My journey begins in the city of Kobe Japan, famous for its succulent and delicious beef. Here I currently attend the historic and completely unheard of Communica Institute, a Japanese language school of modest proportions.
THE JAPANESE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT:
The first thing I noticed about going to school in Japan is the high level of respect that exists and expected of you in the Japanese classroom. The teacher addresses you as yourname-San (san being a honorific loosely translating to Mr/Mrs/Ms ) and you in turn address the teacher as "Sensai". You are expected to be in on time always, and to not leave or eat until specified break times for doing so. You will have to repeat phrases such as "Yoroshiku onegaishimasu" (please treat me well) when the teacher announces the beginning of each class, and "Arigatou gozaimashita" (thank you very much) at the end of each class.
(Pro tip: never, ever, forget to say hi and bow to your Sensai in the morning, they can sometimes awkwardly freeze and stare at you until you do so)
Next I noticed how small the desks and chairs were in the classroom. This might seem like a insignificant detail but coming from a western like environment It really startled me at first. My chair for example barely fit me and my desk would rest on my knees instead of the floor.
Oddly enough, six months later into my journey and I'm still not used to bumping into these tiny desks.
Another interesting aspect that applies to a lot of Japanese classrooms is the tendency to use blackboards instead of whiteboards. This is totally fine for the student, but do expect chalk particulates floating around everywhere.
THE JAPANESE LANGAUGE:
The Japanese language is a interesting one, and if you do intend on learning Japanese it is important you learn a few basics first. Starting with the basics of Japanese letters.
Hope this article helped you get a feel of what it's like to learn at a Japanese language school.