How can a Japanese tutor help you?
Learning Japanese is difficult no matter what language you grew up speaking, but it presents a particular challenge for those who grew up speaking, reading and writing in English. Japanese syntax differs greatly from that found in English grammar. For instance, while English uses a subject-verb-object (SVO) word order, Japanese uses a subject-object-verb word order in which the verb is often the last word in the sentence. Additionally, and perhaps most obviously, Japanese and English vary drastically in the way that they are written. Whereas English uses one Latin alphabet, Japanese uses three different writing systems; none are Romanized.
Introductory Japanese courses typically teach students to write in hiragana and katakana, two phonetic Japanese writing systems. However, the introduction of Chinese characters into one's advanced studies can throw a significant wrench into progress with the Japanese language. Suddenly one has to use both phonetic and character-based writing systems, which are often in the same sentence! One-on-one Japanese tutoring can help you progress toward your goals of becoming fluent in this challenging language. Whether you are a middle school or high school student taking your first Japanese class, a college student aiming to fulfill your school's foreign language requirement, a business professional wanting to add fluency in Japanese to your skillset, or you want to learn the language for any other reason, a private Japanese tutor can help you.
What makes personal Japanese instruction different from other language-learning options is the degree to which your tutor customizes your tutoring experience to your particular goals, concerns, and needs. When you contact our educational directors about Japanese tutoring, they take into account your particular academic situation, current level of fluency, and preferred learning style and use these criteria to help you connect with the tutor who can best assist you in achieving your goals. When you start working with your tutor, he or she can begin by designing a unique learning plan for your tutoring sessions that is aimed at helping you build the skills you will need. If you plan on using spoken Japanese in the workplace, for instance, your tutor can help you practice your conversational skills, provide immediate feedback on your pronunciation, and give you tips about navigating the language's complex levels of formality.
If you plan on mainly reading or writing in Japanese, your tutor can devote significant time to helping you first master the hiragana and katakana writing systems, then help you learn the thousands of kanji you will need to read and write with ease. Tutors are available whenever and wherever you are, and are happy to travel to the location that works best in your schedule. Your tutoring can take place in a branch of your local library, a nearby cafe, in your home, or another location that you choose. Your tutoring can even take place in face-to-face online tutoring sessions! You also decide how often you want your Japanese tutoring sessions to be held. Tutors can provide short-term or long-term assistance, and you can alter the frequency of your sessions to meet your needs. If you're preparing for a big test or need to brush up on a certain category of vocabulary words, for example, it's no problem. You can easily schedule extra sessions. Japanese may be a difficult language to learn, but you don't need to face the challenges it presents on your own. If you're having difficulty learning Japanese and could use some individual help, contact Varsity Tutors today! Our educational directors can answer any questions you may have about Japanese tutoring options and help you connect with the tutor best suited to helping you achieve your personal language learning goals.