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Hello and thanks for this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself. I first arrived in Japan in 1978 and I have been studying the Japanese language ever since. The ability to speak, read and write Japanese has grown to be the single most important factor of my 30-year career as I have worked for several Japanese companies or American companies doing business with Japanese companies.
I lived in Japan for a total of 8 years. Two of those years were back in 1978 to 1980 on the island of Hokkaido. Ten years later I lived in Tokyo for 5 years. And in the last few years I have made several long-term business trips to the Kyoto area. I was last in Japan on 15Sep2012 for business meetings in Tokyo.
Living in three vastly different areas of Japan has enriched my understanding of the various aspects of the national culture and exposed me to different dialects. However, I should make it clear that I only tutor the Kanto (Tokyo area), or standard, Japanese.
I have taught Japanese classes for the Japan-America Society of Houston and for the Continuing Education Program at the University of Houston where I graduated with a business degree. In addition, I have taught Japanese to my peers at several of the companies where I have worked. Currently, I am teaching the beginner level Japanese course for the Japan-America Society of San Antonio.
If you are a brand-new beginning student of Japanese or if you have taken a few courses and want to brush up on your skills, please consider working with me as your tutor. My hours are usually very flexible so let's improve on your Japanese.
In addition, living and working overseas has given me an appreciation for my own language and history as well as a greater understanding of world geography.
I provide complete tutoring in conversational and written English for the non-native English speaker. I taught ESL at both the University of Houston and while living in Japan. I currently tutor foreign graduate level college students at the University of Texas.
Grammar can be just as friendly as your Grandma. Let me show you why.
Whether you've just begun or have reached an intermediate level, I can help you out. Even some more advanced topics are OK as well.
Whether writing an essay for a school assignment or sending a quick email to report on the status of a project at work, being able to transfer one's thoughts and ideas to the written form is both exciting and challenging. You know how much you enjoy reading a good book or even a witty article online. Well, somebody had to write those words. And, just like you, that somebody had to first learn how to put pen to paper using the world's second oldest form of communication.
Let me show you how to build your writing skills.
Absolutely perfect! — Selecting Doug as my tutor for learning Japanese has quite seriously been one of the best decisions I've made regarding my studies. He has such a wealth of knowledge of not only the Japanese language but also of the culture of the country. What has especially been invaluable to me is that he has a lot of experience using "Business Japanese" which is something that had been difficult for me to lear ...
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