Limited to 2 students only:
Japanese Language and Cultural Tutor Lessons
for expats in Central Tokyo!
The co-partner of Acima Corporation is personally providing Japanese language and cultural tutor lessons for expats living or soon to be living in Central Tokyo!
Dear my future students,
Hajimemashite! (means nice to meet you in Japanese and it writes はじめまして.）
Hi. I'm Amika, co-partner of Acima Corporation and I'll be your Japanese language and cultural tutor!
Because, I've always enjoyed teaching languages!
The very first teaching experience that I had was when I was 18 years old, I was asked to teach my little brother's friends basic English to prep them for their Soccer Camp in Australia.
I had just graduated from a Stoneleigh-Burnham School (All-girls boarding school in Western Massachusetts) at that time and was back in Japan for a summer break, before going to Boston for attending UMass Boston. After graduating from college in 2000, I came back to Japan and joined a listed IT company and later worked for a couple of multinational companies, but I took every chance I got to teach English or Japanese to those who're interested on my spare time.
Acima Corporation was founded in 2007 (by me!) and I've literally spent most of my time building businesses for the last decade, and Suzuki Translations is one of them which in fact, is the business actualization of my love for words and languages! And recently, more people are talking about work-life balance, and I cannot agree more to having an achievement of harmony between your professional and personal life is the key to a happier and healthier life. Hence, I've decided to pursue my passion for helping people by utilizing my own skills and experiences as a fellow language enthusiast for their lessons.
You might be thinking, "Hmm... If this person was educated in the U.S., how good would her Japanese be? Can she really teach?"
Rest assured! I had finished my compulsory education in Japan (up to 15 years of age) before my parents sent me to the U.S. for studying. Also, right after graduating from college, I joined a SUPER domestic company back in Japan where I was forced to not only develop my business Japanese language skills, but also to acquire the knowledge of the VERY unique Japanese business manners and "normal" business practice to survive in the Japanese business society.
Yes, unlike many of the "Japanese tutors" that you can find online and in Tokyo, I have years of experience in working in both domestic and multinational corporations, which I can utilize it in your Japanese language and cultural studies by sharing my stories. (I can share all my "do's and don'ts" learnt from my own mistakes!)
Here's a little more about myself:
Native language: Japanese
Second Language: English
Born in Japan
Marital Status: Married
My hobbies are: Wine and dine, reading books, watching movies, listening to music, meeting people, traveling and learning about cultures and histories of other countries, and of course learning languages and much more!!
I can teach onsite (Minato, Chuo, Chiyoda, Shibuya, Meguro, Shinjuku, and Setagaya ward in Tokyo only) or online.
I can come up with the teaching materials based on your current skills which I'm hoping to assess at the interview, or if you already have something you want to work on, that would be great too!
Weekly (4 lessons a month.) *Please inquire me for the available slots.
Duration of a lesson:
75 min per lesson;
Number of students per lesson: Up to 2 people
BONUS: Enjoy a sense of security of having a local friend who can translate for your (almost) whenever you need without hesitation! I can be your translator for up to 5 minute per call (or per message via message app such as Whatsapp, Slack, LINE, etc.,) 10 times a month, for free of charge. YES, it's FREE!! This is a complimentary service for my students only and will be provided within my translation ability (Sorry, I'm not a medical translation expert nor simultaneous interpreter...) Also, I cannot promise to be able to always pick up your call and translate on the spot, but I will try to make myself available as soon as possible. Use it once, you'll be hooked!!
Price: 9,880 JPY per lesson
*Minimum of 4 lessons a month (39,520 JPY plus tax) is required to use the service. This price includes travel expenses and the complimentary 5-min per call translation service up to 10 times a month.
Payment should be made via PayPal 72 hours (3 days) before the start of the first lesson of the month.
The fee includes basic travel expenses. However, there may be an additional fee depending on the location of the where the lessons take place. e.g.) If you want to have a lesson inside of Tokyo Disney Sea which requires admission fee, I'd need to ask you to cover it for me.
Fees are non-refundable.
Appointments cancelled less than 24 hours ahead will be charged for (except in exceptional circumstances.)
If you think I'm a good fit for you as your Japanese language tutor, schedule an interview with me using the inquiry form below. And of course if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know any time.
Looking forward to hearing from you!