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2013年 10月 30日 Great Teachers

      Hi guys!! It’s kazu again!!

 

      Do you have a great teacher in your life? I’m always trying to meet a great teacher, but it is so difficult to find one and that goes for everyone, not only me. I have great teachers, but they are private teachers like at a dance school. In the end, I couldn’t meet a great teacher during my whole student life.

   When I decided to go to university in America, I had some good opportunities to find a great teacher. In America, everything was so different from my country. I was surprised by their teaching styles, rules and attitudes. I found that the Japanese language makes some kind of barrier to talking with teachers. Japanese always establishes a rank relationship with respect language. Age is so important in Japanese society. Therefore, I am always asked my age.On the other hand, in America, nobody asked me my age. This really fits me, so I can talk to a teacher in a friendly manner. When I was in Japan, even though I had something I wanted to ask, I couldn’t ask easily. However, in America, everybody tried to ask what they wanted to know. I was influenced by this style. Now, age is not so important to me, but I’m in Japan. This way of thinking is not easy.

     Today I couldn’t talk about my great teachers. Let’s talk about them next time!!

SA Kazumasa Takeda