I am so busy that I cannot write a log of the week. Let me just create a new post. I may be able to write something later.
I am so busy that I cannot write a log of the week. Let me just create a new post. I may be able to write something later.
August 24, Monday
No memory, no record. But I am sure that I had been working all day.
August 25, Tuesday
August 26, Wednesday
I borrowed six books in the branch library in the town. I bought two portions (?) of herrings for supper in the supermarket. It was 321 JPY. I always buy something that is not necessary when I go to a supermarket. So, on the day, I just made up my mind that I wouldn’t buy anything other than fish meat of herrings.
August 27, Thursday
In a small town in Japan, many old, or out of day, habits still remain. On Thursday, I was in charge of opening and closing the door of Garbage collecting place in the village.This role comes to each home once in two or three months. I got up a little earlier than usual and went to the garbage place at 4:40 a.m. Then I saw that someone had already brought his or her trash to the place and put them in front of the door. I heard that there was such a kind of person who brought the trash very early in the morning. Probably it was fun for him or her to make other people carry the trash to inside. And I also heard that it was almost identified who did that.
Anyway, the day was too hot to go outside. I had been in my house and continued to work for my Japanese classes all day.
August 28, Friday
I brought a document to the agricultural association. But I made a mistake on the document. It was a typo of just a one letter of Chinese character. The letter was the same pronunciation, but totally different meanings. I had to correct the character, to print it again, and to send it again to ask other’s stamps.
In the afternoon I went to dentist.
August 29, Saturday
I needed a photograph of my face. So I went to a town next to my town in the morning. I said hello at the entrance of a camera shop. The shop was open already, but no one came. A funny thing was that one family member walked into the shop by my side, but she didn’t say anything to me nor told someone that I was there. I was disappointed by that camera shop. So I got on a train and headed Niigata. I was not sure but believed that there should be a photo studio in some certain part of the Niigata. Luckily enough I found a photo studio there. I got a digital data of my face photo in my USB thumb drive. While I was waiting for the photo, I went see Shinano River.
August 30, Sunday
It is today. The classes will start tomorrow. Everyone is now in the university and will have in-person classes from tomorrow. But I am the only one who cannot be back in the campus. It is terrible that I cannot teach Japanese in the class but still I have to do online classes. I don’t like this situation.
August 17, Monday
I worked all day for making PPT slides for reading class. While doing so, I scanned a book of poems that was an anthology for junior high school students. Of course I thought it was also suitable to my students learning Japanese language. I practiced my electric bass for 30 minutes at 8 p.m. in small volume.
August 18, Tuesday
I worked all day for making PPT slides for reading class; if I wrote like this, it looked the same as the day before. Yes, the same. At around 10 a.m., I went to a small branch library and borrowed a book about advanced Japanese grammar. And then I bought a flower bundle that was to put aside of dad’s photo.
August 19, Wednesday
I went to the Agriculture Association in the morning hours. I just wanted to ask some questions about how to write documents for succession of property. In the afternoon, it was the same as days before. I just worked to make PPT slides of reading classes.
August 20, Thursday
I revised a document for agreement between heirs and went to post office to send the document to my sibling. The afternoon was the same, I mean, I worked to make PPT for the reading class.
August 21, Friday
Getting on a local train, I went to the morning market in Niitsu in the morning. The photographs are shown in another blog of mine.
August 22, Saturday
I went to a supermarket in the morning. That was only thing that I did other than working on PPT.
August 23, Sunday
Today, too, is working day. I think I have spent so many hours and days for preparation for reading class. Now I think it is the time for me to prepare the business manner class for 4th grade and the listening class for 2nd grade students.
It is terribly difficult for me to attach a photograph image onto a blog post on wordpress. I need to try several times to call an image file from media library. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I have already spent more than 20 minutes for just one picture, but actually I couldn’t make it. What I found was that it is easier to write HTML code “img src” in order to display an image on the blog post than to use the block editor for that purpose.
Now I am worrying that, if wordpress continues this user-unfriendly block editor, many people may give up writing and stop using wordpress. I hope I am wrong.
August 10, Monday
Of course I started working right after breakfast. Although it is summer break now, I assigned homework to 4th grade students. That was to write their names in Japanese Kanji with pronunciation with Kana, and to explain the Kanji(s) so that Japanese people can tell what Kanji(s) is used for the name. I sent a feedback to one student in the morning for this homework.
And then I made a preliminary version of PPT slides for reading class. I wanted to do the same for business manner class, but I didn’t have much time when I finished making PPT for reading class.
August 11, Tuesday
At around 10 a.m., I went to a small library that was one of city libraries. I reserved a book about advanced level Japanese grammar through the internet and got an email saying the book was ready. So I went there to pick up it. And then I went to a flower shop to buy a flower bundle to offer the tomb of my dad as a ritual of “O-bon” season. After I got back home, I had just continued to work. Now the second floor is unbearable to work because of scorching heat. I worked in the air-conditioned room on the first floor. I kept working for the business manner class for 4th grade students, but I had already spent too many days for only one class of 90 minutes. I’ve got to do 18 times for the subject. If I use three days for preparation, it would mean that only one subject take 54days. I cannot do that.
