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Clancy returns from Japan exchange

8th Jan 2018

RGS 2017 prize winning graduate Clancy Corte Donovan has returned from a seven-week exchange in Japan with further knowledge of the Japanese language and culture.

Clancy, who attained an OP2, will this year major in Science at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra while also continuing his Japanese studies. Clancy's main focus will be on physics, mathematics and computer science while continuing his interest in Japanese.

Clancy attended Tokyo’s Showa Daiichi High School participating in academic classes as well as various sporting and cultural sessions.

He also undertook the Japanese proficiency exam at Kyoto University and again visited Rockhampton’s sister city, Ibusuki. This followed an earlier visit with an RGS Japanese tour group during December.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn new things and once again a trip to Japan to remember for life,’’ Clancy said.

After an extended stay in Japan Clancy said his understanding of the Japanese language had greatly improved, although he admitted he still had a long way to go.

"I had a great opportunity to build, and build upon, relationships with dozens of people from all across Japan,'' Clancy said.

"The Japanese language is one of the hardest languages to learn for an English native speaker because of the vast amount of unique characters and complex patterns. This challenge of not only learning such a foreign language but also foreign culture really appealed to me."

Clancy also has some advice for future students of Japanese studies at RGS.

"Although at first, all the Kanji (Chinese symbols) and seemingly endless vocabulary make it seem impossible to ever understand, if you persist and practice consistently every day you are sure to rapidly improve. Good luck!"