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 Interview with... Yoichi Iida     
 
Our guest today is Yoichi Iida,  a Japanese language teacher in English Perfect. Yoichi is probably the first Japanese teacher in Olsztyn teaching regular lessons. We asked him  how come he came to our town and what way he would recommend to effectively learn the language of  samurai. Our interview was conducted in Polish since Yoichi speaks Polish very well. Recently he has also revealed an acting talent in  "The Adventures of Robin Hood".
 
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Yes, that’s me!
 
Hi Yoichi, for the start -  why don’t you  tell us something about yourself...
Hi. I’m Yoichi Iida  and I come from Kobe in Japan.
 
What brought you here to  Olsztyn?
Well,  I really can’t say why I came to Poland. For sure I had a few good reasons, for example I didn’t want to stay in Japan any more. I wanted to escape from the sunshine, volcanoes, sushi, baseball….  Well, actually I’m here because I have friends here. Also, I like  nature, forest, animals. It’s cool!
 
How long have you been teaching Japanese?
I was teaching it for 2 years in Japan. When I came to Poland, for a short time I was giving  private lessons, and then I found my way to English Perfect.

What are your lessons like?

At present I’m using the AL (Audio Lingual) method.  It’s based on repeating simple sentences several times so that students  get used to  the natural and fluent pronunciation. The method ‘s really effective, it works well  especially with the beginners since it teaches  the sentence structure of Japanese. I must admit that  the procedure’s quite monotonous. That’s why repeating is  not all. During lessons I  use  a lot of extra materials from Japanese sketches, manga, music, leaflets, newspapers, etc. While we’re playing I make my students  absorb much more material but let’s face it: learning Japanese is specific and … exceptional.

In what way is learning Japanese specific?
Japanese does not originate from the Indo-European family of languages and it’s treated  as an isolated language. Many people don’t know that in fact it’s not similar to Chinese at all (apart from its graphical form – kanji). That’s why most of the material is totally new  to students.  I reckon that learning Japanese on  “Survival Japanese” level (or everyday Japanese) is almost the same as in other languages. Cause language is just a means of communication.
 
How do you teach students to write ?
Actually, though you can learn Japanese  without writing,   I introduce the basics of writing in order to encourage students  to learn  systematically. Japanese is written down with a combination of 4 alphabets: 48-character  hiragana, 48-character katakana and over 2000 kanji. To make things even more difficult we write Latin names using the fourth alphabet -  romaji. Pretty  complicated, isn’t that? Writing and reading kanji activates  this part of brain which is usually asleep. When you look at  kanji, you use  the right brain hemisphere, but when you read hiragana, katakana or Latin letters, you use the left one. So we can say that the most specific thing about Japanese is that  you have to use the whole  brain to think….
 
And finally, a couple of words about yourself….
I’m not very fond of sunshine. I like liquorice, cats, moomins, forest, jogging, foreign languages, Scandinavia and Shibuya-kei (Japanese  kind of  pop music).

What kind of teacher are you?
Not very strict  :p

Thanks for interview !

 
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