Renee S.

Location:

Boston, MA

Member since:

July 16, 2012

Why would you like to join our group?

I am looking for a Japanese conversation group so I can practice speaking and become more comfortable with it. I definitely would not mind being a voice for English conversation practice as well--I've done something similar to language/cultural exchange meetings with some native Japanese speakers in the past, and it was a lot of fun learning from each other. I have never been to Japan (hopefully that will change soon!), but I have studied the language on and off in class and on my own for a few years. I am absolutely in love with Japanese music and manga, and the food is quite delicious, too! Currently I'm working on a Master's in teaching ESL/EFL. Since I want to be able to teach in the U.S and abroad, I'm trying to (re)master a few foreign languages I have studied before. I have the occasional Japanese customer at my retail job as well.

Are you a native speaker of English or Japanese or another language? Which? How fluent are you in your non-native language?

My Japanese level is a bit jumbled: I can read untranslated materials and understand a pretty good chunk of it so long as it's not *too* technical (でも、まだ辞書を使えなくちゃ。。。); however, my kanji writing has tanked a bit since I have been doing more reading, and my conversation level is somewhere between beginner and intermediate due to weak grammar from not speaking much.

What kind of activity would you like to attend?

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Introduction

Hello! I am studying Japanese on my own, though I took some classes a few years ago. I want to improve my conversation skills for fun and work, as well as learn more about Japanese culture today. And a few new recipes, J-rock and manga suggestions=^)


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