I always believed that being multilingual is advantageous to work in the business field as smooth communication helps to avoid misunderstanding and tightens the relationship between people in the business world. I thought that since Japan is one of the economic giants in the world, I would have a brighter work career if I could communicate with people in Japanese. Moreover, as learning a language helps one to understand a new culture, learning Japanese enables me to better understand about Japanese culture and ways of thinking. Therefore, I could build a better relationship with the Japanese people in the business world in the future.
Currently, the majority of students attending English-taught programs in Japanese universities are Japanese returnees, who are usually fluent in both English and Japanese. Therefore, language wouldn’t be a barrier for a non-Japanese student without Japanese proficiency. However, I think studying in Japan is much more than studying in a Japanese university. There are tons of school events to attend and you can always find lectures about the trendiest topics, e.g. Artificial Intelligence, hosted by experts of each field. Since most of these school events are conducted in Japanese, my desire to attend pushes me to continue my Japanese study.
As a sports fan, I wanted to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a voluntary translator. I am expected to finish my university study in July 2020; afterward, I hope I can help contribute to the operation of the Olympics with the athletes’ communication. In addition to English and my mother tongue, Mandarin, being able to speak Japanese would enable me to communicate with more athletes and become a more helpful translator. It would definitely be an unforgettable experience if I could become a part of such a huge event.
I plan on taking Japanese language classes for all my university years. I believe that systematic learning is the most effective and efficient method to learn a language. From learning hiragana and katakana in my first semester of university, now my Japanese class requires weekly composition and presentation. As hard work slowly pays off, I gradually started talking to some of my Japanese friends in Japanese. I also recently started looking for a part-time job where I could get the opportunity to practice my Japanese and have more interaction with Japanese society. Although learning Japanese takes time and commitment, seeing the progress I make everyday motivates me to continue my Japanese study and achieve my goal.