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Emily - Prof japanese - Waterloo
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  • (8 reviews)
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Robert
« Perfect! So far my experience with Emily as my Japanese tutor have been very... More »
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Robert
« Perfect! So far my experience with Emily as my Japanese tutor have been very positive. She is able to tailor her lessons on the fly to reinforce my strengths for a confidence boost and in turn use that momentum to help me grasp points that I struggle with. She is very passionate about Japanese as well as teaching and that comes out in her lessons. I would recommend Emily 10/10. »
$50/h
Profile and Qualifications Verified
Response Time 18h
Lesson formats available..
  • One-to-one
Lessons can be held..
Subjects taught
  • Japanese
  • Vocabulary - Japanese
  • Oral expression - Japanese
  • Oral comprehension - Japanese
  • Written comprehension - Japanese
  • Written expression - Japanese
Levels
  • All Levels

Advanced Japanese Teacher with 7 Year's Successful Teaching Experience, Studying at USYD

Methodology

I tailor Japanese lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

Do you want to learn Japanese to be able to travel in Japan?

Does your child need help with Japanese classes?

Are you just interested in learning more about Japan?

If you want to achieve learning goals such as becoming fluent or you'd prefer more relaxed lessons I'm able to accommodate.

With over 7 years of one-on-one teaching experience, I am able to create lessons to work towards your goals with a wealth of resources, network and knowledge behind us.

I understand the frustration and difficulty of being new to learning Japanese, unlike native speakers, because I have done it myself.

I can thoughtfully go through nuances and parts in language where I often see English-background speakers and Chinese-background speakers trip up because of my many experiences with language learners.

In short, a lesson with me will for a beginner will look like us working through the basics together in an engaging and simple method. We will work in clustered units, moving up through attainable levels only after you feel confident with the material, tailored to your schedule and your pace.

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Background

Konnichiwa, my name is Emily!

I have an undergraduate degree in Japanese language and culture from The University of Adelaide. Currently I'm studying post-graduate economics at Sydney University.

I am accredited with the internationally recognised Japanese Language Proficiency Test, level N2. I've been on exchange to Japan in high school and in university and even featured on Japanese national TV!

I've been teaching Japanese for over 7 years to adults and children. Many of my students have successfully been abroad and used their language skills in Japan.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Rates

Travel Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $50/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $200
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $400

Details

Cancellation policy: cancellation of the lesson 24 hours before will incur non-refundable lesson fee.

Late policy: if the student is 15 minutes or later to the lesson/meeting place for the lesson, the lesson will be cancelled and a non-refundable lesson fee will be incurred.

Assignment policy: I respect the anti-plagiarism policies of all universities and do not offer to complete any and all graded coursework assignments of any form. I am however available to help students polish their skills in preparation for completing coursework on their own.

Lesson formats available..
One-to-one
Lessons can be held..
at your place
Subjects taught
  • Japanese
  • Vocabulary - Japanese
  • Oral expression - Japanese
  • Oral comprehension - Japanese
  • Written comprehension - Japanese
  • Written expression - Japanese
Levels
  • All Levels

8 reviews on Emily
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Robert

Perfect! So far my experience with Emily as my Japanese tutor have been very positive.

She is able to tailor her lessons on the fly to reinforce my strengths for a confidence boost and in turn use that momentum to help me grasp points that I struggle with.

She is very passionate about Japanese as well as teaching and that comes out in her lessons.

I would recommend Emily 10/10.

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Makhosi

Perfect! Emily is an amazingly patient, intelligent and friendly tutor. Her ability to tailor her lessons to your needs is nothing short of professional. If you’re looking to learn some Japanese whether it be basic or quite advanced Emily is the person to go to! ありがとうエメリー先生!!

Emily's response

Makhosi is a linguist and it shows! He dedicates a lot of consideration and interest to Japanese outside and inside of the lesson and I'm sure he will reach his fluency goals soon!

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Keren

Perfect! Emily is super lovely. Great and prompt communication and very organised and thoughtful in her approach. we are looking forward to working with her for the long term!

Emily's response

Keren was delightful to communicate with. She is very flexible and accommodating. You couldn't ask for more!

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Brandon

Perfect! Highly Recommend Emily as a Japanese tutor. Thanks for the session Emily, I have been trying to self learn but wanted to find a tutor to chat with and get a grasp on all the confusion points I ran into. I did my first session with Emily so far and cannot wait to continue! we ran over a bit but she was happy to continue the lesson, she is very attentive, personalised in the way she teaches and offers great tactics to memorise challenging grammar.

Emily's response

Brandon is an A+ student. He has a great attitude towards learning and is very willing and open to listen to instruction. He gives it his best and isn't afraid of failure in order to improve. He is timely, well mannered and devoted to his study.

4 recommendations

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Lauren

I studied with Emily sensei for about 6 months and she was able to custom tailor my lessons around my unique experience and could adjust to my needs. Emily sensei is also friendly and attentive so is a caring and understanding tutor.

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Mikaela

Emily is a great Japanese teacher - highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Japan and it's culture. Would recommend!

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Nina

Emily is such a fun and helpful lady! I absolutely loved learning Japanese with her. It's such a tricky language to get your head around some times, but she was always willing to slow down and re-explain things where i needed. Plus! Her passion for the language (and Japanese culture more generally) is super motivating!

