Archive for the 'language' Category


Saturday, March 11th, 2006

That’s japanese for Slip Ups. In Japan you are frequently taking your shoes on and off. In restaurants, it’s not uncommon to sit and eat on a raised platform covered in tatami mats. You eat in socks. When I go into schools they make us put on slippers(the kids themselves have indoor shoes). In japanese […]


Thursday, January 19th, 2006

After our guests left, I was all set for a quiet evening. Who knew that was not to be. Nachan got a call, and then told me we were going to Shu’s Cafe for a little while. “Sure sounds good” Turns out there was a foreigner there, and they thought we would be friends or […]


Monday, January 16th, 2006

this morning i taught my first 2 classes. i was working on comprehension, so was told to make up a simple story for the kids about canada and ask them questions. i told them about how in Canada it is very cold and there is so much snow we cannot drive cars. but not to […]

First night out

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

After work yesterday I went to my host family’s house. I’m staying with Na-chan. She’s 30, single and lives in a very small apartment. I did my best to unpack my stuff into a closet (I left a lot of stuff here at the office) and then we went out to dinner. Now, Na-chan doesn’t […]


Friday, January 13th, 2006

so it sounds like we’re going to be a part of an english teaching revolution in japan. it will definitely involve DVDs and might involve television appearances. i just want to know if i get a cape. we made toasts with sparkling wine that tasted more like grape popsicle than anything else. soon i leave […]