|Sent on:||Friday, January 6, 2012 4:06 PM|
EVENTS: This week had no Events for the group but there was a private all-Japanese event that I was invited to. It turns out that the nice people who run the Makkohou class asked me to attend their New Year's party. (And in case I did not let you know, Akemashite Omedetou!) It was a fun evening but really scary! I was sitting at a table along with 7 other people, all Japanese native speakers and they were talking a mile a minute. The food was varied and absolutely delicious! And all of it was real, homemade Japanese food and they must have had at least 10-12 different dishes to sample from. I was able to actually make a few jokes in Japanese and make them laugh, so at least I looked 90% ridiculous, rather than 100% ridiculous :p But I really love nights like this because the more of them we have, the closer we get to truly acquiring Japanese.
FACEBOOK POSTING: I am enjoying making these posts because they take a bunch of time and require that I scan native Japanese websites for natural-sounding sentences. 30-60 minutes fly by and all of a sudden, I spent time in a place that I don't fully understand yet...but it makes me quite happy. "Fumbling towards ecstasy" would be the best way to describe it! (Thank you, Sarah McLachlan!)
We are in a New Year and that gives us a starting point to implement whatever dreams we have been hoarding for all of 2010. I hope those dreams include kanji study! Kanji study will give you the key to browsing native Japanese websites without the head-spinning confusion that usually comes from clicking on them. Also, it will make you quite powerful when you come to our viewing Meetup and can read Japanese subtitles like a pro!
Which reminds me, please come to the Meetup. It is a great deal of fun and you can meet awesome people like Lauren and Matt :)
Japanese Language 24/7 Policy: Inactive (non-participating) members will be gently deleted from our roster on a daily basis. The definition of "inactive" is a member who does not post on Facebook or RSVPs for Events for 30 consecutive days. To be considered Active and to avoid being gently deleted, come to at least 1 Meetup Event a month OR post at least 1 Facebook post a month. Thank you. And I am always available for any questions or help that you want (as I am also a part-time Japanese instructor for Beginners.) If you want or need help, please ask. We are all here to learn WITHOUT judgment or trolling. The only bad Japanese that will get you booted from this group is NO Japanese! And being a no-show at an Event would get you booted as well, of course :)