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Maia H.

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Studying: Japanese and Linguistics (Bachelors) - Edinburgh University

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Hi! I've always had an affinity and passion for languages and literature and am keen to help others grow more confident in their own skills. I'm half Japanese, live between the UK, Germany and Japan, and I have a lot of techniques and tips up my sleeve!  I can guide students towards the highest possible marks for IB/A-Level and GCSE. Through my own experience, I know that languages are often taught in a way that can be overwhelming or confusing. For my tutorials, I keep things relaxed but focussed on exactly what you need and/or find interesting. We'll cover the exact syllabus so you're hitting all the nails on the head for your exam, but ultimately, you decide what we cover! Ideally, you should be confident in all four aspects of the language - or for English Lit/Lang, be able to comfortably tackle any ol' text they throw at you! For those applying to do a language/linguistics at university, I can help with personal statements!  I received A*'s at GCSE for French, German, Japanese, English Language, and English Literature; A's at A-Level for German and Japanese, and was in the top 0.9% of IB grades worldwide for my year, with a 7 in HL German. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first in Linguistics and Japanese. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or book a Meet the Tutor Session with me!

Hi! I've always had an affinity and passion for languages and literature and am keen to help others grow more confident in their own skills. I'm half Japanese, live between the UK, Germany and Japan, and I have a lot of techniques and tips up my sleeve!  I can guide students towards the highest possible marks for IB/A-Level and GCSE. Through my own experience, I know that languages are often taught in a way that can be overwhelming or confusing. For my tutorials, I keep things relaxed but focussed on exactly what you need and/or find interesting. We'll cover the exact syllabus so you're hitting all the nails on the head for your exam, but ultimately, you decide what we cover! Ideally, you should be confident in all four aspects of the language - or for English Lit/Lang, be able to comfortably tackle any ol' text they throw at you! For those applying to do a language/linguistics at university, I can help with personal statements!  I received A*'s at GCSE for French, German, Japanese, English Language, and English Literature; A's at A-Level for German and Japanese, and was in the top 0.9% of IB grades worldwide for my year, with a 7 in HL German. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first in Linguistics and Japanese. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or book a Meet the Tutor Session with me!

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These will largely depend on the student! We can create a schedule and format together, which I believe is the best way forward.

These will largely depend on the student! We can create a schedule and format together, which I believe is the best way forward.

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Kam (Parent)

July 28 2015

Maia -Technical aspects of the German language covered.

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Kam (Parent)

July 29 2015

As always a focused, well delivered and friendly tutorial

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Kam (Parent)

July 27 2015

Another clear and concise tutorial

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Kam (Parent)

July 23 2015

Another highly beneficial tutorial.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
JapaneseA-level (A2)A
GermanA-level (A2)A
HL German International Baccalaureate (IB) (SL)7
HL English LiteratureInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (SL)7
Linguistics and JapaneseDegree (Bachelors)FIRST

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
GermanA Level£24 /hr
JapaneseA Level£24 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£22 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£22 /hr
GermanGCSE£22 /hr
JapaneseGCSE£22 /hr
GermanIB£24 /hr
JapaneseIB£24 /hr
-Personal Statements-Mentoring£24 /hr

Questions Maia has answered

How do I ask questions in German? (simple, no question-words)

When you want to ask a question that does not use the question-words: who, what, when, where, why, how (wer, was, wann, wo, warum, wie) - you simply swap make the main verb the first part of the sentence (the same as in English!). -- remember the main verb is in the second position in German.

For example:

Der Hund ist im Haus. (The dog is in the house.)

Ist der Hund im Haus? (Is the dog in the house?)

The same applies to everything - even much more complex sentences! Simply drag out the main verb.

Er hat seiner Oma einen Brief geschrieben. (He wrote his grandmother a letter.)

Hat er seiner Oma einen Brief geschrieben? (Did he write his grandmother a letter?)

-- remember for this example, 'geschrieben' may look like a verb, but it is only the second part of the perfect tense arrangement. Only drag out the MAIN verb - the verb that directly corresponds to the subject of the sentence (in this case 'he').

