University of Geneva, Switzerland (Japanese, Ancient Roman History, Latin)
University of Tokyo (PHD Candidate for 2 years) (Other)
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Although I am a new tutor at Wyzant, I have been teaching French and Japanese since 2000. I started tutoring in Switzerland and Japan, and have been teaching in the Bay Area since 2014. I work with people of all ages and all levels, from young kids to adults. My Japanese-language clients are predominantly professionals looking to improve their fluency and cultural knowledge for their work. I have experience with one-on-one lessons, Skype lessons, and schoolroom classes. To my regular Japanese-language students, I provide an exclusive newsletter about buzz in Japan, fun tips, Japanese related events in the Bay Area, and more. Additionally, I offer a complementary travel curation service for my students who travel to Tokyo and want to receive recommendations to places, art exhibitions, new hot spots and more. These complements to my lessons will help my clients connect even more with Japan and its culture.
I was born and raised in Switzerland. Because my father is Swiss and my mother is Japanese, I have spoken French and Japanese since childhood. As a youth, I spent summers in Japan with extended family. While I was an undergraduate student, I worked as a French teacher for foreign students at école Lémania in Switzerland, and also as a Latin tutor to junior and high school students for 2 years.
At the University of Geneva in Switzerland, I earned a “Licence es Lettres”, equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Japanese, ancient Roman history and Latin. After graduating, I moved to Tokyo to pursue a doctorate in ancient Japanese grammar at the University of Tokyo. However, I left the doctorate program after two years when I found a greater calling in Tokyo's fashion world. I worked for a variety of international fashion and import firms, consulted for Japanese imports companies, wrote for Japanese magazines, and tutored Japanese and French. I still work as an interpreter and consultant for a variety of Japanese companies and I go back to Japan regularly.
I love teaching and teaming up with my students to help them achieve their goals. It’s fulfilling to watch their personal progress. I adjust every lesson to my students’ requests and needs. I like to collaboratively decide on what learning materials work best and regularly update my personal educational library. While I use various books, games, and magazines I have picked up internationally, I am always open to using my students’ preferred materials. I also create custom exercises and lesson plans when needed.
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Let me share a little about myself...
Although I am a new tutor at Wyzant, I have been teaching French and Japanese since 2000. I started tutoring in Switzerland and Japan, and have been teaching in the Bay Area since 2014. I work with people of all ages and all levels, from young
For the first lesson, I offer an introductory discounted rate of $49 an hour.
For a little bit of background about myself, I am a community manager with a minor degree in Japanese. Due to a change in my team's roles, my job description now requires more than just being able to read and comprehend Japanese -- I now regularly write posts in Japanese, too. Since moving to the Bay Area a few years ago, I have not had the opportunity to use my writing skills regularly.
My search quickly ended with Nathalie because her background was everything I needed. She is a native Japanese speaker who worked in a similar field posting articles regularly for various audiences in Japanese. She also answers all my questions concerning cultural nuances behind certain words and expressions to boot! I had been way out of practice with composing long, complicated sentences, and had a few cobwebs to clear up with a good amount of grammar points and keigo (honorable language). In our first lesson, and consequently our first couple of emails/lessons, Nathalie quickly assessed my skill level, and keeps me as immersed in the language as possible for my educational benefit. She continues to challenge me with every lesson, and is always happy when she sees me progress in my understanding of translations and writing composition. If you are looking to develop a certain writing style, she can definitely help you with that.
Nathalie is someone who can help you progress to Japanese native fluency, regardless of whether or not you're a beginner. She will always meticulously plan your lessons according to your end goal, and make sure you achieve it. As long as you put in the effort, and maintain that passion for the language and culture, she can take you a very long way! I am very glad that I chose her as my tutor.
Yuki is a native French speaker (native fluent Japanese too!). She's attentive, experienced and helpful. She understands how to teach language and is both professional and down-to earth. In short, she is excellent.
In our first session, Yuki was able to explain clearly and easily how to use a couple of confusing particles that show up frequently in Japanese. I've gone through a number of grammar books looking for answers to how to use these particles but often ended up even more confused. Yuki has a simple and direct way to her teaching style that turns the complicated into the uncomplicated. By shining her light on perplexing subjects, she's made learning Japanese understandable and fun. Yuki is a natural teacher and I look forward to learning more from her.
I am half Japanese and have had a hard time finding a course that is relevant and appropriate for my particular level. Yuki has helped me create a custom course that challenges me in areas of strength while also addressing my weaknesses. She goes beyond teaching from the textbook and uses real life materials-articles, current events, emails, etc.-to create a relevant and flexible curriculum. This is much more motivating and useful than the often abstract material used in typical language classes! Furthermore, I really appreciate the time she devotes outside of our lessons, correcting my emails, answering my questions, and sending me articles. Yuki is an awesome tutor and cares about her students!
My son struggled with French all first semester. We started with Yuki about February or March, (my son's grade had dropped to a D). Yuki worked so hard with my son and got his grade up to a B by the end of the semester. He NEVER would have done it without her!!
I have been teaching myself Japanese with the help of books, tapes and tutors. Nathalie has been very helpful in providing suplimental materials and helping guide my studies. She carefully prepares material we have agreed to work on and keeps close track of the goals and plans we have set for the session.
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I am a native French speaker who has graduated from the University of Geneva in Literature. I studied Latin for 11 years, which gives me a strong base for understanding both the development of French as a language and French grammar. I have worked as a French teacher for foreign students at École Lémania in Switzerland for two years, and taught Latin to junior and high school private students.
I use various books and magazines I have picked up internationally and am always open to using my students' preferred materials. I like to collaboratively decide on what learning materials work best and am regularly updating my personal educational library. I also create custom exercises when needed and develop tailor-made programs based on individual needs.
I am a native Japanese speaker with an international upbringing. I studied Japanese literature and ancient Japanese grammar at the University of Geneva where I graduated with a License es Letters (equivalent to Bachelor of Arts degree). I then studied at the University of Tokyo for two years in a PhD program, and worked for 10 years as a PR, consultant and editor in Tokyo, as well as a French/Japanese tutor.
I regularly go back to Japan and update my personal educational library as well. To my regular Japanese-language students, I provide an exclusive newsletter about buzz in Japan, fun tips, Japanese related events in the Bay Area, and more. This complement to my lessons will help my clients connect even more with Japan and its culture.