Growing up with anime shows dubbed in Filipino made my childhood memories worth remembering by. No knowledge on what language they are using, nonetheless, it caught my attention. To the extent that I was singing the song with my own lyrics, with matching actions, made me realize that Japanese is interesting! (Thank you Voltes V and YuYu Hakusho!)
“Watashi ha gakusei desu” was the first Japanese phrase I learned to speak when I was in Grade 6. An angel friend of mine lend this tiny yellow book about Romaji and started reading. When I can speak it flawlessly, made me feel I already know Japanese.
Entering high school, I became addicted to anything that is related to Japanese – animes/games/manga – name it. And the heaven intervened, one classmate was from Japan! I was shy at first but when I saw her writings on her books, I collected all courage and talked to her. Then, she introduced me to the language I’ve been dying to learn – Japanese. Her knowledge is not vast, she is a pure-blooded Filipina lived in Japan with her mom. She advised me to buy a Japanese book. With the allowance, I am receiving from my mom, I set aside a considerable amount and bought my first book that covers basic lessons – introduction, greetings, how to write hiragana and katakana, etc. After a month, I bought another book for advance lessons.
Before joining the corporate world, my knowledge about Japanese was brought to me by perseverance and self-studies. Watched anime without subbed or dubbed, relying on the ample knowledge about Japanese. Eventually, my vocabulary improved. Thanks to the world-wide web, I got the chance to talk to Japanese people and made me practiced my Japanese skills by answering them in simple phrases and introduced myself.
I don’t know why the universe keep on pulling great stars on my horoscope. Because after graduation, I got this coveted position in one of the biggest global companies in the industry – Advance Programming Specialist – with the twist that it is for Japanese Account! (Say whuuuut??) Receiving formal training for studying Japanese with the bunch of people sharing the same passion is indescribable. It is different when you do what you love as it gives you reasons to stay and strive for more. I can now converse and write in Japanese, and as the time comes, for sure, I can also teach Japanese and spread the love I have for it.
Japanese is a wonderful language, at the same time, it’s difficult. The road to learning something you like is never easy, but when you put a great amount of motivation, courage, patience, and it will be rewarded perfectly. As you sow, so shall you reap.
Minna-san, ganbatte kudasai!
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