Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bored but unharmed

So, beacause of the typhoon last night and today, my trip out to one of the small towns in the area to teach got cancelled. Which meant I spent the day at the office. Which was very boring. True, I did get to spend the whole day studying Japanese. But on the other hand, I had to spend the whole day studying Japanese. Thankfully, there was no serious damage caused by the typhoon in my area. So no worries everyone! I haven't seen the news yet, so I don't know how the rest of Hokkaido has fared.

I did get to go teach at a conversation lesson at the high school this afternoon. Those classes are a lot of fun, but trying to get the students to speak English is really hard! Almost as difficult as getting the teachers NOT to help them! I think the students know a lot more than they think they do, it's just a matter of being forced to use it.

Today we talked about life with your host family... so I got to play the host, and talk really fast to the students. Also known as standard conversational speed. I was trying to remember what spending time with a host family was like, and what hosting a foreign student was like. But I was really lucky the last time I was in Japan. One of the daughters in my host family had studied in the States, and had excellent English. Next week we'll be sticking to the same topic. The girls are only going to be with their host families for three nights -- but definitely long enough to have to speak to them!

4 comments:

Granville Is. Go Go's said...

Glad to hear all is well with you and that there was not much damage in your area from the typhoon. We are doing well, nothing like a typhoon happening here. David's conference in December had been moved from New Orleans to Atlanta. Watching the Katrina aftermath had been really very sad. I feel for them, in particular when I see the little babies. We have decided to get organized about having emergency supplies in the house.

anyram said...

Yeah -- I have to do that too. You never know when there could be an earthquake, or another typhoon. I should at least register with the embassy.

Granville Is. Go Go's said...

Yes you should register with the embassy! Don't make me get maternal, I'm much better at it now. Vasyl is somewhat safe from my nagging at this point though, so I will still have to concentrate on you and David : )

fvr8toy said...

Glad to hear that all is well after the typhoon threat. We have made it to Rome and are having a great time.