10 Best Online Tutoring Services for Learning Japanese

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Do you want to ace your Japanese class or make the most of a trip to Japan? Tutors from around the world are waiting to give you private lessons over the internet. Some offer free trials. We've found the best online tutors so you don't have to spend time looking.

Or maybe you are looking for a job as tutor to teach Japanese, or teach English to Japanese speakers? The tutoring services described below, are some of the biggest and the best places to earn a living with your passion for teaching Japanese.

Japanese is spoken by more than 125 million people in the world making it the 9th most popular language. Reddit sections dedicated to learning Japanese have over 600,000 members, and the Reddit section for Japanese anime has over 3 million. According to Language Realm, Japanese is amongst the list of the most complicated languages around the globe. So if you want to try your hand of Japanese, you will need some dedication.

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Arai Academy of Japanese Studies

Online tutors from Arai Academy are highly qualified and bilingual in Japanese and English. They tailor each lessons to meet a student's needs and they provide extensive learning support. The owner, Mineko Arai, takes great care to insure students perfect their language skills in addition to learning about Japanese culture. Arai Academy encourages students to absorb a Japanese mindset so they learn to express themselves in an authentic Japanese way. In addition, Arai Academy provides a free starter lesson so you can try the service without risk.


Wasabi's lesson curriculum is designed by a Japanese linguist, in order for you to reach CEFR C1 level (Advanced Japanese) and to achieve these aims: "to travel in Japan," "to live in Japan" or "to work with Japanese". From their precisely designed worksheets, you will be able to acquire grammar and take one more step forward in mastering practical skills for daily interactions in Japanese. All Wasabi tutors are certified Japanese teachers or have undergone training as volunteer tutors.

Japanese Online Institute

The Japanese Online Institute provides group and private Japanese lessons accessible using a headset connected to a PC, Mac, iPhone or Android device. You can learn to speak Japanese in your home, office or where you like. All JOI teachers are government-certified instructors or with university and graduate school Japanese teaching education.

Kakehashi Japan

Kakehashi Japan is an online Japanese school where you can take one-on-one personalized Japanese lessons with online teachers through Skype. If you want to be able to have a natural conversation in Japanese, Kakehashi Japan tutors can help you practice speaking Japanese and give you tips on pronunciation, word use and more.

CafeTalk Japanese

Cafetalk is an online teaching platform designed to make the exchange of online lessons fun and inspiring for both students and tutors. All lessons are carried out online and the Cafetalk interface makes their management and delivery super easy. Cafetalk is currently used by tutors and students around the world.

MLC Japanese

MLC is a part-time Japanese Language School in Tokyo. They offer Skype 1-on-1 lessons. MLC skype lessons are very convenient. You can learn at your own pace and can get various information about Japan too.


Talk one-on-one with a highly qualified Japanese teacher, with GenkiJACS' online video chat lessons. Lessons can cover the same topics as private or small group lessons at GenkiJACS itself. However, you can also choose to incorporate web resources into your study, such as reading online news together, or taking quizzes on other sites, then discussing your mistakes with the teacher.


JapaTalk is another platform where you can learn the Japanese language that is actually used by native Japanese speakers. The teachers at JapaTalk have been trained in teaching Japanese, have teaching licenses, and have worked for Japanese companies. Some of them can also speak English or Chinese. Amongst them are school teachers and TV or Radio announcers.

Language Life

Language Life offers private and group online Japanese lessons with native speakers who are also professional teachers. With Language Life, you can study Japanese regardless of your level. Language Life Japanese courses have been developed to suit a wide range of students. By taking one of their programs, you will have access to some of today’s most sought after trends in language learning. You can choose any of the courses offered, or you can request a course tailor-made for your specific needs. You can also check your level of Japanese by visiting their site.


At JapanesePod101, you will get direct access to your own teacher via live 1-on-1 lesson on Skype. They'll answer any question, give assignments, feedback and design a personalized learning program based on your needs.

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