I can tailor the learning materials to the student's needs, from the use of colloquial expressions in conversation to the advanced use of kanji and formal written Japanese. If you only require spoken Japanese we can work in romaji (Latin script) or hiragana and katakana (Japanese alphabet). If you require a higher level of written Japanese I can assist you with how to learn to read kanji (Chinese characters) efficiently and how to use them correctly.
I have a Masters degree in Japanese translation and interpreting. I have translated Japanese patents into English for over twenty years. I lived in Japan for a total of sixteen years and was once mistaken for a native Japanese speaker in the phone. My wife is Japanese, Japanese is our first language at home, and my three children are completely bilingual.
- A "one-hour" lesson can last from 60 to 90 minutes. Feel free to use the whole 90 minutes.
- "Half-hour" lessons are also possible and last 30 to 45 minutes. Feel free to use the whole 45 minutes.
- If you buy a block of ten lessons in advance, you get one free lesson of that lesson type, that is, eleven lessons for the price of ten.
- All lessons must be paid for at least 24 hours before the start of the lesson or the start of the block.
- Lessons can generally be scheduled lesson-by-lesson at your own pace (subject to my availability).
- Lessons may be cancelled or postponed up to 24 hours in advance. A cancellation fee of one lesson applies for "no shows".
- Master of Literary Studies in Japanese Translation and Interpreting
- Translated patents for over twenty years
- Lived in Japan for sixteen years
- Monbusho exchange student at Osaka University of Foreign Studies from October 1987 to September 1988
- Level one in the Japanese Proficiency Exam
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