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Kana M.

LanguageBird Japanese Instructor

My name is Kana, and I’m based in Chicago, IL. Though I was born and raised in Japan, I grew up bilingual having lived in the U.S. for two years during my childhood. I attended an international school in Kobe throughout my teens. I also studied Spanish and French in my teens and use Spanish regularly to this day since my in-laws are Mexican. When I speak Japanese (when I’m not teaching), I speak a dialect called Kansai-ben, which is particular to the Osaka area. So, I’m proud to say I’m fluent in many languages! I’m excited to support your learning process and to show you there are countless ways to learn a language. With me, you’ll find a creative learning experience and a safe space that is patient and thoughtful.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in art history and a Master’s in Non-profit Management. I previously worked in art museums but transitioned to teaching after home-schooling my then pre-schooler for two and a half years during the pandemic. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and a trauma-informed Children’s Yoga Teacher (CYT95). Lastly, I write and translate for a Japanese-language magazine called TORJA, based in Toronto, Canada.

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