yasu's Teacher Profile
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I had a relatively intensive online class with Yoshida-sensei (3 times/week). He is very approachable and lessons do not necessarily have to be textbook based. We usually have some impromptu conversations which allows me to put into practice the Japanese learned. He has very interesting personal stories and I would highly recommend him.
He is really great at tailoring his approach to meet my needs. I had been studying beginner level Japanese from different apps and books for several years, but I hadn't really internalized most of what I had learned yet. I needed someone who could help me use what I had been studying in real conversations, so that's how our lessons have been structured. Yoshida-sensei is so great at figuring out exactly what I can understand and what I can't and matching the level of our conversation to what I'm ready for. After each lesson I feel a little both successful and stretched to grow a bit more. He's also very patient. Sometimes I'm really slow when I'm trying to remember a word or compose a sentence using a grammar structure that I haven't mastered yet. He always patiently waits for me to get there, celebrates when I get it right, and corrects me when I get it wrong. Being able to slow down like that has built my confidence and that has actually helps me get faster again as I get more practice with a particular grammar structure. I definitely recommend him as a teacher!