What is life like for a Japanese student learning English at UCC?
Hi Kumiko, Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me. I really appreciate it.
Brendan: First of all, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? What are you studying?
Kumiko: I’m from Nagasaki, japan and study in Tokyo. My major is Hindi and I’m studying especially about India.
Brendan: Why did you choose to come to take an English language course at UCC Language Centre? How did you hear about our Language Centre?
Kumiko: the support centre in my university suggested me UCC, because I prefer nature to city, and I wanted to study in a place where there are less Japanese. And Ireland is located near Spain(I mean, in Europe), where I’d stayed before going to Cork.
Brendan: Before coming to Ireland, what did you know about our country?
Kumiko: I didn’t know anything special, I just searched how the weather in Ireland was.
Brendan: When you arrived what was the biggest surprise for you?
Kumiko: –kindness and cheerfulness of Cork citizens (I had some fear of rational distinction in Europe). And the weather.
Brendan: Did you stay with an Irish family or in student accommodation?
Kumiko: With an Irish family.
Brendan: Is Cork a safe place for Japanese students?
Kumiko: yes!! Safer (and calmer) than Tokyo, can feel relaxed like in Nagasaki.
Brendan: Are Cork people friendly?
Kumiko: definitely yes.
Brendan: What were your classes and teachers like?
Kumiko: the classes were sometimes a bit hard to keep up for me since it was advanced one, but I’m satisfied with them. Teachers gave a lot of opportunities us to speak and ask any questions.
Brendan: What was the daily routine for you?
Kumiko: 6:00 wake up around—have tea—7:00 breakfast –8:30 leave home by car—13:00 class ends—lunch with my friends—library/city centre/or do something—18:00 dinner at home—have a chat with host mother/do homework/take a shower/watch TV –22:30 sleep **(wed) extra programme, (thu) Zumba class in mardyk
Brendan: Where did your classmates come from?
Kumiko: Saudi arabia, Kazakhstan, korea, china, brasil, Basque, Kuwait, japan
Brendan: Did you make friends with your classmates?
Kumiko: I feel proud of having such admirable friends.
Brendan: Do you feel more confident in using English now?
Kumiko: I think so.
Brendan: While you were in Ireland, did you get to visit different parts of Ireland?
Brendan: What was the best place for you?
Kumiko: cliffs of moher and fitzgerald park
Brendan: If one of your Japanese friends was coming to UCC Language Centre, what advice would you give them?
Kumiko: bring an umbrella, visit cliffs of moher, have fun
Brendan: What did you miss about Japan when you were in Cork?
Kumiko: I didn’t miss in fact but if I say something, Japanese rice, grilled fish and natto.
Brendan: What do you miss about Cork, now that you are back in Japan?
Kumiko: my friends.
Brendan: What about the cost of the course? Was it reasonable?
Kumiko: it was affordable as students from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies get 20% discount of prices.
Brendan: I hope you will come back to Cork. Will you?
Kumiko: if I could have a chanceJJ
Brendan: Thank you, Kumiko.