My Husband: The Best Teacher I Have Had
The best teacher I've ever had
The best teacher I have ever had is actually my husband.
(I don't tell him this because I don't want him to get too big headed. :'D)
When I came to Japan, I couldn't speak even a word of Japanese. I couldn't even read the hiragana on the train signs. Also, because I studied science in university, I had zero experience learning a language. I was, quite literally, thrown in at the deep end when I started learning Japanese.
The first two years, I studied every day most days. I hated not being able to communicate. I hated having to ask my coworkers to help read the letters I would get in the post. I hated not knowing what I was buying at the supermarket and just hoping for the best. However, I felt I wasn't improving as much as I thought I would. I took the JLPT N4 and failed my first time and tried again and passed, but in my daily life I still couldn't speak.
Like the Japanese, however, I just carried on with the 我慢 attitude and thought I just wasn't studying enough. I thought I should just try harder.
I steadily improved and passed N3, but it wasn't until I met my husband that I realised the way I was studying was what was holding me back. He is an English teacher, and a very good one. He is passionate about his job, he continiues to study in his spare time and he always tries new things in his classes. (If you have taken my class, the insane amount of books behind me are actually all his English learning textbooks.) He taught me how to study a language, where I was wasting my time and why I wasn't getting the results I wanted. He did it all with a very patient and kind attitude and never made me feel like he was looking down on me or like I was one of his students.
This is why he is the best teacher I have had. He hasn't actually taught me that much Japanese. He didn't spend his time teaching me new words or phrases every day. He didn't teach me how to write or read kanji. He taught me how to teach myself.
Like the saying goes, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
Disclainer: I am not bragging about my husband hahahhah