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Hello!  Thank you for visiting my profile page. My name is Kirsten, and I live in the beautiful state of Washington in the U.S.  I love teaching and I love Japan, so Cafetalk is the perfect space for me to combine these interests!

I have a Master's in Teaching and have taught English professionally for over 15 years.  Currently I teach ESL at a community college where I work with international students from primarily Asian countries, including Japan.  I teach oral communication, grammar, reading, writing and pronunciation classes.  I have also taught young children and have a 9-year-old whom I'm teaching some Japanese!

I studied Japanese and lived in Japan for many years, and I have a deep appreciation for Japanese language and culture.  In some ways I feel that I am more Japanese than American!  I spent most of my years in Kyoto, one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world.

I practice voluntary simplicity, and so my interests tend toward the simple and sustainable.  I love to knit and sew, hike, walk my dog through the park, ride bikes with my family, shop at the farmer's market, eat dark chocolate and sip red wine. 

I would love to share my life, skills, and experiences with you here. I look forward to meeting you!

Language Level
  • English Native
  • Japanese Proficient
  • Spanish Just a few words

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