Monday, April 21, 2008


I think the main weakness of my blog is the lack of communication. I tried to make some friends on the blog and they all quickly responded. However, personally I am not very comfortable about sharing my opinions on the web. Maybe it's just a personal preferrence, but honestly speaking I am not that motivated to do blog compared with other projects for Japanese class.

I think some of the entries I wrote are quite interesting (such as movie intro, sharing my own thoughts, old memories...)

(3) 次は何をするのがいいと思いますか。
I think I need to spend more time reading other students blog and leave comments. Having more comments and communications is important.

Friday, April 11, 2008


First I would like to say sorry because still cannot upload my file onto the blog. But still, I think I have learned quite a lot through the process of doing the speech project.

When I was listening to my own speech I found two good points about it:
1 I delivered the speech with fluency and accuracy. Even though I have made small mistakes for a couple of times, still I think I was doing a good job of deliver my whole speech. And also from the Q&A part, it seemed that classmates at least grasped the main idea of my speech.

2 There were quite a few classmates asked me some good questions and I think I also provided good answers to them.

Also, there are bad things about it...which drove me crazyyyyyy...
1 Even though I practiced so many times before doing the speech (I even recorded my own speech and listened to it again and again before the speech), I still made mistakes when I was pronouncing words like 「十歳」、「六ヶ月」、「小学校」、「中学校」。Also, in general I felt like I pronounced too hard which does not sounds Japanese.
2 I felt like I spoke a little bit too fast and my pronunciation was not really clear.

In all, I definitely learned a lot from the project and I really enjoyed it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008



Friday, March 28, 2008











Thursday, March 20, 2008


I think it is a pretty creative idea to mix students from different sessions. However, to be frank I felt I actually learned "less" in the class. Here are my reasons:

Although it is a great idea to mix the students, however, how to assure the efficiency of class is still seems to be challenging for both Sensei and students. First, on the sensei's side, this kind of form requires sensei to be more encouraging for students to overcome their shyness and practice with new partners. Also, it requires sensei to be highly sensitive to mix students from different sessions as well as students on different levels. Second, on the students side, I think it might take more time for students to get used the person's way of speaking/ thinking from another section. Therefore, it might reduce the pace of the class. That's basically how I felt during the practice session.

On the other hand, as I just said, it is a new thing for everyone to get used to and it is quite understandable that as of now it takes some time for sensei and students to get used to that. I am still pretty optimistic about it and I think communication during the class is not only one of most important issues for a class, but also is of great significance to learn a foreign language. So let's just wait and see how it works.

At last, even though I did not feel I learned that much compared with the Kaiwa sessions before, I still wanted to thank everyone who made the mix session so much fun and I really looking forward to seeing more of you SOON!

Monday, March 17, 2008







1はじめて:the first (time)


3州立中学校:state-founded middle school



6夢:dream (chapter 11 vocab)