Ko-san, Ken-san, Hon-san, Ro-san and Chen-san are all from Taiwan. All are looking to better their future by working for Japanese companies or work in Chinese companies with Japanese bosses. Montero-san is from Brazil. From my understanding, his grandparents live in Japan (and are Japanese?) and he's been living with them while studying (I just learned today that his real name is Luan Suehara de Oliviera Montero. Cool!) Dave-san is a Canadian who, like me, has no really good reason to study but does it just for the love of the language. Lina is from Russia and I haven't had a chance to ask her yet why she's here.
Our classes start out each morning with a review of the homework and study of the day before. Then new grammar forms are introduced and we study it together and try to converse for the rest of the day using the new structure, mostly using role play. This practice is truly helpful. The sensei walks around and listens, corrects us and we are to ask questions of her if we get stuck.
Last Friday a bunch of us got shuttled over to the local Department store (basically about 8 stores in one huge building). Some of the students were from the AIJC program, a long term academic study program. They were all in the shuttle (driven by the director of the school, Declan Murphy) to get cooking tools and futons. That was fun. I just went along for the ride and Dave-san came too and we just tagged along with the young-uns. I ended up buying a takiyaki maker (octopus dumpling balls, however I will use shrimp!) and a tamago pan (for the delicious egg dish I have every day).
Today we each got to be the owner of a company hiring someone for a job. (Today was the only day so far that had anything to do with business. The rest of the week was all about daily life.)
Because the grammar structure we are learning is actually just about third grade material, I thought it was appropriate that we spent a half hour drawing posters with brightly colored paper and markers to encourage people to work for our company. My partner and I owned a zoo and needed a maintenance person.
|Ko-san and Montero-san discuss their company, Family Mart|
|Lina-san and Ro-san promote their flower bouqet vending machine|
|Ken-san and Dave-san upsell their French Speed-Racing Bicycle Shop|
|Montero-san, Ken-san and Hon-san - the next generation of successful business people!|