- TWCU Summer Programs
- Shanghai International Studies University
- What is the most memorable/impressive experience?
- The most impressive thing is the dirtiness of restrooms. Of course, not all restrooms were dirty, but I was often confused by dirty restrooms. However, I realized that common
things for Japanese people including me are not common things for people in other
culture. We should not to think like "which culture is superior?" I learned that the most
important thing is to accept.
- What was the biggest hardship you faced?
- I had experienced difficulties in communication in Chinese when I first arrived in Shanghai. I felt it was so hard to use Chinese outside of the class; for example, when I
ordered at restaurant or when I asked about school activities at the office. Sometimes I
got shocked because I was not able to do things that I could have done effortlessly in
Japan. Speaking Chinese was the only method to communicate with people who couldn't
speak English. Therefore, I tried to tell things in some way. This experience gave me a
motivation to try to communicate in different languages.
- What was your proudest accomplishment during your stay?
- My proudest accomplishment is that my Chinese have become smoother than before.
I realized that when I communicated with my teacher who had taught me Chinese once
a week. To be honest, I didn't feel a sense of accomplishment during my stay because I
was struggling to get used to the Chinese-using environment. I had acquired Chinese
more than I expected. I was happy and the happiness is the source of my motivation of