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My name is Elly Darrah and I began learning Japanese in 2012.

I began tutoring back in 2018, leaving my job to start Ippo Ippo Japanese in 2020. From then until summer 2024, I helped students to achieve goals such as preparing for study abroad or travel in Japan, passing the JLPT and improving their overall conversational fluency.

As I’ve recently changed to a new career, I’m sadly no longer able to teach Japanese. However, this website and its resources will remain here for the foreseeable future.

Happy learning!


  • Elly is a brilliant teacher: kind, encouraging, with classes crammed full of interesting learning opportunities.


  • I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Elly as a Japanese tutor to anyone looking to learn the language. I have been working with Elly for several months now and my confidence and proficiency levels have been raised tremendously!


  • Well prepared, friendly, dedicated, knowledgeable...all the best you can get from an educator squeezed in one person! Highly recommended.


  • Since starting lessons with Elly, my confidence in speaking has rapidly grown. They are an extremely understanding and patient teacher, and create a learning environment where I am not afraid to make mistakes.


  • I have studied Japanese for a long time with various teachers as well as alone, and working with Elly is the most driven I've felt in years. I can't recommend them enough if you're studying for the JLPT or even if you're just starting out with Japanese.


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