The B List

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

A somewhat non-climatic but productive weekend.  I was able to clean out a portion of my garage and subsequently the room for my home office.  I am really enjoying my Friday Japanese lessons.  The time flies by and I feel like I’m hanging out with a friend.

On that note, last week,  I had a ton (abnormal) amount of Japanese lessons.  I guess it could be normal, as it was initial eval lessons for my future tutors/teachers/sensees for the most part.  After the completion of my third week – I’ve narrowed it down and found my 2 Japanese sensees and likely my B list teacher for bi-weekly lessons.  There’s also a B list and C list.  I’ll likely contact B list when I need to focus on something specific through my interactions with the A list.

Most of the teachers I interacted with were great, there were a couple that seemed like it was their first time or they are just starting out and they don’t really have a plan or syllabus except to go through the basic greetings which is ground zero for learning Japanese.  It’s pretty much how most of the beginner books start out.  There were a couple that were very critical and some that were very patient.

When I first set out on looking for a Japanese tutor I didn’t exactly know what I was looking for.  While conversation, reading, and writing are pillars of learning a new language they are each different and unique in their own ways.  They each present their own challenges.  For instance I really wanted to be great at all 3.  Now, I would like to focus on conversation and reading.  While learning how to write all the kanji characters would definitely help in learning it is difficult and there are a number of characters to memorize.

Here are a few sites that I’ve tried for tutors:

  • Verbling
  • Wyzant
  • Italki

My next blog post I’ll mention some apps that I’ve tried out.





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