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!
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
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.
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).
Hello! My name is Kaori and I am currently a sophomore at Boston University. In middle school I enjoyed reading Harry Potter, but I am currently an avid reader of nonfiction. I would recommend that you read anything that you are interested in, whether it is a fashion magazine or a newspaper article! The more you read, the more comfortable you will feel using English. :)
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!
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 in 1995.
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!
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.
Elisa Kondo Rudolph
24 year old Japanese American. After spending two years teaching English in Kobe, I decided to move to my grandparents' farm in Okayama and help harvest sesame seeds. I love reading, traveling, and eating Hiyashi Chuka!
The Savannah College of Art and Design Class of 2022
Film and Television
☆Using English in your daily life/as much as possible will help improve your English!! Practice as much as you can!
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, 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!
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.
Hi there, fellow English learners!
My name is Anna and I am currently a freshman at Waseda University, School of International Liberal arts Studies. I'm thrilled to be able to help you attain solid English writing skills. I've been writing essays for a few years now, and I absolutely love reading people's essays. I can't wait to read all of your amazing papers!