By Maurice Celestin ’18
Students can broaden their horizons and learn more about East Asian culture and languages in Korean, Japanese and Chinese club (KJC) every Friday during periods ten and eleven.
Jocelyn Rivera ’18 and Ivy Li ’18 are the teachers of the Japanese learning club. Angel Zou ‘17 teaches the Chinese club and Jennifer Phu ‘17 teaches the Korean club.
The Japanese club wants the learning to be fun and educational.
“We wouldn’t want our class to be too easy or too hard,” said Rivera. “We make the teaching fun and informational.”
To encourage their students to learn more, they give prizes and snacks from Japan. The teachers love to teach, but they also love to learn from their students. Right now the class is focusing on how to write in Japanese. Li said she would use basic phrases in everyday life to teach people.
In the first class they were learning basic hiragana and basic greetings. Hiragana is the basic Japanese alphabet; it also represents every sound in the Japanese language, according to Japaneseup.com. The teachers play songs that help them learn.
Rivera said that they also learn from anime. They try to include anime in a fun way to make it easier to learn. They learn a lot of Japanese phrases from these series.
They still haven’t decided if they are going to go on a trip this year or not; the teachers are discussing it.
In the Korean learning club Phu uses power points and verbal lessons to teach the class. She also uses songs like the Japanese club. The students can learn from their favorite songs.
Right now the newcomers are learning the alphabet and are going over conjugations.
With the more advanced students, they go over intermediate/advanced vocabulary. They all use songs to get use to the phonetics of the language.
“It’s amazing listening to everyone’s version of the song, they are unbelievable passionate,” said Phu.
The class can be challenging, but it gets when you get used to the language. Phu believes that if you listen and practice you’ll get better in the language.
The Korean club is planning on going to K town for BBQ, KPOP stores and more.
“The Chinese learning club is the most difficult. Especially to those who are not used to hearing or speaking Chinese,” said Zou
Zou teaches Mandarin, which is harder to learn than Cantonese. Most of the students in the class are Cantonese so Zou would compare the two to help them learn. She said that pronunciation and writing gets more difficult as you move on.
She teaches the Chinese alphabet and all the basics to the beginners and she suggests that the advanced students take the Chinese SAT test. She preps them with worksheets, lessons and review books.
The Chinese learning club was thinking about going to see the cherry blossoms at the botanic garden and they also want to visit K town like the Korean club.
According to the Korean Japanese Chinese learning club flyer, attending to this club can also give service credits. Being in clubs and being multi-lingual is beneficial for picking and being accepted into colleges.
Anyone interested in joining can go to room 434 for the Japanese club, 431 for the Korean club and 432 for the Chinese club.