As part of its activities, the information center sponsors a coffee hour discussion group every fourth Wednesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. The guest for November is Ms. Wong Ngan Ling from Malaysia. Ms. Ling is studying in Tsukuba University to become a Japanese teacher in her homeland, where she worked as an English teacher in a primary school. Being raised in a multi-cultural country, she speaks several languages in addition to the Japanese she is learning here. She speaks Chines, Enlgish, Malay and the dialects of Kantonis and Hakka, giving her a total of 6 languages! She took part in the Japanese speech contest held in Mito last January, where she won second prize.
In addition to introducing participants to her home country, she will also be sharing her experiences in Japan, focusing on the differences between Japanese and Malaysian ways of thinking and the various “culture shocks” she has been through during her 4 years in Japan.
So come and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and some cookies while learning from this month's guest. You are invited to share your own opinions and experiences as well. You are free, of course, to come and go as you please during the meeting.
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