Definition of Kumon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈko͞omən/ Pronunciation: /-män/


trademark A tutoring program, originating in Japan, in which children improve their skills in a subject (especially mathematics) by completing worksheets of increasing difficulty, led by a special instructor.
Example sentences
  • ‘I help children discover that they can reach their full potential,’ says Zamani who recently opened a Kumon Math and Reading Center in Tracy, California.
  • Furthermore, the Kumon work reduces the amount of pressure placed on the student because it prepares them well for their schoolwork.
  • The study goal for Kumon language programme is to nurture students with an advanced level of reading comprehension ability and the ability to read widely.


From the name of Tru Kumon (1914–95), the Japanese mathematics teacher who invented the method.

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Syllabification: Ku·mon

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