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Paul R.

Tacoma, WA

$45/hour

Japan BizDev, etc.

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 7/30/14

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Rider University
Business Administrat
ICU (International Christian University), Tokyo
Other
Stanford Univ.
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rider University (Business Administrat)

ICU (International Christian University), Tokyo (Other)

Stanford Univ. (Graduate Coursework)

About Paul

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.

Nowadays, I translate modern Japanese novels into English, am a volunteer translator at a bonsai art museum and school in Tokyo (when I am there), and occasionally do some business coaching.

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, grammar, 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, etc.

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.
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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required

For more than one student or in the case of special prep, rates may change. Generally, sessions should be 90 minutes.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Tacoma, WA 98407
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
Public Speaking
Language:
Japanese
Business:
Business,
Public Speaking

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Business

I am a native English speaker, with advanced business-level Japanese (written & spoken) capabilities.

I worked for both Japanese and U.S. companies in Tokyo for some 40 years. Primary field was high-tech (aerospace,automotive, aviation, defense, software, system integration and telecommunications), but I also have experience with financial systems.

Moreover, I completed a mini-MBA at Stanford Univ.

Japanese

After 5 years as a Naval Aviator, I took Intensive Japanese and related studies for three years at International Christian University in Tokyo. And for the next nearly 40 years, I worked in Tokyo first in market research/translation, then as an aviation/defense journalist and -- for most of my career -- in Japan business development and market research for U.S. high-tech companies.

I have always enjoyed tutoring and coaching non-Japanese trying to learn the language: While at TRW Overseas Inc. HQ in Tokyo, for over 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. For almost 20 years, I tutored non-Japanese beginners learn Japanese at the Kichijoji Community Center in Tokyo.

From my personal experience as a non-Japanese adult who became business-fluent in spoken and written Japanese, my approach is to help students to first learn 50 Japanese verbs. Of course, this is done in parallel with textbook study. The purpose of mastering these 50 verbs as soon as possible is that it facilitates learning verb-conjugation rules and it gives the student confidence.
Other parts of speech, grammar, 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 video about subjects that they like: e.g., sports, arts, history, etc.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your interests and how my experience might help you reach your objectives.

Rider University
Business Administrat
ICU (International Christian University), Tokyo
Other
Stanford Univ.
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rider University (Business Administrat)

ICU (International Christian University), Tokyo (Other)

Stanford Univ. (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

For more than one student or in the case of special prep, rates may change. Generally, sessions should be 90 minutes.

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 30 miles of Tacoma, WA 98407.