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Deborah O.

9 yrs. in Tokyo, 16 yrs. translating, 3 yrs. teaching children

Kirkland, WA (98034)

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If you find yourself struggling with particles or other confusing elements of Japanese grammar, get the perspective of a someone who is fluent, but has the perspective of a foreigner. I am a Japanese tutor and translator with 3 years of experience teaching children, 16 years experience in translation, 9 years experience living in the trendy Shibuya district of Tokyo. I have B.S. with honors in child/developmental psychology, with an emphasis in linguistic and symbolic development from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from the University of Washington in Japanese Art History. I passed the Level 1 (highest level of proficiency) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. My hobbies are cooking, cinema, and Spanish. If you need someone who is understanding and patient, let me help!

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After completing a Master's degree in Japanese Art History, I lived in Shibuya, a trendy district of Tokyo for 9 years to continue studying. I taught English to children between ages 3 and 16 for three years, while in Tokyo, and then became a translation/localization professional, which I continue on a free-lance basis from the house, while raising my son.

Japanese syntax, which shares similarities with Altaic languages, differs greatly from English, which causes native English speakers to struggle when learning. As someone who is fluent and has extensive experience with Japanese, I can offer the perspective of someone who struggled as a foreigner but ultimately came to understand the trickier aspects of this extremely interesting and fun language.

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B.S. Degree

University of Washington (Master's)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

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Deborah will travel within 10 miles of Kirkland, WA 98034.

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