I am a native Japanese speaker. I came from Japan to US 8 years ago. Currently, I teach or tutor Japanese 7 days a week. I work for a preschool in Seattle and 2 language schools in Bellevue. Most of my students are children and my youngest student is 7 month old. I try to speak to young children just in Japanese with gestures and repeat the same words and expressions many times. For older children and adults, I use some English when they have difficulty in understanding or when I explain grammatical rules etc., but still I speak mostly in Japanese. I like teaching and tutoring my native language so much that I decided to take Japanese language teaching competency test this fall to be more confident being Japanese teacher/tutor.
I am able to teach Russian language, too. Before I came to US, I taught Russian at universities in Japan for 3 years. My major in Kyoto University Graduate School, from which I received a Ph.D in 2005, was Russian language study. My Russian speaking skill is as good as reading and writing skill, since I studied in Russia for one year when I was a student and I keep practicing speaking Russian since then. Actually, I speak Russian every day at home as well as Japanese.
Thank you in advance for your consideration,
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