Japanese Language Table #3

Today was the third Japanese Language Table of the semester. As it was Valentine’s Day, students discussed how the holiday is celebrated in the US, and the differences between American and Japanese Valentine’s Day.

Kuwahira and Imao Class Discussion

Today Kuwahira-sensei’s class and Imao-sensei’s class combined to have a discussion with Doshisha students. The topic was, “How Students Use Their Time: High School vs College.”

AKP students were surprised to learn that many Japanese college students live with their parents through college. They heard some interesting stories of students’ commutes from home to campus! On the other hand, Japanese students were surprised by the difference in cafeterias and the large presence of athletic teams at American colleges.

Forming a big circle to have a discussion gives the students the advantage of seeing everyone’s faces clearly. Everyone was every animated!

Doshisha student volunteers, thank you for coming!

Guest Speaker

2007-2008 AKPer Matt Chen (Bucknell University) was invited to the office to give a guest lecture in Professor Armstrong’s translation course! Chen is currently the Localization and Translation Program Manager at Amazon in Seattle, Washington.

His wife Malyssa (nee Dumbaugh, Pomona College) , whom he met on AKP, and their two children stopped by the office as well!

Which is more difficult, being a dad or being a translator?