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Learn Japanese from an experienced tutor with a solid background in Japanology and linguistics (+bring your friend for a group discount!)

Whatever your Japanese level, whatever your goals with learning, I am more than sure we can achieve them together. For example:

- Are you planning to take a JLPT exam anywhere from N5 to N1?
- Need a quick brush-up for your job or scholarship interview?
- Upcoming trip to Japan and you wish you could break the ice with locals in their language?
- Do you want to understand what they are talking about in your favourite TV show without subtitles?

- Or… you simply fell in love with this incredible language and want to start learning it from scratch in a structured way?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you can already rest assured that you have found the right tutor. On top of these, the range of possible directions our classes can take is even broader: I can introduce you to Japanese interpretation prepping, help you to improve your understanding of written Japanese in a more structured way, or if you’re a kanji nerd like I am, talk about their history for hours.

I have been a Japanologist *slash* lover-of-all-things-Japanese for more than 14 years and as such I am familiar with a very broad range of linguistic and cultural layers of the country (oh, and if there is one that I am not, then I will most definitely be more than happy to look into it). So do not hesitate to leave a message if you want to learn with me.

Extra information

- PM for info about Group Discount ;)

- Materials are provided by me, so you only have to bring a pen or pencil, a notebook and your enthusiasm to learn languages

- I will create a Google Classroom for our classes where you can keep track of all the materials, whiteboards and homeworks. Here you will always receive customised feedback from me on your homework before the next class

- After every class I will give you a customized deck of flashcards on Quizlet so you can really keep up with new vocabulary

- Learning with me pretty much includes a 24hrs Japanese hotline for all kinds of urgent questions about grammar, culture, kanji and more :)

Location

Online via webcam
At teacher's location: 3038 ED Rotterdam, Netherlands
At student's location: Around Rotterdam, Netherlands

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General info

Skills:
Japanese:
Japanese for adults, School
Age:
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
60 minutes
90 minutes
120 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, German, Dutch

About Me

I am a friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher with 10 years of professional teaching experience.

Among the six languages I speak, Japanese is definitely my speciality since it has a very special place in my life. Starting from Bachelors up to completing the coursework of a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies, I have devoted more than ten years to learn more about the language and culture of this incredible people.

During this time, not only did I get a chance to work and study in Japan for two years, but also to open my eyes to other exciting cultures as well. This is how I found myself on a year-long working holiday in Korea where I was volunteering on farms and teaching English, and spending a month in a Taiwanese Buddhist monastery. These episodes have given me a lot of experiences and insights that I love to share and discuss with others.

Being a polyglot and great linguistic nerd myself, I design my classes in such a fashion that I would also enjoy taking part in them. I use lots of real-life materials (books, comics, movies, music, podcasts, you name it) that I maximally tailor to my student's needs and first-hand stories that put these into perspective. Last but not least, I like to keep the classes informal and informative at the same time.

Education

2021- : Research Internship in Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL)
Researching the usability of Automatic Speech Recognition technology in Second Language Acquisiton

2019- : University of Groningen, Language and Cognition Research Master’s (Groningen, NL)
Double coursework in Cognitive Linguistics and Natural Language Processing

2014-2019: ELTE Doctoral School of Linguistics (Budapest, Hungary), Japanology PhD
Researching ideological differences behind the Japanese and Chinese script reforms of the 20th century

2011-2012: Osaka University, Maple Exchange Program
2010-2013: Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church (Budapest, Hungary), Japanese Studies MA
2009-2010: Nagoya University, Japanese Cultural Research Course
2006-2009: ELTE University (Budapest, Hungary), Japanese Studies BA

Experience / Qualifications

Experience

2019- : Founding Language Services (sole proprietorship providing translation, interpretation and tutoring services in Japanese, English, German, Hungarian and Korean)

2012-2018: Japanese Language Teacher in School of Oriental Languages Budapest (from 2015: lead Japanese teacher and school administrator)

