I am retired, and live with my family in suburban Seattle. After 5 years as a Naval Aviator, I took Intensive Japanese
and related studies in Tokyo for three years. And for the next 40 years, I worked in Tokyo first in market research/translation, then as an aviation/defense journalist and -- for most of my career -- in market research and business
development for U.S. automotive and high-tech companies in Japan and NE Asia.
I have always enjoyed tutoring and coaching non-Japanese trying to learn the language
o While at TRW Overseas Inc. HQ in Tokyo, for 12 years my collateral duty was to mentor and coach our intern program. These interns were U.S. engineering grads with a basic knowledge of spoken and written Japanese. During their one-year internship, they used Japanese in their progressively advancing work responsibilities centering on research (spoken and written) on Japanese technology.
o And for almost 20 years, I tutored non-Japanese beginners learning Japanese at the Kichijoji Community Center in Tokyo.
From my own experience as a non-Japanese adult learning Japanese, my approach is to help the student first learn 50 Japanese verbs. Of course, this is done in parallel with their textbook study. The purpose of mastering these 50 verbs as soon as possible is that it facilitates learning verb conjugation rules and gives the student confidence.
Other parts of speech
, and vocabulary
are then learned in the order introduced by their textbooks. And when a student reaches a basic level of comfort with Japanese, I supplement their study with comics, articles and videos about subjects that they like: e.g., sports, arts, history
I would welcome the opportunity to hear about your interests and discuss how my experience and approach to learniing Japanese might be helpful to you.
12 hours notice required
Travels within 40 miles of Gig Harbor, WA 98332