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  • Welcome to Hapa Eikaiwa Podcast with Jun Senesac Episode 254

  • What's going on everyone? Jun here with Hapa Eikaiwa. Today I have a

  • special guest on the show. His name is Atsu, and many of you may know him from

  • his popular YouTube channel Atsueigo. In today's interview Atsu

  • shares his key principles for learning English, his unorthodox study methods

  • common mistakes he sees Japanese people make when learning English, how being a

  • perfectionist has actually helped him become a proficient English speaker and

  • much much more. Without further ado please welcome

  • Atsu. What's up Atsu? Welcome to the show man.

  • Hey, how's it going?

  • I've gotta say man, I am

  • super super excited about this interview. Can you tell me about yourself, Atsu?

  • Sure. My name is Atsu and I'm the owner of Atsueigo which is an English

  • channel on YouTube. I was born and raised in Japan and I went to a university in

  • Japan and when I became the age of 22, I made a move to Australia to do a

  • master's degree in accounting because I wanted to specialise in accounting, and

  • after graduation in 2014 I moved to the city of Melbourne which is the city I'm

  • living in right now and I've worked for a company called Deloitte Touche

  • Tohmatsu which is one of the biggest accounting firms in the world as a

  • public accountant and I'm still here in Melbourne

  • You know, Deloitte is one of

  • the big fours that I was trying to get into when I was 21-22 years old you know

  • that was actually a dream of mine at the time I was working really hard in

  • college because back you know at my UCSB Santa Barbara days getting into the big

  • four was something that I was trying to accomplish. So it's kind of cool that

  • you're actually working there right now we

  • a bit of a connection right there, huh? I thought an interesting place to start

  • our interview today is about the story you shared with me.

  • Right, yeah, so to be honest with you right I had no interest in studying in general

  • until the age of like 17, until I became a second year student in high school and I was

  • actually trying to become a beautician just because I thought it was gonna be

  • kind of cool right if I could become a beautician and you know I didn't really

  • think really carefully, just being just a mere high school student I didn't really

  • think carefully about like what I really wanted to do in the future, but I don't

  • know why but my dad said that, my dad is such a quiet person to be honest but

  • like he just mentioned to me that he would give me a hundred thousand

  • Japanese yen if I, you know, get into the top ten students in my high school in

  • the upcoming end-term exam. And I was like I didn't really understand why he said

  • that but it was such a big incentive for me especially because you know a

  • hundred thousand Japanese yen is such a big amount of money and considering my

  • allowance was just like five thousand yen a month when I was a high school

  • student so like I was like "Oh this is just such a great once-in-a-lifetime

  • kind of opportunity I need to grasp" and I... That was a moment when I started

  • taking things really seriously when it comes to studies not because I wanted to

  • become a bright student or I was like attracted to an English subject or

  • whatsoever. I just wanted to get the money right and then I strategized

  • my plan and to make sure that I can actually achieve the goal within

  • the short period of time because I only had like two months to prepare

  • myself, and I think that was the time when

  • I also started thinking things, thinking about things like quite logically

  • because that's become kind of my current style to tackle

  • this language, English. So I was successfully able to become a top-ten student

  • thankfully, thanks to making a lot of effort and like I said strategizing

  • all the plans and tactics and then of course I got that 100,000 Japanese yen

  • but that wasn't really the end of the game because I felt like among all those

  • subjects that I had to study for like including history, mathematics, and so on

  • I thought English was like one of the most practical and useful subjects

  • that I could actually leverage in order to explore the future.

  • So how did you spend that 100,000 yen?

  • I bought some clothes, like expensive clothes

  • because I'm a big fan of clothes.

  • So you blew a hundred thousand yen on clothes?

  • Yep, pretty much.

  • With the process of learning English, what has been the biggest challenge for you?

  • That's a difficult question because I've never thought that there were like big

  • challenges in my journey. I'm a kind of person who takes things quite positively

  • so I don't think I've ever actually come across a big challenge but I think

  • generally speaking not being able to have an opportunity to speak English in

  • Japan tends to become a challenge for a typical english learner, but I think you

  • know now that the world has advanced technologically and there is so many

  • like services that you can use like a platform where you can have an online

  • english conversation lessons quite easily i think nowadays that

  • typical issue is gone, but i think to me at a time I think not being able to

  • find such an opportunity quite easily was sort of a challenge. But I think

  • that was it. I think it's just that at the end

  • of the day right it's just a matter of mentality, like if you take things

  • positively there will be less challenges in your journey and you can grow quite

  • rapidly thanks to that, so yeah. That's my view on that.

  • How did you overcome that?

  • I mean, obviously that is a big challenge and it is a big challenge to a lot of

  • people in Japan till this day even though you know with

  • the Skype and the internet becoming much more accessible to a lot of people to

  • communicate with people in the world. Obviously you know at the time you were

  • going to college maybe it wasn't as widespread to, you know, login to Skype and

  • connect with people, so how did you overcome that?

  • Actually there were

  • a couple things that I did but one of them was to speak English to myself all the time. So...

Welcome to Hapa Eikaiwa Podcast with Jun Senesac Episode 254

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