Japanese language is my life's work and teaching Japanese allows me to share my love of the language with others. My students all receive a comprehensive learning package: Reading, Writing and Speaking. My teaching does not use romaji (Japanese language transliteration into English characters). Rather, I teach the Japanese alphabet (kana) from the very start and once that is solid, we move onto actual Japanese characters (kanji), grammar, pronunciation and conversation. I use an excellent textbook and my students have been pleased with the results. The textbook I use has the distinction of being the only Japanese textbook in the United States that is also used by native Japanese students in Japan. I also use Japanese children's books, comics (manga) and even phone apps as a way to engage my students and get them excited for Japanese!
** So, why sign up with me when you could work with a Japanese native? Because there are advantages to having a native English speaker teach you Japanese. Beginners do not necessarily need a Japanese native with high-level Japanese fluency because Beginners are not doing high-level Japanese. Beginners need somebody who can teach them the basics and truly explain Japanese language concepts, some of which are so basic that a native speaker only knows them instinctively. Most native Japanese speakers will often know "whether", rather than "why". In this same fashion, being a native speaker of English does not automatically mean that person is qualified to teach English. Performing and teaching are two different things. Proper teaching is the vehicle that gets you to performing. I love to teach and my English language skills allow me to really get into the student's head and explain a concept 100 different ways, if necessary. My number one goal is getting through to my students, rather than throwing 1 hour of immersion at them a week and hope that something sticks.
*** I also teach online via Skype! So if you have a computer and internet access, you can receive my Japanese instruction from anywhere in the world. ***
Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you!
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