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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Speech Communication)
University of California, Davis (J.D.)
My love of Japanese started right after college when I lived and worked in Japan for a year. I lived in Kanazawa, a medium sized city far from Tokyo, Osaka, or other big Japanese cities. Not many people in Kanazawa spoke English so I started learning and speaking Japanese the day I arrived.
A few years later I moved to Japan again and lived and worked in a small town far from any city for two years and then lived in Tokyo and worked in Japanese companies for three more years. I made lots of friends and every day saw the context in which Japanese was used. The best way to learn Japanese is to know the social context in which the language is spoken. I am very familiar with Japanese in the workplace, Japanese in social situations, Japanese during business negotiations, and Japanese in a family situation.
All together I spent a total of 15 years living and working in Japan. At two different times I worked as a diplomat in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. My wife is Japanese and we taught our son to speak Japanese just like a native speaker.
Some aspects of learning Japanese will apply in all situations. For example, it is normal and good manners for someone speaking Japanese to pause between thoughts much longer than English speakers do. Other aspects of Japanese will only apply in a business setting. For example, Japanese speakers can decline a business proposal by responding, “I would like to study your suggestion with a positive outlook”. My instruction will address these and other and other customs one needs to know to communicate well in Japanese.
I can teach beginner Japanese, Japanese for tourists, Japanese for students, Japanese for business travelers, and just about any other type of Japanese. My instruction will utilize interactive role play and videos. From my own experience I know that different people learn languages in different ways. I will work with you to determine the best way for you to learn. For the student who wants to focus on reading and writing I can teach those skills as well.
Everyone I know who has visited Japan loves the experience and the people. I want to teach Japanese so more people can enjoy Japanese culture and have the chance to meet Japanese people.
My love of Japanese started right after college when I lived and worked in Japan for a year. I lived in Kanazawa, a medium sized city far from Tokyo, Osaka, or other big Japanese cities. Not many people in Kanazawa spoke English so
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Very helpful in teaching Japanese. He's spent a considerable amount of time in Japan and he's very knowledgeable about the language and culture, and genuinely wants to help you learn.
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