Masumicafe Tutor Interview
- Q. Hello Masumicafe ! First of all, could you briefly introduce yourself?
A. Hello! My name is Masumi and I am a Japanese teacher. I now live in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Mie is a prefecture famous for its large shrine, the Ise Jingu Shrine, which is located near Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
After studying to teach Japanese at university and working in a Japanese company for about 5 years, I've been teaching Japanese online and in Japanese language schools since 2017. My students have taught me many new things, and I enjoy giving lessons every day.
- Q. Tell us about where you're from! Tell us about the town where you grew up.
A. I was born in Niigata Prefecture. There is a beautiful sea and mountains, and the rice, fish, and alcohol are very good.
In the summer, the sunset over the Sea of Japan is very beautiful. In winter, there are many ski resorts because of the snowfall.
It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo to Niigata by bullet train. We hope you'll come and visit us.
- Q. How did you become interested in teaching Japanese?
A. What was the reason...? I don't know myself, but I've been interested in foreign cultures and languages since I was little, and I've always wanted to speak the languages of different countries and make friends with people from all over the world.
When I was in high school, I read a book in the school library and learned for the first time that there was a job as a Japanese language teacher, and if I could teach Japanese, I thought I would be able to interact with people from all over the world through Japanese! I could work anywhere in the world! "Great!" So I chose a university where I could study how to teach Japanese.
- Q. When you're not giving Cafetalk's lessons, how do you spend your time? Let us know about your hobbies and interests.
A. When I have a long vacation, I often go on a trip. I like to travel both in Japan and abroad, and recently I went to Taiwan. I love to eat good food when I travel. Everyone, I'd like to know what you recommend to eat where you live!
I'm usually very laid back. I like to have a cup of tea and read a book. I'm also interested in dramas, movies and comics, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know. I also play my instrument sometimes. Have you ever heard of a musical instrument called "contrabass"?
- Q. Do you have any recommendations for people who are studying Japanese?
A. You can listen to podcasts and music in Japanese or use apps such as Quizlet to learn words...
It doesn't matter how you do it, but I think the important thing is to keep repeating your studies every day, even if it's just for a little bit. If you keep studying, you'll be able to speak well! It's best if you can use something you love (like books, sports, drama, music, food...) to keep you motivated.
I will also support you in the lessons so that you can continue to enjoy your studies!
- Q. For students who would be interested, please tell us about your lessons.
A. My lessons are made for students to do whatever they want. Lessons are held in a friendly atmosphere, so you will be able to relax and enjoy speaking in Japanese.
"I want to study Japanese for the first time", "I want to talk a lot", "I want to pass the JLPT!", "I want to ask a question about the grammar I don't understand", "I'd like to read the news" and other requests. I'll arrange the lesson to your needs. You can ask any questions you want.
You can also take lessons using textbooks such as "Genki" and "Minna no Nihongo". We aim to provide lessons where everyone can enjoy speaking Japanese rather than just doing practice problems.
- Q. Your diary pack lessons are the most popular! What do you think is the secret of its popularity?
A. I think the reason for the popularity is the detailed correction, feedback and the price that makes it easy to continue. Feedback is sent to you as a PDF so you can review it easily. I may also send you URLs that will help you with your studies.
The theme can be anything. For example, your part-time job, your work, your weekends, your childhood, your travels, your thoughts on TV and books, your hobbies... You can write about anything you like, so feel free to request it.
Writing also helps you review your grammar, so it's a good idea to practice writing once a week on a regular basis.
- Q. Do you have any other lessons you would like to recommend besides the diary lesson?
A. Besides the diary lesson, it is a conversation-based lesson. There are two types of lessons, "Japanese Conversation" and "Reading the News", but the content of both lessons varies from student to student. Please let me know your goals, what you want to do in Japanese, what you are interested in, and more! After you've written your journal, you can also request a conversation lesson to talk more about your journal.
- Q. Lastly, do you have a message for your students and those who have not taken your lessons yet?
A. Thank you so much for always taking my lessons! I'm very happy that so many people are learning Japanese. And it's always fun to talk with everyone in Japanese (^^)
I will do my best to support your Japanese learning by providing better lessons.
If you are new to my lessons, please feel free to sign up for a trial lesson, free talk lesson, or diary lesson if you are interested. I look forward to talking to you all.
Thank you for reading the interview so far!♪
I look forward to working with you in the future.