やまね先生のプロフィルのページはここに：http://cafetalk.com/tutors/profile/?id=12347&lang=en There are many classes to choose from, but mainly about exams preparation such as JLPT and EJU. As my blog title says, I’m planning to retake JLPT N1 this year, so I chose JLPT N1 Lesson.
From the start, Yamane Sensei is to the point and we didn’t waste a lot of time in chit chat, which I preferred. This class costs around $35 (based on today’s conversion, $34.22), therefore I appreciate the fact that she also valued my time and money. We delved directly into the JLPT N1 test sample (http://www.jlpt.jp/samples/n1.html).
There were many difficult expressions and vocabularies in N1. Yamane Sensei is very good at explaining those, for example, the question no. 10 in the sample. It was a comprehension question, asking about the gist of the paragraph. Yamane Sensei read the paragraph aloud with good diction (standard Japanese). She also stopped at several places to explain the meaning of either word or phrases. We discussed about this sentence: 人の思惑がカラスに見抜かれているようで、関心してしまうのである。Yamane Sensei explained that 思惑 (read: omowaku) means intention or calculation and normally not used in daily conversation. It can be used for example, to describe how the President is thinking long and hard about how to deal with the crisis in Crimea or how a country is trying to claim another territory as its own.
50 minutes passed quickly. Yamane Sensei told me that in April, the N1 class will be only $30 ($5 reduction). I really felt that Sensei is a very experienced teacher and know how to teach upper intermediate to advanced level students.