Center for Japanese Language Education,the University of Tokyo

Speeches of our international students

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We will introduce some of the speeches which were delivered at the completion ceremony by our students who completed about 3 months of the Intensive Japanese Course at the center. You may be able to assume the atmosphere of the classes, lesson content, Japanese proficiency levels of elementary to intermediate classes (the original speech was written in Japanese). Especially, you may find it useful to read the speech written by a class 1 student who has never studied Japanese as your guideline to how far you may be able to achieve within 3 months of study.

Speeches delivered at the completion ceremony

 

       

  

                                 

                          

2019 April Course
Class 1

PAING AYE MYAT MYAT

Myanmar, Agricultural and Life Sciences

Class 2

LEE ANTONIA BEATRICE DANS

Philippines, Interdisciplinary Information Studies
Class 3

BUTTER JAKE BENJAMIN JOSEPH

UK, Information Science and Technology

 

 

Class 1   PAING AYE MYAT MYAT

(Myanmar, Agricaltural and Life Sciences)

 

Hello, I am Paing of class 1. Today, I am happy to give a speech as a representative of the class. The Intensive Course began in April. Our life in Japan began in April, as well. At first, I didn't understand Japanese, so everything was challenging. And for me, who didn't have a friend at first, the Intensive Course has become a place not only to study but also to make friends and improve our lives. I ate lunch with my classmates every day, talked a lot of things in Japanese, and practiced speaking Japanese. For example, the class 1 had a lot of married students, so we talked about various wedding styles and dresses in different countries. I wanted to get married after hearing them. One day, a student who brought homemade lunches every day, offered a lot of extra handmade lunch-dishes and shared them with other classmates. Because the bring-a-dish was fun, another student brought local sweets from his county and shared them with all classmates. In this way, we all became good friends. I will never forget it.
Of course, I also improved my Japanese. In the class, everyone worked and studied hard, so I was also motivated to study harder. I would like to say thank you to the classmates who made such an environment. Even if the class ends, please be friends.
And finally, thank you to the teachers for your kind and gentle teaching of difficult Japanese. Every day's activities were fun and interesting. The Conversation Challenge (CC) was the most difficult, but everyone liked it among the activities. Not only did we take a video at CC, but when we watched the video in the classroom, I took it on my smartphone and watched it again after the class. . If I didn't take this course, I wouldn't have enjoyed it so much. Thank you for teaching me both Japanese language and culture. It was really good for me to be able to study in this Intensive Course. Thank you very much.

 

 

 

Class 2   LEE ANTONIA BEATRICE DANS

(Philippines, Interdisciplinary Information Studies)

 

Good day, everyone. I am Bea from Class 2. Thank you for letting represent Class 2 and give a speech.
I arrived in Japan from the Philippines in April of this year and immediately began studying in the Nihongo Center. All of us in Class 2 had studied some Japanese in our respective countries beforehand, but back in April, we weren’t really able to speak, read, or write in Japanese. But everyone had some form of interest in Japan. We had watched anime or listened to Japanese music at one point. In my case, I was just a regular Arashi fan.
My classmates and I worked hard to improve the little Japanese we knew in the beginning. We all came from different countries, but we gradually became good friends. Everyday, whether we were eating lunch together in the cafeteria or talking on LINE, we would try to use Japanese. If anyone didn’t understand the lesson, we would all help.
We were able to study different things in this course, such as grammar, conversation, and Kanji. I think this kind of study is, of course, important. But more than knowledge, it made us happy that studying the Japanese language allowed us to understand Japanese culture better, made our daily lives easier, and expanded the possibilities of what we can do in Japan.
Honestly, in the beginning, I took this course because my adviser instructed me to do so. But studying Japanese gradually became more and more fun. We all did our best and now we have become much better at Japanese. In my case too, I’ve now able to understand Arashi’s songs and television programs.
Now, the last day of class has come.
I have something I want to tell my classmates in Class 2. Thank you for making me smile every day. Even when this course ends, I hope we can be good friends.
To our teachers, thank you for teaching us so many things. Even though sometimes our class asks a lot of questions, you always took the time to answer them. Thank you for making our classes fun every day.
Though I’ve become able to understand Arashi, in order to further improve my Japanese, I want to continue my studies in the Nihongo Center. To all my classmates, let’s continue doing our best. Won’t you continue your Japanese studies too?
Finally, to my teachers and classmates, I would like to say one more time, “Thank you very much.” With this, I end my speech.

 

 

 

 

Class3   BUTTER JAKE BENJAMIN JOSEPH

(UK, Information Science and Technology)

 

Hello, my name is Jake from Class 3. I have been chosen to deliver our class’ final speech, and so I will try my best to convey to you the thoughts and feelings of all of my classmates.
The truth is, my classmates were the first thing that I noticed when I began this course, and with good reason. When I sat down on day one, I came to realise that I was surrounded by
girls; I was the only guy in the class! Naturally, I thought myself very lucky, but at that time I was yet to find out just how lucky I was...
At the beginning, our lessons were quite tough. Sometimes, we couldn’t even understand what our teachers were asking us to do, let alone the new grammar and vocabulary we were
meant to be studying. Despite this, nobody wanted to raise their hand and ask the teacher to stop, for fear of looking bad in front of everyone else. Even though some of our teachers
were only a little older than ourselves, it sometimes felt as if we were all the way back in high school. Never was this clearer than during our first conversation challenge, wherein some of
us were so nervous that we struggled to even open the door to our teacher’s room.
But as time went on, we began to relax, and we started to look forward to talking to our teachers each week about what we had done at the weekend, recent news stories, and
Japanese culture. Before we came to Japan, we had all studied Japanese in different ways and to different degrees, and despite this, our teachers somehow managed to challenge us
and help us to improve every day. Even when half of the class was absent due to some mysterious illness, our teachers persevered.
Everyone in the class was trying their best, but we couldn’t help but worry about whether we were really making progress. It was at times like these that we learnt, despite how daunting it
had been at the time, just how useful it was to record our conversation challenges. At the halfway point of the course, we watched the very first challenge we had taken part in, and
we could hardly believe that it was us in the video! It was then that we came to understand just how far we had come.
Sadly, the end of the course arrived before we knew it, and looking back, I now think that I truly understand what made me so lucky to be a member of this class: not that I had spent
each day surrounded by girls, but that I had had the opportunity to be taught and supported by such a caring and professional group of teachers and staff at the Nihongo Centre.
Whether or not they will continue studying here next semester, I’m sure that everyone in Class 3 will remember fondly our time here.
With that, from everyone in Class 3, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone at the Nihongo Centre. Thank you very much.

 

 

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