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Iconic rock guitarist shares insight into Japanese language learning

19 November 2021

Marty Friedman
Marty Friedman

This October, the School of Modern Languages played host to a truly inspirational speaker – Marty Friedman.

Mr Friedman is known for propelling heavy metal band Megadeth to the peak of their success from 1990 – 2000, as well as his 15 solo albums. He is also a bona fide Japanophile who has been living in Tokyo since 2003 and is currently a fixture on Japanese television.

Mr Friedman spoke to the 120 strong audience about his love for Japanese music, his motivation to study Japanese, his unique learning methods and gave fascinating advice on effective Japanese language learning. He also delved into how mastery of the Japanese language has provided many opportunities for him in his professional career. Since moving to Japan Mr Friedman has released 10 solo albums and performed his music at Budokan, Tokyo Dome and every other major music venue in Japan.

Mr Friedman is also actively engaged in Japanese media through music, variety, comedy, politics and education.

The event, which took place on Zoom on 20 October 2021, was funded by the Japan Foundation and was part of the Cardiff-Japanese Lecture Series. The series explores sociocultural aspects of language learning and is aimed at students studying Japanese language and culture but can also be accessed by learners beyond Cardiff University, teachers and researchers with an interest in Japan.

Speaking of the event, Mayu Negami-Handford, Lecturer in Japanese Studies said, “It was so inspirational to listen to Mr Fieldman speak about his love of Japan and the language. He has really embraced all aspects of Japanese culture which was fascinating to hear about.”

Mr Friedman’s webinar was recorded and can be accessed via the School’s YouTube channel.

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