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05:27 pm: I want to Okinawa
Apparently there's a scandal unfolding at my school. The teacher in charge of the kendo club was found to have harrassed one (?) of the students in the club. The principal had wanted to keep it under wraps as much as possible, but he announced this morning that some reporters are making it public. He's worried that it will harm the reputation of the teacher in question (well, DUH) and of the school. Since I generally tune out morning announcements, I don't know any more details.

I taught two classes today and helped grade some exams. The responses to the essay questions are simply priceless.

I want to go to the Egypt. Because I love to pyramids.

I want to Okinawa. Because Okinawa is very beautiful sea. I like swim. And I want to black my body.

I shudder to think what some of the compositions I've written in Japanese would sound like to a native speaker.

After that, I had a lot of free time all afternoon, so I spent a couple hours crocheting. I also worked some sample problems in one of the proficiency test practice books I bought. On a practice exam, I scored about 85% on the kanji/vocab section and 90% on the reading comprehension/grammar section. Since 70% is passing, I should be in the clear.

However, I should mention that the vocabulary section (in which you have to choose the appropriate word from a list of near-synonyms to fill in a blank in a sentence) is TOTALLY whomping my butt. It's only the fact that my score on reading/writing kanji is so high that brings my average up from borderline passing. (My score on noun kanji vocab taken alone was 71%.) Since I believe the score for the whole test is cumulative, I'm not worried, but I really ought to start studying my dictionary a bit more.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 15th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
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Because I love to pyramids.
Let's pyramiding!!

I'm going to make a T-shirt of that. Really.

And I want to black my body.
See, that would be so much funnier to me if I didn't know the Japanese it's coming from. I really hate when Engrish makes sense to me.

On a practice exam, I scored about 85% on the kanji/vocab section and 90% on the reading comprehension/grammar section.
Dammit. When I fail and you pass, remind me of how I wasn't studying right now.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 15th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
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remind me of how I wasn't studying right now.

Our proficiency test project will count as studying.

Actually, every time I was working the practice problems and came across words like "sempai" and "akogare" and "nerau," I was like, "See? Manga-go really does come in handy."

Now if only we could get them to substitute all that business jargon gobbledygook for things like sorcerer, demon, force field, dragon...you know, the IMPORTANT words...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 15th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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"See? Manga-go really does come in handy."
Yeah, I had a moment like that when I was studying with Harano-sensei on Monday. I can't remember what it was now, but he went to explain a word to me, and I was like, "Oh, I know that world all too well." (Okay, I didn't really say that, but you know.)

Now if only we could get them to substitute all that business jargon gobbledygook for things like sorcerer, demon, force field, dragon...you know, the IMPORTANT words...
TELL me about it. If I see one more word that means "meeting," or has to do with meeting discussions, I may kill someone. It was really kind of funny, I would look at one list that had a bunch of words that come up a lot in manga or novels, and be all set. And then the next list would be business mumbo-jumbo, and I'd be lost.

Obviously I'm not reading enough salaryman BL.

...Speaking of meetings, did you see the Heeey Show last night?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 15th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Obviously I'm not reading enough salaryman BL.

I was thinking the same thing. I should review Shinjuku Romance and pay more attention to the Azuma & Imari series.

...Speaking of meetings, did you see the Heeey Show last night?

I did. Boy, there were some good ones on that show. I think the "O-chin-chin" song was the funniest.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 15th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I did. Boy, there were some good ones on that show. I think the "O-chin-chin" song was the funniest.
Yeah, that was funny. But I really loved the oyaji gag segment. It was just hilarious to hear them planning a non-funny joke in such a serious way. And the joke was so not funny that it was funny. I think the tane segment is getting to be my favorite part of the show.
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