Ikuko S : Japanese
Ikuko S
Japanese Native
Sessions: 7224
Last class: Today
 954 Reviews: 100% Positive
£15.29 / €17.98 / $20.30
Trial: Free
  Hello, my name is Ikuko S and I'm 47 years old and currently living in Japan. I am a native Japanese speaker and teach Japanese. I have been an online Japanese teacher with Verbalplanet since May 2014. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students. 
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30 Nov 2021
 A challenging ( for me) lesson this morning with a number of new grammar structures and vocabulary but just what I needed to express my thoughts on covid in Japan and in France. As always Ikuko san has an incredible ability to adapt her planned lesson at the last minute to student requests - and still cover useful ground. Bravo! 
16 Nov 2021
 This lesson was particulary rich in vocabulary work, many new, useful words and expressions. But grammar was not neglected, particulary situations where I could practice comparative structures. Ikuko san is invariably patient and encouraging, and very innovative in the methods she finds to explain what new vocab words mean. 
19 Oct 2021
 Excellent class, with a fresh approach on new material - but the same professional and engaging teaching method. I learned a number of useful expressions and have a clearer understanding of the grammar involved. 
12 Oct 2021
 As always a very dynamic and useful lesson with Ikuko san. Japanese cooking was the topic and I now know how to write a recipe in Japanese as well as learning lots of other Japanese language tips. Already looking forward to the following week's lesson. 
11 Oct 2021
 Learned so much in just a short period of time. To think that was only just free talk. Will book again. Very pretty and very smart teacher. 
28 Sep 2021
 Ikuko san has suggested new grammar and vocabulary material which is excellent. I really appreciate her preparation of today's lesson, which was dynamic and fun as usual, as well as very useful. 
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About me - English

Hello. Konnichiwa. Thank you for visiting my profile.

I am Ikuko. I'm a native Japanese speaker and a certified Japanese teacher. I speak Japanese with a standard Japanese accent.

When I was child, I lived in Thailand for 3 years. And I enjoyed home-stay in America when I was a high school student.

Thanks to these experiences,I could have many happy opportunities to meet from various countries.They provided motivation for me to be a Japanese teacher.

I have a wide range of interests including cooking(especially Japanese dishes), watching sports (especially Sumo,volleyball and football ), reading (historical novels,non-fiction novels etc.), music (oldies,film music,classical music), travel(especially hot springs) and learning every culture around the world.

I'm extremely fond of foreign travel as well as domestic travel.

I love teaching Japanese and value spending time with the people whom I was able to meet.

I am friendly, patient, encouraging and helpful.

Qualifications & Experience


・After graduation from university I have completed the Japanese Teacher Training course,420 hours (including a Japanese teaching course with English cross-cultural component in UK).

・Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test (passed in 2001).


I started to work as a certified Japanese language teacher in 1999.

I have taught people who want to apply for entrance to university in Japan for more than eight years.

And I have taught people of various nationalities and professions. For example businessmen, engineers, lawyers, teachers, bank clerks, students, housewives. I have taught these people on one-to-one basis and in groups and in classes for more than seven years.

I also have taught intensive Japanese language courses.

Now I work in a Japanese language school and have online lessons for people living in Japan and in various countries.

Teaching Approach

Firstly I ask your aims. For example: to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, to enter universities, to work in Japan, to talk fluently.

For learners who want to pass JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) from level N1 to N5, I make the worksheets which are suitable for them. I am very glad to have passers every time

For learners who want to master Japanese completely, I make lesson plans in detail and create useful lessons.

For learners who want to practicing conversation, I make a plan based on your desired topic.

For learners who want to check reports in Japanese, after having lessons, I ask them to send me their reports. I check them and explain the mistakes or introduce various expressions.

I have more than 50 textbooks (for example, minna no nihongo, genki, Japanese for busy people, nihongo namachuukei, 200 essential Japanese expressions, 500 essential Japanese expressions, nihongo soumatome, kanzen masutaa, Japanese language proficiency test(level 1 ~5) exercise etc... ) and various worksheets I made.

I also can explain Japanese grammars and vocabularies in English, if you want.

I use picture cards and character cards for learners who prefer to not have explanations in English.

After each lesson, I'll send you homework as a review if you want.

I'm always ready to help you with a fresh mind, a positive attitude and a smile.

Thank you so much for reading.

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