Japanese Language Tutor Motomi from Burnaby

Japanese Language Tutor Motomi from Burnaby, BC
Name Motomi O. Recommended
City Burnaby, BC
Teaching Japanese
Native Language Japanese
Originally From Japan
Working With Kids (4y+), Youth, Adults, Groups
Levels I Teach Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lessons Take Place Public Place, Online
Review Rating
Hourly Rate C$48

Hi,everyone!I’m Motomi and Japanese Native speaker from Kyoto Japan. Now I live in Vancouver, BC. I have the experience to teach Japanese for a foreigner more than 5 years. My lessons are fully customized- we talk about how you would like to study and build your own study plan. And also can prepare for JLPT (Japanese language proficiency test) to you. For beginners, please do not hesitate to ask me questions in English as I am also an English speaker. My aim is making you enjoy not only the language but also Japanese culture and how we Japanese people comprehend the world. Let’s speak Japanese with me to learn more and enjoy more~!

Education / Certificates

Bachelor of Law, Certified Japanese Language Teacher Training (420 hours)

Professional Experience

Worked at Recruitment agency,and Japanese Language school for foreigner in Japan. Now I'm working at Japanese language academy in Coquitlam, Vancouver Japanese Language School and International House near Chinatown.(Completely beginner to advanced and Business level)

Teaching Approach


  • Direct Method: Vehicular language (English or Chinese) is not used, but Picture cards, Character cards, Photographs, Illustrations, and White board are used for explaining Japanese grammar and conversations. 
  • Indirect Method: Explain grammar with vehicular language, and practice Japanese conversations.
  • I can use both methods to teach.
  • Teaching materials: "Minna no Nihongo I, II","DEKIRU Nihongo", "GENKI", e.t.c.
  • I can teach the grammar needed for the Japanese Language Proficiency level 4,5 test. 


  • In order to strengthen your speaking and listening ability, the lessons based on conversation are taught.
  • Composition correction instruction. Middle-class grammar, I can explain with vehicular language to you.
  • Teaching Materials: "Minna no Nihongo for middle class", e.t.c.
  • I can teach the grammar needed for the Japanese Language Proficiency level 2,3 test.


  • Use real materials like Newspapers, Magazines, Novels, e.t.c, for improving your speaking ability.
  • Composition correction instruction for people that have a high level of Japanese language. 


  • Business conversation (Honorific), Business manner, Telephone manners, Business email, e.t.c., and have practice in using actual data.
  • I have actual working experience with Japanese recruitment consultant company in Japan for 4 years.
  • So I also can help you to prepare for job interview and making your resume.

Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm

Teaching Place(s)

Locally or online lessons. If you want to take my lesson after 7:00pm, we can have our lesson only via Skype. Please tell me where you can go for lesson.

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18 reviews available.

Bailey J.

Exactly what I was hoping for!
6 days ago

I was very shy to start learning Japanese but Motomi makes the environment very comfortable. She is always engaged and more then willing to answer any questions you have! Not only that but she takes the time to catch up with you about your life and makes a point of remembering details for the next sessions. Definitely great overall and I’m very happy with my progress!

Benjamin S.

Great beginner experience
2 weeks ago

I started learning as a complete beginner with Motomi and she was great in helping me learn the basics and progress at a pace I felt comfortable with. She's very friendly and professional, making a great learning experience.

James N.
Efficient and fun
1 month ago

Lessons are productive, balance of learning the intricacies of the language as well as the culture. I've made great progress in oral proficiency.

John H.
The best
1 month ago

Motomi is the best teacher I could ever ask for. She makes learning Japanese incredibly fun and endlessly engaging. Her easygoing attitude and never ending patience create a comfortable atmosphere to learn the tough subject. She is always around to answer questions through email or text. The lessons regularly engage with real world scenarios so it never feels like a dry classroom environment. Every lesson feels like you're learning genuinely applicable language skills to use in everyday conversation. I've had her as my tutor for almost two years now. I'm eternally grateful to have had her as a teacher. :)

Zach C.

1 month ago

Motomi and I just finished our 4th month together learning Japanese. I have nothing but great things to say about her and her teaching style. Prior to our lessons I was a self-learner with only 3 months behind me working out of a textbook. I thought I was doing fine on my own but I knew I needed to get a Japanese native to try out my conversion skills. Which is how I found Motomi. Turns out the way I was pronouncing many words were wrong and even how I was writing certain Hiragana was wrong. We decided Genki was the best book for us to use and we would do the drill work together and she wouldn't let me get to the next drill unless she knew 100% I totally understood the concept which is what I needed. Motomi has given me homework also and has separate PowerPoints on tougher concepts. She goes up and above for her students and if I'm having trouble on the workbook I can text or call anytime. I recommend for beginners all the way to the even most advance students.

