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You live, eat, and breathe a Japanese lifestyle. It's great!

Valerie from 2012

Which events or activities did you find the most satisfying and why?

I participated in a trip to a park in Level 1, the speech contest in Level 3, the bus trip to Sea World in Level 3, a BBQ in Level 4, and another bus trip to Nikko Edomura Wonderland in Level 5. Overall, I can't pick which one I liked best. I think they were all equally satisfying on terms of hanging out with friends and having fun.

Which co-curriculum classes did you find most satisfying?

Yosakoi Soran Dance.

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

I'd say the textbooks were effective, both the ones made by KCP and Minna No Nihongo. They're thorough and provide a lot of useful information. I use them a lot even when just searching for grammar points or vocabulary. I like the games we'd play in class, too --- like role playing about going on trips or eating out at a restaurant and the problems that can or cannot happen. It's fun and stimulating and gets you thinking on your feet in Japanese.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

The culture! I think it's extremely important to be aware of the elements of Japanese culture before immersing yourself in it, and that's exactly what the culture course does. Not only do you learn important historical facts, but you get the chance to peek into Japanese psychology. It's essential for living in Japan, I think.

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

KCP is a wonderful program for those looking to 1) see their Japanese abilities exponentially grow and 2) to experience the culture hands-on. It's also a program for those who don't simply seek to party either. The program's rigorous and demands attention to your school work, health, and managing time in between. Basically, you live, eat, and breathe a Japanese lifestyle. It's great.

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