Monthly Archives: January 2012

Studying….opiskelu…勉強…It’s almost the same thing everywhere!

 

Studying in Seinan Gakuin University

 

So almost 2 weeks have passed since I arrived to Fukuoka. Today was the day that I’ve finally started all the courses I have chosen. Here’s the list of courses I’m taking this Spring Semester.

  • Beginning Japanese (3×2 credits)
  • Japanese Literature in English Translation (2 credits)
  • History of Japan (2 credits)
  • Traditional Culture of Japan (Shodoà Calligraphy) (2 credits)
  • Japanese Psychology and Society (2 credits)
  • Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy (2 credits)

Many of these courses seem quite interesting. For example in literature class we’ll be reading some significant Japanese books in English (modern literature). In Traditional culture class we’ll be learning about Shodo (Calligraphy). Our teacher is a former coach for a team which won Japan’s high school calligraphy competition in 2006. Can’t wait to make fool out of myself…since I’m not that artistic: D

Many of our courses have a translation since many of teachers can’t speak English.
The way of courses are conducted is quite similar than in Finland. Except the exception that attendance is well regulated and there’s not that much homework. Although Japanese class is quite hard! A lot of homework and tests almost every time…ugh!

Classes last 1½ hours and latest class I have finishes 17.50.
In here it’s possible to go for lectures for 2 weeks and after that decide if you want to enroll or not.

During past week we’ve been ordering pre-paid phones for ourselves. Should take max. 3 days to get it.

Besides studying have had time to go to Japanese Karaoke (awesome!), walk on the Momochi beach, shopping, eating out etc.
Fukuoka is a city where you can do almost everything you want.  City has about 1,5 million citizens which makes is quite comfortable place to live in.

I thought living in here would be expensive…well it indeed has been thus we’ve had to buy a lot of things and pay our rent including rent for Futon etc. Food is nevertheless quite cheap! Love it.

Being here has been great! Except I miss FINNISH COFFEE among some other things…gosh :D Can’t take these vending machine sugar coffee’s anymore :DD

 

 

 

 

// Tosiaan oon nyt päässyt aloittamaan kaikki valitsemani kurssit. Tänä keväänä olisi tämmöiset kurssit opiskeltavana:

  • ”Aloitteleva” Japani
  • Japanin historia
  • Perinteinen japaninkulttuuri (Kalligrafia)
  • Japanilainen kirjallisuus englanninkielen käännöksessä
  • Japanilainen politiikka ja ulkomaalaiskäytännöt
  • Japanilainen psykologia ja yhteiskunta.

Hauskaa on mm. että meidän kalligrafia tunnilla meidän opettaja on sen verran kokenut, että mm. vetänyt japanin lukioiden kilpailussa voittanutta ryhmää. Hieman jännittää mennä herran tunnille vääntämään omaa ”taidetta”. Kirjallisuuskurssilla luetaan yhteensä 4 japanilaista teosta. Englanniksi tietty !

Kurssit täällä on melko helppoja. Tunneilla on oltava, mutta kotiläksyjä ei niinkään ole. Paitsi tietty japaninkielessä…testejä ja läksyjä vaikka kuinka paljon.
Monilla kursseilla ei ole loppukoetta ollenkaan, vaan esim. esityksellä korvataan koe.
Tunnit kestää yleensä sen 1½ tuntia. Mukavaa vaihtelua sille 2½ tunnille mikä JAMK:issa oli.

Monilla tunneilla meillä on täällä tulkit, koska monet opettajat ei osaa englantia ollenkaan.

Opiskelun lisäksi ollaan viikon aikana ehditty mm. käydä karaokessa (aivan huippua!), kävelemässä Momochi beachillä, shoppailtu ja kokeiltu lisää japanilaisia ruokia.
Fukuoka on n. 1,5 miljoonan ihmisen kaupunki. Eli juuri sopivan kokoinen paikka elää!

Meille sanottiin, että Tokyo on paikka pitää hauskaa – Fukuoka on paikka elää! Ja se on kyllä totta.

Kallistahan täällä on. Rahaa mennyt vaikka kuinka paljon vuokriin! Tuntuu, että kaikesta peritään maksu..siivouksesta lähtien.

Perjantaina olis vuorossa kulttuurinvaihtoa 1-2 luokkalaisten kanssa ala-asteella :DD Saa nähdä mitä siitä tulee!

First day of school in Seinan Gakuin University

So today was the first official day of school. I attended 2 courses from 11am to 3pm.

