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Yoshiko F.

Corte Madera, CA

$45/hr

Native speaker. Berkeley graduate.

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Background check passed as of 4/11/14
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University of California, Berkeley
History of Art, JP

Education

University of California, Berkeley (History of Art, JP)

About Yoshiko

Do you need help learning Japanese?
Planning a trip to Tokyo or Kyoto -- for business or for fun?
Do you want to improve your conversation skills?
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My name is Yoshiko, and I am a native from Tokyo. I've lived in Marin County for the last 12 years.
When I was living in Tokyo, I taught English to working professionals at Sony's own language school. In the San Francisco Bay Area, I've been helping young adults and children learn new skills (Japanese, art, computer programming). I also work as a Japanese translator and a part-time artist.

I understand what is like to learn a new language -- I've been there myself! I had to learn both Japanese and English while growing up, and have studied Spanish, German, Dutch, French, and Mandarin. Besides having to attend school and work in Japan/US, my own bilingual children are teaching me to be a better teacher every day.

My approach to teaching is flexible, current, and personal. We can work with your textbook, app, online resource or whatever material of your interest and choosing. Here are some suggestions for areas of focus for you:

== Conversation and speech: I can help improve your pronunciation and intonation, smoothing out "bumps" you may have in your delivery to sound more like a native. Also I can help you find a speech style that reflects how you want to be regarded, or what feels (more) natural to you. If you are an advanced speaker, we can focus on honorific and humble forms of speech -- you will make a great impression!

== Reading and comprehension: Increasing your reading ability will speed up your learning in other areas. I can assist you get through a book, article, or even manga -- and pick up some history and culture along the way!

== Writing: practice your hiragana/katakana, memorize more kanji, do transcription exercises, improve handwriting, or composing your first Japanese story.

I'd be happy to meet you in Corte Madera for a free 15 minute assessment and a 2-way interview. Then we can discuss a realistic goal and steps to get you there. If you like my plan, we can start your first lesson!

**Scheduling: My schedule is flexible during the summer. Please inquire about your preferred day and time -- I will do my best to accommodate!
**Rate discount is available for students who are willing to travel -- please ask!

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Yoshiko
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24 hours notice required

I offer rate discounts for traveling students!

Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of Corte Madera, CA 94925
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Language:
Japanese
Homeschool:
Japanese
Corporate Training:
Japanese

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Japanese

I am a native speaker, am Japanese university educated and I am a member of Japan Association of Translators (JAT).

University of California, Berkeley
History of Art, JP

Education

University of California, Berkeley (History of Art, JP)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer rate discounts for traveling students!

Travel policy

Yoshiko will travel within 18 miles of Corte Madera, CA 94925.

Background Check Status for Yoshiko F.

Yoshiko F. passed a background check on 4/11/14. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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