Road of a south Indian Zealot from a non-Japanese speaker to Pedagogic venture, Japanese ‘senryuu’ p
Today, I would like to come up with yet another inspiring and truly motivational story of a typical south Indian. Today, it's all about Ms. Prathiba from Salem, Tamil Nadu who lives in Coimbatore. She holds a degree in English literature from Sri Saradha college for women in Salem. She is one among those who have had Language as an integral part their career. Above all, she was destined to learn Japanese. Let's garner some more information about her career.
As mentioned above she did have Language to play a vital role throughout her career. She had to move to Japan in the month of October 2003 as her Husband was supposed to do so. Her Husband having been a research scholar, they had been given a place in a dormitory in Odaiba, an Artificial Island in Tokyo Bay. It is to be noted that cost of living in this Manmade Island is quite higher than that of Tokyo says Ms. Prathiba. There were other such Research scholars from different parts of the world, mostly from Asia. It's this point when she started learning Japanese. Volunteers had been provided with free Japanese language classes held within the dormitory by Native Japanese. She opted for the language classes though she had other options like Japanese culture and calligraphy. Having been an enthusiastic learner, she exploited the most out of this volunteer camp. The Language classes were held for about one and a half hours a day with a frequency of 5 classes a week. The schedule was 2 days for grammar and listening respectively followed by a day for conversation. The classes usually starts at 9 in the morning remembers Ms. Prathiba. She was so zealous that she used to be learning Japanese at a place provided near the class room 1 hour before the commencement of the class. Life in Japan was so busy that one can’t think of a work that is not assigned for the day says her. When asked about the difficult part of Japanese learning endeavour, as ever Japanese learners says she said Kanji. But as she had been in Japan, she had to get along with it. After putting in efforts she was able to read even Japanese Newspapers provided at the lounge which appeared messy in the early days when she had just started learning Japanese. She had an unnoticeable improvement in her command in Japanese over the days. She left to India in 2005. She made it to Japan again in June 2006. Having had to be in kita shinagawa(North shinagawa), a city in Tokyo prefecture, she continued learning Japanese language. She had L3 then which is equivalent to N4 of JLPT when she left Japan in 2005.
She has all praise for the public facilities in Japan as everyone does. When asked for her favourite place in Japan, she says the scenery of Mt. Fuji from her room. Tokyo, in Japan is one of the best places in the world for hangouts though. Her second visit lasted from 2006 to 2008. It's obvious that she had learnt Japanese completely in Japan having taught by Native Japanese. She nurtured her relationship with Japanese even after getting back to India. Again, in 2016, she had an opportunity to visit Japan and stayed for a month. That's when she decided to meet her teachers who taught her Japanese in her first two abodes in Japan and recalls that the teachers were overwhelmed with happiness that not everyone does so. She started her own Japanese school named Marikhas school of Japanese language in Coimbatore to take the Japanese language to students after having insisted by her Japanese teacher who taught her when she was in Odaiba city.
It has been running successfully at affordable and a meager tuition fee since it's inception in 2018. In addition to this she also writes Japanese senryu which is a poem. She has also been recognized for her poems in Japan. Such is her insight in Japanese. She is working as an interpreter and translator in a software company. We wish her valuable work continues for a few more decades...