The day after finishing his final VCE exam in 2005 (Philosophy), he began studying Japanese three hours a day. After putting it off for two years due the need to learn more and more about English for his English, Literature, English Language and Philosophy subjects, Dan was pretty much finished with the English language in November of 2005.
By the first day of Japanese 1A at university he had already finished the whole textbook for 1A and 1B. By the end of the semester he was conversational after making friends with Japanese international students. By August 2007 he was in a plane to Japan where he was going to stay with the members of each of the Footbag Clubs in Japan and teach them how to play better while there.
In 2009 Dan began running language exchanges in Melbourne to help bring locals learning languages and international students together. Language Connection now reaches thousands of language learners and helps them develop their conversational ability, confidence and social networks.
In 2011, Dan was selected to represent Australian on the 23rd Ship the World Youth Program, a program run by the Japanese Government to develop young leaders from all over the world and promote global harmony and cultural understanding.