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Jason

Emily is an excellent and attentive Japanese teacher, who adapts her classes according to the level of the student. Her classes are very dynamic and fun. It makes you want to keep learning Japanese. I was taught by her for a number of months, and without her support and encouragement, I don’t believe I would be driven to further my learning in the language. I recommend 10/10 :)

Interview with Emily

QUESTION 01 | 07
Did you grow up speaking this language? Or were you inspired by a trip abroad, an individual or a certain aspect of the culture?
Emily — I didn't grow up speaking Japanese. I really enjoyed the pop culture from the time I was in primary school and continued to learn Japanese throughout my schooling, eventually majoring in Japanese in university and going on exchange twice.
QUESTION 02 | 07
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Emily — Its really hard to choose just one character to represent the whole culture but I think, for me, I would choose Sailor Moon! She's always positive, even in seemingly impossible situations and of course, her stereotypical sailor uniform is a landmark of Japanese culture. Some students in Japan even choose their schools based on the look of the uniform. She represents the moon princess, which goes back to an old Japanese folklore about Kaguya-sama, the moon princess and her name, Usagi (rabbit), is symbolic of the "rabbit" on the moon that Japanese people say they see in the craters of the moon (rather than the man-on-the-moon that we see in the West). The moon has a special place in many Japanese peoples' hearts and is a part of all of our daily lives. All of the stories around the moon that represent the special cultural significance of the moon in Japanese culture are represented by Sailor Moon, who even today is still a widely recognised character both in Japan and outside of Japan, almost 30 years after her first appearance!
QUESTION 03 | 07
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or expression in the language that you particularly like?
Emily — I like the expression「空気を読む」which literally translates to "read the air" and is the equivalent of "reading the room" in English. A lot of communication seems to happen in the air in Japan!
QUESTION 04 | 07
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Emily — I always enjoyed studying Japanese at school and learning more about the culture. Languages have always interested me and I made it a personal goal of mine to do whatever it took to reach fluency in Japanese as a point of pride, I suppose. I didn't want eight years of study to surmount to nothing! And the friends and connections both inside and outside of Japan I've made through being fluent in Japanese will last for the rest of my life, which is something irreplaceable.
QUESTION 05 | 07
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Emily — I think the writing system is something that trips up a lot of beginners. There are 3 alphabets in Japanese, and one of them, kanji, contains thousands of symbols! To be able to read a newspaper in Japan you need to know around 2,000 kanji and even to function in everyday Japan you need at least 700. To English or European language speakers, kanji might just look like a bunch of scribbles, but I think the best way to learn kanji for people of these backgrounds is to understand the "radicals" or smaller parts within a kanji and make a story out of them related to the meaning of the kanji.
QUESTION 06 | 07
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Emily — When I went on exchange to rural Japan in high school, after about 1.5 months with my first host family, I was experiencing seemingly impervious cultural and language barriers.

The company I was on exchange with had to intervene and I was on a phone call with the regional manager. The regional manager asked me why I was "acting out" and I gave her examples of where I was made to sit up late at night in the family's karaoke bar, keeping the old men customers company and where they didn't provide me with reliable lunches and dinners so some days I didn't eat anything at all.

The manager said that was no excuse and I should count myself lucky that they accepted me into their homes and should go around with a smile on my face and apologise straight after the call. I refused. She threatened me saying "If you don't make nice with your family, we'll send you back home to Australia! You don't want to be a failure do you?"

I stood my ground and said, "That's fine, its better than staying in this family!"

She then hung up and contacted my mother in Australia to persuade her that I was misbehaving and that I wanted to be on the next flight home. My poor mother was completely unaware that there had been any issues at all and after a phone call with me, she demanded the company find a new family for me and maintained that I was not in the wrong.

I had a very turbulent next few days, between being thrown out of my host family's house at midnight, being adopted by my school principal for three days and then being put on display at my school club's end of year BBQ to attract a new family. Finally, I was accepted by the club's second-in-command teacher and I went to spend the remainder of my exchange with them and their 3 and 1 year old sons.

I was fed, taught about the language and culture, and loved infinitely by my second host family! I made memories and friendships I will have for the rest of my life! If I hadn't stood up for myself at that crucial moment on the phone with the regional manager, and my mother hadn't been so supportive of me, it would have been a very different story.

Sadly, I heard of similar instances of inappropriate management by the company when I finished my exchange and in the years since and I think this is the side of exchanges that we rarely hear about. Since then I have made it my personal mission to protect and comfort the exchange students who might not feel as bold as me to speak out against their situations, in my personal life and in previous employment. Speaking of our experiences makes us all stronger and I hope it will improve the treatment of exchange students everywhere!
QUESTION 07 | 07
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Emily — Both my high school and university exchanges were wonderful, life changing experiences. I think my university exchange helped me nail the last parts of the Japanese language I'd struggled with to reach fluency. I took classes in Japanese and my Japanese language classes were taught by very fun and expressive teachers, who always made my day better. During lessons I had to speak in Japanese, however even outside of class with all of my friends Japanese was the only language we had in common, so I was speaking Japanese more than I spoke English and my Japanese skills advanced infinitely.

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