Certified Japanese Teacher

Certified Japanese Teacher


Let me help you to dive into the deepest language ocean...
About Ai Kobayashi - Certified Japanese Teacher (me)
  • What I teach Japanese
  • Instructions inJapanese, English
  • Native languageJapanese
  • NationalityJapanese
  • Group teachingyes
  • Online teachingyes
Hobbies: Movies. My favorite directors are Shohei Imamura, Shion Sono, Park Chan-wook, and Francois Truffaut.
Where I teach
  • LocationPrague
  • Prague district6
  • Preferred settingTo be agreed
  • Do I commute?no
Online Lessons via Zoom are available. Lessons in person are upon availability. Commuting not likely to be possible due to the schedule capacity, sorry.
  • 45 minutes-
  • 60 minutes700 CZK
  • 90 minutes1050 CZK
  • 120 minutes-
Included-> Textbooks, Workbooks (in PDF), Audio materials, and On-line Consultation. Weekends,Holidays +200 CZK/hour, regardless your level. For group lessons, please inquire.

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Want to learn one of the most profound languages in the world? Let me help you to make it happen! I can offer you fun, interesting and well-structured lessons. Lessons can be tailored for your own purposes (Conversation-oriented, Business Japanese, Preparing JLPT, etc). I always try to fulfil the needs of my students, and also try to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

About Me
- Certified Teacher by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (since 2012)(*)
- 10 years of experience (beginners - advanced students from around the world)
- JLPT intensive training experiences (N1-N5)
- Teaching at schools such as Czech-Japan Association in Prague
- English -> Japanese translator and proof reader (App games, story books, IT services, Tourism, etc.)
- Cinefil

About My Lesson
- Basic + Personalized lesson upon your own request
- ALL materials are prepared for you (papers,pdfs,mp3s)
- English explanations for beginners
- Hot Line available (if you have questions, text me anytime. reply within 24h guaranteed)
- Invoice available upon request
- Lesson at quiet place in Prague 6 (For other venues, please ask)
- Relaxed and fun atmosphere
- Rich topics of Japanese films, food, trip, etc, etc....

About Fee
- ALL Materials (pdf files, mp3) included. Nothing to prepare!

(*)This certification proves that I possess systematic Japanese knowledge and the ability to use it effectively in a class. Certification is authorized by 日本語教育学会(The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) and J.E.E.S. (Japanese Educational Exchanges and Services).

(**)Japanese Teacher's Association in Czech Republic does many activities for JP Language Education in Czech. It organizes annual Japanese speech and essay contests, publishes effective materials for Czech natives, carries out Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Czech.

“In any endeavour, the beginning is crucial”

I have been teaching for 10 years, so I am familiar with common and frequent errors to English speakers (English as 2nd language speakers as well). Having direct translation from English, lack of (prior) teacher's attentions and repetitive training are the causes I presume.

Most of my intermediate students who have me after finishing a beginner level have Elemental errors, having incorrect Particles, incorrect Adjective conjugations, incorrect connections between Adjectives (yes, these grammar don't exist in European languages!)....and it is difficult to straighten after Linguistic Fossilization (the process in which incorrect language becomes a habit and cannot easily be corrected.). To avoid this, I am focusing on the difference between Japanese and English, and offer you intensive sessions. Ofcourse, making many mistakes is the way to be good, no worries! But let me help you not to have Fossilization. =)

My teaching experience

  • My educationEnglish Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Experience5+ years
  • ReferencesI've been studying Japanese with Ai sensei for the last 3 years. I started as a total beginner but these days I can comfortably communicate in Japanese, watch anime without subtitles, and read manga (that with a dictionary though because kanji takes time!). Japanese has always been a big passion of mine, but I found it hard to commit to properly studying it until I met Ai sensei. She took the time to understand my needs and to customise and structure our lessons accordingly. It's always a mix of good conversation and important grammar lessons and practice. And most importantly, it's a lot of fun! I'm grateful to Ai sensei for helping me realise my dream and would recommend her to anyone wishing to learn & hone their Japanese skills. (A.G. from Russia)

    I used to be a so-called eternal beginner for almost ten years! Starting, crashing and restarting my efforts to learn Japanese every other month. It has been over a year and half since I have started to study with Mrs. Kobayashi and I have been hooked ever since! I can have a decent conversation with my Japanese friends now and I am getting exposed to the wonderful Japanese culture on daily basis. The lessons are informative, clear and we laugh a lot - which is awesome. (J.L. from Czechia)

    It's been over 5 years since I've started Japanese classess with Ai-sensei. It's always been fun, Sensei has an endless source of Japan-related topics for a casual conversation. I really appreciate the personalisation of the classes - I can see how much I was able to strenghten my weaker points. And most importantly: I'm always looking forward to the next meeting! (N.J. from Poland)

    I’m extremely happy and grateful for the work with Teacher Ai and I have done so far. When I was in Japan,I’m able to speak with Japanese friends a lot and I can easily order at the shops, ask directions and have small talk with people by myself !
    (H.D. from France)

    Regarding Ai-sensei, I have passed the JLPT 3 exam. I am quite satisfied with her teaching approach. It’s been a very fruitful learning experience. I would like to thank her for supports and valuable teaching guidance in the months previous to the exam. (M.V. from Spain)

    I truly enjoy our classes. I find them very fun and educational, and Ai sensei has been an extremely sympathetic and understanding teacher to me. (K.H. from America)

    I managed to pass the entrance exam for Japanese Studies at Charles University. I think I succeeded thanks to Ai's teaching.
    (M.S. from Czechia)

    Instituto Cervantes in Prague
    Exxon Mobil
    River Side School Prague
    Education First
  • Certification日本語教育能力検定試験 取得
    (Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test)

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