Konnichiwa! My name is Midori Miyake.
After I graduated from university, I worked for a long time in a Japanese company, but a little while after getting married, I quit my job. After that, I studied and became a Japanese language teacher. I normally do yoga for my health. I think it's important to continue little by little everyday.
When learning Japanese, there are some times when it is fun and there are probably times when it is really difficult. But by continuing little by little you can improve your Japanese language ability and then if you can find some pleasure in using your Japanese in the classes I will be so glad.
With language learning, speaking a lot is the path to improving. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, let's just speak a lot of Japanese! I am looking forward to speaking Japanese with you all.
Japanese Teaching Style
What kinds of activities do you include in your online Japanese classes?
We practice self-introductions, numbers, and easy questions so that you can use them practically.
For absolute beginners in the Japanese language, we have Roman alphabet readings and English explanations for you to follow so you can easily start learning Japanese.
You will be able to learn how to use basic everyday Japanese.
We have Roman alphabet readings and English explanations for you to follow so you can easily practice conversations in the classes. In the conversation practices I include the day's target grammar and you practice it with other grammar phrases. We repeat each phrase over and over with different situations and example sentences in class so that you can learn how to say it and use it naturally.
Beginner 2 progresses from Beginner 1 and you learn how to use natural and practical expressions in daily conversation. We do not just practice the day's target phrase but also include different grammar that you learned in Beginner 1 so that you can practice various grammar structures repeatedly. The aim us to get you to learn natural expressions and be able to use them in conversation.
The LRC Training class
This class aims to train you to listen to Japanese accents and also to speak with correct pronunciation. The goal is to be able to speak well, so it is important to make mistakes along the way. Some students are not able to pronounce some words well, but as they continue with the classes, they improve gradually. You can improve your sentence breaks too; so for example students who would repeat sentences while putting a break after each word, become able to put breaks in the sentences after long phrases correctly when they repeat the sentences. If you are hesitant about joining the class, please give it a go once. And don’t give up after just one try, take on the challenge many times. You can enjoy these lessons almost like playing a game.
Please share your thoughts on teaching and learning Japanese.
In my classes, we don't just learn the day's target lesson but also we aim to get you to use the phrases to talk about yourself.
The lessons also include free conversation, not just sentence practicing, and have a lot of opportunities to talk. If you have something that you want to talk about but do not know the vocabulary or how to say it, don't worry, we learn how to do this as well through lots of conversations.
I also teach you new words and phrases so you can learn a lot of new language in the classes. And if you ever get that feeling of regret, like 'I wish I had said this or that at that time...' - that too is part of the progress aimed at in the classes. Just try to be proactive in your conversations and try to speak out as much as possible.
Also in the lessons, I sometimes introduce some points about Japanese culture and lifestyle. Let's enjoy comparing the cultural differences in the conversations.
Graduated from BAIKA Women’s University, Department of English and American Literature in Faculty of Literature
Graduated from Otemae University Correspondence Courses, Department of Modern Social Studies, completed the Japanese Language Teacher Training Program