As I said on a previous post, I decided to take japanese lessons in addition to my daily routine.
It is easy to find courses in Paris, in a few minutes on Google, you can find at least 5 place to learn, from associations to conventional high school. Looking a bit closer, you can find more informations about the course : methods, book used, …
What was most important to me was the ability to speak. I lost most my English and German abilities by not speaking a word but still am able to read both quite well.
I joined AAA, Association des Amitiés Asiatiques (Asiatic Friendships Association). Located near the Opera (and the Japanese streets), and on my way home, their first goal is to … teach French to Asian Students (mostly Chinese, Korean and Japanese). There is always students in the main room speaking, mixing French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean. Some special events are organized for the students, in their native languages.
The first lesson took place last Thursday. It was fun to see the Gaikikoojin from the JapanExpo had all disappeared. Of the 8 we are, 3 already know Japanese to some extents and decided to start again from scratch. The other five are ranking from total beginner to basic understanding.
The lesson in itself was simple. but the teacher knows her job and don’t seems to take us as childrens
Next episode on next Thursday.