Learning English with Izumi

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While the team was staying at the cafe last night and getting to know the others, a girl named Izumi came in with her mother. After being introduced, Izumi came and sat with a few of us at one of the tables. Though she was very reserved and didn't speak English, thanks to the help of Haruki - a young woman from the church who was sitting with us - we were able to find out a few things about her. She was 13 years old, was in her first year of junior high, played ping pong, and enjoyed listening to the band NEWS.

Over time, some had to leave or were needed elsewhere, and only myself, Natalie, and Nathaniel were able to stay with her. When Rich came over and they began to go over English pronunciation, it was an incredible sight to witness. He had a great way of explaining the correct pronunciation of different sounds in the words they went over and as such she was able to pick up on things even easier. Initially, we felt a little less helpful when Rich left us to it in comparison due to our inability to speak Japanese. However, she was very smart and did extremely well after a bit of repetition, thankfully opening up a bit more as well. Though we had to part when Emi, Rick's wife and Izumi's tutor arrived, we were thankful we got to spend time with her and grateful for how blessed the kids are to have Rich and Emi as their excellent English teachers.

- Nick Viste