Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My husband said
"Mieko, you know it? It's not usual thing in America, to put a circle on the right answer."
"What does it mean?"
My husband said "Teachers, they usually put place a check beside a wrong answer."
Yes, I sometimes place a check beside a wrong answer of elder students.
But younger students loves to get lots of circle. And when they get perfect score I usually put HANA-MARU (HANA means a flower, MARU means a circle).
My husband said "Exactly, I told them about "HANAMARU", but no one could image HANAMARU".
Can you understand "HANAMARU" on this photo?
(He said, "I conduit find thermography at the immigration checks", we heard at Narita airport to check swine flu, everybody takes a thermographic examination there.)
Yesterday, it was a bad weather. A city of GUNMA prefecture , that is next to TOCHIGI prefecture, took a direct hit from a tornado. It was in the evening. At that time, I was in the house, and neighbors who were patrolling, came to warn me "a tornado warning was announced this area, be careful!"
"Really??, what should I do?" I was just stay inside, and later I knew a tornado hit to TATEBAYASHI city. What a pity thing!
We had a bad rain with big thunder yesterday. These days we have often thunder, and at some of my friends' house, their modems or computers were broken by thunder. So when I hear the thunder, I unplug my computer and computer, though I often forgot to unplug "his" computer.
This morning, it is not raining, but it's not sunny. I did lots of washing, and anyway I put them out -- but will they get dry???? I don' know.
I found MYOUGA in the back garden. Do you know MYOUGA, it is kind of Japanese ginger.
I'm glad to see them again this summer. They suit to cold noodle very much.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
But here in Utsunomiya, while the sun was being eclipsed partly, the clouds broke up and they could see the eclipse breaking through the clouds. I heard it from my students.
Next perfect eclipse comes 26 years later, what will I do? Am I alive?
My husband seems to be busy in America, he sends e-mail to me everyday, but he enjoys American meal (with SHOCYU that he took with him). I would like to have Jan's homemade meal again --- it is my American sister's taste.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This brunch is a little bit cold noodle (soumen) with hot topping of sauteed egg plants , OKURA, and ground meat with MISO paste.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
We( though these days the family they have small kids) celebrate this day by putting a bamboo tree at the entrance, and also write our wish on colourful oblong papers (TANZAKU) and hang them on it.
Well, from last week to this week I'm called TANABATA week.
It is a good opportunity to make a sentence with "I hope" (high school students also make another sentence with "I wish").
Students wishes are really concrete, thought sometimes it's impossible.
I hope my Japanese will improve.
The typical wishes are
I hope I will be rich.
I hope my marks improve.
I hope I become a good piano player.
I hope I will be accepted by the high school I want to go.
I hope I will be intelligent.
and sometime material, though these days such kids are getting less because we are surround by lots of goods.
I hope I get a pet dog.
I hope I get a ??? game.
Well, Well, what kinds of wish will I write on my TANZAKU ?
I hope I will rich, in this case, I need to change, I wish to be rich ( or I wish I were rich??)
I hope my English skill improve, -- I should study English though this sentence is not "wish" but pledge.
I hope I will keep my strength and health. This sentence looks like the sentence "I hope I will be intelligent".
Kids and I are not so different.
What wishes would you like to write on the card?
Monday, July 06, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
But I sigh now, she is going to graduate the college, but --- . Is it "my" result to bring her up or spend our (including my husband) energy (including money) on her education? I know, it is too fast to seek the conclusion. She might be late bloomer. But for her future I think she is standing at an important point. Without thinking now I can't imagine the time when she reaches to her 50's.
Probably I must seek stabiliby too much.And even now I can't imagine when I reaches to my 50's. On a different meaning I'm struggling in my life.
The proverb says, Great talents mature late., I know, but it is necessary to add some words. Great talents mature late while you are seeking, learning, and acting.
Well, this weekend is TANABATA. I use the paper on which we write our wish as the sheet for word test of Junior high school students. And they hang them on the "tree" in front of the entrance hall, instead of SASA tree which I prepared for TANABATA.
My junior high school students are really sassy these days, but -- they are still kids.