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David Leonel
Is everyone trying to learn Japanese here?

HI Guys


I've just noticed that most of us are trying to find a Japanese Language Partner. I must say that this is rather a frustrating situation since I was really kin on taking up Japanese. I might just make myself hear here, I'm Brazilian born but was brought up in London where I spent most of my life. I'm a Cambridge CELTA (English Language Teaching to Adults) qualified teacher and am quite interested in doing  a language swap with a Japanese speaker, or Nissei, if you catch my drift.... so it also goes to all Brazilian Japanese speakers. 

I promise not to speak a word of Portuguese in class.


Many Thanks!


Best Regards,


David Leonel

Sep 1, 2016 1:15 AM
Comments · 5

Yes, it could be frustrating but I bet you'll be fine soon :)

Japanese is an expensive language on market, not only here on Italki but worldwide. Obviously, I'm not surprised as Japan itself is quite expensive so whoever decides to be a Japanese teacher must make a living. That's why I'm not surprise that many Japanese have no time for language exchange, even if they would love to improve their English or other foreign langauge skills.

Anyway, maybe for some reason somebody from Japan needs English or Spanish and I could find a langauge partner as well.

I wish you all the best! Nihongo wa kirei desu :)

Enjoy Japanese :)

September 1, 2016

Anatano jyounetsuha Sugoidesu.(Your writing is full of enthusiasm!!)

If it's okay with you,please be my language partner.

September 1, 2016

And here comes the part when I wish my Japanese wasn't almost 90% forgotten, lol!

When I started learning Japanese I studied from books of a series called "Shin Nihongo no Kiso", they are really great for beginners and you can find them in almost every-single-language-of-the-world, hahaha! Trust me, I've been to a 8 stories bookstore in Tokyo called Kinokuniya and they had it translated into lots of tongues, like Japanese-English, Jap-Portuguese, Jap-German, Jap-Tagalog, and so on, hahaha. They had a shelf just for that series, and I think that books are awesome because they are perfect for self taught studdents learning from scratch, since they're written in romaji, so you'll learn like kids do: first you'll learn how to speak, and then how to write it.

After you learned the basic stuff you can move on to a book entirely written in Japanese, like the ones made for the studdents of the Proficiency Test called Nihongo Nouryouko Shiken (from the 4th to the 1st or from Yonkyu to Ikkyu, haha), there is a good series by Unicom with lots of books.

I hope you can find a good partner. Take care!

September 1, 2016
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September 1, 2016
David Leonel
Language Skills
English, Portuguese
Learning Language
English