皆さん、お久しぶり、お元気ですか？Hi. everyone, it’s really been a while, how have all of you been? Was back last Fri and have been trying to get used to ridiculous fast pace of life since I got back. Anyway, this is really a short post, cos I’m going back to doing my academic stuff in a bit.
It’s interesting as I was rushing my precis before I left and now I’m also rushing for my literature review. Well, academic stuff aside. Work has been busy and can only get busier. Was told by my superior during my break in Japan that I’m scheduled to go to Vietnam this Apr around middle of this month. Hmm, how can this be since it means that my assignment due date will again clash with my going overseas. 信じられない、ペースの速いスケジュールだなとおもう～ I’m not the sort who likes to mix pleasure with business so it’s really a pity that my holiday was “interrupted” by such phone calls to inform me of my schedule ahead.
In any case, 1 week in Japan is too short but I really enjoyed myself this time though I was just doing things accordingly to my pace. I find myself more willing to speak in Japanese and in fact, even used Japanese to speak to my friend/travel companion (she knows Japanese as well) whom I always converse to in English. It’s a fantastic week to switch to Japanese. I’ve still not gotten used to using English. マジかよ～嘘じゃない～
Brought back tons of manga, audio dramas cds, movies n drama dvds (“tons” is an exaggeration, but have to say that these materials are good enough to last me for quite a bit). And I bought a pronunciation dictionary and a Japanese dialect linguistic book.
Well, went and watched 風たちぬ yesterday and I enjoyed it totally without referring to the subs in the theater. Oh! And I watched a Japanese movie while I was in Japan!
I MAY and INTEND to return to Japan again this year, probably late this year, hopefully for a much longer period. Well, I already know my schedule till end of this year, at least, I’ll be busy till Sep (at least for work) and academic stuff (maybe around end of Nov). My 7th trip is really fantastic. Enjoyed it thoroughly. While I was 河口湖, made some talk with a local and she commented that my Japanese was good and was surprised that I didn’t learn the language in the country (Japan). Well, I really want to say I feel that somehow, I REALLY gotten used to the language in this 1 week. Honestly, I can now get by with a 24/7 Japanese environment. I have no significant problems making out movie dialogues and making small talk or requests though I still have some problems with 敬語 (something which I need to work on). Though there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of improving my vocabulary and keigo, speaking. Hmm, listening, I don’t want to sound big headed but honestly I feel I improve heaps in listening this 1 week or was it before this 1 week (since I’ve been listening to tons of Japanese audio dramas and anime before I left for Japan). I have no problem with listening cos it’s so second nature now. Now it’s just continuing to keep it this way.
Honestly, I have no idea how to keep Japanese going with my tight schedule. And really, I’m just your typical youth, who wants to ごろごろ the whole day YET, I know I also need to work hard for the things I want in life so I’m trying to manage everything I can so that I can live the life that I want. Up till now, I’m grateful for everything though I always wish for more time to ごろごろ. Well, I’m going to end here. Going to end here and try to do a post with pics in my next post about my trip. In the meantime, take care~ I’m off to doing my academic stuff. じゃあね～バイバイ~
P.S: I finally saw my fave voice actors, Hirarin and Sakupyon!! (超嬉しい！！They really have been the guys who have motivated me to keep going at the listening, especially Hirarin~!)