nov 1, 2015
Umi is very kind teacher. And she also gave me many good suggestions.
Aug 26, 2015
I have not left a review lately, but I have been studying with Yumiko sensei for some weeks now. She has resourceful resources to show her students and is a very good teacher. I would highly recommend this class for anyone doing self study. Being able to study with a teacher has boosted my confidence in Japanese a lot. I'm still not very good, but I feel I'm learning a lot. Thanks Yumiko sensei I wish you the best.
Aug 24, 2015
Umi-sensei has a professional attitude and send me a very detailed sump up of the lesson. She can cater to your level and explain or translate in English when there is a problem.