I am Keiko and I have two children. I was born and raised in Japan. I grew up in the Tokyo area, so my Japanese pronunciation is standard.
I lived in Illinois USA for 3 years, Hague the Netherlands for 4 years and have lived in California USA since 2012. I like watching sports programmes such as tennis, golf, football, baseball, hockey, basketball etc...
I love to cook for my family. I am proud that my children grew up with my homemade meals. The bento-box is my speciality. I made this every morning for 12 years.
Japanese is my first language and native country, so I am able to teach you about Japanese language and customs simultaneously. I will make your lessons both enjoyable and modify them for your specific needs.
I completed the Boat People Assistance Association training course for teaching Japanese to foreign people in 2001.
In Japan, I was a member of the Boat People Assistance Association for Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian people.
I taught Japanese to them as a volunteer teacher from 2001 to 2005.
In the Netherlands, I have experience in helping the expatriate students at the Japanese School in Amsterdam as an assistant teacher in the Saturday program from 2006 to 2009.
In the US, I have taught Japanese as a professional tutor since 2012.
In my experience, adults wish to learn Japanese for a variety of different reasons.
Preparing for a vacation or business trip in Japan and preparing for their exam is the most popular motivation.
I want them to concentrate my lesson, so I will make the lesson plan which is within 5 times.
It works very well to them so far. They visit Japan sevral times and I am glad they also return to my student .
I also have helped my students who have the plan to visit Japan. I have given them the ideas where they want to visit and how to spend their time there and many wish to visit Japan again.
In my lessons with children, I utilize cards, pictures, paper dolls, and a whiteboard. I provide original texts that I customize for every child. Some of the children I've taught had previously gone to Japanese schools but found it confusing because they couldn't understand what was going on the classroom. Now they love their Japanese lessons and tell me ‘I like speaking Japanese’.
Keiko-san is very patient with my struggles to communicate in spoken Japanese. We talk about all sorts of things, like weddings and traffic congestion. ^.^
Lots of fun today talking with Keiko-san. ^.^
Another good lesson! I don't think I learned as much new stuff as last lesson, but still plenty so I can describe some things in my room as well as having a better grasp on numbers and other words. I really enjoy my lessons with Keiko-san :)
Thank you so much to Keiko-san! Your passion of teaching is greatly appreciated!