I am a native Japanese speaker, with formal training in teaching Japanese as a foreign language. I am a graduate of KEC Japanese Language Institute in Kobe, Japan. I studied to become a Japanese teacher with the intention of teaching outside of Japan. I have experience teaching people of all levels and backgrounds both in Japan and here in Los Angeles.
I belong to a language school, and they sent me to Sony Pictures and Sony Networks. I was teaching there from 2010 to 2012. I am comfortable to teach in a group, and business Japanese. Also, I was working at Japanese Saturday school until March 2013. I was in charge of the 6-year-old class. I also love teaching kids and young people. I have many books and materials for them. I am experienced in JLPT prep work as well. I love teaching beginners.
I put a lot of time and effort into my lesson preparation. I am confident you will both learn a lot and have fun. I also love sharing stories about Japan with people who come from different countries. I want to tell you about Japanese culture as well as the language.
I currently live in Pasadena, but I was teaching mainly in West LA until 2013. So I still go to West LA a couple days a week. So please don't be afraid of contacting me even though you live far from my area :)
On a personal note, I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. I moved to Los Angeles in 2010. I like manga, movies, owarai (Japanese comedy) and cooking. I make a mean cheesecake (My Japanese cooking is good too though!). I love to chit-chat in person and by email.
I understand how hard it is to learn another language because I'm still learning English, and also I started learning other Asian languages: Korean and Chinese. I am the one who is interested in Asian cultures :)
I will be happy if I can help you!
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