初めて出逢った日の事を皆さんは今も覚えていますか？ (Do you still remember the day we first met?)
Last April, after some recommendations from people I know, I enrolled for Japanese lessons at Ikoma with Beryl. While I already knew all my alphabets and a sprinkle of phrases initially, rewriting Hiragana and Katakana for the third time was definitely no joke. I thought that joining with a friend meant that I would rarely interact with the other classmates, since I would always have a partner in class. But Tenbinza was more than just a class filled with people wanting to learn Japanese.
Fast forward a year, I’d never imagine making so many friends and being close to my current classmates. Through having meals together, I learned more about why they decided to pick up Japanese (usually because of anime and dramas).. It was pretty interesting, since that was not my reason for doing so. I guess for me, it was due to having the opportunity to do a third language in secondary school, however I was unable to keep up with it, so I had to stop mid-way. Somewhere over the years, I decided to pick it up again~
After all the interaction, I found that we all had so much more in common than I thought. There was a junior from Dunman High, and a few seniors from SIMGE (and even UB. UB PRIDE!).
Thanks to my enthusiastic friends, we’ve been out a few times before – having meals together, watching Black Butler (黒執事) and even going for a karaoke session and trying out the Club DAM machine. It was certainly fun trying to figure out how to select the songs we wanted to sing and I realised I’m actually much better at singing Japanese songs, as compared to Korean or Mandarin. I hardly do sing Japanese songs during karaoke sessions, maybe except for once… And I never know why.
I had enough faith in Shinjuku Restaurant to bring Masuda sensei there for a meal. Not too sure how it fares in comparison to authentic Japanese cuisine… Since she will never say a meal is bad or anything!
I’m so glad we brought her to the Charlie Brown Cafe, since she loves Peanuts. Even though the food wasn’t exactly fantastic, the company was great! I hope that this was memorable for her, or at least one of the nicer memories to take away from her stay in Singapore.
It’s sad to see sensei no longer teaching at Ikoma anymore.. And I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get used to another sensei when I’m back from US to continue studying Japanese. Masuda sensei has been the liveliest and cutest sensei I’ve ever had throughout my entire Japanese learning journey.
Even though I’m still at a very basic level, I really regretted not studying hard enough to be able to converse more fluently with sensei. All that awkward pauses, trying to figure out how to say things in Japanese, and eventually saying it wrongly, especially when I know I’ve learnt how to say it before. Yes, that letter above was penned with the help of Google and my phone application…. And even so, I can’t be sure that it’s grammatically sound.
Thank you for everything Masuda sensei (or… Aya-chan~?). 本当にありがとう！