Monday, December 10, 2007
so I couldn't tell if it was b/c the students didn't understand my essay or b/c it was hard to come up with good questions. haha. I thought it was pretty funny.
The speech project was a good conclusion to the semester.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I think that one of the things that I've become more aware of is how to present your criticism in a tactful way. Instead of stating your opinion on the paper, provided examples and reasons for why you said what you did. I don't take criticism very well. I find it discouraging, but I find it to be less or more discouraging depending on how it is presented.
Reading Jonathan's and Eric's paper also helped me improve the content of my paper. I thought that Eric wrote about some sentimental stuff (I won't give it away) and that made me want to add more sentences about how I felt about the topic of my speech. Jonathan talked a little bit about the asian student association that he partakes in (in the first draft, that is) and that made me want to talk a little bit more about my desire to learn about my mommy's culture and language.
Overall, I thought that this was a pretty good assignment. I think it's encouraging to see how students incorporate all the Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and cultural points they learned and fashion them in their own creative ways. Well, I can't wait until I get my video of my speech. I'm going to send it to all of my family members.
私がこどもの時は日本語は分かりませんでした。たいへんでしたから、私のおばあさんと おとうさんのおとうさん、私のおじいさん、は日本語をはなして、えいごを分かりません。だからおばあさんとおじいさんにあまりはなしませんでした。私がこどもの時におばあさんとおじいさんがうちのそばのこうえんに行きって、ばんごはんをたべましたでもしずかでした。かいわはたいへんでした。よく、おかあさ んに「日本をおしえてください」と、ききましたでも私とおかあさんはとてもいそがかったです。だから今日本語をべんきょうします。
Saturday, November 24, 2007
まいとし五月に私のおかあさんは私の日本のおばあさんとおじさんにでんわを かけて、ちょっとはなします。おばさんのたんじょうびですから。ちょっとこわかったです。かいわはたいへんでした。よく、おかあさ んに「日本をおしえてください」と、ききました。でも私とおかあさんはとてもいそがかったです。だから今日本語をべんきょうします。
Friday, November 16, 2007
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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The Ultimate Blogger Guide
- Pose a question to your readers about the chapter or anything really. This will make them think.
- Post relevant information on the current Chapter and Japanese culture.
- Use useful pictures that really enhance the reader's understanding of your feelings.
- Don't talk to much. I mean, don't write too much.
- Write in Japanese. This will help you write better and the reader read better.
- Write about your day and your interests. This will help you make friends.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here is a picture outside of a restaurant with yummy food. How do they get the bowls tilted without spilling the food?
Here is some yummy sushi. If you do not like raw fish, please refrain from making faces or else
meet me at the back packing lot and I will make you into raw fish.
Sometimes I'm afraid I might become this man because I like so much food.
This is my favorite desert, banana tempura (and tempura ice cream). So if you want to take me out on a date, please make sure they have banana tempura.
Often times the food come on beautiful dishes. Sometimes I have to tell myself not to eat them.
ok, my stomach is growling the more I write so I will stop.
For the sake of discussion, what is your favorite restaurant and why? Do they have banana tempura?
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The material for Japanese class is getting harder. But I think it's pretty cool that we're starting to write in kanji. Sometimes when I am doing my homework and I've just written the kanji for "ji", I pat myself on the back and treat myself to a soda pop. Actually, no I don't really, because I don't have any money for a soda pop. I actually blame the inferior economic status that this educational institution puts us under. I study all day and have no time to make money, thus forcing me to become ever more dependent on the financial support of my demanding parents. Actually, that's not true either. I work at the language lab on mon, tues, and wednesday mornings. If you would like to start your day with a bright smile from yours truly, please do come see me. And my parents are not that demanding. They love me. They told me. oh, back to what I was saying. (Sorry for the rant, I tend to go off like this when I've only received 3 hours of sleep. Yes, I'm very tired.) I think that writing kanji is pretty neat. My favorite is the one for "ji" and I think the weirdest one to me is the one for "ichiman". I don't get how that right leg with those two awkward corners.
Anyway, I am having some challenges with Japanese. Now that we've learned more particles and there are many ways to use them, there are different sentence structures that we can create. The possibilities are truly mindblowing. So in class, I will use one sentence structure and then someone will come up with another one and I will be in awe. I also am very very slow at reading. I mean, I thought that since I am half japanese I would know the characters, like it was in my blood. Nope. I was wrong. Any suggestions? I'll gladly consider them.
