Hi, I'm Asuka! I go to University of Washington, Seattle, in America. I am a current biology major and right now I am studying cellular biology. I think the best way to improve your English is by speaking it and reading books. I read some of my favorite Japanese books in English. That way I already knew the storyline but I get enjoy it from a different perspective.
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).
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.
My name is Holly. I recently graduated with my PhD in biomedical engineering from Yale University. Prior to that, I completed by undergraduate work at Brown. While I have always loved science, I was also drawn to education and writing to help share that passion with others. I worked at as a science writer at Yale and have also done some freelance work for other foundations. Now, I live in NYC and work as an education consultant.
I am excited to work with all of you and learn more about your interests and goals through your writing! If you are struggling, just remember, it is always easier to write about something that inspires or excites you!
Swarthmore College Class of 2019
I believe that the key to learning English is confidence -- confidence to practice English with native speakers, and confidence to continue practicing even if you make many mistakes along the way.
I started learning English in 4th grade, and I still remember how much I struggled to learn a language that was completely different from Japanese. Through this experience, however, I realized that one is bound to improve with practice. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
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!
Hello! My name is Jessika Barry. I was born in New Jersey, 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. I have traveled to Europe, Asia and The Middle East working to understand different ways of life and hope to continue my research.
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
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.
Hello! My name is Kaori and I am half Japanese and half Thai. I am currently a freshman at Boston University majoring in business administration. I encourage everyone to read as much as they can (magazines, novels, etc) to familiarize themselves with natural ways of writing in English!
Welcome to Rewrites! You are taking the first big step to becoming better at English and I are excited to help you out! While I was studying Japanese in Hokkaido, I had a lot of great help from my Japanese teachers and friends and I can't wait to pass the favor back along to you!
Tasmeen Shiny Weerakoon
Hello, my name is Saya and I am currently studying Journalism at the University of Sheffield in the UK.
I was born in Tokyo, then lived in London from age 4-12, attended junior and senior high school at Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen under the returnee program, then enrolled in Fordham University in New York for 2 years before transferring to my current university.
I love to read and write, and I have been dancing since I was 3! My goal is to become a writer for an international women's magazine such as Vogue or Elle. I am extremely excited to get to know you all and find ways to make writing not a burden, but an opportunity for you to express yourself and love English (as well as other languages) as much as I do!
My name is Eri and I used to teach at Catal for more than two years. I feel incredibly passionate about teaching Engligh as it allows me to share my experiences and pass them along to the next generation. I am currently based in Singapore, and I am a CELTA certified teacher.
Up until secondary school, I grew up mostly in Germany and England. I majored in political science at Keio University and studied at Dartmouth College, U.S. as an exchange student.
My hobby is classical ballet, and I also enjoy spending time in the nature. One of my favourite memories from the U.S. is when I was a member of the Dartmouth's maple sugaring crew during the spring term: the highlight of it was when I spent a week in the cabin, collecting sap and boiling them in the sugar shack.
I'm delighted to know that so many of you have embarked on this journey to becoming better writers. Writing empowers you - by training you to think logically and critically, it equips you with various tools that enable you to make your voice heard.
I cannot wait to see your essays and I hope you enjoy this exciting journey with us!
My name is John Barrios and I'm a recent Yale University graduate. At Yale, I studied Latin American history and politics. I wrote my senior thesis about indigenous teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico. I currently work at one of the USA's largest nonprofit organizations serving college students. For fun, I like to read nonfiction, listen to podcasts, and go on forest walks. My best advice to English learners (and language learners generally) is to be curious and courageous! Be curious enough to practice and study (read in English, watch TV in English, find blogs to read in English), but also courageous enough to practice and ask for help!
University:Yale University 2019
Major: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry // East Asian Studies
Experience: I've done one-on-one tutoring for elementary and middle school students in a variety of subjects while I was in high school. More recently, I've also found enjoyment teaching English to Japanese students with the NPO Ashita-Tomorrow!
Message:The key to success in any discipline is a good system of practice. Don't be afraid of making mistakes - with each rewrite, we'll go through what you do well and what can be improved. By working in this manner, we can achieve the best for your writing and cultivate your own voice as a writer of English. Let's work hard together!
I am a graduate of Yale University's Class of 2017 with a degree in History, and have since been working at art galleries in Manhattan, New York.
Yale University '18
Doshisha University (Exchange) 2016-2017
Sociology (intensive), with concentration in East Asian Studies
Chinese & French & Japanese Tutor at Yale University.
Two years of working with New Oriental Inc., the world's largest education/test prep company.
A summer with Philanthropy in Motion, a Hong Kong-based educational nonprofit.
Two years with Yale-China Association, a nonprofit focusing on facilitating better understanding between China and the United States.
Trip leader and president of Building Bridges, a student group providing rural Chinese students with English instruction.
Tips for learning English:
My biggest insight in writing came to me in sophomore year, when a professor told me, "a badly written paper is a paper done."
This is not to encourage sloppy writing - instead, it is to encourage you to keep writing, even if the first draft is not up to your ideal standards. Write something - anything - don't be afraid of making mistakes, and keeping working from there on.