The Art of Dictation and Typhoon Washing: Friday 2nd September

Today’s schooling included the dreaded weekly dictation session, in which we have to listen to a 3-4 minute conversation, whilst attempting to write it out verbatim. Given that I would probably struggle to do this in English, my short-term memory being akin to that of a dead goldfish, these sessions are not always the most fruitful. In order to at least give the impression that I am not completely hopeless, my ‘coping’ tactic involves filling in the (many many) blanks with my thoughts on the whole dictation process. Needless to say it’s probably a good job that these don’t get handed in, if only because the grammar is no doubt atrocious.

Further 'learning' material from school!

This evening I was supposed to be going to a Brazilian festival, but it was called off because of an imminent Typhoon. Of course, this being Japan, the Typhoon would never actually arrive… is what I thought as I did the weekly clothes wash (sans dirty bath water). It was at this point that the Typhoon decided to make an appearance, forcing me to ignore the strange looks and undoubted laughter from my neigbours as I rushed to get the washing in off the balcony. Looking on the bright side of things I suppose that an apartment full of damp clothing will help with the humidity.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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3 Responses to The Art of Dictation and Typhoon Washing: Friday 2nd September

  1. A Modern Girl says:

    Love the blog–you’re definitely giving people a slice of Japanese life. If you’re interested, I’d like to invite you to submit a post the Japan Blog Matsuri, a monthly blogging showcase where lots of people contribute posts on a theme. This month’s theme is “Reasons to Visit Japan.” Places, people, food, sports, events, customs, seasons, abstract concepts or feelings—you name it, it’s fair game. See the link below for more information:

    • truehamlet says:

      Glad you like my ramblings! I would love to write something for Japan Blog Matsuri, and will definitely submit something before the deadline. Is there a word count guideline?

  2. A Modern Girl says:

    That’s great! There’s no word count guideline–some people submit as little as a picture and a sentence and others write novels, so it’s whatever you feel inclined to do. We do ask that you include some kind of relevant picture and a link back to the matsuri announcement, but other than that, there aren’t many rules. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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