Courses I had today were “Japanese politics and foreign policy” and Pre-intermediate Japanese.
We had a Russian teacher on politics class and what surprised me was that there will be no final exam. The course consists of teacher’s lectures and then our own presentations on topics related to issues dealing with foreign policy etc.
Pre-intermediate Japanese class totally opened my eyes. I have so much to learn and I definitely need to move down to “Beginning Japanese”. I have basically no knowledge of Kanji’s so this is not a suitable level for me. But at least in “Beginning Japanese” I have a possibility to some recap and learn more vocabulary and kanji’s as well.

School’s campus area is quite big. We have 2 cafeterias, own “supermarket”,  ATM machines, Gym, Chapel and 3 buildings where classrooms are located. We can also use this huge library, in which to enter you need to use your student ID card.
Classrooms are quite simple.
I remember when in Finland, I was complaining all the time how cold it was…well not anymore! Cause in here it’s even colder inside. You need to basically wear your jacket in the classroom!

School’s cafeteria is awesome. There are plastic models for all the dishes and food is cheap. With 3-4 euros you can get pretty decent lunch. Only problem in the beginning is that ordering food is quite tricky If you don’t know how to read the names and pronounce them: D

 

But well…guess what I’m gonna do this evening? STUDY Hiragana and Katakana! :D

 

 

 

// Tosiaan ihmiset! Tänään oli ensimmäinen virallinen koulupäivä. Koulua oli 11-15. Aloitin kurssin joka käsittelee Japanin politiikkaa ja ulkomaalaispolitiikkaa.  Opettajana toimii venäläinen luennoitsija, joka on asunut useita vuosia Japanissa. Lisäksi aloitin keskitason japaninkurssin…ja tajusin miten vähän oikeasti osaan. Sanoin suoraan opettajalle, että mut voi tiputtaa sinne aloittelevaan japaniin saman tien!
Tosiaan tää Seinan Gakuin yliopisto on yksityinen koulu. Meillä on kampuksella 2 isoa ruokalaa, jossa toisessa on 2 kerrosta. Ruoka-annoksista on sellaiset muovipienoismallit :D
Lisäksi mm. iso kirjasto, johon pääsee sisään vain opiskelijakortilla. Lisäksi jumppasali, jossa voi harrastaa mm. kendoa, lentopalloa ynms. Lisäksi on esim. jousiammuntarata.
Kampuksella on mm. kappeli , oma kauppa ja pankkiautomaatit! Kätevää, eikö?

Yks mielenkiintoinen juttu täällä on, että kouluissa on sisällä hirveän kylmä! Paljon kylmempää kuin siellä Suomessa.

Tämä ilta meneekin sitten täysin opiskellessa! Pakko hieman kerrata ja vääntää ainetta!

JAPAN FINALLY! demo…nihongo wa dekimasen!

Japan finally! I can’t believe this.

Me and Lotta Watia arrived on Wednesday morning to Osaka Kansai airport and spend couple of hours in Osaka. After that we took a ferry to Fukuoka since there was no direct flight from Helsinki.
We left Helsinki 3rd of January and arrived to our dorm (Internationa house) around 8am 5th of January. It was a long trip but defnitely worth it. There was no problems at all which was quite a surprise. BUT when entering the border…surprise…my visa had a small problem. My sex was marked as “Male”. DO I LOOK LIKE MALE TO YOU? :D But nevertheless was able to enter Japan.

There were 2 students from Seinan Gakuin University to pick us up from Hakata station.
First day we were introduced with our room which is awesome! The whole dorm is great and the locations is superb.

During this past week we’ve been able to experience a lot. It’s hard to explain all in details.
We have wandered in the city, visited Tenjin which is a big shopping district, tried traditional Japanese Izakaya and visited Ohori Park, Japanese garden and famous Fukuoka Castle Ruins.
Tomorrow will be the first day of school! ^^

One thing I’ve realized is that although been studying Japanese for 1½ years I CAN’T speak Japanese. It takes a lot of courage for me to try…I do understand some but speaking is still quite troublesome.
We also had a Japanese placement test in which I was put into Pre-Intermediate level. I hope I can learn a lot though!

People are extremely nice and polite…They will always do whatever needed to help you! :) And food is awesome.

I’ll try to post more often because no one wants to read this long posts, ne? :D

Oh yeah, and boy do Japanese like their application forms! At least in our school you need to fill application form for everything! You should see my pile of papers!

またね!

 

 

 

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