José Cruz: How do you- How how are you feeling in Japan, now that you’ve come back from America?
Ayaka Tanaka: Uh hmm about six months ag- six months have passed since I came back to Japan uh, I realize again that I am Japa- I am Japanese ha ha.
José: Ha ha. (Yeah) That’s an interesting statement,mean?
Ayaka: Hmm when I was in the Pittsburgh um I realized that I feel like I am American ha ha. Like something like (Hmm) enjoying the American culture, speaking English (Mm hmm) and everything is really new for me and interesting for me, so…
José: And and- but but still you felt like you were American?
Ayaka: No, I’m Japanese right now. Ha.
José: No, I meant- OK let me see if I- maybe I’m confused. You- I think you said when you went to Pittsburgh (Yeah) you felt everything was new (Mm) but you…
Ayaka: And I- And I could-I could- I could be in American culture (Ahh) Mm hmm. And pe- friends and people me almost American friends, and people from around the world, no Japanese. So I feel I should use just only English in order to communicate with people. So after coming back to Japan, I’m just using Japanese, and- actually I really love to speak in English with people (Mm hmm) around the world.
José: Well good. This is a good chance then.
Ayaka: Yeah but, um, but when I just using Japanese it’s really comfortable- com- comfortable for me. Ha ha.
José: I completely understand. I um, I have- I- I wouldn’t call it a problem, but I have the same situation. (Oh) I enjoy speaking (Mm) Japanese but whenever I get to speak English like a really good conversation on (Yeah) on an interesting topic with an intelligent person all in English- and I mean another native speaker, so there’s no effort (Yes) It just feels so comfortable. (Yes) So I know (Makes sense) exactly what you mean. (Oh) Are you- are you doing any English study now, though?
Ayaka: Uh sometimes ha ha. Actually I have- I have just only a few classes right now (Uh huh) and mm, there is not many opportunity- opportunities to speak in English actually. But I’m working atright now (Mm hmm) and there is a lot of foreign people from around the world (Mm hmm) so um always I’m using English and Korean (Good) them. Mm hmm at international airport starting next spring.
José: So you’ve got your job? It’s set?
José: OK. Good for you.
Ayaka: I’m going to work as.
José: Uh where, which airport? Kitakyushu
Ayaka: Uh still- still. (Oh) But maybe I’m going to work at Haneda Airport (Wow) or Narita. In just- only international airports.
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