Donatella Attanasio : Japanese

Donatella Attanasio
Subject : Japanese
Native : Italian
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45 Min : $22.55 / £17.05 / €19.91
Hello, my name is Donatella Attanasio and I'm 54 years old and currently living in Italy. I am a native Italian speaker and teach Italian, Japanese. I have been an online Japanese teacher with since January 2017. I can speak the following languages fluently: Italian, English, Japanese.

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About me

Hello everyone!

Thank you for clicking on my profile. I am a native, experienced Italian language teacher, with a Ph.D. degree in Japanese literature and publications in Italian and Japanese. I lived for six years in Japan and this is why I specialized in teaching Italian to Japanese, but since I’m fluent in English as well, I can teach also to people of other nationalities.

I’m patient, friendly and very flexible concerning lesson time. I like humour. I do my best to deliver high quality lessons tailored for the student’s needs, and I am confident in helping students become fluent in the language and pass language exams. Those who are already studying at university or language school, or who simply are not interested in studying regularly, may take my lessons just once in a while to clarify whatever in the language is not clear to them.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, writing, going to the gym and cooking.

If you are interested, please continue reading to learn more about me. Thank you. I hope to see you soon online for a free, enjoyable trial lesson!

Qualifications & Experience


February 1988

Degree in Japanese Language and Literature at Ca' Foscari University,


From October 1988 to July 1990

Specialization course in Japanese language at Italian Institute for Africa

and the East (Is. I.A.O.) of Milan.

From July 1991 to March 1992

Research in Japanese literature at International Christian University (ICU)

of Tokyo. Scholarship granted by The Rotary Foundation of Evanston


From April 1992 to March 1997

Master course and later Doctor course at Doshisha University of Kyoto.

From April 1992 to March 1995

scholarships granted by the Rotary Foundation of Evanston and later by Kyoto Prefecture (with the title of "Friendship Ambassador") and finally by Doshisha University.

January 2001

Discussion of the dissertation of the Doctor Course and attainment of the

Ph.D. degree in Japanese literature at Doshisha University, Kyoto.


From April 1993 to March 1995

Researcher in Japanese literature at International Research Center for

Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) of Kyoto.

From April 1995 to July 1997

Teacher of Italian language at Italian Cultural Institute of Kyoto (Nihon

Italia Kyoto Kaikan) and Italo-Japanese Institute(Nichi-i Gakuin) of Osaka.

From July 1991 to July 1997

Now and then translator and interpreter at trade fairs.

From January 2000 to March 2000

Researcher in Japanese literature at Doshisha University of Kyoto.

Fellowship granted by the National Research Council in agreement with

the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

From September 2003 to June 2004

Teacher of Japanese language and culture at high schools "Alessandro

Volta" and "Caravaggio" of Milan.

From September 1997 to nowadays

Teacher of Italian language to foreigners. Now and then interpreter and translator.

Teaching Approach

I teach using a good textbook because I think a good grammatical basis is fundamental, but as soon as the student has understood a new rule we apply it with many examples in conversation. In this way the student acquires self-confidence, starts speaking from the very first lesson and gets used to the new language almost without realising it. The lessons are lively and pleasant, though the pace is actually fast. My students say that I can explain whatever difficult concept briefly and simply with a few words, so that they understand immediately. I'm patient, encouraging and friendly. I like comparing ideas and worldviews, and I appreciate humour. In teaching Italian language I strive to give the student a complete ability: we will practice listening, speaking, reading and writing.

11 Aug 2017
By : Maroua1998
Subject : Japanese 
I really liked Donatella's lesson. She is patient and kind and her method very helpful and useful especially for beginners in Japanese language. Today i have learnt a lot of words and how to make a simple sentences. Arigatou gozaimasu!

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