We asked some of the winners and other attendees about their thoughts and feelings about learning Japanese.
1st prize winner Aisha Mariam commented, “Japanese is a language I hold dear. Learning the language is something I really enjoy doing and would definitely recommend to everyone. I can’t stress enough how brilliant and exciting it is! It may seem strange to study right now, but with the growing influence of Japan around the world, in all ways, I can see it being a MFL in every school in England.”
Theodore Nze, 2nd prize winner of the Key Stage 3 category, said, “I studied Japanese as it geared me up to more possibilities, and it makes it easier to communicate to other people. It has changed my life, how I act, how I speak, everything. I can safely say it’s the best thing that’s happened to me.”