Japanese Language Updates (Early August 2022) and Summers as an ALT

It looks like the last time I was active on here was in February, which also happens to be the last time I wrote one of these language updates. So, am I fluent yet? Am I able to speak with my coworkers or at least understand them? No. I am a BAD student.

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I canceled my school lunch

Before I moved to Japan, I was asked if I wanted to have school lunch. I instantly said yes for a few reasons. One, I don’t know how to cook all that well (and don’t have the energy to learn) and two, I wanted to eat something genuinely Japanese while in Japan. I opted in.

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My First Roadtrip in Japan p2 – Mitaki Temple in Hiroshima

The last time I was in Japan, I was on a study abroad trip. The class I was taking focused on the dropping of the atomic bombs so we visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and while in Hiroshima my class visited this really beautiful place called Mitaki Temple (which, for jetlag reasons, I mistakenly thought was in Kyoto, glad I got reminded it was in Hiroshima, otherwise who knows where I would have gone). Now, the first time I visited this place, I just thought it was a beautiful place, but this time it was…very special. I really felt like I was in a special (sacred) place and I’m wondering why that was the case. Maybe it’s because I was alone this time and was able to be more meditative?

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January Language Summary

This is not something that I had planned but I figured that maybe doing monthly summaries will give me some motivation to keep on track with my studying. Now, I do have to admit that January was the month of finding a feasible routine. And maybe this might even still run into February. The truth is that this is my first time trying to learn a language so I’m not sure where to even start. It’s all about learning. So while I didn’t hit my daily studying goal, I am immensely proud of what I have accomplished, and I think acknowledging our steps, even the itty bitty ones, is one of the best ways to keep that motivation strong.

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My First Roadtrip in Japan p1 – Arriving

It’s been a while since I last posted. Honestly, I’ve been dealing with some seasonal depression and isolation for COVID-19 reasons (not me getting sick, just deciding not to go out), which then led me to acknowledge the fact that maybe I’m actually homesick, and this, in turn, led to even more isolation, causing (potentially) some friction between my…friends. So now there’s isolation in the “I’m the odd one out” variety because, of course, that is exactly what I need right now. Oh, I love winter

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