"Mayumi Hirabayashi sensei has been teaching me Japanese for over seven years. As someone who has taught English in Japan and learnt Japanese in both Japan and Australia I am well aware that to understand a language the four components of reading, writing, listening and speaking are essential to the understanding of language. Mayumi sensei has an excellent command and understanding of these four areas. As well as being an excellent teacher technically Mayumi has the social skills to make a student feel comfortable in the classroom. I can strongly recommend Mayumi as someone who is well equipped to both prepare a student for passing exams and to take part in everyday conversation in Japanese social settings."