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Learning another language is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging goals for many people. Perhaps you wish to travel overseas and comfortably communicate with others, or maybe you would like to be able to socialise locally with others unfamiliar with English. Whatever it is, expanding your understanding of another language is sure to open up many cultural boundaries that were once closed off. Japanese in particular, is one of the fastest growing languages in the world and is especially unique in its usage and vocabulary. At Superprof, we are determined to help you become a Japanese expert with the thousands of verified Japanese tutors listed on our site!
The reasoning behind learning Japanese may vary from person to person, and generally depends on your own personal goals and current circumstances. However, there are many universally common advantages when undertaking and mastering the Japanese language, regardless of what you want to achieve overall. For instance, with a concrete understanding of Japanese, you are more likely to integrate into Japanese society and have a better grasp of cultural practices. Japan’s incredibly rich cultural background is built on years of tradition and customs, which would be easier to understand and fully adapt to as a fluent Japanese speaker. As a result, fluent Japanese speakers are far more likely to socially adapt to others and receive courtesy from others. In addition to this, Japanese media, films and other culturally significant art will be easier to understand and through this, you may be able to view such things with a greater appreciation. Learning another language is not just good for your social and cultural skills. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that doing so may improve the brain’s thinking skills, memory, concentration, cognitive ability and overall development. Lastly, and perhaps one of the most important reasons for learning Japanese is it’s potential to give you a serious advantage in a professional setting. Whilst French, Chinese and German languages are all fairly common amongst international translators and service representatives, it is more likely that you will have a greater opportunity at attaining these positions by speaking Japanese as it is not as commonly taught around the world. Japanese speakers are in great demand - so much so that Japan has it’s very own program intended for English/Japanese speakers (The JET Program) to educate Japanese students and local organisations. In fact, one of the most common career paths taken for English speaking Japanese students is becoming a fully qualified English teacher within Japan. This job may be based in primary or high schools, however can extend to Japanese organisations or even branches of the Japanese Government.
Everyone can begin learning Japanese (and no, it is never too late to start!). Japanese can be taught to younger primary school and high school students, students going through their university degree, students who are working, and even students who are far more mature in age. Of course, the age of the student will chiefly determine the content being taught by your Japanese teacher. For example, younger students may want to begin with the basics - i.e. common phrases, greetings, basic vocabulary etc. while older and more experienced students may want to expand on their existing knowledge and work on correct pronunciation and grammar. Whatever age or background, Superprof Japanese tutors are dedicated to your development and want nothing more than to see you improve and reach your linguistic goals.
At Superprof, we want to make sure you’re able to find the right Japanese teacher and that the process of finding them is as easy as possible. That’s why each verified teacher profile has their own background information, methodology relevant awards/accreditations, and lesson rates outlined for you to analyse and consider. Each of these are extremely useful for fully getting to know your Japanese teacher and will help you consider which one is right for you. For example, some tutors specialise in advanced language classes, whilst others may only be comfortable teaching beginners, so it is worth considering your intention behind your lessons before starting. Still on the fence? Why not check out the profile reviews left by past or current students! These user reviews and testimonials can give you an approximate rating of the tutors available based on real experiences. This can help you pick lessons with confidence!
Quite often it can be difficult to regularly keep to a schedule throughout the week, particularly if you are busy working, studying or have family commitments that take up the majority of your time. Luckily, the majority of Japanese tutors on Superprof provide extremely flexible hours so that you never find yourself inconvenienced or lost for spare time. Moreover, most tutors provide a range of options when it comes to the location of your lesson, where lessons can be taken in person at home, in a library, or even via webcam. This last option is especially useful when you are unable to meet your tutor face to face due to other circumstances (i.e. you are sick, you are unable to travel or have a limited amount of time in your day.
Japanese vocabulary is the foundation of the language - the more words you are able to familiarise yourself with the more confident you will become in forming coherent sentences. Additionally, your tutor may want to go through male/female words, or differentiate between Kanji and Hiragana.
Written Expression & Comprehension
For more advanced students, familiarising yourself with the Japanese writing system is a great way to expand your knowledge and impress others while travelling or working professionally. Your teacher may ask whether you’d like to focus on Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji and then provide you with different writing exercises.
Oral Expression & Comprehension
Just as it is important to be able to read/write Japanese on paper, it is equally important to be able to fully comprehend Japanese phrases and sentences. This may be taught in the form of listening tests or scripted conversation scenarios.
Many students often overlook the accent that comes with learning a new language, however in Japan, this component of the language is particularly important and can really make or break your social norms. Focusing on improving your accent to sound more natural will really help you in the long run.
The average price of Japanese lessons is $26.
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