The story of how passion in Japanese anime motivated JACAFA fellow to learn Japanese language
We are happy to share with you Success Story of one of the bright minded JACAFA scholarship recipient from Uzbekistan Abdullayev Shohruh. Shohruh studies in Westminster International University in Tashkent in Bachelor’s degree. His major is Business Administration. In this article Shohruh shares his inspiring story of learning Japanese.
Can you tell us about your experience of learning Japanese?
My experience of learning Japanese began in 2017 in subway, when I was watching “Naruto”. One of my friends saw that and asked me if I knew Uzbekistan-Japan Center. Intrigued, I answered “No” and found out that there was such center in International Business Center in Yunusabad district of Tashkent city. So, I went there after my classes and discovered a unique place where Uzbek and Japanese cultures were mixed. Furthermore, it was a place where you could learn Japanese with the help of brilliant teachers. Soon I signed up for Japanese lessons and studied there for one year on “Marugoto” courses that were mainly oriented on speaking aspect of the language rather than in-depth grammatical aspect. Even though I am not in UJC anymore, I am still learning Japanese on my own.
Why did you choose learning Japanese?
Even though it may seem banal, the first reason that made me learn Japanese was anime. I grew up watching Japanese anime and their educational side affected me a lot. It is also worth mentioning that Japanese culture in general is very attractive for foreigners and it is another reason for learning the language. Furthermore, knowledge of Japanese might be a great plus for you if you are planning to study in Japanese universities. So, I chose to learn a new language rather than wasting my time.
What kind of difficulties have you experienced while learning Japanese?
Japanese still seems a difficult language for me. The main obstacle for me was and still is kanji. Hundreds of characters, both simple and complicated, might mess up with your head and make your brain boil. I am still struggling to keep them in mind. Another reason (at least, it seems for me so) is the difference between taught Japanese and casual Japanese. If you compare these two, you can notice lots of differences – just like literary Uzbek language differs from casual Uzbek language. But I think I need more knowledge and practice in order to eliminate this gap.
What kind of advices can you give for students who are thinking about learning Japanese?
It is difficult for me to give somebody an advice, because I am a student myself. But there is one thing that is totally helpful – if you are planning to learn some language, surround your life with it. Music, movies, cartoons, series, books, even daily reminders should be in that language – in my case, it is Japanese. Actually, it helped me a lot. Another thing is consistency. One should be able to stick to the regular plans regarding the study of the language, so that it could become a habit.
What kind of impact JACAFA had on your personal development?
JACAFA consists of excellent and exceptional people from all over the world. The fact that all of them were chosen for this program proves how brilliant they are. These people are masters in different areas and learning from them is a true blessing for students like us. Alumni members who have already become great leaders and great researchers are real inspirations and role models for us.
What are your future plans?
My future plans involve becoming an active member of society where I can bring my own share of prosperity and a person with whom others can be proud of.
Where are you planning to continue your studies after Bachelor’s degree?
I would like to pursue my Master’s degree either in Japan or in Europe. These places have tremendous opportunities for those who are going to continue their study, so I am aiming at those regions. Maybe I will study my MA in Marketing or Political Sciences.
Where do you see yourself after five year?
It is early to imagine such things, I presume, but I would like to see myself anywhere where I can be helpful – either it is here or in abroad.
We believe current article will motivate other fellows to learn Japanese that helps them to experience the true philosophy of life of Japanese people.
Interviewed by Doniyor Makhmudov, JACAFA Alumni from Uzbekistan