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Messaged by Previous Participants Japanses-Language for University students(Autumn Course)

2012Japanese‐Language Program for Overseas Students (University Student / Autumn Course)

Japanese-Language Program for Indonesian University Students (Commissioned by Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange)

Period: November 6th- December 20th  2012

Dorina – Hungary

                                                          Ali – Indonesia

       Joy – Thailand


About the program

This year’s program was attended by 33 college students from 16 different countries. In this program many fun activities were held aiming to improve the participants’ confidence with speaking Japanese. In class, we used Japanese to discuss many different topics about Japan. We also had a variety of activities related to the Japanese culture. For example: Noh and Kyogen,kimono, Japanese drums, Tea ceremony, calligraphy, Japanese flower arrangement, martial arts and self-defense classes. In addition to that there were a home visit and visiting an elementary school and various universities. We visited Osaka Gas’s exhibition centerand gas plant and leaned about the latest gas equipment and LNG. We all travelled to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima as well. Moreover, using after-class time and weekends, we were able to do some research and visit a various places according to our interest.


Japanese lectures

 The lectures are divided into four branches; Variety, discussion and understanding Japan, speech, and interview. In these four branches not only did we practice the Japanese we have learnt so far but we also learned new words and expressions. Furthermore, we practiced the correct use of the grammar we know. In the “Variety” lectures we studied the language currently used by youth in Japan (若者言葉) and the Kansai dialect. It was a whole lot of fun. In the “discussion” lectures we talked about many different things in Japan: family, tradition, environmental issues and so on, comparing them with our own countries. In speech, everyone chose their own topics and we practiced the correct way of writing and giving a speech. The interview class has to be the most difficult but it was very interesting as well. We were divided into groups and we worked together, choosing a theme and holding interviews with residents from the area around the center and college students of different universities. We then had to prepare a presentation that we gave in front of our classmates, professors and guests from outside the center too. All four classes were amazingly helpful.

Apart from these lectures there were different types of classes. For example: consultation sessions with professors (one on one time), classes for introducing studying materials like books and websites, and classes to reflect on what we accomplished in learning Japanese or what we learned about Japan’s culture and society. It goes without mentioning that our language proficiency improved greatly because of using it all day every day.



                Japanese-Language Class                                                               Final Presentation  


Interactive gatherings

Over these 6 weeks we had three types of gatherings.

Firstly, we were divided into groups to hold interviews with residents from the area around the center based on the methods we learned in class. We got the chance to speak with them and find out their opinions about many topics, learning the proper language and way to speak to them. This I think is a chance we couldn’t have gotten if not for this gathering.

Secondly, there was the chance of interacting with college students. Just as the above we were divided into groups and we interviewed them. But this time was slightly different as some of the participants in our program gave speeches in front of the students. Of course there was Q&A time after the speeches. We also got to know the values and point of views of students of our generation.  Furthermore, we got an opportunity to receive a ‘Hiroshima dialect’ lesson by the students of Yasuda Women’s University as a part of the program.  



                    Kobe University                                                                         Ritsumeikan University 



             Yasuda Women’s University                                                       Kwansei Gakuin University 


Lastly, there was a visit to an elementary school. Different from the previous gatherings we didn’t give speeches or interview the students. Instead, we introduced our own countries to them. And in return they introduced some of Japan to us. We got to see how they spend lunch break and recess. And this time we learned the proper language and way to speak to children. 


Cultural activities

We had 6 different activities over these 6 weeks. They included: Kimono, Flower arranging art, calligraphy, Japanese drums, tea ceremony and martial arts& self defense. Every participant had the chance to try three of them. We’d first learn about the art and then attempt doing it ourselves. It was a lot of fun, we created memories for life.

For example, in kimono we got to wear traditional kimonos, learn the names of their components and the meanings of the emblems imprinted on them. What a fun experience it was! Not only was it fun to wear something so luxurious and expensive but we also got to learn something new in the process.

In the Japanese drums event we watched the professionals perform before us, and then they gave us the chance to try it out ourselves. Learning how to play those drums was difficult but again it was a chance to learn something new while having fun at the same time.



                    Kimono Wearing                                                                                   Japanese Calligraphy 



In this program we got to improve our Japanese level, learn about many different websites that can help us study Japanese and of course we got to make new friends. 

Advice for participants to come

  • Speak in Japanese as much as you can!
  • Don’t shy out! Gather your nerves and just talk!
  • Don’t worry about making mistakes!
  • If you have the time, go see many places!
  • Introduce your country’s culture every chance you get!
  • Make many friends of different countries!




Visit Osaka Gas Facilities


Translated by Maha– Egypt



We thank Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE), Hiroshima International Center(HIC),Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Yasuda Women’s University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Izumisano Municipal Daiichi Elementary School and other organizations for their cooperation to this program.  

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