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Meet Your Tutor

My name is Elly Darrah and I’ve been learning Japanese since 2012.

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

Through Ippo Ippo, I aim to help students have as positive, supported and exciting a learning experience as I myself have been fortunate to have.


  • 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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