Return to kindergarden..

14 04 2008

So recently at my Japanese lesson my teacher has been given me old Japanese children’s stories to read and translate for practice. Today when the lesson was almost over, my teacher asked some random person to come over. Then it was time for me to read one of these said stories. I was nervous and felt like a kindergardener again, but it was good practice. To make it worse the girl was cute. And trust me there is nothing less manly then reading like “One d-d-day they person, Oops people went to the p-p-p-park.” But she clapped when I was done so that was cool. All on the path towards the goal I guess.

Last night was a big guy’s night out with the some guys from town. I drank way too much, but it was a sweet time. All you can drink dinner, than all you can drink karaoke for 3 hours. Apparently I am known as the guy with girls now. I always deny it and really don’t think it is true, but I am usually seen by those guys with various girls. But there are much worse things to get made fun of in life than having a lot of girls. In actuality I’m not like a ladies man at all, but I am just always seen in town by those guys when I do have a female companion. One dude was especially jeoulus and even asked for my number so I could help him out. To my ego crazy brain, nothing felt better. But as usual I need more. I want a knockout.

There’s one funny thing about my tastes in Japan. I sort of think the girls that dye their hair blonde are sexy… but apparently to girls that don’t dye their hair, they are total sluts. These girls are always with the guys that dress all ghetto and look like junkies. I don’t understand it. They are sexy as hell though. They always wear those thigh high tights that I love. I don’t like Ganguro, which is tanned as hell along with the blonde hair, but dyed hair with a nice skirt is sexy. But it seems those girls aren’t really interested in foreigners, but I will attempt to break that trend. I prefer the black, but I don’t mind the blonde movement. Some google examples..

(eyes enlarged?????? that’s a debate for another day…)

Got to have a guy as well to be fair…

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Japanese of the Day…………………………..since today I had one… let’s go over hangover..

二日酔い = futsukayoi = hangover
二日=futsuka = two days
酔っ払い=yopparai =drunk
Together means = Two Days Drunk!!! Funny ne?

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Music of the Day…Awesome Finnish European Symphonic Metal…. Nightwish.. The Poet and the Pendulum.. Slow start but when it kicks in.. it rocks.. their new singer isn’t as good as there old one, Tarja Turunen, but this song is still good. Rock out.

 

Goodnight Tarja……

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Karaoke Playa

11 04 2008

So last night I went to Karaoke with one of my friends after work. Karaoke has become my go to activity with the ladies. At first I thought going just with one other person would be awkward, but it really isn’t. At least I make it not awkward by singing a crazy fun song and get really into to put her at ease. Another bonus is its cheap as hell, around 8 bucks for all you can drink for an hour. At a bar its 5 bucks for a beer, but here its 8 bucks for all you can drink and the pleasure of singing! I’m also ok at singing, so the people always act like I am Barry Manilow. But it is a really solid entertainment choice. At first I didn’t appreciate it but now I do.

Speaking of my new sort of cute student, today I played my usual game of telling her if she wants to meet foreigners I can take her to a foreigner party. So I give her my email and tell me to email me, and I will tell her the details. After that, I write back a message half in Japanese and half in English so they are surprised and start up normal outside school conversations, which lead to going out alone. I sort of feel like a dick as I type this.. but who’s the victim here? No one. It’s not like I use them, I just hang out with them and let them speak English. Work also says it’s totally cool. So I don’t know why I am defending my actions in this space to myself. I guess that means something is wrong with it, but I don’t know what! So I’m sure I won’t stop.
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Japanese of the Day… is the email I just sent her..

すごい!すばらしい英語!!ごめんね、パーテイは学校にないよ!私は佐賀が見たことがありません。

Wow! Great English! Sorry… the party is not at school! I have never been to Saga…

Guest Source Thoughts.. Ayumi Hamasaki..

