I did my presentation as part of the final exam of at the Japanese class last week, on Japanese culture of cuteness. It was really amazing that we all felt nervous when delivering our contents yet relaxed when answering impromptu questions from classmates, perhaps we had grown used to chatting with each other after 6 months’ class. We even have a study group on Facebook.
It’s also interesting that my Japanese has improved greatly since I came to London, while my English hasn’t. Before joining King’s Japanese class, which is free and open to every of King’s students, I didn’t have any opportunity to speak the language even though my reading and listening skills were ok. My friends were sceptical of me learning Japanese in the U.K. at first, but it turned out that we would speak only Japanese during the class, which pushed me to gain the language sense faster.
In addition to an experienced teacher, we’re also entitled to make appointments with advisors who are native speakers, which provides precious chance to practice. I’m so grateful for the time and efforts they devoted into my Japanese learning that I want to contribute something myself. I expressed my will to become a volunteer Mandarin advisor, but the language centre said positions would only be open on an annual basis. Therefore, I’ll only be able to work harder as a note of thanks for the moment.
King’s Modern Language Centre http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/mlc/index.aspx
KCL Japanese Study Group http://www.facebook.com/groups/KCLJapaneseStudyGroup/