pictures and thoughts from rural Japan
On our second year’s final exams today, there was a story about a boy and his grandfather. It was super sad, with the boy breaking a promise to the grandfather, then the grandfather getting sick, then the boy apologizing and everything being happy.
Except the next day, the grandfather died. God dammit.
I got the best answer ever out of it, though. In the story, the grandfather gets the kid a racket.
Question: What did his grandfather get for him?
Correct answer: He got him a racket.
Answer Student T wrote: He got sick.
I just about lost my shit.
that feeling when you get to spend a whole class talking to students one-on-one, and all of them make conversation with you and have fun with you
also picture related to the feeling of telling a kid that you have over 200 hours more gameplay in terraria than them
Thoughts on our village and Tokyo from 2nd Year Students
Our virrege is the most good virrege.
People is very cind.
Our village is very good but not fun.
I like Tokyo better because not store here.
Things an ALT says when cutting out the 50 States of America
- Where the fuck is Rhode Island?
- Thank god Colorado is easy as shit to cut out.
- Oh dammit, I cut off Long Island!
- Dammit, there goes Rhode Island again.
- Who cares about Arkansas, anyways.
- Why are there so many goddamn states?
- I can’t believe I have to do this again with construction paper tomorrow.
- Screw it, Hawaii, you’re staying together until I get the real paper.
- WHERE THE HELL IS RHODE ISLAND?!
I spent two hours taking pictures of our send-off for our third years. It’s basically like a pre-graduation graduation thing. They sang, they did taiko, then the third years got to sing and do taiko and do a dance. All the parents came. It was nice, but I took so many pictures, my index finger started to hurt.
After it was over, I helped the students clean up by moving chairs and getting the heavy taiko drums back to the closet.
I made smalltalk with the students as we moved stuff, mostly “Wow this is heavy” and “Woah you’re strong!”
One of my second-years (the new student council president) who’s usually a little quiet turned to me and asked,
“Did you take good pictures?”
It was complete, and a perfect sentence, and I was so happy I just lit up like a Christmas tree.
"Yes! I did take good pictures! I tried really hard! Thank you!"
And she kind of laughed. I think she saw how happy it made me.
It totally made my day.
So I’m grading tests like usual. I finish one, then pull the next to start going. Check the name at the top - ah, the usual kid. Fills in one or two of the twenty blanks before falling asleep at his desk.
He filled in every blank.
AND THEY’RE ALL CORRECT.
Did he cheat? No, this is the test form, and he sits right in front of the teacher…
…”SENSEI! N-KUN PASSED!”
"HE WAS ONE AWAY FROM A PERFECT SCORE!"
I felt like celebrating.
I got invited to the teacher’s meeting for the first time today.
My JTE told this to my second graders.
One of them piped up, “Wait, so do you have to like, translate for her? Like at the same time as everyone’s speaking?”
And my JTE laughed and said “No, sensei pretty much understands everything.”
It’s funny that the kids still don’t realize how much Japanese I speak.
Of course, then I have the two or three who think I’m fluent and bombard me with super fast kid slang Japanese, then are surprised when I don’t understand and ask them to go slower.
Speaking of students who think I’m fluent, I got a cute compliment from a student who’s pretty tsun for me, though.
“Man, sensei, you are way too smart. You know Japanese AND English. Jeez.”
“I’m not smart, I just studied really hard for a very long time.”
“I don’t really like studying, either…”
Cute. I wish he were less tsun though.