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Bow wow!

I love dogs! Every once in a while, when I'm riding my bike or taking a stroll down the street, I'll see someone with their dog and do a double take. I think it's been almost three months since I've played with, let alone even pet a dog, and I think I'm going through some kind of dog interaction withdraw syndrome! Symptoms seem to include staring at dogs for an undue length of time, feeling my hand twitch as I hold back the urge to pet the dog, and muttering "woof!" under my breath.

Speaking of "woof," even if I did want to communicate with dogs in Japan, I don't speak their language. Sure, I've got all the American dog dialects down pat:

Woof woof!

Bark!

Bow Wow!

Ruff Ruff!

Arf Arf!

Yip Yip!

However, the Japanese "Wan Wan!" still eludes me. I haven't heard it enough to feel comfortable using it with an actual dog. I think the dog will see (or "hear") through my unsure attempt at communication and look at me with that classic, ears up, head tilted, "what are you talking about?" look.
# by hello-eigo | 2010-06-18 15:49 | English Journal

Rainy Season

I've been told the rainy season will soon be here in Kurashiki. Will it be unbearable? Or will it come and go and leave me thinking, "That was the rainy season? Ha, that wasn't bad at all!" I'm not quite sure what to expect, so I have a great attitude to adopt if the humidity, or amount of water vapor in the air, seems suffocating.

When I lived in Iowa, which was very hot and humid during the summer, I would occasionally be irritated by the unrelenting heaviness in the air. On one particularly hot and humid night, I complained about it to my friend. She said, "It's alright. This high humidity is just the air giving you a hug."

Well, how could I stay irritated after hearing that? It's just the air giving you a hug! I'll remember that wisdom as we enter Kurashiki's rainy season.
# by hello-eigo | 2010-05-24 18:08 | English Journal

What starts and ends with B?

Greetings and salutations! My name's Bob.

"B" as in "Bob"
"O" as in "One and only Bob"
"B" as in "By George, it's Bob."

The official name for Bob is Robert, the short version of that is Rob, and the nickname for Rob is Bob. Also, who can forget Bobby and Robby. I've never heard of anyone who goes by "Bert" by dropping the "Ro" from Robert, but I suppose it's a possible variation. Lately my name has been "Bobu," pronounced /bɒbu/ or "Bah-bu," the interesting Japanese pronunciation of my name.

However you spell or pronounce my name, one thing remains the same- I'm looking forward to a great year in Japan, meeting you, and teaching at HELLO!
# by hello-eigo | 2010-04-17 18:05 | English Journal


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