Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week we focused on usage of the particles 'o', 'ni' and 'de'. We went through the student's homework and discussed the usage of each of these particles. We also worked on new vocab - water, milk, juice and tea. Lastly, we went over three new adverbs - sometimes, usually and always. She noticeably improved even over the course of the session, and seems to be gaining confidence which is very exciting. Looking forward to further progress next week."
"This was my first tutoring session with the student. We first discussed what he expected out of the session and what his goals were. We are both comfortable using his class textbook to do preparation and reviews for his class. During the rest of the session, we reviewed some things that had challenged him in past classes (such as pronunciation and vocabulary). The student had great questions and is very eager to learn and explore the Japanese language and culture."
"We discussed the difference between sonkeigo and kenjougo and the different levels of sonkeigo and kenjougo. We did a review of the sonkeigo/kenjougo forms of verbs and how to use o+stem+ninaru to form sonkeigo and o+stem+suru (or itasu) to form kenjougo. We reviewed sonkeigo for speaking to those of higher rank. When speaking to customers or people from other companies, everyone in your company is "lower" and you would use kenjougo to describe their actions. For example, to say to a member of another company that your own boss is currently not in the office, you would use "orimasen" rather than "irasshaimase". We then practiced some speaking to practice the verbs. The student had some difficulty with "sasete itadaku". "I will allow myself to do something" is a form of kenjougo. For example, "you will allow me to contact you" just means "I will contact you", and you could use "renraku wo sasete itadakimasu." We will do a small quiz next time on the sonkeigo and kenjougo form of verbs! Next time, we can go over other more formal forms of words, and formal phrases that are often used in business emails."