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The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Partner University Students)(Summer Special Course)


The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Partner University Students)(Summer Special Course)

Training period: 2014.07.15~2014.08.01


About the Students:

On July 15th, 2014, thirty-five people from thirteen different countries and regions arrived at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai.
. (People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Kingdom of Thailand, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, United States of America, Spain, Kingdom of the Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Republic of Hungary) Looking back, we were all very nervous and reserved at first but soon after we all became friends, and by the time the program ended, we were like long time friends. Although in the beginning we did not feel very confident while speaking Japanese, thanks to some of the cultural activities in the program and interactions with Japanese people, our Japanese improved little by little.

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About the Program:

During this eighteen-day long program, we had the opportunity to participate in exchange activities related to the topics discussed in our classes, visit Osaka University, interact with Japanese students, visit Japanese households, and travel, along with many other things. Thanks to all that, we were able to more deeply understand the significance of Japan and its society and culture. When the Japanese students came to visit us in the center, we also learnt about Japanese dialects such as Osaka-ben as well as Wakamono Kotoba. Also, activities such as wadaiko, aikijujitsu, shodo, and kimono wearing were great cultural experiences. Out of these activities, each student could choose two depending on their interests within Japanese culture. We were really impressed.

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About the Center

 This center has taken great care of us. There are many facilities that students can use to study; for example at the library, you can borrow books and read or study in silence. Also, there is a lounge where we all would gather at night after dinner everyday to share experiences from our countries as well as sing songs. Since most of us have never been to Japan, the experiences we had in Osaka and the program have been great. Thanks to the warmth of Osaka, we didn’t feel so much of a cultural shock and we were able to enjoy ourselves from the very beginning.

Lastly, words cannot possibly describe our gratitude for all those who made this experience possible for us. Not only are we more skilled at speaking Japanese now, but we’ve also made friends that we will have for the rest of our life. This is an experience that we will never forget. Thank you so, so much.


To all those who made the program possible, as well as those from Osaka University and the other organizations that collaborated, thank you very much.

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Linda Harris (Commonwealth of Australia)
Julia Zhu Wei(Commonwealth of Australia)
Catherine Antoinette Bryant(United States of America)
Gustavo Florez(Spain)

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