Welcome to Y93 Family!
I’m a fourth year marketing student who has fallen in love with studying languages and their culture. Of course, along with culture comes discovering their food. I’m the type of person who doesn’t “eat to live but lives to eat”. Thanks to social media platforms such as Instagram, it has given me the opportunity to try different cuisines predominantly around Calgary or wherever I’m traveling to (pre-covid times). Luckily, with a marketing major, I’m able to study trends like food from both a business point of view and as an interest. What I respect about Y93 is the amount of attention and love that goes into the food. It’s the best place to get Japanese food that’s authentic AND food that will definitely nourish your soul.
As a typical university student, I had to learn how to balance work and studying. This sometimes meant that I would study during the morning, go to work late afternoon and come back in the evenings to continue my study sessions.
Being born and raised in Calgary, my parents were determined to teach me at least a second language. They always said that by knowing more than one language would bring more opportunities. I didn’t quite understand at the time but I went along with it. The first language I learned (after english) was “Tagalog” or some of you may know it as “Filipino”. My parents basically scared me into learning it by saying I’d get “sold” in the Philippines if we ever visited. I honestly thought they were referring to something like child trafficking but it turns out by getting “sold” they meant that I wouldn’t get the tourist price if I ever found myself at the market.
With that being said, I learned Tagalog by the age of 11 and my interest for languages spiked. I eventually started learning Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, ASL (American Sign Language) and JSL (Japanese Sign Language). What I found really helpful for learning languages is to watch a lot of variety shows to pick up on intonation, pronunciation and vocabulary. In order to practice grammar, there are a lot of apps out there to help you brush up like “duolingo”.
The Japanese chat corner is a great way for us to connect with you guys on our affinity for Japanese culture and cuisine. This will gives us the opportunity to share what we know and learn something new with them. We want to build a relationship beyond just restaurant and customers. I’m so excited to be able to talk to all of you and to get to know you all.