Qualifications:

2021: Staatsexamen NTII Dutch language examination (CEFR B2)
2018: Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) Level 5 (CEFR C1)
2013: Qualification in Japan Kanji Aptitude Test (Kanji Kentei) Level 2,
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (CEFR C2)
2010: Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 (CEFR C2)
2006: Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe 2 German language examination (CEFR C2)

Reviews (8)

Akos stelde me op mijn gemak en legde alles goed uit
Ik heb niks dan goeds te zeggen over Akos. Hij is aardig, geduldig en heeft een enorme passie voor alles Japan. Ik hoop nog heel lang van hem te mogen leren! I have nothing but good things to say about Akos. He is kind, patient and has an enormous passion for everything Japan-related. I hope to be able to learn from him for a long time to come!
Great teacher, he's patient and supportive. Lessons are fun, interesting and he has a great knowledge about Japan, which he likes to share.
Akos makes the classes a fun learning experience. It's very casual and easy paced. He also shares additional knowledge about the geography, culture and history.
° sympathetic, joy to listen to ° good and interesting explanations ° at ease, no pressure, very patient person ° personal follow-up, own pace and interests ° I took several classes, cannot else but highly recommend this teacher !!!
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No one: … Hungarians: “Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért!“ The fact that you have found my profile means that you are intrigued by Hungarian to some extent. Me as a polyglot linguist who is also a native speaker of this exciting and colourful language do share your appreciation. - Are you planning a vacation (or even moving) to Hungary and want to make the most of your experience with being able to communicate with the locals? (Believe me, they will really appreciate it!) - Are you interested because you want to speak to your significant other in their native language, or perhaps to rediscover your own roots? - Do you want to pick up a new challenge and learn a language that is known for its complexity? Whatever your goal, we can reach it together! Despite its notorious reputation among linguists and non-linguists alike, I can help you tame the beast and show you that the language of the Magyars in fact is way more systematic than many (including Hungarians) would like to admit ;) I have tutored over a dozen students in Hungarian from various nationality backgrounds across 3 continents, and I have a proven set of methods/materials for each of the 6 CEFR levels. The class contents are tailored to your own goals, pace and interests. As a rule of thumb, I like to start out with easy-paced classes for which no previous linguistic knowledge is necessary, so you can feel at ease while warming up to Hungarian. But since I am familiar with various layers of the language, we can also take a step forward and dive into more spicy topics such as etymology, descriptive grammar, poetry (you name it) if you are interested. In any case, you can expect a structured approach with clear and doable aims, lots of first-hand cultural notes and personalised home assignments that help your progress. If you want to start to learn Hungarian, don’t hesitate to send me a mail!
여러분, 안녕하세요? 🇰🇷 Do you want to start learning Korean and do you want to do it in an organised way? 🇰🇷 Did you already get started on learning but you got stuck on a particular grammar? 🇰🇷 Are you aiming for a TOPIK 1-2 language exam and do you want to get prepared in as short and effective a time as possible? As a language tutor with over 10 years of didactic experience and a TOPIK level 5 language exam, I can help you overcome difficulties and reach your goals. My love with Korean language and culture started more than 10 years ago thanks to my amazing Korean friends that I made during my first exchange year in Japan. Fast forward to 2016, I spent one semester in Korea as part of my individual research trip abroad to collect materials for my PhD which later turned into another semester of working holiday as an English tutor. This year spent in Korea was my real motivation to start learning the language properly so that I could connect more to the locals. For me this was a very enjoyable, but at the same time challenging process. As a result, I can completely relate to your struggles. That is why I like to make sure that I teach my students in the way that I wish I had learned when I was a beginner. I can assist you with grammar, pronunciation, and script (but also hanja and cultural notes) up to a TOPIK level 1-2. If you have a favourite vlogger, comedian or song that you want to translate in class, that is also no problem: my classes are very open to your input to turn your progress into a really personal experience.

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