I have been studying Japanese off and on for over 10 years. I started studying in high school and minored in Japanese Language and Literature at the University of Utah. I lived in Hokkaido, Japan for nearly two years and currently work for a Japanese candy company in Irvine. While I am not a native Japanese speaker I can assist you in learning Japanese language and culture from an American perspective. While I, too, am always studying reading and writing I excel at conversational Japanese.
I actually am a linguist of sorts as I also have a minor in Mandarin Chinese and have dabbled in Spanish, Korean, Farsi and Arabic. I understand the difficulty in learning a language and can help you focus on the most important aspects of Japanese while keeping an open mind to the nuances and difficulties of the language.
Hopefully we will learn together soon!
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