Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Yoga Strap and the Drawn Out End of My Youth: Saturday 30th July

Today marked a return to Yoga, after a two-week hiatus during which my Sensei no doubt had the time of her life. We soon fell back into the old routine of my name being called out in between every breath, … Continue reading

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My Plan Backfires and Anemic Gyoza: Friday 29th July

At the moment I live in constant fear of the third period of every school day, as this is when we are taught be a teacher who insists on speaking to us all at a ‘normal’ pace. For the rest … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Teaching and a Gradual Improvement: Thursday 28th July

Whilst I am not always convinced about the method that is employed at our language school, I have nothing but unbridled admiration for our teachers. As well as being very good at their job, they appear to genuinely care about … Continue reading

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A Very Popular Pastime and the Problem with Envelopes: Wednesday 27th July

Whilst my language ability is certainly amongst the weakest in the class, I have noticed that I am one of the more able students when it comes to thinking outside of the box. For example, when summarizing passages I find … Continue reading

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A Diet of Children and Green Fingers of Death: Tuesday 26th July

Whilst my performance in school today was certainly an improvement on yesterday’s, I hardly clothed myself with glory. We were discussing how the lifestyles of our birth countries have changed in the years since the Second World War, and I … Continue reading

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Night Quakes and Sleep Deprived Awfulness: Monday 25th July

After going to bed last night at around 19:30, I was hoping for almost 11 hours of uninterrupted and peaceful sleep, so as give me some hope of coping with today’s schooling. It was thus unfortunate that at around 04:00 … Continue reading

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A Treacherous Descent and Hallucinatory Exams: Sunday 24th June

As the old maxim goes: ‘What goes up must come down’, and so it was that we began the treacherous decent down Mt. Fuji at the perfectly sociable hour of 05:45. As there was a 09:00 bus to catch I … Continue reading

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