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Q. How much is the tuition?

for the lessons at JALF's office in NYC; Regular rate is $85 per hour.  When paying via PayPal from out of USA, an additional 3% processing fee will be charged . 

​②for Online lessons, please see Online Lessons/オンライン レッスン.

*Please request an invoice if you need to submit it to your company.  

Q. Where are lessons held?

A. Private lessons are usually held at our midtown west location, however *on-site lessons are also possible depending on the instructor's availability.  If you are not in the New York area, or are outside the US, Online lessons are for you.  The instructor, Keiko Shintani, has been teaching via Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts for years.

*For more information, please visit "Online Lessons" on the menu bar.

*On-site Lessons can be arranged if scheduling permits and the round-trip travel time from midtown west is no more than 60 minutes.  An additional 30-minute tuition fee will also be charged.

Q. What proficiency levels does the instructor teach?

A. With 36 years experience teaching adults and children in New York, Ms. Shintani customizes lessons for students at all levels of proficiency, ranging from the beginner with no background in Japanese all the way up to very advanced students.  Feel free to ask for a complimentary 30-minute consultation either at the midtown office or online.  

Q. How long is a lesson?

A. The minimum length of a lesson is 1 hour.  There is no maximum lesson length; however, the instructor generally recommends lessons of 1-hour or 1.5-hour duration.

Q. How often should I take lessons?

A. Having lessons regularly(once/twice a week) is ideal, however Keiko is well aware of her students’ busy lives and commitments and is flexible about scheduling and/or adjusting lesson appointments when at all possible.   

Q. Will I be charged for cancelling a lesson that is already scheduled?

A. Here is our simple Cancellation Policy: There is no charge if a request to cancel a lesson is made by midnight the day before the scheduled lesson.  Any cancellation requests made later than that cannot be honored and will be fully charged. Timely requests for cancellation will aid the instructor in rescheduling your next lesson at a time most convenient for you.

Q. What kind of payment method is accepted?

A. We accept payment in cash, by check, PayPal. or Zelle (Bank to bank quick pay via Zelle).  Credit cards are not accepted.  The fee for each lesson is payable in advance and must be received by the day before the scheduled lesson. 

Request a free 30-minute consultation

A no-charge 30-minute introductory meeting at JALF’s Manhattan location or Online will be scheduled to discuss your goals and needs and other session-related information.

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