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Keiko

Keiko

Online Japanese Tuition

I am a Japanese linguist who was trained as a cultural anthropologist (PhD in Anthropology from Washington State University), worked as a translator and interpreter (DPSI Level 5 interpreter) from home until my children became teenagers, and is now leaning more and more towards Japanese teaching since obtaining my Teaching Japanese as Foreign Language certificate in 2017. For me, “research,” “translation,” “interpretation” and “teaching Japanese language” are four aspects of my goal: contribute to improving the communication between Japanese and English speakers. I offer all these services, sometimes combining several of them.

Tutoring Experience

I am trained as a cultural anthropologist. During the period from 1997 to 2004, I researched about the Japanese drinking culture where several million high risk drinkers are generally treated as “non-problematic” and analyzed it from a feminist anthropological perspective. After graduating, I focused more on translation and worked on documents for pharmaceutical/medical market research companies, cosmetics, business presentations, business letters etc. From around 2015, I started language tutoring which increased over time and overtook my translation work in 2019. I specialize in teaching Japanese at beginner and intermediate level to English speakers. I also offer an online/telephone interpreting service for NHS/public institution’s family related issue etc.

Tutoring Approach

The key to acquiring a new language is to have the passion to achieve your goal. The goal can be anything: wanting to travel in Japan, to work in Japan, to watch anime, or even to have a Japanese girlfriend/boyfriend! My role is to understand each student’s goal and cater to his/her needs. In this way, you will learn the language with interest. Language acquisition should not be torturous. However, this is commonly the case and I hope I can change your perception through my lessons!

LanguagesJapanese
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

Washington State University2004DoctoratePhD in Anthropology
Institute of International Education in London2017OtherTeaching Japanese as Foreign Language
Disclosure & Baring Service2018OtherEnhanced DBS
CIOL2018OtherDiploma in Public Service Interpretation (DPSI, Health)

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