Welcome to Local Sensei

Local Sensei is a resource for students of the Japanese language, as well as Japanese teachers. On this site you will find lessons, games and quizzes created by member teachers. In addition, we are constantly expanding the site, including more features that will help you start, or continue, working your way towards mastering the language.

Beyond simply being an online resource, this site is a destination for teachers that want to find students in their area for one on one lessons. If you are less interested in studying online, and more interested in meeting a local teacher, or a group of Japanese speakers and students in your area, you’ve reached the right place.

Student Resources

Lessons - With a growing number of teachers, soon students will have an opportunity to find lessons on a wide variety of topics with lessons created in a wide variety of styles. No matter their level, no matter their interest, Local Sensei will have the right lesson for them.

Dictionary - Local Sensei’s Japanese to English dictionary aims to provide as much information about a given word as possible. For each word there can be multiple definitions. For each definition the correct spelling in hiragana or katakana is provided, as well as the correct kanji, when available. Additionally, multiple examples, images, audio clips are available.

Vocabulary words in lessons link to the word’s entry in the dictionary. So, while reading a lesson, if you come across a word you would like to know more about, you can click through to see if it has other definitions, how it is pronounced in Hokkaido versus Osaka, the different conjugations of a verb, or even if there are other lessons on the site that cover the word.

Teachers - For now, the list of teachers is small, but as it it grows, more students will be able to not only find a teacher in their area, but will be able to find the right teacher. The decision on which teacher, or teachers, to take lessons with can be made based on information provided by the teacher in their profile, as well as the content of their lessons on the site.

Quizzes - Quizzes have only recently been added to the site. They allow a variety of different question types, multiple choice(with 5 or 2 options), short answer and true/false. Like the list of lessons, the level of difficulty and range of topics for quizzes will have a wide range, so students are sure to find one that is right for them.

Games - Want to practice the vocabulary you’ve learned, or maybe just work on memorizing the hiragana and katakana characters? In the games section students are able to do just that. The Kana Game lets you loop through the characters and type in your answers. It even lets you practice with photos of kanas taken off signs around Tokyo. Vocabulary Flashcard Games are a great way to practice vocabulary. Teachers can create these games using the vocabulary from their lessons, or create games using related vocabulary. Players can select to answer either multiple choice or by typing their answer in.

Reading and Writing - The reading and writing section is a work in progress, but aims to introduce new students to written Japanese. This section will cover how to write and pronounce all of the different hiragana and katakana characters, as well as how they are used together with kanji to create sentences.

Teacher Resources

Local Sensei is a great way for Japanese speakers that want to teach Japanese to not only find students in their area, but through submitting content to the site, teachers can show their ability to teach and displays their unique style. In taking advantage of the different features on the site for teachers, lessons are no longer limited to bringing a book to a coffee shop.

Want to learn more about being a teacher? Read the Getting Started page.


Events - Japanese is much easier to learn if you have people to practice with, and support you in your studies. The events section aims to make it possible for you to find events in your area related to Japan and Japanese. In this section, visitors are also provided a list of Meetup groups in their area that focus on Japanese.

News - Google Translate is OK, but not yet as good as a human translator. Additionally, you can’t ask Google why it selected one word in place of another in it’s translation. The articles section is a place where Japanese speakers can post translations of online articles that were originally published in Japanese. These articles make it possible for English speakers to read material they may not otherwise have had access to, and with both the original article and the translation being available, students can use articles as a way to better their knowledge of the language.

Forums - Have questions that haven’t been answered in any lessons yet? Maybe you just have a question about this site? The forums section is a standard forum, where visitors can ask the community for help.