First Japanese lesson

I went to the local community plaza as Blaine told me that I could get some Japanese lessons there. A library takes up the first and second floor. The third to the fifth floor are used for certain classes, such as exercise classes, yogo and language lessons. Although, I found it almost impossible to actually know what takes place here as all the signs and notice boards were written in Japanese. I headed to the fifth floor as Blaine seemed to remember that this is where the classes took part.

I took some pictures of Kazo from the fifth floor but I don’t really have any idea where I am going. Despite this I walk around until I find a leaflet saying “Let’s Learn Japanese language and enjoy it!”, written in English of course. After picking one of these up I continue to walk around aimlessly until someone spots me. She starts speaking to me in Japanese and I have no idea what she is saying. I just point at the leaflet, “Nihongo Chiisai! Nihongo Chiisai!”, from what little I know that means “Japanese Small”.

She vaguely understands and takes me into a room and explains that this is where the classes take place. There was one other man in the room and he could speak quite good English. I told him that I was the new teacher at Intersect. He then explained that his son had classes there about 15 years ago. Shortly after Kawan-san, and elderly looking women, comes over to me, greets me and asks me to tell her about myself and why I want to learn Japanese. I told her that I had only arrived in Japan 2 days ago, which makes her laugh. She sits down and says that she can start to teach me Japanese and proceeds to ask more about myself.

After an hour and half of Kawan-san talking to me in mainly Japanese, and teaching me through printouts, I started to pick up little things but it was so much to take in. It was all quite interesting but I keep on forgetting her name when she was teaching me how to say what things belong to people. She gives me a rota of when the lessons are held and tells me that I can buy the printouts for ¥200 each. She also begrudgingly asks me for the fee of ¥100 for the tuition fee. See looked embarrassed for asking, but that is only about 80p for all the help she gave me. I give her ¥700 for all the printouts and the fee, thank her a lot, and leave trying to recall anything I had just learned.

The view of Kazo from the fifth floor

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