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Tutor profile: Taylor G.

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Taylor G.
Graduate Student at Oklahoma State University
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Subject: Japanese

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How does Japanese compare with more common languages that we learn such as Spanish or French?

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Answer:

At a glance, Japanese seems like it would be significantly harder to learn than a Latin-derived language. Latin languages shaped English after all and other European languages use the same alphabetic system, unlike most Asian languages. However, the writing systems in Japanese are not as frightening as they appear. There are three writing systems in Japanese: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. For the basics of learning Japanese, all a student needs to learn are the first two systems and they only take a few weeks of learning and practice to master. Kanji is learned at a much slower pace similar to how native speakers are taught. After learning the writing system, Japanese is just like any other language aside from a few syntax differences. In comparison to Latin-derived languages like French, Japanese does not contain as many conjugate forms for verbs and there is no distinction between male or female words. Japanese is also very structured, which is apparent when listening to Japanese dialogue. This structure makes learning grammar constructs easier for beginners. Japanese is a growing language in the field of business, so it's also just as useful as knowing a language like Spanish or French in the workforce.

Subject: Environmental Science

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What distinguishes environmental science from other natural sciences?

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Environmental science at its core is a fusion of all the other sciences that humans know. In environmental science, the relationships between all living and nonliving things are explored. While this relationship is also included in sciences like ecology, environmental science adds on the aspect of including humans and how human activities shape and impact the environment. In environmental science, humanities and hard sciences are combined to determine the natural order of the natural environment and the effects that humans have. Humanities are included in environmental science because environmental science involves more human interaction than other sciences. People are constantly involved, therefore people have to make the choice to work with the environment and mitigate disasters affected by human activities like oil drilling or tourism.

Subject: English

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What are the basics of writing a strong essay?

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The writing style is dependent on the style and theme of the course. Some essays are more professional and read like a research paper while other essays can be more personal, stating opinions and arguing your stance. However, there are some basics that create the foundation for a strong essay. First, an essay should be at a minimum of five paragraphs. There should be an introduction, the body of the essay, and a conclusion. The information in the essay should then follow a general format of telling them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them. A strong introduction will introduce your topic and preview what will be given in the body paragraphs. The body paragraphs will then give all the information you wish to tell your audience. Finally, the conclusion should include a brief overview of what the body paragraphs covered. Depending on the essay format, your conclusion may end with some form of final statement or call to action for your intended audience.

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