Van Dinh: Farming

When I started my CIP, I didn’t really know what to expect from it. To be honest, after the initial meeting with my CIP contact, I wasn’t really looking forward to it at all. It wasn’t because farming didn’t seem interesting or fun, but because I had such a hard time following along with what he was saying. My Japanese isn’t what you would call good. Of course, I knew that in theory, I should slowly improve as the program goes on, but still, I had my worries. What if I couldn’t talk to anyone there? Or no one understands me because my Japanese is so terrible?

During the first weekend, I admit that I didn’t really make a lot of effort to talk to the other people there. It was intimidating and I was afraid of making a lot of mistakes and embarrassing myself. However, they were really nice and would ask me simple questions about myself. Since I didn’t know what else to say, I just asked them their questions back at them. It wasn’t much, but it was at least something I thought. As time went on, it became a little easier to talk to the Japanese people. I found that it was better to talk to someone one on one versus in a group. It was less scary that way. Also, I adopted a strategy of asking them questions so I wouldn’t have to talk all the time.

In the end, I’ve learned that in order to progress with my Japanese, I need to stop worrying about how I can’t speak Japanese perfectly. People will respond to my efforts, and if I do make mistakes (which is inevitable), then they will be kind enough to correct them so that I won’t do it again in the future.

6 thoughts on “Van Dinh: Farming

  1. I had a similar experience too early on in all my Japanese encounters; but I think everyone that meets us knows to expect our Japanese to be rough and are ready to help out. It sounds like you had a good time with your CIP!

    • It was very fun! You should definitely check it out next semester. 🙂

  2. I felt the same way about 交流会. The people were always very easy to talk to and make mistakes with. They understood and were patient! FBI was a bit trickier and definitely more awkward so I’m glad I got to try another CIP and have a more relaxed experience. Will you be doing farming next semester too??

    • Yup! Well, that’s the plan. I am not super sure though because it will be winter the first few months back. Hopefully, there will be something to do.

  3. It sounds like a rough start but turned out well in the end! After you asked them questions, did you find anything particularly interesting? Do you plan on continuing it next semester too?

    • Well, I asked them variations of questions that they asked me. Like, “Have you ever been to America?” The answers were very normal. And yes, I would like to do it next semester, too.