Tuesday, 14 March 2017


For the first time ever, I did some interpreting yesterday. This was at the Maori welcoming ceremony for the group of 40 students from Kobe and Osaka along with their 2 teachers. The speaker himself translated the initial speech in Maori into English, and then I turned some of those phrases into Japanese.

Words such as ‘country’, ‘welcome’, ‘mountain’ and ‘river’ were easy. But for a next time, I’ll need to get up to speed with ‘welcoming ancestors’. But all in all, it turned out to be an exciting and fun event. 

So, I couldn’t keep my Japanese a secret!

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