Konnichiwa, everyone !
I’m Jun. I’m from Yokohama, Japan. I was teaching Japanese in Tokyo for about 15 years and this is my 5th year of teaching Japanese here. I love spending time with my family to do travelling, cooking, playing sports etc. I love teaching Japanese because I can meet people who are from different places, different ages but they all are interested in Japan or Japanese! I’m looking forward to meet more people in a class.
1. What language are you teaching?
I’m teaching Japanese.
2. How do you organise your classes?
In a group class, we use a text book called ‘Japanese For Busy People’ and practice what we
learn in a conversation. In a private class, we do the same way but it will be more customised
depending on what the students want to focus on.
3. What's your best language learning tip?
Trying to memorise the words as much as possible and just talk! Don’t worry about making mistake.
(you can mumble to yourself for practicing :)
4. Why do you like working at Bonjour Toowoomba?
The teachers here are lovely and understand each other well as we all are foreigners!
The students are very nice and are open to the world.
5. Could you share some information about your country?
Japan is a small country with a lot of people. Its size is smaller than Queensland but its population is
about 5 times bigger than Australia’s population. You might think we eat only raw food but there
are many kinds of food in Japan. Hope you visit there sometime and experience its unique
6. Do you have a funny story to share about teaching?
There are female speech and male speech in Japanese (especially in casual speech) so I could tell who you have been taught Japanese from. When I was teaching in Tokyo, I had a lot of male
students who learnt Japanese from their girlfriends or wives. haha
7. What's your favourite expression? Could you explain it?
‘Gambatte’ which can be translated as ‘do your best’, ‘good luck’ depending on the situation. Also ‘Otsukare sama’ which you don’t have in English and can be translated as ‘Thank you for your hard work’ ,’You did great job’ or ‘You made great effort’ something like that.
We use ’otsukare sama’ almost same as ‘good bye’ after school and work.
8. If you had to live on a desert island, what would you take with you?
I don’t want to live on a desert but I would take tools to make a sand castle. ;)