Why did you become a Japanese teacher?
I used to teach at an acting school before getting married and moving to the United States. At the time, my English skills were not great, but I found joy in being able to communicate with others once I was able to overcome the language barrier. This experience sparked my interest in teaching languages, which led me to become a Japanese language teacher today. My goal as a teacher is to share the sense of fulfillment and joy I felt when I was able to convey my thoughts and ideas in a foreign language, and to help my students achieve the same level of proficiency and confidence in their language studies.
What do you like about teaching Japanese?
Teaching Japanese is a joy for me. I love meeting students from all over the world, who range from children to adults and beginners to advanced learners. Learning about their cultures and their unique experiences in Japan makes for a refreshing dynamic in every lesson.
Every class is an opportunity to share my love for the Japanese language and culture, and to witness my students' progress and growth. It's truly fulfilling to see their understanding deepen and their confidence flourish as they navigate their language learning journey with me.
How are your lessons?
I understand that everyone's learning style and pace are different. So, I cater to this by personalizing my teaching approach according to each student's needs. By making my classes interactive and varied, I try to create an atmosphere where students look forward to their lessons with me.
In my class, you're not just learning a language, you're also exploring a rich culture, expanding your worldview, and developing valuable communication skills. I want my students to walk away from each lesson feeling motivated and inspired to continue their journey with the Japanese language.
What are your hobbies?
I love to travel, and I spend half of the year outside of home with my husband. These journeys have taught me a lot about the different ways people live and interact and have kept me curious about everything I still have to learn about the world. When I'm not out and about, I love gardening. It's a peaceful hobby that lets me reconnect with nature and appreciate the quiet of home.
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