I am a writer and educator, with degrees in psychology and theater studies, certificates in English teaching and Japanese proficiency, and more than a decade of experience as a professional translator.
I was born in Canada, but have spent most of my adult life traveling and working abroad. Along the way, I've climbed Mt. Fuji, touched noses with a Maori elder in New Zealand, snorkeled in Fiji, survived a tsunami evacuation in Samoa (and more recently, Nagasaki), snuggled a koala in Australia, chaperoned high schoolers on a bus tour of England, thrown up in the Czech Republic, attended grad school in Malta, worked on an archaeological dig in Spain, had laser therapy in Germany, taught at a university in Hungary, scaled pyramids in Mexico...
Translation is my bread and butter, and writing is my passion.
Where to find David Petersen online
Where to buy in print
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Hiragana (With an Introduction to Grammar and Kanji)
This handy guidebook offers an integrated, communicative approach to writing and reading hiragana script, the entry point to the Japanese language. The condensed Smashwords edition provides step-by-step explanations of 46 basic characters and scores of derivatives, plus grammar lessons, an introduction to kanji, and two practice tests to consolidate learning.
Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima
"Survivors", a pictorial journey into the heart of Hiroshima, describes and illustrates more than 50 sites with 75 treasured trees, shrubs, and groves dating from before the bombing on August 6th 1945. This condensed Smashwords version features a forward, introduction, postscript, and reference section, as well as translations of essays by the a-bomb survivor Tamiki Hara.
Prayers in Stone: Nagasaki's A-Bomb Heritage Sites
This condensed Smashwords version of Prayers in Stone provides an overview of about 200 of Nagasaki's A-bomb heritage sites. The entries are organized into a series of tours for the convenience of tourists actually visiting the city, and to give the general reader a sense of the layout and the proximity to the hypocenter.
Reading English News on the Internet: A Guide to Connectors, Verbs, Expressions, and Vocabulary for the ESL Student
"Reading English News on the Internet" helps students make sense of "media English" as found online, in newspapers, and in magazines. This condensed ebook version covers nearly 200 connectors, phrasal verbs, idiomatic verb phrases, and everyday expressions. There are also tips on reading news, sports, and finance articles online, as well as mini-quizzes and a final exams.
An Invitation to Kagura: Hidden Gem of the Traditional Japanese Performing Arts
A unique, meticulously researched introduction to the exotic pageantry of kagura (Shinto theater), a performance style with roots predating even noh drama. This concise ebook version covers everything from the history of the kagura to choreography, masks, costumes, and even selected plays. If you think that Japanese theater ends with noh and kabuki...think again!
Tao Te Ching / Daodejing: A Fresh Look at the Way and its Virtues
Drawing on meticulous study of multiple sources, this concise ebook edition of the Tao Te Ching also provides an introduction to the enigmatic Lao Tsu and his times, a discussion of the many challenges facing the translator, a list of suggested themes, and a bibliography.