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Uetsubo Sensei

Online Japanese Teacher

School
Online Japanese Lessons
Japanese Lesson Types 
Online Group and Online Private Lessons
Uetsubo sensei

"Learning Japanese can be challenging and I’m here to help you develop the confidence to talk to Japanese people in Japanese."

Q: How are your lessons?

One thing I always care about is helping students to feel relaxed. For example, if a student is reading the textbook carefully, I will try to balance the time-space until they have finished reading. Or, for the student who would like to know the details of the grammar, I will prepare explanations in order to answer their questions quickly and more fully! Learning Japanese can be challenging and I’m here to help you develope the confidence to talk to Japanese people in Japanese. With that in mind, it’s really important for me to maintain a positive and supporting attitude.

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

When I was 24 years old, I went to Costa Rica in Central America as a JICA Overseas Cooperation Volunteer. I was asked to teach Japanese to University students, but I had no idea how to teach when I first started. I started doing my best teaching Japanese, but I was disappointed that I could not teach Japanese well to them even though it is my mother tongue. This was the first time I really thought about the Japanese language, its nuances, and how I could explain it. 

I am really happy that so many foreigners are interested in Japan even though it is quite a small country. I realized that what I would like is for every student to have that “I get it!” or “I made a friend!” feeling that I felt when I was abroad in Costa Rica. I look forward to supporting you as your Japanese teacher through Online Japanese lessons!

Q: What do you like about teaching?

The best thing about lessons is that all the students are happy to be here and feel like they’re improving. That’s something I’m always grateful for and really happy about. On the other hand, sometimes I feel like lessons help me to reflect on myself - not only as a teacher but as a person making their way in the world.

Sometimes, what’s in a textbook will be different to what happens in the real world depending on the situation. In cases like that, it is important for me to review the content again in the next lesson, and I will be relieved when I see the student's faces that they feel clear. I like this moment.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Going camping with my family (recently we bought a used camping car!)

We go to the mountains or beaches, and we buy the foods to grill like fish or vegetables! My favorite thing is seeing my 2 kids (2 and 4 years old) enjoying camping!

  

 

 

 

 

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