Discussion Time Questionnaire（Otowa Muragaki）
Discussion Time Questionnaire（Imari Yasuda）
The Respondent: Otowa Muragaki
（School of Economics)
Have you noticed any changes in your English since starting Discussion Time?
Actually, the reason why I wanted to join Discussion Time, which is held once a week, is that I didn’t want to forget my English, which had improved during my study abroad. Through this opportunity, I can have many chances to speak English with English teachers, exchange students and Japanese students. I think my English has become more natural than before.
What do you like about Discussion Time?
I can talk with people from different countries, so I can see their various ways of thinking. I like this group because most people come every week, but I can also see people I have never met each week, so I have learned how to make conversations on various topics with someone I don’t know, and I enjoy it. Every week we talk about a wide variety of interesting topics such as Japan, other countries, hobbies, our experiences, or recent news.
What topics are you interested in discussing?
As I said, I talk about a wide variety of topics in the group. Of those topics, my favorite is “things about Japan that surprise you”. When I ask this question, they tell me about their interesting experiences. I really like to listen to their stories of their previous experiences, and it is easy to expand on that topic.
Have you ever studied abroad? Tell us about your experience.
I studied in the UK last year. One thing I was surprised at is that British English is quite different in accent, in expressions, and even in vocabulary. I have studied English for a long time but I have never thought about the accent that I was learning. Some words have different meanings from what I leaned, so at first I was a little confused. Now I think that I can listen to the British accent the best. What I learned is it is important to listen to many kinds of English accents.
Are you planning to study abroad in the future? Tell us about your plans.
I have just come back to Japan so I haven’t decided whether I will study abroad again. But if I have the opportunity, I want to go abroad again because my mind was stimulated there, and I now can talk a lot about my experience with others.