Country of Rising Sun – Japan, and We… Japanese learners landed to the Indian City of Rising Sun… Kolkata… The sun makes this city to get up really too early… almost at 4 am. The day we landed to Kolkata was Dashera… Most important and last day of Durga Puja. We were having 2 days to settle down in this new city. Almost all of us were first time visitors to Kolkata and were very curious about the city, people and the Bengali culture.
We joined our company in Kolkata, and Japanese gave us another shock. We got to know that our company was tracking our Japanese performance from the very first day and we were performing horribly. HR person was scolding us like anything, and we could not even look into his eyes, Bengali anger u know... That raised an alarm in our minds. Company appointed a Japanese teacher for us and this time she was actually from Japan :) Simultaneously our company training started as well.
To start with, our Japanese teacher decided to know about our Japanese knowledge and she was surprised and happy with us. Coz Japanese is a really tough language and she knew it very well. On every alternate day, another Japanese batch from Kolkata used to join us. OMG…!!! They were so fast… Were so good at Japanese. Teacher used to ask a question and they used to throw the answer out of their mouth. Literally, before the teacher finishes the question, they used to start shouting like any thing…Few of us use to join them in shouting, that’s just our voice and no answer :P Japanese teacher used to get scared of that voice :) Kolkata batch was master of grammar, vocabs and most imp listening. Soon, teacher found out the lacking point in our batch and started focusing on those areas. Now we were also serious, few - because this became prestige issue for our batch and few – after all it was a question of money that we paid for.
We had no other option but to study, at home as well. Here thanks to my friends. We used to study together, found out few tricks to remember the vocabs, used to explain grammar to each other. Listening was the real challenge, as we could never used to get single word from the conversion. Bit well in the vocab and grammar sections and we started studying for listening. We copied the CDs for conversions and used to listen them at home. Now here, first and the only rule – No laughing... toughest part of Japanese learning :P
Days passed with our studies and finally we came to our home location for the Japanese Exam. We reached exam hall and found people with lot of excitement. Exam ended and we took a deep breath of relief. Thankfully no one asked us about exam :) we returned back to Kolkata to finish up with our technical training and then realized the fun we had with Japanese… To our’s and other’s surprise we scored exceptionally well in the exam : D :D
Japanese not only taught us a new language and culture but so many other things… Gave us new friends, new city, new experience, new abilities, new environment, new opportunities, new challenges… list is unending …
Country of rising sun, shared few rays with us to make our lives more beautiful…ありがとうございます 日本語 ... Thanks a lot Japanese... :) :)