Name: Simon Rodwell
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Occupation: IT Specialist
Interview location: Ashfield, NSW, Australia

In this episode of Japanese-on-the-Move we are pleased to introduce you to Simon Rodwell. Simon describes himself as a regular Australian guy. For him, that involves speaking Japanese, having a wide network of Japanese friends, travelling to Japan as often as possible, and – as this interview goes live on Japanese-on-the-Move in October 2011 – getting married to a Japanese woman. Chinami Nakabayashi, the love of his life from Ise City in central Japan, lives with Simon in multicultural Sydney and you will also get to meet her on Japanese-on-the-Movein the near future.How does a ‘regular Australian guy’ come to be a ‘Japanese on the Move’? On Language-on-the-Move, we have often written about how easily Australians seem to get trapped in amonolingual mindset. Simon’s story reminds us that it doesn’t have to be like that and points to the importance of foreign language education in school. Simon started learning Japanese back at high school. Hosting a Japanese exchange student, going on exchange to Japan and continuing Japanese at university all just followed naturally from that. Today, Japanese and Japan are an inseparable part of Simon’s identity and make this, after all, maybe not-so-regular Australian guy who he is.

Ashfield, NSW, Australia

普通のオージー」である彼がなぜ「Japanese-on-the-Move」になったのか?イングリッド・ピラー高橋君江が運営するブログ・ウェブサイト Language-on-the-Move では、オーストラリア人の「monolingual mindset(単一言語マインドセット-英語オンリー的な考え)」について論じてきた。ロッドウェルさんの体験談から外国語学習の重要性を学び取る事が出来る。高校時代に日本語と出会った後、日本人留学生を受け入れ、本人自らも留学生として来日し、大学進学後も日本語を学び続けた。そして現在、日本と日本語は彼のアイデンティティーの大切な一部となっている。そんなロッドウェルさんには「普通のオージー」という自称は当てはまらないかもしれない。