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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.