EducationNational Academy school of fine arts New York, NY
Columbia University American Language Program, New York
Masumoto Color and Formative Design school, Osaka Japan
ExperienceSince 1999 I've been teaching Japanese in New York. I'm reliable, sincere and patient.
Help to improve Japanese communication skills and expression, master the fundamentals of grammar, attain a sophisticated level of vocabulary, learn idioms in naturalistic contexts, and explore the structures of advanced syntax
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HobbiesLanguage is alive. Year by year or even day by day keep producing a new expression. I always keep my eyes on new things of course for my profession as a Japanese teacher. I love make new materials for my students not let them get bored, too. When I'm off, I love painting and growing vegetables, herbs.
Client Reviews (4)
Very responsible tutor. Outlines lesson details with areas of improvement and gives good feedback on progress. Lessons and assignments are structured but Yuko-san is also understands each students needs are different and will craft lessons to target areas of weakness. Would highly recommend for students who are looking for consistency overall.
I've been studying Japanese off and on for about ten years, at various institutions and with a number of tutors, in Japan and the United States, and Yuko is by far the best, most dedicated and most thorough teacher I've ever had. She is knowledgeable and enthusiastic--Yuko helped me prepare a talk I had to give in Japanese on my dissertation and was genuinely interested in talking to me about the subject and in helping me translate my paper from English to Japanese. After the talk the professor even remarked on how beautiful my Japanese was! I highly recommend Yuko, she is wonderful.
I studied with Yuko for 9 years. I came to Yuko having had 3 courses of college Japanese and doing some independent study about 10 years previous. After such a long period of not studying I had forgotten a lot after such a long period of not studying at all, so by Japanese standards I was very much a "beginner." For the first year, I was not a particularly motivated student, but Ms. D's enthusiasm for teaching Japanese inspired me to increase my study load gradually, to the point that for the last 7 years I basically study as much as I can. I'm quite proud of the fact that I can read newspapers and literature in Japanese, as well as my ability to write in a variety of contexts. Proud as I may be of my ability to read the "Nikkei" comfortably, I realize that I would not have reached that level without Ms. D's help. Yuko pushed me to read authentic texts at a fairly early stage (after about a year), and she also encouraged me to write academic essays. As a veteran ESOL teacher of 20 years (16 as a public high school teacher), I am well aware of the importance of a teacher having passion for her subject and sensitivity to the needs and abilities of her students. At the beginning, Yuko supplied articles, such as from the Saturday "Living" section of the Nikkei (which has interesting, short articles, accompanied by graphic information, on Japanese society and customs), which I could master with some work without undue pain. I was also always impressed by Yuko's linguistic ability in providing fast and simple explanations to the student, deconstructing and evaluating grammatical points and vocabulary. Ms. D also deserves credit for her hard work and patience. She made my incomprehensible essays acceptably understandable, and although I insisted on "Japanese only" despite the difficulty of that approach in the beginning, she bore with me and somehow deciphered my baffling Japanese so that we actually could have meaningful conversations on complex topics during our sessions. Discovering that I COULD read in Japanese and write and speak on subjects in a sophisticated manner increased my confidence and motivation immeasurably, to the point I am at now of near fluency in all language skills of a language very difficult for Westerners to acquire. Thank-you Ms. D!
Yuko is an excellent teacher. I worked with her on Japanese conversation, writing and reading for approximately 5 years with positive results. Before starting with Yuko, I was an intermediate student with some Kanji memorized and basic conversational proficiency. She helped me get my reading to a level where we were eventually working through literature and academic texts. She is also an excellent resource for JLPT test preparation. Finally, she's able to recognize individual students' needs and tailor classes accordingly--in the end, the good conversations are what kept me coming back! I highly recommend this teacher!
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