Okay time for an update of my life here in Japan.
School is doing pretty good, I am getting used to it now, even though some of the little guys are still asking for a hit ( joke!!!!… I just don’t like the Kancho). I had an observation last week from one of my managers, and of course I was nervous because I was afraid to make mistakes, to make mispronunciations and stuff like that (maybe they would fire me, and throw me out of the country…. Ahum) but I was nervous for nothing, because it went really good, he even said that if he had a video camera he would have taped it and shown it to the new trainees.
I don’t think my English is really great, because I make a lot of mistakes, in my sentences, and sometimes in my pronounciation. But in overall I think I can make the lesson fun, and let the kids learn in a fun way. I can communicate with the most teachers (hand gestures, and shouting…) so yeah, in overall I don’t think I am doing that bad ( a good teacher is a person with a lot of experience I think, and I need to get that in the next year(s) , but as I have said in my last post, I don’t think that I want to be an English teacher for all my life.
I started learning Kanji 2 weeks ago, and even though I don’t always have time for it, I am actually enjoying learning it. So I want to share some with you guys
（the last characters are the Kanji characters）
1 ichi いち 一
2 ni に 二
3 san さん 三
4 yon よん 四
5 go ご 五
6 roku ろく 六
7 nana なな 七
8 hachi はち 八
9 kyuu きゅう 九
10 ju じゅう 十
I still have a long way to go with studying kanji, but that doesn’t matter, because you don’t learn 100.000 characters in a day , right?
Last weekend I went hiking with two of my co-workers Jory and Mike (two American guys, we walked up to Mt. Maya (699m) from Shin-kobe station, Hankyu Rokko, a total walk of 7 hours. It enjoyed the walk a lot, and I hope to do some more hiking the up coming months, years. ( my goal is Mt. Fuji)
In the evening we went to some friends (co-workers of Mayu) drunk some beers, had a lovely dinner, and arrived back home around 12.30 am. A great day that was.
Sunday we stayed at home, because I was a bit sick, and we just wanted to do nothing… so we decided to watch ……. GONE WITH THE WIND … haha, a nice movie that was, even though I think 4 hours was a bit long.
I am chancing schools from next week, and I hope that I can get used to those news schools, but I think I can, because it isn’t that hard, and I am enjoying myself for the time being.
See you guys later!!!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
First of all thanks for all you cool, sweet, and lovely comments. If I wouldn't get those comments, I don't think that I would still be writing this Blog, because I just need some feedback! So people who don't know how to do that. Just click the Comment button!
Okay, so you guys want to know how I am doing here? I have to say that I am doing pretty well, and I am enjoying my life for 80%(that's way more than I expected). I am getting used to the weather, county, people, food. I have a full-time job ( even though it is pretty hard so now and then, but a great experience in life), I am happy with my wife, and feel that we are growing to each other more and more. I am starting to find some friends in here, and also my Japanese speaking ability is going up little by little.
Of course there are bad things as well, for example I miss peanut butter, being able to communicate with everybody, watching Dutch TV ( believe me, most of it is better than Japanese TV), my family, and relaxing more.
But what can I say, I am only 21, moved to Japan, am one of the Youngest teachers in Japan, becoming trilingual, and getting life experience. So the question is where will I be in 10 years from now, while life is going so fast already. Of course I will get some heavy falls in life, because life is like a rollercoaster.
I hope to keep enjoying my life in Japan, with my wife, that I can grow as a human, that I can mean something for the community, and become successful in something else than teaching.
Thanks you guys.
Just a picture of my and Mayu-chan
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