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When I was in the high school, I was majoring in Japanese. Technically, my major was Japanese but I never studied Japanese in my first semester. The shape of the letter looked so weird to me and I had a strong stereotype on people who are good at Japanese. Otaku (Perverts). It took quite long time to break down my received idea.
One day, I found my roommate crying watching movie in dormitory. Given that he was the icon of manliness, the picture big guy sobbing in front of small laptop was pretty funny. I asked him a favor and we watched the movie from the beginning. Few minutes after, I could find two smelly guys desperately fighting back the tears. After watching the movie, I was so moved that I wished I can understand what they are saying without subtitles. From that day, I bent over backwards to learn Japanese. Despite I could not understand the whole meaning, I watched a lot of Japanese movies, animations and read the Japanese news everyday. At first, I could only understand less than 10% of the meaning, but it was never tiring as I think of myself watching videos without any assistances in the future. Now, I am able to read all styles and forms of the language, and catch almost every words in the videos. The biggest difference from the past is that I came to understand people in Japan. Ever since I could express my idea freely in Japanese, I communicated a lot with native teacher, and Japanese friends. Talking with each other, I could break the barriers deep down in my mind and could see them without biases.
Currently, I speak 4 different languages. Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English. Learning new languages, I got plethora of chances meeting friends from different cultural backgrounds. Meeting them, my sight understanding of the world has been widen and it opened up chances to see fascinating new things from a new perspective, which not many people can. In the future, I want to be a person who can easily bridge the cultural gap between the countries.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I want to meet up various friends with different backgrounds. Communicating with each other, I'd like to share the cultural differences and experiences.
I like watching sports, especially basketball and soccer
I'm interested in learning historical events, and have open mind to understand different point of views.
- watching sports
- language exchange
Music, Movies, and Books
Bump of chicken
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Translate letters between sponsors and children. (Compassion - Voluntary work)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In