Anyways, if any of you are interested in international development type stuff. My two friends and I are giving a presentation on the project that we did in South Africa this past summer. We did an engineerin project on how to best implement a biodigester, an alternative fuelsource for cooking, in rural villages in South Africa. If you'd like to hear our presentation do come! I'm not sure where it will be, but you might see flyers for it on grounds - Center for Global Health Symposium. The guest speaker there will be Dr. Michele Barry, director of Yale’s Office of International Health. "Wowerz?!" is probably what you're thinking eh? Yea, people tell me I'm psycho like that. I can't promise you free food, but I can promise you a sincere smile from the bottom of my bottomless heart.
jaa, nemasu. peace out
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I'm in lab right now, waiting for some RNA samples to incubate. Exciting eh? And for downtime I'm doing more hw! Luckily, this is an assignment that allows me to vent my frustration. I'm exhausted from all of my classes this week. I'm just about to keel over from E-KU-SO-TO-A-SSHON (exhaustion). haha, that was my transcription from english to katakana. I think I probably did that wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions how to stay awake during the day? I think I'm going to start trying coffee.
Let's see .... This week has been very busy eh? 4 quizzes in the past 4 days and tomorrow us troopers will have had 5 quizzes in 5 days. whoa! And I find katakana especially difficult because a lot of the characters look alike. Look at the katakana ku, fu, ta, wa, wo. They are pretty much the same character! But I think what keeps me going is how much I want to learn Japanese. And I'm really glad that I'm taking this class because it's confirmed something that I've only recently realized. It might be obvious to the rest of you, but learning about something you're really excited about really change the rate that you learn things. I'll admit that I'm learning some things that I don't really have a passion for. So I forget why I'm learning about a topic and what is the importance/application of it to the real world (I'm doing engineering). Then everything sort of becomes a blur to me and this is not good. But with Japanese there is a reason for me to learn it. Because I like it so much, I think about it when I am not in the class. I don't force myself to do it, I just do it. Well, not all of the time. And I think that helps me. I find that when I look at something once I can almost assure you that I won't memorize it all such as a bunch of katakana characters. I have to see it again before I can actually memorize it. See, this is why I can never do anything last minute. When I do, I don't have enough time to memorize it. Anyway, let me know what you're best study tips are or what your passion is. I'd love to know.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
When I first walked into the Japanese 101 class, I sort of felt like a grannie. I thought, I'm a third year starting a 101 class! But I quickly got over it, because I know that everyone is always going to be inexperienced at something and I'm a huge advocate of trying new things. Maybe next time when I try something new it'll be like playing bridge with real grannies. That way I won't feel so old. ;P ... But golly gee, this is a tough class. I had no idea about the pace that we're learning things. I know that if I didn't have any exposure to the language, I'd probably be crying in the back of the room or spinning in circles because I'd be so confused. Actually, I wouldn't cry because I'm a big girl now, but I'd be very overwhelmed. So I'm really impressed and proud of the students that are sticking with this class. I can tell some of them have had experience with Japanese and I think that's why the class can go the pace that it is going. But for students that haven't had the exposure, I give u props. And don't ever hesitate to ask questions in class or be afraid of making mistakes. I think it's very noble to be fearless in that respect. I guess I'm lucky because I'm half Japanese and so I've been exposed to the language. However, my mom and I never spoke Japanese to each other. I mean, sometimes we would try and then she would say something like "hetakuso", which I think means something like "pathetic". Don't worry, she said it in a joking tone (I think =P). But I think that exposure has helped me in class. And because my mom is Japanese sometimes we would watch Japanese cartoons. Like this one called AnPanMan, who is a superhero who's head is made of bread with a red bean paste center. And when he finds someone who is in need of his help and probably suffering from a growling stomach, he breaks a piece of his head off and gives it to that person. But this decreases his superstrength. I'd get more into it, but perhaps my entry should be more relevant to the Japanese class or me.
Just to break it down for you all... a little bit more about me (cause it's very hard to get to know people during class): I'm a biomedical engineering major, with a keen interest in international development. I like dancing crazily, and singing so loud that my throat is sore the next day. I just joined the Wushu club, which I love love love. I have a smart sister in my class. Don't believe her if she denies we're related.
Well, I hope that this blog helps me to flesh out my hopes and dreams. Until next time. Ja mata.