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Alisa I.

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Hi everyone!  I'm Alisa☆


I live in Beach City which is on the west coast of the U.S.☆ I've been in the States for more than 20 years.

I'm an English instructor at HAPA Eikaiwa Premium Course Community☆

I started studying English in junior high school and I fell in love with it. In my first year in high school, I went on an exchange program and stayed with a homestay family in Seattle, WA. When I was in university, I went on a one year exchange program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill☆ My faculty in university was Foreign Languages and my major was Linguistics. After I graduated from university, I worked as an English teacher at a major eikaiwa (English conversation) school for about 5 years. I moved to the U.S. after I got maried. I've always wanted to teach English online and because my youngest son is now in high school, I finally have the opportunity to do it.☆ 

My score for TOEIC is 970 and I passed Eiken Level 1.

I believe there are many students who think that they cannot speak English despite the fact they've studied so hard. Why is that? In my opinion, rather than saying it's because students didn't learn how to get used to speaking English, it's because they weren't taught that way.

English is a "skill". Speaking skill,  Reading skill,  Listening skill,  Writing skill.  Pronunciation is also a skill. To learn and acquire a skill, you need to practice. Unfortunately, it doesn't just become part of you. In the case of kids, it's easier for them to learn because it is their mother tongue. If you've reached a certain age and you're learning English, the learning process is totally different. 

Recently, the terms "English circuit" and "English brain" are widely used. This is not just for the returnees from overseas, but the term "English circuit" is also commonly used for Japanese people who have mastered English as a foreign language. For example, in the case of "statement ⇔ question ⇔ negative sentence", you can change the forms instantly without hesitating. You can change the grammar in your head automatically. In addition, you won't think about it in Japanese because you can understand English as it is. That's the reason why you can "speak" it.

It's true that no one is perfect from the beginning. It's something that needs repetition. To set up your "English circuit", you can start with simple and short sentences and practice the sentences until you can say them smoothly. Once the "English circuit" has been set up, your next step is to try to read longer and more complicated sentences. When you can do this, you'll be able to express yourself more naturally in English. 

To me, I don't think English is that difficult to learn. Yet, in order to "speak" English, you need to acquire the "skill". I can teach you how to improve your English skills using the learning methods I've acquired.

I always want to help people so they can speak English better. I'd be glad if I can help those who want to improve their English.☆ Let's try our best!


Hope to see you soon!

me & my host family

Halloween at the college dorm

70s party

with my roomie

me & my host parents today

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