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Music of the Day… Ayumi Hamasaki .. Mirrocle Word.. not sure if the mispelling is on purpose, but the song is good. It’s a new single coming out soon, so the signs are everywhere. Not necessarily a bad thing……….Good night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbwghwx-YD0





Feeding Frenzy

9 04 2008

So today I had to wake up at 7 to pass out flyers since a high school’s first day was today. It was a sight to see. No less than 5 English school were they’re with us, doing the same shit. Forcing unwilling students to take they’re flyer they could care less about. Most people say Japanese are afraid to stand out and be pushy, but I guess those rules don’t apply when handing out flyers. These crazy ass people would shove it in the students face untill the students took it. Like 5 poeple SWARM each student and attack them with thier flyers. This would never work in America, since the students would just drop the flyers on the ground seconds after recieving it. But in Japan that’s not cool so they keep it, even though they really don’t care. I was easily bored and not into forcing people to take flyers, so I found the cutest other school teacher and started up a convo.

She was like really cute. A little older than me, maybe late 20’s but she was cute. Her English was ok, but I had fun teasing her about people taking my flyer and not hers. I SOOO badly wanted to get her phone number, but my manager was like hey your at work now, no time for girls! I ignored it, but couldn’t figure a way to get her number without appearing that I was actually getting her number. Also I was nervous becuase she was actually good looking, which is a common thing for me. Not hot, no problem asking for the number. Hot, I get nervous as hell. At least I know where she works, but god damn it I’m stupid.

Remember that cute student that I gave my email too because she wasn’t sure she was going to sign up to be a student? Well she signed up as a private student. She’s cute, but damn she’s one of those people that ALWAYS laugh at EVERYTHING. Reall annoying. I find myself turning down the humour becuase I get tired of her fucking laughing. But she’s cute. And she REALLY wants to meet foreigners…..I guess I can help her out with that. She comes next Friday so I will ask her if she wants to do something this weekend. We will see what transpires….

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Japanese of the Day…Fun Fact.. When describing people, you don’t say a person’s nose is big, you say it is high not big. Strange but true.

Mika’s nose is big and cute.

みかのはなが たかくて、かわいいです。
美嘉の鼻が 高くて、可愛いです。 
Mika no hana ga takakute, kawaii desu.

Guest Source… Hideki Matsui

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He just got married, so I was trying to find pictures of his new bride, but apparently he had a secret marraige so the Japanese press wouldn’t jump all over her. Probably a good desicion. But judging from that drawing, she isn’t so hot.

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Music of the Day..Meatload – “Two out of three ain’t bad” Talk about depressing. That’s why I like it.

 





Pwned

5 04 2008

Well today I was informed on of my students complained about me. Since this is the first time I was a little shocked, and also very interested to find out what exactly they complained about. It turns out, I talk fast. So whatever. The student that complained is much to low for the book she is currently on, so everything is hard for her. It is difficult to teach classes with all different level students. But still obviosuly I need to change something. So I will ATTEMPT to swallow my pride and change, even though it is so so so so so so hard for me.

Since the NHL playoffs are looming, my schedule consists of going to sleep at 1am.. and waking up and 8am.. to watch the most important games. The playoffs are the best time of year. This year its tough, since it seems I am sooo far away, which I am. I haven’t missed  season opener or season finale in 4 years for my team. This year has been tough. The excitement, dissapointment, anxiousness, and anxiety of the playoffs will be much different this year… we will see.

 

Go Penguins.


Who’s Next? Montages are the best

Japanese of the Day..node(ので)..because or since..

Because she’s hot, it’s easy to look at her.

かのじょはきれいなので、みやすい!

Kanojo wa kirei na node, miyasui!

Guest Source Goto Maki and Gackt

Shes hot. Some girls say Gackt is to feminine, but others go crazy for him. It’s up to you.

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Music of the Day..Do as Infinity…TOA..cool song..ignore the motorcycle backround..


 





Sakura Bitch

31 03 2008

So the cherry blossoms have come. I haven’t actually seen them so much, but I have heard they have arrived. Today at work we had a sakura party, but unfortuneatly it was raining hard as hell so we had to have the party just at school. Only about ten students came but it was a pretty fun relaxed party. We ate 20 bucks for a medium pizza, which is usual for Japan. The highlight was probably the students making me drink insane amounts of beer at one time because its so entertaining for them. People can drink in Japan, but chugging seems to be an unknown art form. So when I chug like half a beer I get applause. Cool.

Afterwords when one a first date with a new girl I just met. She’s bad at English but really wants to learn, and is so excited to talk to someone that speaks English that it was pretty fun. It’s never bad when someone is floored to talk to you, even if it just because of where you were born. She’s cutish, and this will make me sound like a dick, but I’m ready for a date with a hot girl. With this good weather it seems they are out more than ever. Now that I’ve had some experiences with some people, my next goal is to meet a true knock-out. See how I’m never satisfied? Oh the prison I live in my own head.

