So you say you have too much free time? You say it’s a problem? I say you are losing a battle with creativity!
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Since I wrote down my goal of teaching Japanese, and thereby set it in burnable, erasable, rip-up and throw away-able, yet tangible paper, I have seen the world around me with new eyes. Continue reading
I just finished reading Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art”. Yesterday I listened in on a bit of a class taught to some of my elementary school students about finding and reaching your dream. As both of these happened at the same time as I’ve been pondering what my next step after JET should be, I had a brilliant and simple idea. I wrote “My Dream” at the top of a piece of paper and filled in my goal and steps to getting there below it. I don’t know if I could have put this into words until now. Continue reading
Last night my girlfriend and I went to the river to watch the lunar eclipse. The conditions were rather fantastic. It was happening between 9-11 pm on a Saturday night. The sky was cloudless, and it was only about 7-9 degrees Celsius out. Continue reading
So, I’m an assistant English teacher. That’s my job. In fact, more specifically my job is to be a native speaker of English to provide my students with exposure and the chance to interact with a real L1 (First Language) English speaker. It also means I occasionally run into difficulties that the Japanese teachers don’t anticipate. When you learn a 2nd language in school, at least in Japan, it’s mostly done by teaching a series of grammatical rules and drilling vocabulary which you can use to fill in the spaces of those rules. Unfortunately the basis for those rules is often suspect or at least not really firmly rule-like. Grammar should really be considered a set of guidelines, since people are always mangling them into newly invented monsters. The monsters lose their hanging chads and polish off their rough edges over the course of time and use, but they’ll eventually change again anyway. Continue reading
I hiked Naruyama (成山) in Ino town with a good ALT friend from Kochi city this past weekend. It was a hiking target that has been on my list for a long while and I almost hiked it before but decided time was too short and the trail too rough for the clothes we had been wearing at that time. Continue reading