Student Inteview - Szymon Trapp

1. Name:
Szymon Trapp
2. Country:
Poland/Australia
3. Length of study Japanese:
2.5 years. I passed JPLT N5 in 2011 and N4 in 2012.
4. Why are you learning Japanese?:
I had always dreamt about going to Japan, and I finally went there in 2010. I didn’t know any Japanese at the time. A few months later my wife started learning Korean and that made me realise that I could learn Japanese. Once I started, the experience turned out to be something quite different to learning European languages – more difficult and exciting at the same time. I think the challenge and the sense of achievement motivate me and prevent me from giving up.
5. How is your Japanese study?:
It’s progressing quite well; I’m finally getting to a stage when I can start talking in Japanese or read a simple text (still using a dictionary). Using the language for something practical makes learning much more enjoyable. My calligraphy is also better than it used to be but there’s still so much to learn! Both kanji and hiragana look much more interesting when written with a brush. It also makes remembering kanji a lot easier!
6. Why did you choose JAPANEASY?:
Japaneasy was the first school I considered as it was very conveniently located. I went for a level check and a trial class, and since I enjoyed it I didn’t even try any other school. Cultural workshops also drew my attention. I tried calligraphy and immediately knew it was something for me. I’ve been coming to calligraphy classes quite regularly for the last 1.5 year.
7. How would you like learning Japanese in JAPANEASY?:
I like it a lot. Coming to classes keeps me motivated, and develops my language skills and interest in Japan. I also recommend everyone to try cultural workshops and find ones for themselves. Japaneasy teachers are very helpful and try hard to make learning Japanese as enjoyable as possible.<br />
8. Your favorite Nihongo and reasons?:
Onomatopoeic words – many of them sound quite funny and make the language sound less serious. Some of my favourites are those consisting of two identical syllables, e.g. ぴかぴか, ぺこぺこ, or がたがた.