Soooo I took the Level 4 Japanese test and passed! By.5%. You have to get a 60%, and I got 60.5%. Talk about lame. I wasn’t happy. I know I technically passed, but 40% of that fucker I didn’t know. Ugh. More studying must commence.  I should be happy of how far I have came. It has only been 3 months of studying and that test usual takes much longer to pass. But, yeah yeah I know crying

Today after my lesson I took some pictures of the sakura….. Here are the best..I’m not like a flower guy, but they do look pretty…

sakuracloseup   upsakura   acrosstree

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Japanese of the Day…i’m tired so not much…

 Sugoi! = Wow!

But it is used WAY more than wow is in English. Anything that mildly impresses you, just say sugoi! and your ok. trust me.

Guest Japanese Source = The Singer Ayaka 

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Music of the Day…From Final Fantasy 3..”Aria de Mezzo Carattere” It’s amazing how much emotion this has, even though its shitty digital sound, with badly translated lyrics. Sometimes when a melody is good enough, it can just be amazing no matter how it is heard. It’s awesome.





Karaoke is Fun!

28 03 2008

You know when you that last hour of work comes and all you can think about it getting home and relazing? Well that happened to me, and THEN I got asked to go to karaoke with the kids teacher in my school. I was SOOOO against it in my head, but it seems she really wanted to go so I went. It turned out to be really fun. My song list…..I’m quickly learning the best songs for my voice in karaoke, but it just takes time haha… Ok

“More than a Feeling” – Boston

“I Would Do Anything for Love” – Meatloaf

“American Idiot” – Greenday

“Under the Sea” – Ummm the Little Mermaid

“Beauty and the Beast” – Ummm yeah the movie

“The Origin of Love” -= Hedwig and the Angry Itch <—my go-to song by far

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Japanese of the Day..My teacher just gave me the unofficial Level 4 the (lowest of 4) Japanese test. Not sure if I passed, but I asked for a copy after so I could study it… So here is a couple of questions- Maybe just one if it takes too long….

さかな たくさん _____ います。

A. およぎて B. およぐて C. およいで D. およんで

さかな=fish  たくさん=lots います=-ing

Ok so this question is trying to get the correct verb form of Oyogu(泳ぐ) which means swim.

So the correct answer is……. C. -te form of oyogu is… およいで

The fish are swimming a lot.

Next one…

その カメラ ____ きのう かいました。
A. が B. は C. の D. で

その カメラ=that camera きのう=yesterday かいました=bought

Ok so particle question….

This one is difficult for me..so I might be incorrect, because A and B can be used so interchangeably.

But the sentence is  saying..

 I bought this camera yesterday.

My guess is C, but that’s an educated scribble on the scantron sheet.

Scantrons = only multiple choice tests… yesssssssss

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Music of the Day… I guess a song from karaoke… Meatloaf – “I would do anything for love” What is this song about? Does anyone actually know?

 





Mono.. I think

24 03 2008

I think I have mono. I could always sleep if I wanted. If I lay down for any amount of time, I really could sleep. I guess I’m not worried, but it sucks sometimes. Don’t know what I should do, but I will just see if it stops eventually. Hopefully.

Japanese of the Day…Japanese has many verb forms…. For example..au(会う)…(meet)

  • 1st Negative form: Awanai = I don’t meet
  • 2nd Conjunctive form: Ai(masu/mashita) = I meet/met(normal-polite)
  • 3rd Dictionary form: Au = I meet(casual)
  • 4th Conditional form: Ae(ba) = If I meet
  • 5th Volitional form: Aou = Let’s meet
  • 6th TE form: Atte = I meet and…(indicates another verb will follow)
  • 7th TA form: Atta = I met(casual)
  • difficult……..ne? Misaki Ito..thoughts?

    <—“you suck”

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    Music of the Day…It’s not music but it’s awesome..Bobby Lee from MadTV doing “Memiors of a Geisha” parody…. funny as hell..

    “You must learn the art of conversation”

    “I can stick my fist in my mouth” hahaha