Diana: I don't actually look like soy sauce

Diana fell in love with the culture and language of Japan while visiting over ten years ago. She recently decided to continue her studies by taking the Coto Intensive Japanese Language Course.

Why did you want to come to Japan?

I first studied abroad in Tokyo when I was a university student ten years ago. I fell in love with the culture and the language and wanted to deepen my Japanese language skills.

What do you enjoy about living here?

I enjoy meeting new people while traveling around Japan. The local people are very friendly, sincere and will go out of their way to assist you.

How have you been able to use the Japanese you learn in school in your daily life?

Apart from daily conversation with Japanese friends, shop assistance, etc; I was able to understand more news reports on TV and newspapers. I am also able to read more kanji since enrolling in school.

What are the difficulties you have experienced in your daily life?

Staying in Japan and communicating in Japanese can be frustrating at times. There is so much I want to say during a conversation, however due to my limited Japanese language skills, I couldn’t fully express myself. It takes patience and persistence to slowly and diligently build up my Japanese language skills. The key is to never give up.

Do you have a few funny stories from studying Japanese?

It is easy for me to get mixed up with 「しょ」and「じょ」or anything with the てんてん to any hiragana (か/が、す/ず etc). During class, I wanted to make a sentence saying “People say I look like this actress” in Japanese. Instead of saying じょゆう (actress) but I ended up saying しょゆう (soy sauce), so it translated to “People say I look like this soy sauce”.

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