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My name Is Cam and I am an online Japanese tutor. Like you, I once had the dream of learning to speak Japanese! I began teaching myself Japanese in my spare time when I was a junior high school student, and continued my education for ten years through most of a PhD. I have lived in Japan for a total of three years in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, and Sapporo.

I have studied Japanese at the New York Japan Society, the University of Chicago, Waseda University, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I have a Masters degree in Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media with a focus on Japanese literature and media studies, and in 2017 I passed N1 of the JLPT. My percentile was 99.3.

I know firsthand the difficulty of studying this language, and my ability to tutor stems directly from my understanding of how I and my fellow Japanese language students learned. My perspective as an advanced learner can be advantageous—I have the "insider scoop" on how to learn Japanese as a non-native speaker and progress to a very high level.

I will structure our tutoring sessions to reflect YOUR individual goals as a learner. First we will discuss your background in the Japanese language, your interests in regard to the language and culture, and how you plan to utilize the language in the future.

I aspire to make our tutoring sessions fun, dynamic, and engaging with lively discussion of cultural topics. I understand the process of language learning as non-linear and focus on what is developing from moment to moment. Language learning is a profound transformation, and it is my goal as a tutor to facilitate this transformation and help you make connections as much as it is to explain textbook grammar points in a way that is easy to grasp. My goal is to challenge you and push you to get to the next level while encouraging you to have fun.

Education

2009

University of Chicago

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

2016

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media

Degree

2009

Bachelors

2016

Masters

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