A Lurgan girl who taught herself how to read, speak and write in Japanese has achieved an A* in the subject at GCSE.
St Michael’s student Amyrose McInerney (16) was the school’s top achiever with seven A*s and four As including that A* in Japanese
She told the ‘MAIL’: “My interest in Japanese started when I watched anime and manga. I watched them in Japanese and I started picking up words.
“I looked at the past papers and decided I’d be able to teach myself enough to take it as a GCSE.”
She continued: “I can have a normal conversation with Japanese people. I can speak it and read it and write it.
“I’ve never been to Japan but I’m hoping to go for my 18th birthday, next October.
“I’ve no Japanese friends in Northern Ireland, but online I talk to other people who are studying Japanese and Japanese people who are studying English.
“I’ve tried some Japanese food but I wasn’t too keen. I’d say it would taste better in Japan.”
Amyrose explained that she could type in Japanese by using a special Japanese keyboard programme that she downloaded online. Now she has plans to learn Korean.
“I can also write in Japanese by hand,” she said. “It doesn’t actually take long once you learn it.
“I’m also learning Korean. The pronunciation is very different to Japanese, it’s a lot harder, but the writing is easier. There’s some words that are the same.”
In terms of her future studies she said: “I’ve talked to the school and hopefully I can do Japanese at A-level.
“My other subjects are French, Maths and Biology.
“I’m thinking of being a translator or an interpreter or doing Environmental Studies.”
When asked was revision the secret behind her GCSE success which saw her achieve seven A*s and four As, she said: “I didn’t do that much revision if I’m really honest. I’m lucky that when I hear something I remember it.”