Before winter break, we asked our Japanese Plus students to reflect on their time in the program so far, and to share what they felt most proud of. Here are they answers:
Angel: I’m proud of the onigiri that I made and improving in katakana.
Maria: I am most proud of the self-introductions we have learned.
Cyrus: I guess just being able to talk to new people and not be a complete mess.
Asa: I’m most proud of me mastering katakana but mostly gaining more courage to speak out and meet new people.
Che: The fact that I memorized all my katakana. I know most of my combinations.
Alexx: I’m most proud of my speaking abilities in terms of public speaking. I’m not very good at speaking loud and clear, so I’ve been really happy with how far I’ve come.
Gabe: I went from knowing one Japanese word to being able to introduce myself and knowing katakana.
Jazmin: I’m most proud of my speaking skills, because I’ve improved a lot since the last time Eshita sensei taught me some phrases when I was in “Japan in DC.”
Katie: I’m really proud that we finished learning katakana and mastering it. I really thought it would take a long time to learn.
Jonah: Learning katakana and meeting with new people.
Arjernae: Learning basic Japanese is what I am most proud of (katakana, introduction, writing).
Theo: Probably the feeling of mastery over a different alphabetical system to the point that I recognize meaning relatively quickly.