"After doing a short Japanese course about ten years ago, I never had a chance to use it, and my Japanese slowly started to fade. But for the last few years, I have been skiing in Japan at a small resort where many establishments don’t have any English speakers. Before each trip, I found various different private tutors to do some revision, in the hope of making myself understood. I had moderate success, but was never really gained enough Japanese to successfully make a restaurant booking, ask directions, or introduce myself. This year, I came across Tomoe and had a few private lessons before I went to Japan. She had a completely different approach. It was rigorous, but fun! We concentrated on the phrases and vocab that I would be needing in the resort. What a difference it made! When I arrived in Japan, I was suddenly able to use Japanese to do the things that I was unable to in prior years. It made the trip more interesting and rewarding. With new enthusiasm, I am now having weekly lessons and making real progress. Tomoe is the best tutor that I have come across, and I highly recommend her to anyone learning Japanese at any level."