I am currently a pre-med student of Yale University, Class of 2021 and I will most likely major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. For students learning English writing, the most important advice I can give is to read everything that you can--fiction, nonfiction, the news, magazines, etc. In addition to familiarizing yourself with grammar conventions, you will learn different writing styles and techniques.
I’m currently a medical student (MD - expected graduation May 2021) at Yale University. My interests in the medical field are very broad (I’ve done a lot of lab research as well as emergency medicine volunteering), but one aspect I find fascinating is the patient’s narrative and experience of disease. I graduated from Columbia University in 2016 double majoring in Biology and English/Comparative Literature. The biggest piece of advice I have for students in Japan is to do as much reading (books, journal articles, newspaper, etc…) they can in order to familiarize themselves with the language. Though difficult at times, forms of written media contain examples of the proper use of grammar, diction, idioms, etc… Even today I come across new words I’ve never seen before in more advanced texts (e.g. works of philosophy).
Elizabeth De Sa
Hi, my name is Elizabeth, エリザベス. I was born in London, but now I live in South Carolina in the United States.
I graduated from the University of Oxford with a Biology degree.
I also have teaching degrees from the universities of London and South Australia.
I have taught English, Math, Science and Biology in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia.
My hobbies are playing the piano, training my German Shepherd puppy, and raising ducks and geese.
I lived in Niigata for three years and I loved it.
I know from first hand experience how it feels to learn a new language.
My #1 tip is practice as much as you can. It's ok to make mistakes. Mistakes are opportunities to improve.
Don't worry if people laugh at you.
(I once had a woman run away from me when I asked her, in Japanese, for directions to Nagaoka station!)
Celebrate your courage in trying something new and different.
I am looking forward to working with you!
Elisa Kondo Rudolph
24-year-old Japanese American. I love reading, traveling, and eating!
My name is Damian and I love speaking with people from all over the world.
I use to live in Akita, Japan and I had a great time studying Japanese and exploring Akita's beautiful nature.
Now I am a graduate student at DePaul University and I am studying software engineering.
My first language was Polish, so like many of you, I also had to learn English.
My biggest advice to you is to just keep speaking and making mistakes.
Mistakes are important and help us improve.
Keep practicing, speaking, and don't give up!
Hi! My name is Monami Miyamoto, and I'm in my third year studying Biological Sciences at Imperial College London. I will graduate in 2021, but I'm also planning on doing a masters degree afterwards. My advice to anyone who wants to improve English, especially speaking, is to 'act confident', and no one will question you! This is something I tell myself often too, as I'm currently learning to speak Spanish :)
Hello everyone! My name is Vincent and I'm currently a sophomore at Yale University majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. I am especially interested in bugs and hope to work at a museum one day! I also enjoying hiking, traveling, and promoting social justice. In high school I studied for a year in Kochi, so I speak Japanese and understand the difficulty of learning a new language. I encourage everyone to push themselves and use the things they learn in conversation and writing until they become natural. Learning another language opens many doors in the world, and you shouldn't forget to be proud of yourself for studying so hard!
Hi! I am a graduate student at Yale University studying Russian history. My work has allowed me to study many languages, which has been a challenging yet very rewarding pursuit. I admire anyone who attempts to learn a foreign language so that they can better communicate with more people in this world we share.
Hello! My name is Jessika Barry. I live in California, United States. I received my Bachelor's in Anthropology with Community Development from Montclair State University. My specialties include research in sustainability and permaculture, herbalism and cultural studies. This has led me to travel around Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to understand different ways of life.
After moving to Indonesia and learning Bahasa, I understand how difficult learning a new language may seem. I am here to help you as best I can! I wish luck to everyone working towards improving their English! I am proud of you and hope you succeed in all your endeavors. :D