• Well done, looks like you are enjoying your very first lesson with your private tutor. Hope to hear more and more power.

  • Sean Patton

    It’s encouraging to read how smoothly things went. I used to do weekly lessons with an older Taiwanese lady when I lived in Vancouver. She would pay me $40 to spend two hours with her discussing the news and topics of interest, and would even give me breakfast! A great way to spend a Sunday morning, especially since she pretty much paid for my weekly grocery budget with that $40 (was broke back then). I’m strongly considering doing lessons again when I get to Japan in October, but I’m nervous about meeting students’ expectations. However, the general message of your post seems to be “go prepared.” I’m guilty of blindly stumbling into things from time to time, so I’ll take that message to heart to help alleviate my nerves. Thanks for that!

  • Jox

    I just had the exact same experience, in Brazil. Taught my first private lesson, using basically the same themes as you, (where are you from, family, pets, favourite things). I was really nervous to give my first private lesson but i think it went well, even though i already knew my student (she’s a friend of my, who doesn’t speak much English). I didn’t want to charge her money, but she insisted on paying me, and we’re having another lesson next week, and i will also be giving her flatmate a lesson next week too! Hurray!

    • Donald Ash

      NICE! That’s how it starts. When the students like you, once that word of mouth starts, it can spread like a wildfire. Good luck, Jox!

  • J Austin

    First comment, at least for me ;-) I was looking for useful Japanese classroom phrases and stumbled across your site (hoping to be an ALT; I’ve only ever taught private students before).

    I actually love teaching privately…so long as they’re adults (or older kids; the best student I ever had was 14 and we just had a blast talking about fashion in English. Of course, what I know about fashion could be engraved in very big letters on the head of a very small pin, but we talked about it in English and that was the main thing!) Though I must admit, the same questions go through my mind as went through yours every time I take on a new student. (What if they like it? What if they don’t? Am I going to completely and utterly screw this up? Will I ever find a place that sells those cute little dried fish??)

    (Okay, so maybe that last one’s just me ;-))

  • Dino Dukez

    Love your blog Ash , very helpful ! Keep up good work !!

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