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Learners Stories

Where Can Japanese Take You?

This series of Learners Stories focuses on the experiences of Japanese learners who have had the opportunity to utilise their language through their interests or their career. Learn how they got involved in Japanese and their specific areas of interest, and pick up tips on how you too can use your language. Broaden your horizons and discover where Japanese can take you!


Michael Shen is a food blogger and banker. He began studying Japanese 4 years ago. Michael often travels to Japan, where he eats all sorts of interesting food and shares his experiences in his blog.


Christy Lam began studying Japanese formally in 2017 after moving to Sydney, and recently achieved level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). She aims to move to Japan to continue her studies.


Derek Baines is a poet and novelist and also a senior manager in the airline industry. Derek has worked in Japan and Australia in diverse roles in education, trade and tourism, using his Japanese language skills all along the way.

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