Auditing Japanese

Japanese 101: Midterm Oral Test

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Yesterday was the last day of classes before Spring Break. We’re going to start Spring Break earlier this year: March 5-9, 2018. This is a bit unusual because usually Spring Break is much later in the semester, probably around the end of March or beginning of April, but this year the break is adjusted to […]

Auditing Japanese

First Time Ever: Lessons Learned

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Okay, so, Chapter 3 has ended. We just had the test today. There have been two things that happened for the first time. First, last Thursday, for the first time ever, Sensei A was late. As usual, I had never arrived too early in the class. I would usually arrive 5 minutes or less before […]

Life in Tucson

An Experience: Nice or Not nice?

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The other day I went to Lee Lee, it’s an international/oriental supermarket in Tucson, AZ. For me it’s basically like a paradise, one of my secrets of survival living away from home. Why? Well, Lee Lee sells stuff that I cannot in the US mainstream grocery stores such as Walmart, Fry’s, or other places. Lee […]

Life in Tucson

An Invitation: A Birthday Celebration

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The other day I went to a friend’s son’s birthday celebration. It was fun. But before that, my friend seemed to hesitate to invite me, not because she didn’t want to invite me, but because she was worried that it would be inconsiderate or inappropriate for me. She asked, “Do you celebrate birthdays?” I was […]

Life in Tucson

Making Friends in the US

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Since I started auditing Japanese 101, I’ve been thinking about this. How do people make friends in the US? I’m taking this class with the undergrads. We meet every day from Monday to Friday, but I can’t see how we (or they) can make friends. I can say that we are classmates, but I don’t […]