And another thing...

Good morning everyone,

The awesome (I've been told that I'm not too old to use 'awesome') weather continues! It's going to be between 28C and 30C and sunny until Monday at least. We might see some rain on Wednesday...but till's sunny and warm weather everyday!

I think I'm turning Japanese! As a non-native Japanese speaker, there is one thing that we (learners of Japanese) really find difficult (and annoying) about trying to speak Japanese to Japanese people and that is...if our pronunciation is off by a little-even the tiniest amount-a Japanese person will stare blankly at you and will be unable to understand what you are talking about. Here's an example-the other day we were talking about how to get to Miyajima. Well, unless you are rich enough to have your own boat, there's only one way-by ferry. I said, in Japanese, 'The ferry is sometimes crowded'. And my Japanese friend looked at me like I was speaking Russian, "Ferry?!", she said. I said, "Yeah, especially on weekends." And she said, "Ferry?!". And I said, "That's right. In the mornings is the worst." And she said, "Ferry?!". Then it dawned on me that she didn't know what I was talking about. In Japanese, they pronounce it feri-, with a longer sound at the end. That's the only difference!! And I didn't do that, so she had no idea what I was talking about! It was very funny! I mean, what else could I be talking about!? Ha ha!

Anyway, yesterday a couple came to my school looking for a lawyer. They were not Japanese-it's hard to say, but I guess from somewhere in Southeast Asia. Their Japanese wasn't that good-still beginners basically and they kept saying, 'kouritsu' and I had no idea what they were talking about. Then they asked me if it was the 8th floor and I said, 'Yes, but I'm sorry there's no company like that (I still didn't know what they were talking about, but there are just two tenants and we are both English schools) on this floor".
After they left, it dawned on me that they were looking for a 'houritsu' which means a lawyer and there is a lawyer on the 9th floor. I felt so bad that I couldn't help them...I hope they found him in the end! I'm really sorry, if you're reading this! (Wait a minute, if they are reading this, they would probably have used English...ha ha! Anyway...) And I promise I'll be more patient with people who are not native Japanese speakers-unlike my Japanese friends! Ha ha!

And speaking of owing people apologies, I always used to think that people who spent their hard-earned money to go walk in the pool were wasting their money. I mean, really?! Walking in the pool!? Why not save your money and go for a walk in the park? There are kilometres and kilometres of trails in Hiroshima through hills, along rivers and, if you are ambitious enough, to the tops of small mountains. Why would you pay to walk in a pool? Well, I walked for a bit in the pool and it was hard work! The water was a little shallow for me, I had to crouch down to get the full effect, but it was great! From now on, I'll be swimming for around half an hour to 45 minutes and then I'll walk for a bit in the pool! It felt great! Plus, I can check out the hot chicks while I'm walking...ha ha! (It's funny, because the next closest person in age to me is probably over 70!)

Have a great day! And, if you see two people looking for a lawyer, tell them I said sorry!

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