 

 

When you want to ask a question that does not use the question-words: who, what, when, where, why, how (wer, was, wann, wo, warum, wie) - you simply swap make the main verb the first part of the sentence (the same as in English!). -- remember the main verb is in the second position in German.

For example:

Der Hund ist im Haus. (The dog is in the house.)

Ist der Hund im Haus? (Is the dog in the house?)

The same applies to everything - even much more complex sentences! Simply drag out the main verb.

Er hat seiner Oma einen Brief geschrieben. (He wrote his grandmother a letter.)

Hat er seiner Oma einen Brief geschrieben? (Did he write his grandmother a letter?)

-- remember for this example, 'geschrieben' may look like a verb, but it is only the second part of the perfect tense arrangement. Only drag out the MAIN verb - the verb that directly corresponds to the subject of the sentence (in this case 'he').

 

 

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3 years ago

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How do I change the dictionary form into na-adjective format?

The na-adjective is very easy to conjugate - simply stick 'na' onto the end of the dictionary form of the adjective. 

It very simply modifies the noun that comes after it. 

For example:

kirei (pretty), ki (tree) --> kireinaki (pretty tree)

shizuka (quiet), heya (room) --> shizukanaheya (quiet room)

The na-adjective is very easy to conjugate - simply stick 'na' onto the end of the dictionary form of the adjective. 

It very simply modifies the noun that comes after it. 

For example:

kirei (pretty), ki (tree) --> kireinaki (pretty tree)

shizuka (quiet), heya (room) --> shizukanaheya (quiet room)

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3 years ago

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What's the best way for me to structure an essay based on an excerpt in a text I have studied?

One really easy acronym to remember is SMILE - Structure, Meaning, Imagery, Language, Effect. An essay that incorporates an analysis of all of those features will get the marks you need. The order is not fixed, just so you remember to include them. 'Structure' could include repetition, any mirroring, foreshadowing, parallels in other parts of the text (you don't have to stick to the excerpt, you can briefly refere outside of it);  'Meaning' is basically any big themes or meanings the author is trying to convey (e.g. the "American Dream can never be fully realised") - remember the text is a means through which the author is trying to convey something; 'Imagery' includes metaphors, similes, descriptive language, collections of adjectives or pre-modifiers - remember you also have to explain what all this imagery is trying to do - add to the meaning? enhance the setting?; 'Language' - anything else in particular you notice in the text? other literary techniques? figurative language, emotive language, think lexical fields (e.g. 'celestial/terrestrial/floral'/etc; 'the lexical field of machinery'); 'Effect' is extremely important as well - what does the language/structure/etc chosen make the reader/audience feel? Is the narrative reliable/questionable? And why? It's good to include the Meaning/Effect of each feature you pick up on immediately after you analyse it to keep your discussion tight and focussed on the question. After every paragraph, always refer directly back to your original question.

One really easy acronym to remember is SMILE - Structure, Meaning, Imagery, Language, Effect. An essay that incorporates an analysis of all of those features will get the marks you need. The order is not fixed, just so you remember to include them. 'Structure' could include repetition, any mirroring, foreshadowing, parallels in other parts of the text (you don't have to stick to the excerpt, you can briefly refere outside of it);  'Meaning' is basically any big themes or meanings the author is trying to convey (e.g. the "American Dream can never be fully realised") - remember the text is a means through which the author is trying to convey something; 'Imagery' includes metaphors, similes, descriptive language, collections of adjectives or pre-modifiers - remember you also have to explain what all this imagery is trying to do - add to the meaning? enhance the setting?; 'Language' - anything else in particular you notice in the text? other literary techniques? figurative language, emotive language, think lexical fields (e.g. 'celestial/terrestrial/floral'/etc; 'the lexical field of machinery'); 'Effect' is extremely important as well - what does the language/structure/etc chosen make the reader/audience feel? Is the narrative reliable/questionable? And why? It's good to include the Meaning/Effect of each feature you pick up on immediately after you analyse it to keep your discussion tight and focussed on the question. After every paragraph, always refer directly back to your original question.

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3 years ago

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