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Zen Garden


Standardized Online Course



One lesson per week, for ten weeks



$150 total

($15 per hour)

Live Classes on Zoom

You can talk to the instructor in real time



PDF Handouts and interactive exercises

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Course Outline

This course consists of a series of ten high intensity lectures, which cover the following grammar topics:

  • Plain verb (普通系) of verbs, copula, and adjectives

  • Informal speech

  • Subordinate Clauses (とおもう, といっていた, から, ので)

  • Relative Clauses (i.e. attributive clauses)

  • Time-related subordinate clauses (とき, まえに, あと)

  • Plain volitional (~よう, ~おう)

Lessons last one hour each, and are followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. After each lesson you will receive a PDF handout, an interactive flashcard list, an interactive quiz with automatic feedback, and a link to a video recording of the class.


At the end of the course you will receive the official course manual. The manual consists of a detailed explanation of the grammar points, practical examples, and a glossary section with over 500 vocab items covering a wide range of topics.

Terms and Conditions

ー A non-refundable advance payment is required in order to attend this class. After reaching the minimum number of participants, we will reach out to those who are on the waitlist and we will ask you to confirm your interest: as soon as we receive your confirmation, we will send out an invoice. Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and Navy Federal transactions are accepted.


ー Please note that knowledge of our Japanese 101 and Japanese 102 course materials is a prerequisite.

ー We encourage you to attend lessons using a computer rather than a phone or a tablet, as the instructor will be often sharing her screen to show materials and write on a whiteboard. Please mute your microphone as you join Zoom meetings.

ー In the event that the instructor is indisposed and cannot attend one or more classes, the duration of the course will be extended.


ー If you need to set up a private tutoring session, please contact us at One-on-one tutoring sessions are available to course attendees for $45/hour (25% discount on standard rate) for the entire duration of the course.

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Presented by Luisa Montagner

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Luisa Montagner the founder and head instructor of Luisa Language Teaching & Tutoring. She grew up in Venice, Italy, where she lived until the age of 22. She moved to the US at the end of 2018 after spending some years in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Holds a Degree in Japanese studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 

  • Studied and worked at Yokohama National University from September 2016 to August 2017.

  • Worked for the prestigious Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (新宿日本語学校) in Tokyo from 2017 to 2018.

  • Has helped over one hundred students reach their goals and offered over 3,000 lesson hours.

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