Hi Keisuke, 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?
Keisuke:I am from Japan. I major in Japanese in my university. Specifically, I am studying Japanese literature, Japanese grammar, and so forth.
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?
Keisuke: I came to know this course at UCC Language Centre since my university had a partner relationship with UCC and introduced this English course for the students.
Brendan: Before coming to Ireland, what did you know about our country?
Keisuke: I knew that Ireland is located by the UK, and belongs to EU, prior to coming there.
Brendan: When you arrived what was the biggest surprise for you?
Keisuke: It was more difficult than I had expected to find a bank I could exchange Japanese yen into Euro. Finally I noticed I could at the bank in UCC.
Brendan: Did you stay with an Irish family or in student accommodation?
Keisuke: I stayed with a host family.
Brendan: Is Cork a safe place for Japanese students?
Keisuke: I think it is safe. However some friends advised me not to go out after midnight.
Brendan: Are Cork people friendly?
Keisuke: They are very friendly. When I asked something to them, they answered it kindly.
Brendan: What were your classes and teachers like?
Keisuke: They were really friendly. My classmates’ English was better than mine, which inspired me to study harder.
Brendan: What was the daily routine for you?
Keisuke: After class, I often went to the library to study or to the city centre for our pastimes with my friends.
Brendan: Where did your classmates come from?
Keisuke: Almost half of them were from Japan, I think. Other classmates came from France, Italy, Poland and etc.
Brendan: Did you make friends with your classmates?
Keisuke: Yes. Thanks to getting along with them, I enjoyed myself more.
Brendan: Do you feel more confident in using English now?
Keisuke: A little bit. At least, I felt I had to use English positively.
Brendan: While you were in Ireland, did you get to visit different parts of Ireland?
Keisuke: I visited Blarney, where is near to Cork, and the capital, Dublin on weekends. Those trips were also effective to make a chance to keep speaking English. (One of them somehow knew Japanese and spoke Japanese to me several times actually, but totally they all spoke English.)
Brendan: What was the best place for you?
Keisuke: Everywhere I visited. Without guidebook, you can spontaneously find something.
Brendan: If one of your Japanese friends was coming to UCC Language Centre, what advice would you give them?
Keisuke: I would say you should not make light of the weather. You could see it the moment you arrived
Brendan: What did you miss about Japan when you were in Cork?
Keisuke: Nothing especially. It was exciting enough not to miss Japan.
Brendan: What do you miss about Cork, now that you are back in Japan?
Keisuke: The big thing is I can’t see my friends in Cork now. And what is more I miss brilliant food in Ireland.
Brendan: What about the cost of the course? Was it reasonable?
Keisuke: It is reasonable compared to those of other courses..
Brendan: I hope you will come back to Cork. Will you?
Keisuke: I will come to Cork again when I have a chance to come there.
Brendan: Is there anything I have not asked you that you would like to tell us?
Keisuke: No, thank you for the days in Cork.
Brendan: Thank you, Keisuke
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