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02 September 2015 @ 07:44 pm
Continuing Japanese lessons  
Yesterday was the third class I had with Aya-sensei, and the first one where we managed to hold a conversation for basically the entire class without long pauses and me staring out the window. I realized that in a one-on-one situation with someone who knows English natively, there's nothing to be gained from me trying to remember a word for longer than a few seconds. If I can't remember it after a moment's thought, or if I can't understand a word that she uses, I should just ask her about it, write the word down so I can practice it later, and move on.

We spent half an hour talking about food, which as I'm sure you know, dear reader, I can go on about at length even in a language that I'm not particularly good at. We actually talked about Fifty Weeks, Fifty Curries, or at least about how softlykarou makes curry every Sunday and some of them are very weird. She definitely had no idea what to think about スイカのカレー, for example. She also said that a lot of Indian food tends to taste the same to her, but admitted that her major experience with Indian food was eating at Indian buffets as a child. I should have asked where she ate at, since she spent about half her childhood in Tokyo.

It was actually pretty nice, since the first lesson had a ton of pauses while I tried to say things in a probably overcomplicated way and this time we established a flow early and stuck to it pretty well. Maybe I can actually get good at this language!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: The Level podcast