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JETAA Conversational Class

January 27, 2015

Written by Natsumi Tanaka (Kai Le’s wife)

Translated by Heng Kai Le (Kumamoto JET, 2011-2013)

Japanese Conversational Class

日本語クラスに参加して

今回、初めて日本語クラスに参加させていただきました。JETAAの方々の、高い日本語能力も然ることながら、日本語というツールを用いて、独自の感性でそれぞれの体験や想いを話している姿がとても印象的でした。

さらに、それに刺激された他の日本人参加者の方々が、普段日本人だけの授業では話さないような、自分の内面や私生活のことを語っている姿が、またとても印象的でした。

「言語」の授業は言語以上のものを学ぶ機会だと、改めて認識することができました。楽しい授業に参加させていただき、本当にありがとうございました。

Participating in a Japanese class

This was my first time joining the EoJ/JETAA Japanese class this time round. Seeing JETAA members leverage their advanced Japanese skills to effectively convey their thoughts and experiences in their unique ways struck a deep impression within me.

In addition, other Japanese participants who might have been similarly impacted like me (?) shared openly about their personal selves and private lives. These were things that Japanese people wouldn’t bring up in a typical classroom comprising of only Japanese people. Hence, their behaviour was something that has stayed in my mind.

From this Japanese lesson, I once again recognised how a language class afforded people the opportunity to learn other things beyond language. I thank JETAA sincerely for letting me participate in such a fun lesson.

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