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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Days 746- 752 <{ }> Sunday - Saturday, April 4 - April 10, 2010

Days 746 - 752 <{ }> Sunday - Saturday, April 4- April 10, 2010


Day 746 { Sky Tree Tallest Structure In Japan }
Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stayed in most of the day today because I was tired from the hustle and bustle of last week. Met 2 new ALTs today, one guy from England and the other from the U.S.A.

2 Jehoviah's witnesses persons came to my apartment today to invite me to their Kingdom Hall. I have absolutely no problem going there, I just hope they know that I have my own belief... So I think next week I am going to go with them just to see what it is like and also to meet other persons....

News photoSky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree, a new tower under construction for terrestrial digital broadcasting, reached 338 meters Monday, surpassing Tokyo Tower and becoming the tallest structure in Japan.


The new tower in Sumida Ward will be 634 meters tall when it is completed at the end of 2011. Tokyo Tower, a 333-meter radio and TV transmission tower in Minato Ward, was the country's tallest structure for 52 years.

Even though Tokyo Sky Tree will not open to the public until spring 2012, it has already become a tourist attraction.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20100330a3.html

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Day 747 { }
Monday, April 5, 2010

Went to the bank today to sort out some stuff, also paid my rent and had tea with my friend. I gave my landlord a key chain from South Korea and some sort of alcoholic beverage from North Korea.









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Day 748 { }
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Went work for the first day in the 2010-2011 school year. Attended the school opening ceremony then just sit around and watch the teachers run around like crazy, preparing their stuff for the new school year. They changed 2 of the teachers, including the one who coordinated my English schedule for 2 years...

Went to the Tuesday English conversations where the coordinator spoke about his recent trip to Australia. Again, sadly I only understood about 25% of what he was saying. My listening is so poor.

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Day 749 { }
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Taught classes at my furthest school today. They also changed 2 teachers here. Unfortunately, one of the teachers they changed, was the one who spoke to me the most out of all the others. She will be missed.

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Day 750 { School Opening Ceremony }
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Went to the school opening ceremony for this school today, where they introduced the new grade 1 students as well as all the school staff. This new grade 1 class will have 14 kids and there seem to be an ADHD kid amongst them who kept disturbing the opening ceremony. My 2010 already had a terrible start, I am surely hoping that things will get way better as the year progresses.

I also resumed playing football tonight. And I was possibly the worst player in the gym. I think I got about 15 goals to score and missed every single one... :(


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Day 751 { Goodbye/Welcome Dinner }
Friday, April 9, 2010

Went to work then had a drinking party with the teachers at my main school. This was really a goodbye dinner for the teachers who were leaving to other schools, and a welcoming dinner for the new ones. I had a lot of fun there; it's just that these occasions are too expensive...






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Day 752 {Hanami / Karaoke }
Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today for the first in a long time, most of the ALTs in Niimi both old and new met up for Hanami (Flowers watching). We had barbecue, chatted and drank for about 6 hours. It was all good fun. I wish if we could all meet up like this more often.

In the night, a couple of us went to karaoke and also played pool.












































Thanks for your advice with the radicals Dwayne.. I studied a few of them but not all.

5 comments:

dwayne2d3d said...

yeah Dave learning Radicals are a super short cut. Also a real solid grammar book will help you tell "nouns/verbs/adjective/adverbs" apart from each other...

Learning kanji's are hard but Japanese grammar's more consistent than English, so onces you get the basics everything will start making a ton of sense to you Dave....

and it's 214 radicals not 255 my mistake...

Stewy said...

Explain these radicals to me please... Sounds like something I should look into.

Also dave... How you so lucky to always be taking pics with these hot chicks. Daamn

dwayne2d3d said...

hey Stewy, Radicals are like this.
Every Kanji that you "will" every see are either a radical or a kanji made up of 2 or more radicals.

eg.
This is a Kanji and a Radical "馬"
It's a Kanji by itself meaning "horse", but it's aslo a radical meaning "horse". Here it is combine with other Kanji's 馴,媽,驀.
These three kanji are mixed with the horse radicals. So you have.

1)馴 horse radical + river radical
2)媽 woman radical + horse radical
3)驀 grass,sun,big,horse "radicals"

Radicals can "sometimes" give you clues to a kanji meaning even if you never saw the kanji before. So when you think of a horse you might thing of these "meanings"
1)tamed馴 2)mare媽 3)forward驀

So there are 215 radicals in total, spend 3 months on nothing but hiragana, katakana and radicals, not kanji..Do this and then learning kanji after that "should" be alot more easier...

Mix and matching 215 radicals gives us 45,000 Kanji in China and about 8,000 kanji in Japan..
I hope that explanation wasn't too long Stewy.....

dwayne2d3d said...

hey Stewy, Radicals are like this.
Every Kanji that you "will" every see are either a radical or a kanji made up of 2 or more radicals.

eg.
This is a Kanji and a Radical "馬"
It's a Kanji by itself meaning "horse", but it's aslo a radical meaning "horse". Here it is combine with other Kanji's 馴,媽,驀.
These three kanji are mixed with the horse radicals. So you have.

1)馴 horse radical + river radical
2)媽 woman radical + horse radical
3)驀 grass,sun,big,horse "radicals"

Radicals can "sometimes" give you clues to a kanji meaning even if you never saw the kanji before. So when you think of a horse you might thing of these "meanings"
1)tamed馴 2)mare媽 3)forward驀

So there are 215 radicals in total, spend 3 months on nothing but hiragana, katakana and radicals, not kanji..Do this and then learning kanji after that "should" be alot more easier...

Mix and matching 215 radicals gives us 45,000 Kanji in China and about 8,000 kanji in Japan..
I hope that explanation wasn't too long Stewy.....

Derri said...

Hey Dave!

Dont worry about the football i know there are worse players than you they just dont happen to be around you now :) Just have fun, well i dont have to tell you that...

Blessings and strength for the months ahead.