STUDENT INTERVIEW - B4 LEVEL
Jade's Inspiring Journey Learning Japanese at Nunawading Japanese School in Melbourne, Australia
In this interview we interviewed Jade, a beginner student who has been studying Japanese at Nunawading Japanese School for the past 2.5 years. Jade’s dedication and passion for learning the language has been inspirational for many of our students. Join us as we ask Jade about her experiences, the benefits of learning at Nunawading Japanese School, and her growth as a Japanese language learner.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what sparked your interest in learning Japanese?
Jade: I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese culture, from its unique traditions to its vibrant pop culture. I was captivated by the elegance of the language and wanted to understand and communicate with Japanese people on a deeper level. So, I decided to embark on a journey to learn Japanese.
How did you come across Nunawading Japanese School, and what made you choose us as the place to learn Japanese in Melbourne?
Jade: I discovered Nunawading Japanese School through a friend. I had been looking at local and online options for some time that offered structured Japanese language courses. Nunawading Japanese School stood out because of its excellent reputation. Their curriculum aligned perfectly with my goals as a beginner student. After my first month, I was so impressed by how passionate and enthusiastic the teachers were and have stuck at it ever since.
Could you share some of your experiences studying Japanese at Nunawading Japanese School?
Jade: Absolutely! Studying at Nunawading Japanese School has been a very rewarding experience. The teachers are highly knowledgeable and passionate about teaching Japanese. They use a combination of teaching methods, group speaking drills, lots of funny flashcards and just make learning Japanese fun. Having studied in large classes at Uni, their small class sizes allowed me to receive lots of direct support and attention from my teachers.
I have really found the group class environment very challenging with lots of speaking practice with my classmates. Additionally, the school organises cultural events regularly and tries to share the Japanese culture through food/music and performance with their students. Since joining Nunawading Japanese School, I feel I have joined a large community of people in Melbourne who love Japan, Japanese people, and culture. We have a lot in common.
As a student who has been learning Japanese for 2.5 years, what benefits have you gained from your time at Nunawading Japanese School?
Jade: The benefits have been endless. The curriculum at Nunawading Japanese School has been very structured, well thought out and set at a good pace. Each month we built on what we’ve learnt: vocabulary, grammar, reading/writing etc. The process seems to work for the majority. I have only been to Japan once so I’ve really enjoyed taking part in their cultural activities. I’ve not only learnt the Japanese language but also many wonderful things about Japanese culture.
For other beginner students considering learning Japanese, what advice would you give them?
Jade: My advice would be to find a reputable language school like Nunawading Japanese School. Having experienced instructors that are ‘native’ Japanese and bilingual helps. Also, a well-structured curriculum makes a big difference in the learning process. Consistency is key, so committing to regular practice and weekly class attendance is a must. Just trust in the process and overtime you will start to experience what I have.
Additionally I recommend finding opportunities to engage with the language outside the classroom, such as watching Japanese movies or practicing with native speakers. Finally, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and keep a positive mindset. Learning a new language is a journey, and each step brings you closer to fluency.
Jade’s journey of learning Japanese at Nunawading Japanese School highlights the benefits of enrolling with us. Everyone’s reasons for learning Japanese are different. Our approach to teaching and building confidence in beginner students has been perfected over the years and we focus on what works.
Anything is possible with the right mindset and teacher. Jade has set a high bar with learning Japanese and her dedication to study outside of class has paid off as you can see. Attending class and opening your school folder once a week just does not cut it.
Practicing your Japanese everyday make a huge difference in your progress, confidence, and enjoyment with learning Japanese as a beginner.
To find out more about our Japanese beginner course, get in touch with us today!