Friday, 1 March 2013

How to go to Japan ~ part 1: student exchange

Hi lovelies

I know, that many of you dream about visiting Japan and that some of you are even thinking about moving there for longer-term. For those of you dearies, I decided to write this post. Please keep in mind, that these are my personal experiences, which do of course not apply equally to everybody.

Part 1~ Be brave- studend exchange!


If you are interested in Japan from a very young age and have the possibility to go there as a high school or university exchange student, you should grab that chance. Don't worry, if you cannot speak the language yet- it will come to you naturally. You'll be surrounded by Japanese 24 hours a day and automatically "soak it in", just like a baby would learn to speak. Remember, the younger you are, the easier it is do learn a new second, third or fourth language.

I could neither compose a single sentence in Japanese nor did I know more than three words, when my parents sent me abroad. The first two weeks where horrible: I often waited for my Japanese dad to come home from work, because in my host family he was the only one, who was capable of speaking English.  My host mom and sisters were lovely, so were my classmates but I got more and more frustrated, because I couldn't communicate with them properlyNeedless to say, that I could hardly grasp a line during the lessons either.
- But I really wanted to understand my new family and friends. I even wanted to do all the exams at school. -Weird?... I know...
So, I took my tiny dictionary everywhere and scribbled kanjis. I did overcome my shyness and asked hundreds of questions and much to my surprise, nobody got annoyed. Another thing, which helped me to learn Japanese was, that I listened well and therefore got used to the language's tone.

You would do the same for sure, because you'd be most motivated- A lot more than during any Japanese class in your home country. Sooner or later, there will be this little "click in your head", like a tiny switch being flipped. You will just speak and not worry about mistakes in grammar or pronunciation, which is the first step to become fluent.

Out of all the people studying Japanese I've met so far, only those who had been to Japan by themselves could really speak well.    



Stay tuned for part 2

12 comments:

  1. This entries are really interesting to read. I'm too old to go abroad (I'm finishing university this year), but I plan to try a scholarship to investigation (since my degree is biochemistry) to go there! The fact that my teachers says Japan is one of the countries with a big development in the field makes me want to go there even more! Can't wait for part 2! (・∀・)

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    1. thanks for your lovely comment, dizzyちゃん❤ it's a good idea to go to Japan as a biochemist. specialists from abroad are well respected and have good chances to get a job in Japan as well.

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  2. Ein sehr schöner Post :) Ich liebe Leute wie dich, die anderen Mut machen und das posititve mehr betonen als das negative^^
    Gibt genug von den leuten die es zwar selber geschafft haben aber dann anderen nur davon abraten und so eine 'ich habs geschafft aber sonst schafft das keiner und die sprache lernst du eh nie, viel zu schwer'-stimmung verbreiten..
    Finde ich toll, dass du auch sagst, dass man es schaffen kann wenn man viel dafür tut^^
    freu mich schon auf Teil 2 :)

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    1. aww~ danke für deinen supi-lieben Kommentar❤ ich freue mich, wenn auch solche wortlastigen Posts ein bisschen Anklang finden/ Mut machen ^0^

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  3. A student exchange would have been so much fun! Just like a drama, I would expect to fall in love haha.

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    1. *hehe*- I know, what you mean~ ^0^/

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  4. Hast du sehr schön gesagt! :-) Ja bei mir wars ja nicht anders! Ich fühlte mich am Anfang in Japan wie ein Kleinkind und war immer auf andere angewiesen! Jetzt wo ich die Sprache fliessend spreche, bin ich froh nicht aufgegeben zu haben! Japanisch zu können ist etwas grossartiges und öffnet halt neue Türen! :3 Nach zwei Jahren muss ich gestehen, ist mein Japanisch eingerostet! Freue mich aber schon auf die Schule nächstes Jahr!

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    1. Hey~ danke für's vorbei schauen❤ Ja, Japanisch zu können ist wirklich eine Riesen-Chance. Du wirst sicher viel Spaß haben, während deiner College-Zeit in Japan- und dein Japanisch wird supi-schnell wieder da sein ^0^y

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  5. Thanks for your advices (^^)!
    Going to Japan as an exchange student must be awesome (´∀`*)!
    However, sometimes the main problem is the money... (>_<;)

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    1. aww~ I'm glad you liked it ^.^ yep, the money issue can be problematic indeed *sigh*
      however, there are good chances for scholarships and such or the working holiday visa (unfortunately not available for all countries yet >.<")

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  6. Really good tips! ^^ I will go to do university exchange after one year! can't wait! ^^

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  7. Danke für die Tipps! Hoffe mal, dass es mir auch so gehen wird und ich schnell Fortschritte mache >\\\< Ich geb mir Mühe! haha~

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