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06:07 pm: Happy Holidays!
I finally finished my last day at school for the year. The other teachers are supposed to keep working until the 28th, but since I have absolutely nothing to do while the students are gone, they let me take "study at home" days. Today the students all cleaned their classrooms and then gathered in the unheated gym for an assembly, during which we all sat on the floor and listened to (among other things) an hour-long lecture about their behavior problems.

I brought home the two crocheted snowpeople I had sitting on my desk for the past couple weeks. One of the other teachers dubbed them "An-chan" and "Paro-chan." I'm rather proud of how well they turned out.

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From:megory
Date:December 22nd, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)

Sooo cute!

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They are really darling. So is the "An" the beginning of "Amparo", or is there someone else there whose name is An?

Our money situation is so tight at school we are having to let some of our custodians go, too. It'll be quite a while before the students actually clean the rooms, though. I think it goes against the union contract with the custodians for anyone else to do the work that is in their job description.

Love,
Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 22nd, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Sooo cute!

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So is the "An" the beginning of "Amparo"

Yep. The syllabic nasal is the only consonant in Japanese that isn't followed by a vowel. It's usually n, but it changes to m in front of p*, b*, or m* (where * is any of the five vowels). Since in the case of "An-chan" it's taken out from in front of pa and put in front of cha instead, it changes from m to n.
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From:megory
Date:December 23rd, 2004 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: Sooo cute!

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Very interesting. In Spanish, an "n" before a bilabial is pronounced "m", but maintains its "n" in the spelling. There are several ways that Japanese is similar to Spanish--just coincidence or something else? The vowel sounds are very similar.

Thanks for the explanation.

Love,
Mom
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From:mereflair
Date:December 23rd, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
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CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE
(And I typed every last one of those cutes, four letters at a time)
(I just feel that strongly about this)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 23rd, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks! *^_^* They look better when you can see them in person and get the full impact of things like their eye color.
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