Japanese Level at Admission / N5
Q. What kind of career path did you take after graduating from TCJ? Also, please tell us the reason why you chose your career path.
After graduating from TCJ, I started working as a freelance musician in Japan. I already had a Music degree before coming to Japan, so I wanted to start working immediately. As a musician, though I'm able to communicate through music, still relationships and encounters are also very important. In this sense, I believe Japanese proficiency is very important if you work in Japan. To live in a foreign country is not easy, however if you are able to communicate in the language of the country, I believe live becomes easier.
Q. What are your goals and dreams for the future? Please be as specific as possible.
I would like to contribute to society through music. Art is important, but not obvious. Through performing and teaching music, I would like to contribute to art and its importance in society. Additionally, my specialty, the European lute, is not widely known in Japan yet. One of my goals is to help spreading the lute and its music in this country.
Q. Please give some advice to students who will join TCJ in the future and current students based on your experience.
Before entering TCJ, my Japanese proficiency level was N5, but thanks to my studies in TCJ, I was able to pass N2 within three months after graduating. As my mother language (Portuguese) does not make use of ideograms(kanji), Japanese was was a very tedious language to learn. However, thanks to TCJ teachers and used textbooks, learning Japanese went smoothly and enjoyable. I specially appreciate the honorific language and Japanese manners I have learned in TCJ. Those are very useful in my daily life. Additionally, whenever contacting them, TCJ staffs and teachers prompt replies were great!
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