Monthly Archives: April 2011

Voice Recognition Failure and Not Even The Pigs: Friday 22nd April

Contrary to exceptions I not only passed all elements of my latest Japanese test, but also managed to perform to a standard dangerously approaching that of competence. However my newfound confidence was almost shattered by the pronunciation exercises that I … Continue reading

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30 Minutes of a Language You Don’t Understand and Laughing Like a Witch on Helium: Thursday 21st April

Today in school I had the joy of experiencing the listening and writing tests that were supposed to have taken place last month, but which were rescheduled because of the earthquake. I say experience because the phrase ‘took the exam’ … Continue reading

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I Am A Number and Translating Zero: Wednesday 20th April

Today I filled in an application form for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. These range from N5 (basic) to N1 (almost fluent), and I plan on taking N3 in July, mainly because it will be good practice before I take … Continue reading

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Starting from Scratch and a Toilet Safari: Tuesday 19th April

And so the fun began, as after just over a month off it was back to school again. I had almost forgotten what it was like to be constantly humiliated and frustrated by my own lack of ability and understanding, … Continue reading

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Earthquake Sickness and Heavenly Pseudo-pork Teeth Rotters: Monday 18th April

Since I have arrived back in Tokyo there have been a few aftershocks, including one that woke me up at 2am this morning. So far none of them have come close to my 30-second rule (I don’t head for the … Continue reading

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Lovers and Pigeons: Sunday 17th April

The afternoon was spent alternating between the gorgeous sunshine of a Tokyo spring and the equally gorgeous warmth of my Kotatsu. The decision to wear shorts and a vest top meant that whilst outside I was as warm as toast, … Continue reading

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Fun with Stamps and a Visit From an Old Friend: Saturday 14th April

This afternoon I headed over to the post office, having rehearsed in my head exactly how I would be asking to send a letter; you can imagine my disappointment when I arrived only to find it closed. Not to be … Continue reading

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