The Japanese Conversation Group is a new group on campus derived from the original Japanese Culture Link club.

This association was created to give students the opportunity to learn Japanese from two of our very own international students. They teach Japanese vocabulary, grammar, cultural mannerisms, and reading. There are already a few members with varying levels of Japanese comprehension, from beginners to students who are fluent: learners at all levels are welcome to join.

Current members of the program express feelings of excitement about learning the language and having a platform where they can practice. Members especially enjoy the fact that they are learning from Japanese expats, and that they get a deeper understanding of Japanese cultures through the students sharing stories about their own personal experience. It has also been a great opportunity for them to make friends and speak to like-minded people.

The club and language group are coming together to host a Japanese movie screening on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1:00PM-3:30PM in the Multicultural Center. The movie will be in Japanese and will have English subtitles. There will be a brief language lesson prior to the movie so that the non-Japanese speaking audience will have a better understanding of the movie. There will be also be snacks provided so viewers will have something to nibble on while they enjoy the film. This will be the first of many events that the club will be hosting in 2018 and it is open to anyone who is interested.

The conversation group is every Monday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and every Thursday, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and is held in the Learning Center, room 5-102.

For more information on the Japanese Conversation Group and/or the movie screening, e-mail

Aritcle and Photo by Naledi Mthembu

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