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12 August 2015 @ 11:41 am
First Japanese tutoring session  
And I didn't spontaneously combust or have any of my exaggerated worries come to pass! Overcoming my anxiety like:

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I met Aya-san at a Starbucks in the Loop and after some brief English introductions, we spent most of the hour chatting in Japanese. That makes it sound much easier than it was, since I spent a lot of time trying to think of the right word or how specifically to phrase what I was trying to say, especially when I was explaining my favorite podcast to her--I said Revolutions, if you're curious--or telling about how jaiderai conspired to set softlykarou up with me. But even with pauses and my missteps, we managed to hold a conversation!

Afterward, she mentioned that my vocab is pretty good--which it should be with all the studying I do on the L every weekday--and I told her that I don't want to work on writing practice with her, since if I want writing practice there are plenty of Japanese-speakers I know that I can post to. We'll be working out of the venerable old げんき textbook, which softlykarou fortunately still has from her college days and going over grammar and its usage in conversation, and then the lessons will just be chatting, which is exactly what I need.

Next week, I undertake that most classic of Japanese experiences: the 自己紹介 (jikoshoukai, "self-introduction.") Better get working on that.
 
 
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: The Sword and Laser podcast
 
 
 
q99q99 on August 14th, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
A risky tactic! Don't get all the way out of the way and get bowled over.

I really like Sumo, btw. It's an entertaining sport.
dorchadas: Cherry Blossomsdorchadas on August 14th, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
It is! I went to a couple tournaments in Fukuoka and enjoyed it much more than I expected I would.

Though the match-fixing scandal that came out later, and included some of the rikishi that I had seen in the tournament, did dampen my enthusiasm a bit...
q99q99 on August 14th, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
Aw, that's no fun.

A thing I really like about Sumo is it's quick, decisive, yet takes clear skill. A lot of sports have periods where action stops and not much is getting done (the boxing clinch, for example). Sumo doesn't have that. It's a short, impressive sport.