Ikuko S : Japanese
Ikuko S
Japanese Native
Sessions: 5792
Last class: 2 days
 869 Reviews: 100% Positive
£15.55 / €17.88 / $20.18
  Hello, my name is Ikuko S and I'm 46 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 can speak the following languages fluently: Japanese, English.  
My Latest Feedback
30 Jun 2020
 Lots of good practice this morning on a difficult grammar point - I am really beginning to feel that I understand the causative in Japanese thanks to Ikuko san's excellent and patient coaching. Looking forward to beginning lessons again after the summer vacation break! 
23 Jun 2020
 Excellent lesson, structured around my language needs but also my interests. Ikuko san as always, very patient, very encouraging, and never letting me off the hook of having to try to make my own examples for the practice on new grammar points. 
16 Jun 2020
 Ikuko san makes me work hard to find the right sentence structure and vocabulary myself but is always ready with an encouraging hint and a positive remark after my try. I always come out of every lesson feeling good about the progress I am making. 
02 Jun 2020
Mary S
 I had a trial lesson this morning with Ikuko. It was very fun and engaging. We chatted and she typed out my input along with the corrections so I could learn where my mistakes were :) 
01 Jun 2020
Jordan Y
 Fantastic lesson. We jumped right in and had a lot of fun. She is prepared, thorough, and willing to answer any questions one may have about Japanese. 
27 May 2020
Janice K
 I enjoyed the practice exercises that she prepared for the lesson.  
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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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