Ken W.

"Excellent Tutor to learn with!"
1 month ago

Motomi is very knowledgeable about Japanese and Japanese Culture. I learn and am still learning a lot from her as she is an outstanding tutor for students of all levels.

Winton S.

Great Japanese Tutor
2 months ago

Motomi-sensei is friendly, adaptive, and hardworking. She is willing to go the extra mile and that is not something that can be said of all private language tutors. Excellent teacher, highly recommended.

Elizabeth Z.
Amazing tutor!
2 months ago

Motomi makes learning a new language super fun and less intimidating! My friend and I have had the pleasure to study with her for more than half a year now, and I leave each lesson feeling motivated and excited for the next one. I really appreciate her patience and how she always makes sure we're engaged with the material and understand concepts/grammar topics fully. It's clear how much she cares about our learning, as she'll sometimes provide extra practice and suggest ways to help us improve areas we're struggling with. Especially as someone who currently works full-time, it's been great having Motomi help me stay consistent in learning Japanese and making the experience overall very enjoyable.

Maggie C.

Super amazing!
2 months ago

Really good at what she does and makes tailored plans for your studies, while adjusting as you go. Highly recommend!

Julie Q.

Amazing Japanese Tutor!
2 months ago

Motomi is an amazing teacher! She was able to customize the lesson according to my needs, and her patience is something that I am especially grateful for. Now I feel much more confident in using different Japanese grammar patterns and vocabulary.

Sarah S.

wonderful tutor
3 months ago

Motomi is a fantastic tutor. She's engaging, patient, and meets you where you're at in your level of learning. I've been studying with her for about a year now and I feel like she's really helped me stay consistent with my language learning - and she makes it fun too! I'd highly recommend Motomi to anyone who wants to learn Japanese.

Shoni C.

Best tutor hands down
3 months ago

Motomi is the best tutor I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. She is patient and deeply cares about the learning experience of her pupils. I’ve always struggled with the speaking aspect of Japanese, but working with Motomi has increased my confidence and better prepared me for real life interactions. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her help.

Alyssa F.

Amazing tutor
3 months ago

I have known and been tutored by Motomi for over one year now. In that time she has been an amazing tutor for me and helped me get on track for my goals. Her teaching is always professional, constructive and encourages me to keep trying my best. I’m always really happy that I reached out to her to be my teacher and I will continue to learn from her :)

Enrico C.
Enrico C.

Best tutor for Japanese
6 months ago

About one year ago I started taking lessons with Motomi San. I think thanks to Motomi San, I have been able to stay on track for my Japanese language learning goals. It's only 1 hour lessons but I feel that it is a very beneficial hour for me and I learn lot's. She always has well prepared classes, new learning methods and good textbook recommendations. She is a very kind, helpful and motivating teacher. I owe most of my little progress in Japanese to my teacher. Maybe I am biased but I think whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced you can definitely benefit from starting lessons with Motomi San :) Good luck.

Mark C.

7 months ago

Motomi-sensei was an excellent tutor! I really appreciated that she made a study plan based on my interests and Japanese learning objectives. She was very good at observing the pace of my learning. For topics I was familiar with, we covered them quickly. For new topics, or for material where I was having more difficulty, she would slow things down to make sure that I understood and to let me practice more. For a beginner, it was great that she spoke so clearly and that helped me understand. I was studying Japanese to prepare for a trip that got cancelled because of the pandemic. But I continued to take lessons with Motomi because it was so interesting and she also made the lessons fun. When my trip to Japan is finally rescheduled, I will resume lessons with Motomi to brush up again and improve.

Soum K.

9 months ago

It is not easy to pick up a new language in adulthood and when I first started learning Japanese on my own, it felt like an insurmountable challenge. However, ever since tutoring with Motomi that perspective has changed and I am extremely happy with the progress I’ve made so far. Motomi carefully personalizes her lesson plans to adapt to the students’ pace and needs. She also provides cultural context wherever applicable, which makes a huge difference. She always goes above and beyond the textbook lessons to teach useful vocabulary and phrases. She takes a lot of care to listen and teach pronunciation and intonations. Most importantly she is super amicable with a lively personality, which makes the lessons very engaging. I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor to learn Japanese from!

Lily Z.

Simply Amazing
11 months ago

Motomi has not only been helpful to my studies in Japanese, but is also willing to spend her time with me and engage me further in my learnings. I'm an advanced level Japanese learner, and Motomi is able to use that advantage to plan the best lessons for me. My usage of "keigo" has improved drastically since beginning my lessons with her, and I feel much more confident speaking and expressing myself in Japanese. She's the best!

Jack C.
Very Professional
1 year ago

Motomi Sensei is very patient and helpful. She is very experienced and is able to customize the lessons based on her students' ability.

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