Monday, July 18, 2011

送別の辞 (Farewell Speech)

My base school's closing ceremony is this week and I thought I would share some of the words I prepared for my farewell speech. English translation follows the Japanese.



先生方:一年間助けてくれてありがとうございます。 問題があれば、いつも本当に助けてくれました。一緒に働けてとても楽しかったです。皆さんの御多幸をお祈り申し上げます。




Hello everyone,

I can't believe that I am standing here in front of you giving you my farewell speech. It feels just like yesterday that I came to Oshima for the first time and stood here to introduce myself to you. This year in Oshima has been incredible. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet all of you.

To my fellow teachers - thank you so much for supporting me through out the year. Whenever we had a problem come up you were always there to help. I really enjoyed working with all of you this past year and I wish you all the best in the future.

To my students - guys I am really going to miss you! I looked forward to our classes together each and every day. I really enjoyed teaching you and I hope that you had fun learning English and about American culture. Thank you for letting me join all the different clubs with you too - I really had so much fun with all of you! 
Please continue to study hard in school. Getting an education is one of the most important things you can do. Also, if any of you have an opportunity to spend time in a foreign country, please do so. The world is truly a huge and amazing place. Getting to meet foreign people and other cultures is an incredible experience.

Again, thank you all for making this year for my wife and I such a special time. I will miss you all but will never forget you. You will always have a friend living down in Texas.

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