I have had one-on-one lessons on a weekly basis with Nishimura-sensei for more than a year, and I am very happy with her as my teacher. She tailored the classes well to my level of Japanese, and her teaching is flexible depending on what your goals are. Her English is excellent ! and she explains grammar points in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. More than just the Japanese language, she could help me with providing insight on daily life in Japan and cultural aspects which makes living in Japan both easier and more enjoyable. She is very patient and detail-oriented, and I would recommend Nishimura-sensei as a teacher for anyone living in Osaka who is serious about learning Japanese!
I came to Japan a few years ago to work at a Japanese pharmaceutical company. When I arrived, I struggled even with email and could not be entrusted with many kinds of work. Now, I am a full team member at work, interact confidently even with external partners, and enjoy my life in Japan. This is thanks to Nishimura-san’s lessons. Specifically, we work most on:
Writing: We often review samples of work emails and reports I wrote. Nishimura-san looks at grammar, word choice, clarity, writing style, politeness, and social context, and her feedback is detailed and useful. Many of my coworkers speak English, but in my experience the best way to make your point is to say it in your audience’s language.
Self expression: We also review a journal I keep. Nishimura-san helps me describe experiences in a way that makes sense to a Japanese reader. This helps me have good conversations. For me, this skill has been the difference between relationships where a polite distance was kept and open, friendly relationships.
Culture: Nishimura-san is a great discussion partner when I need help interpreting a social situation. Also, she has wide-ranging taste in Japanese (and foreign) books and movies and upon request makes great recommendations.
There are useful textbooks on all of the above, but you cannot go far alone. There is really no substitute for expert coaching. If you use Japanese, I recommend lessons with Nishimura-san.
Fumiko-san is a great teacher. I have found the lessons to be very productive. She’s more than willing to cater to your needs in a way that surpasses the other teachers I've encountered. For example, she tailors worksheets and homework specifically for you when necessary and is careful to include unexpected bits of vocabulary etc. that happen to crop up during the lessons. (This is particularly useful if you're not the most diligent of notetakers.) Fumiko-san’s teaching is professional and good value and therefore something I can highly recommend.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nishimura Sensei for several years, since I began my academic studies at a graduate school program in Kyoto. Specifically, I was searching for a teacher that could help me not only achieve business-level speaking and writing proficiency, but also a deeper understanding of Japanese business culture and society generally. The skills I developed under Nishimura Sensei’s tutelage were key to my successful completion of the master’s program. And, as my career has continued to develop, Nishimura remains an important guide for me in matters related to Japanese language, manner and contemporary society. I work frequently with high-level Japanese officials, creating bilingual written communications on matters for which clear and accurate messaging is essential. I benefit greatly from Nishimura Sensei’s coaching and advice.
I arrived in Japan with an extremely limited knowledge of Japanese but determined to study once I settled in. I was very fortunate to come across Nishimura Sensei’s website and decided to give her lessons a try. Nishimura Sensei tailors her lessons to meet the needs of her students. If you’re looking to get a JLPT certification or just wanting to improve your conversational ability, her guidance is invaluable. Together, we decided that a thorough and detailed approach would be best for my goals. In three and a half years, I went from nothing to passing the JLPT N2. Beyond obtaining my N2 certification, she helped me better understand and appreciate the culture of Japan. Her lessons significantly improved my experience of living in Japan, both professionally and personally. I would recommend her lessons to anyone who is interested in studying Japanese and Japanese Culture.
I was very happy with the class of Nishimura sensei. My Japanese skill has been improved a lot by her teaching. Her class was very flexible and she was very kind and patient enough to teach student like me. To me she is not only teacher but she is also my Japanese friend who is open-minded to listen to our complaints in any topics. Additionally, she is an expert of knowing nice places for dining and visiting in Osaka. I recommend you to have her class and you will find your life in Japan is more meaningful.
Nishimura Sensei is a polite and steady teacher who has a fantastic natural aptitude for understanding her student's Japanese ability and levelling herself to them. She is incredibly knowledgeable and throughout the almost four years that I have studied under her guidance, she has proven to be indispensable and always offers me the highest level of support in both English and Japanese; even despite my sometimes overly specific questions.
No matter how new to Japanese you are, nor how much of a veteran you may be, she will always surprise you with a new and dynamic facet of Japanese or Japanese culture which you might never have come across nor understood otherwise.
This coupled with her flexible lesson timings, locations and her impressive knowledge of the current Japanese study materials available, makes her an unbeatable study partner. I can't recommend her highly enough.
I studied with Nishimura Sensei for a little under a year. My time spent with her has been invaluable as she has really helped me become comfortable immersing myself in Japanese life. As a teacher, she tailored the class to be as beneficial to me as possible and patiently aided me whenever I had questions or difficulties. It also helps that she’s a very easy person to talk to and feel relaxed with. Nishimura Sensei was not only my Japanese teacher, but she has fast become my friend.
Fumiko is a fabulous mentor and instructor of Japanese language and culture. She teaches with purpose, patience, compassion and curiosity. Her mastery and dedication to her craft drove me to succeed and continues to inspire me today. Having only basic knowledge of hiragana and katakana to start, in just a year and a half of weekly private lessons I was able to pass the JLPT N4. Best of all, I gained insight and clarity into my life in Japan. If you’re looking for a teacher in the Osaka area, look no further.