Konnichiwa! My name is Hiroshi Yamamoto.
I live in Oita in Kyushu with my family (my wife, daughter and an old female cat). Oita is famous for hot springs. I often visit hot springs in the winter.
My hobbies are gardening and watching soccer. When caring for my plants, I notice their daily changes and I feel relaxed. About soccer, I played soccer until about 20 years ago. But now I just watch the game.
I worked for a machine manufacturer for about 40 years. During that time, I worked in various departments including factory, trade, research and development, sales, general affairs, accounting, and auditing. I think I can help you to understand about business, industry and life in Japan from my experience.
What is your purpose of studying Japanese?
Let’s make your dream come true by learning Japanese. I will do my best in our class to help you achieve your goals.
Please knock on the classroom door at any time.
Japanese Teaching Style
What kinds of activities do you include in your online Japanese classes?
In each of the Advanced lessons, I select a topic dealing with the changes in regulations and lifestyles within the business world and in everyday life and we have conversations about these. First of all I give some examples of legal amendments and some statistics to allow you to grasp the current situations. Then we exchange opinions on the current situations and you talk about the differences between Japan and your own country.
I try as much as possible to choose global topics that are familiar to everyone. And there may be some topics that seem a little difficult but don't worry, if there are any topics that you don't know much about, I will present the issues in an easy to understand manner and you can join in the discussion with ease.
The aim of the lessons is to get you to use the Japanese language you already know to express your ideas succinctly, raise your Japanese level by learning how to exchange opinions and get some new information from the topics.
In the Advanced Grammar lessons I usually start by introducing the target grammar and the type of situations that you use it in and confirm it in conversation examples. After that, we look at the meaning in more detail and how to connect it with other language phrases among other exercises. Then we look at grammatical usage using example sentences, and also try out some typical JLPT style test practices. Then finally I get you to use the target grammar in and try to make some sentences with it.
For the phrases that appear within Advanced Grammar level, there are many occasions in which they are used in conversation and it is often important to understand the slight nuances that they can mean within a given situation. In the lessons especially, I try to get you to understand these instances. At the same time, I introduce relevant and related vocabulary and expressions to make what you have understood easier to remember.
And it is not only grammar points that we study, but I would like you to talk freely about related topics or talking points and any recent social developments as well.
With the Intermediate Grammar lessons, I start with introducing what type of situations that the phrase is used in and look into some conversation examples. Then later we look at the forms and meanings. Then we look at some example sentences and also try out some JLPT style test practice. Finally, you try to make sentences using today's target grammar point. There are many grammatical points covered in the N2 level and within these classes, I think that it is important to focus on the situations that the grammar is used rather than on the detailed grammatical understanding of each and every phrase.
The lessons are not only about the grammar points, we also talk freely about your related experiences and recent social developments as well.
Please share your thoughts on teaching and learning Japanese.
It takes time to learn a language. Therefore, it is necessary for me as a teacher to make sure that you continue learning for a long time by getting you to look forward to your next class. So the most important thing for me is to try to use a lot of different devices and imagination to make sure that you have a satisfactory lesson every time.
Graduated from Tokyo University of Fishery, Department of business management
Completed the Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (420-hours and above) at Human Academy
Passed the Japanese Language Teacher Proficiency Test
Worked at a Machine Manufacturer, Department of factory, trade, research and development, sales, general affairs, accounting, and auditing