*Continues from Log Category:’Why and how I came to India?’,
and ‘What Happened To Us After Coming To India’.
Within January 31st – April 1st 2012, total 4 adult Japanese with 1 small Japanese child had come to Mangalore except for Mr. Moustache and me. Two of them were just temporary stay, one had come from Okinawa, Japan, Middle of 20s age young lady, for inspection of our activities during about 1 month. Another one had come from New York, USA, he and his wife are Japanese, but they migrated to US by reason of his wife’s artist activity, for also inspection of our activity and Mangalore itself for just one week.
They had visited Mangalore since the end of March 2012, young woman from Okinawa: Nanako K. had stayed in a hotel at first, then later shifted to a shared apartment with the first arrival group(Yuri, Kiriko and Daisuke). Another one from New York: Yasushi Tamaki has stayed in our shifted one house since April 1st(We shifted from one-bedroom flat for temporary stay towards four-bedrooms’ independent house on April 1st 2012).
We brought them for inspection of Mangalore and explained our project ideas etc.
Then, a small issue has happened.
More than 90% of Japanese people are not good at speak English, coming Japanese people for this project was the same, they were not good at English. Therefore, Mr. Moustache thought of English training for coming people, we had one trial lesson of home teaching English altogether. This trial’s teacher was very kind to speak slowly for better understanding of lessons though, Yuri was in panic and only stared me with her freezing eyes. She only stared me during all the time of this trial lesson, she could not say anything even one word in English, by reason of her incredible strong rejection against English.
As soon as this trial session finished, Mr. Moustache proposed one idea; participants to be divided into ‘group lesson’ and ‘individual private lesson’. Because participating group lesson with other members is too much tough and stressful thing for Yuri, she would better to participate individual private English lesson in the morning time, three times a week, then she can learn by her studying speed with relaxing, she does not have o mind about other members. But, as soon as Yuri had heard about this proposal, she suddenly started to say the reasons why she can not participate this English lessons, like:’I have to prepare a lunch for my son every morning and I have to drop him to preschool every morning, so I can not attend!’. Actually, the place she should participate classes is just on the way to her son’s preschool, means attending the classes is never difficult. Every morning she can drop her into preschool, the venue of lessons is just 1-2 minutes far from preschool, and she can take her individual private English lesson for 1-2 hours, then the pick up time of preschool is coming in soon, it is very rational perfect idea.
However, Yuri only efforts to explain why she “can not” participate it repeatedly. According to listen her description, all of us have lost ideas why she had been in such a panic. The point of topic was just ‘participating English classes’ though, all of us had been fallen into the state of confusion.
Later, I’ve realised that she just wanted to avoid participating and study English. Then, she would better to say ‘I don’t want to participate classes, because I don’t want to study English’. If she did so honestly, nobody was in the state of confusion, nothing had become such a troublesome big confusion issue.
Yuri’s telling reason was just an expression of her honest feeling which she does not want to attend English classes though, Yasushi Tamaki had made this issue into a bigger problem. He was just a temporary guest for only 1 week, he was not a leader of this group, but he started to take control in front of us. This is really impolite behave for us, so Mr. Moustache made all to close the meeting discussion, because Yasushi must make things to be more confused, Mr. Moustache and me already fully realised.
(To be continued)