A wonderful thing happened in school today, I asked a question which was not only pertinent, but which was singled out by the teacher for being ‘an excellent question’. The fact that the teacher had to sit down as she thought about the answer was a sure indication that it was a real humdinger; well either that or she needed a few moments to compose herself regarding my construction of a fully coherent sentence.
Whilst I am still most certainly at a level that many would consider sub-remedial, my Japanese is now such that I have started to pick out and understand instructions and announcements that have previously been filtered out as white noise (thanks brain). For example I now understand why I keep getting shouted out in train stations: it appears that it is dangerous to walk in front of the yellow line immediately next to the track. You would have thought that common sense would have helped me figure that one out, only that would assume a possession of said trait.