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?
It brings me great joy to hear stories from my students about how they were able to use the expressions and phrases they learned in class in real-life situations. When I see my students' positive attitudes and their efforts to take their language skills to the next level, it motivates me to work harder and to continue to provide the best possible support for their learning journey. Interacting with my students is always a source of inspiration and energy for me, and I am constantly amazed by their progress and enthusiasm for learning Japanese. It's truly a privilege to be a part of their language learning experience, and I feel grateful for the opportunity to help them achieve their goals.
How are your lessons?
My lessons are designed to be practical and enjoyable. I understand that it can be difficult to start speaking Japanese, and many students may feel embarrassed or hesitant to try. However, just like working out at the gym, the key to improving your language skills is to keep practicing and repeating until it becomes second nature. That's why in my lessons, I encourage students to speak out loud as much as possible, even if they make mistakes or stumble over their words at first. By practicing this way, students gradually become more comfortable with using the language and start to enjoy the learning process. Much like the body, the mouth and tongue also need to be trained and strengthened. With my teaching materials, which include plenty of practical conversation scenarios, I aim to create a supportive and encouraging learning environment where students can feel comfortable practicing their Japanese without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. Let's have fun and talk together!
What are your hobbies?
My favorite hobbies are traveling and cooking. When I travel, I love to try local foods and dishes that are unique to the places I visit. If I find something I really enjoy, I'll try to learn more about the dish and the ingredients, and even try to recreate it at home using recipes I find online or in cookbooks. Cooking is a great way to connect with different cultures and learn more about their food and culinary traditions. I believe that food is an important part of any culture, and it's a great way to share and connect with people from around the world. Whether it's trying new dishes in restaurants, or cooking at home with friends and family, I always enjoy exploring the world through its flavors and cuisines.
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