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Why is it that the big things, the events and dinners and formal conventions, never make it into this blog, but the minutiae of life here gets chronicled in loving detail?

The weekend before last, I took the train all the way to the south coast, lost my bag, attended a work meeting, rode horseback and learned to post in an apparently record five minutes, went to the hospital to interpret for a great guy with a broken AND dislocated toe from the sand-sumo tournament, and got my bag back again. Last week, I celebrated the Fourth of July magnificently with the Arima kids, a miniature buffet of "American" food from the Seicomart, and five bags of fireworks. Yesterday I attended a tea ceremony luncheon in yukata. But what I got online to write about was two tiny linguistic exchanges I had today...

Language trades. People ask me what stuff is, or try to explain stuff to me, all the time. I'm trying to get into the habit of making sure the exchange is reciprocal.

So today, when I ended up explaining the phrase "to keep an eye on something" to Mr. Onodera, I asked for the Japanese equivalent: "Mimamoru (見守る)".

And at lunch, when one of my kids used the marvelous phrase, "Goat-say-shuh" (Gochisousama deshita, abbreviated casually), I had him practice it with me a few times to make sure I had the glottal stops down pat, then taught him "Ahdunno" to replace the more formal I don't know.

I'm hoping to keep this up. My Japanese is both growing and shrinking lately, and the main shrinking areas are difficult conversational vocab, and kanji. Time for remedial maneuvers. :D

Date: 2008-09-02 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agates-link.livejournal.com
=O! Hello, this is Toph from Anime Evolution! I didn't realize you were tobu_ishi until just a moment ago. I actually remember you as a player in fullmetal folly, and really admire your writing ^^;;

Date: 2008-09-08 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tobu-ishi.livejournal.com
Hee! Really? That's more than a little awesome--and now that I look, your LJ name is awfully familiar. It's really sweet of you to say that about my writing; I hope to do a little more of that soon. (I read off a bit of Avatar fic at the bedtime stories Saturday night, actually, but only Katara and her friend stuck around that long.)

Incidentally, Folly has recently started revamping to do a Version 2.0 (not unlike the anime itself!), so if you've ever wanted to join in and play... :3

Date: 2008-09-08 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agates-link.livejournal.com
Folly is alive? Oh, oh, that's awesome! It's been a long time since I've visited it.:D

Do you know much about the new FMA2.0 yet?

Date: 2008-09-05 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurasari.livejournal.com
Don't stop just because you had summer break~ Share more of your lovelylovely knowledge and life experiences with your Kataraaaa~

And I totally did not stalk you from the forums, DA or RL to LJ 83

♥♥♥

Cute

Date: 2009-04-08 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikk1o5.livejournal.com
I don't want to sound like a stalker or anything, but I love reading your wonderful posts. It is a interest of mine as well to learn the culture, language, and people of Japan. :)
I want to read the other posts you've made (working my way up! lol!!)

Is it okay if I can friend you?

I might have lots of questions for you if you don't mind? I can message you them. Your experience there sounds lovely and hopefully you can give me tips on how I can survive being independent in a foreign country by myself. :( It'll be a while, considering I need to save up here and do some unfinished business at home, but hopefully I will be there in japan as well. :)

Date: 2009-04-23 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misster-v.livejournal.com
the language
trade sounds
so hip and
worldly i'm a
tad jealous.

is it all right if
i friend you?

Date: 2009-04-27 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tobu-ishi.livejournal.com
Of course! ^_^ And thank you.

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