A Visit to Japanese Language Workshop in Indian School

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The other day I was invited by a work colleague to attend a Japanese language workshop in an elementary school in Pune. In Indian summer vacations are from April to June.

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It was the first time that I stepped into an elementary school in India. I was surprised to see how clean and beautiful it was. The workshop was organised by a Japanese language teacher as a volunteering activity in summer vacations. There were many students at the workshop.

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It was the first time that I stepped into an elementary school in India. I was surprised to see how clean and beautiful it was. The workshop was organised by a Japanese language teacher as a volunteering activity in summer vacations. There were many students at the workshop.

 

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children write their wishes on it. I too wished for happiness to the Otohime-sama.

As soon as everyone finished writing their wishes, 2 of the volunteer students wearing masks of demon and skull gushed inside the room. The students were scared. Honestly, I too was scared for a moment. Since Japanese beans could not be arranged for in India, they had made small paper balls and used them to throw at the demons. On the other side, some kids were trying out Japanese yukata and happi. They looked really pretty. I could not resist taking photographs.

At the end of the 2 hour workshop, the parents came to pick up their kids. I am really happy that people are taking a keen interest in the language of a country as small as Japan. I took want to learn Hindi and have tried many times. But whenever I try to speak in Hindi I realise the other person can understand English, and I end up speaking in English. I don’t have enough motivation to learn Hindi. As of now, all I can speak is, “Tum bahut khubsoorat ho” (You are very beautiful)

Someone please teach me Hindi!


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