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Goodbye, Japan!

Well, after one year of living and working in Japan, it's time to say goodbye. I had a wonderful year learning about Japanese culture, food, traditions, etc. Sushi in America is too expensive and not as good! It will be very strange to be able to understand everything everyone is saying when I go back to America, since I'm so used to not being able to understand almost anything!

I will miss my students very much and can't wait to see them grow up (through email pictures!). Japanese people are extremely generous and I have really appreciated their kindness over the last year. Good luck to everyone with your English studying and please contact me if you ever come to America! Bye!
# by hello-eigo | 2010-03-30 15:25 | English Journal

Music

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I am a big music fan and have really enjoyed listening to some Japanese music this past year (I really enjoy Bump of Chicken, a suggestion from one of my students!). One thing I have noticed that is very popular in Japanese music, or JPop, is that the songs always have at least one phrase in English. I've been told that this is because they think English is cool, but it always sounds a little strange to me. Especially since the English in the song is usually incorrect or sounds strange! Either way, it always makes me laugh.

My favorite kind of music is rock/folk and jazz. I also love music with a lot of piano solos. The only kinds of music I don't really care for are rap and heavy metal. Here are some of my favorite artists: Ben Folds Five, Gavin DeGraw, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, Pete Yorn and Sarah Harmer.

Happy listening!
# by hello-eigo | 2010-03-19 14:00 | English Journal

Ehhhhhh?!

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My favorite word in Japanese isn't even a word at all. The Japanese equivalent for "really?" seems to be "ehhhhh?!" and I love it! When I first came to Japan I thought it was the funniest thing I have ever heard. Everyone says it and they say it quite often too.

I never thought I would get the hang of saying "ehhhh?!" but shockingly, I now say it all the time! I can't help it! I don't even consciously think about saying it, it just comes out of my mouth. As soon as I say it, I surprise myself and put hand to my mouth but it's always too late. I guess I'm becoming more and more Japanese every day!
# by hello-eigo | 2010-03-12 13:24 | English Journal


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