August 12, Wednesday
It was not as hot as two- three days before. So I worked at the tatami room on the second floor in the morning hours. I moved to the living room on the first floor in the afternoon because there was air condition. I was just making PPT for the business manner class. At 4:30 p.m., I went to the supermarket. I bought the slices salmon for supper, and got two flower bundles to offer to the tombs for the Obon ritual. When I ordered two flower bundles in the day before, I thought they would be put left and right of my dad’s tomb. But through the talk with my uncle, it seemed like one would be offer to my dad’s tomb and the other would be put at the entire family grave which was in the different temple. The first idea changes in order to accommodate to the different situation that I didn’t thought at the first. I think this could happen day to day, and it’s okay.
August 13, Thursday
It is the season of Obon in which people go to the family grave. My father’s family went to my father’s tomb first and then went to the family grave. I didn’t go with them because I had already visited my dad’s tomb last week on 7th, Friday. And the big news? was that an electric fan came to my house from Amazon.co.jp. I assembled it and turned on the switgh…I was amazing. It was unbearable because of the heat of summer in my room, Japanese style with 8-tatami mat, these days. But once I turned the electric fan on, it did become bearable with cool air flow. I thought the electric fan was also a great invention of human being. I mean, if not as great as refrigerator or washing machine, but I felt it as great as rice cooker.
August 14, Friday
This is the first Obon season since my dad died. The day, my aunt family and an uncle of my mother’s side came to the house. The aunt is elder sister of my mom. They said they would come in the morning, but it was almost noon when they actually came. I found that I was not ready for their lunch. I soon got out of the house and headed to the supermarket a half mile away by walk, or actually run. I remember that that supermarket was selling big dishes in Obon season probably because many families got many guests and relatives to the house. But I didn’t see any on the shelves this time. So I bought many packages of in small trays. I understood afterwards by the conversation with aunt family, it was because coronavirus. People did not visit each other in this Obon season because they didn’t want to spread the virus. So the supermarket had judged there was not much need for the big dishes of Hors d’oeuvre. Anyway I was tired for running by my foot and carrying many foods by my hand.
August 15, Saturday
It was the commemoration day when the WWII ended.
August 16, Sunday
It is rainy, it cannot be said that the rainy season is over in this year. Still the rain continues to fall.
I don’t like the block editor on wordpress. It makes writing a blog post really difficult. I hope that the better writing system will come someday or some year. Until the time, I think I just use one block. I mean, this is my solution for the block editor that is difficult to handle. I put everything on just one block without using multi blocks. So it will usually be text-only. Photograph images are shown on my another blog on goo “LQ Laoshi’s Photo Gallery”
August 03, Monday
I went to a branch office of the city hall in the morning to get some verifications of my stamp. Still we Japanese have to use a stamp for signing an important document. A stamp is an out-of-date habit to verify a person who agreed on a document. I think it should be taken place by signature. But anything in Japan is slow to change, lagging behind to be better. And then I went to city library to make my card to borrow the books in the library. I took a log nap in the afternoon, went to a convenience store in order to pay some equivalent to 160 USD for Japanese National Pension (in fact, it was for April), and went to a supermarket to buy food for supper.
August 04, Tuesday
I worked all day. I checked how and where the important grammatical items appeared in each section of reading book that is part of Minnano Nihongo series. That reading material is so well organized. For example, one grammatical item appears in repeatedly in several sections so that a learner can understand, learn, and use themselves the item. So it is important for a teacher to know how, where, and what a grammatical item appears in the reading material.
August 05, Wednesday
I worked all day doing the same thing the day before. I assumed that I would teach 16 sections in the reading book in the coming semester. So I analyzed 16 sections in two days.
August 06, Thursday
I lost the memory of the day. Nothing is recorded on my business diary. I think I started preparing for another subject that I was going to teach in the coming semester. That was the class to teach business manner that can specifically be applied to Japanese working place.
August 07. Friday
I went to a ceremony for the families that lost loved ones in this year. That was in the morning hours. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was no lunch at the noon; the ceremony was ended within an hour. When I went to the venue in the morning, I got on a taxi from the railway station. That taxi costed 2,790JPY. So I wanted to save money, walked back to the station. Actually it took two hours! I felt tired but I was okay, because I had been just sitting on tatami for this half year. I just wanted to walk by my legs.
August 08. Saturday
It was just yesterday, but I have almost lost my memory about yesterday. It was rainy. So it was like the rainy season had come back again. I went to the nearby library to pick up a book that I asked the library to get from other library through the web site of Niigata city library. Other than that, I had just kept working all day for the business manner class for the coming semester.
August 09, Sunday
It was almost like yesterday. I got an email from the library saying that other five books had delivered to my nearby library. So I went there as yesterday to pick them up in the morning. Other than that, I had just worked all day for making PPT slides for business class.
Although it is now summer break, I assigned homework to the 1734 class students. That was to explain their name in Japanese Kanji so that a Japanese person could tell the Kanji(s) for his/her name. Today is the deadline for the assignment, but still 10 students have not sent their homework to me. Actually the class 1735 is even worse. Many of them have not yet registered to the group on Dingtalk. So I cannot give them the same homework assignment as 1734.
I am going to teach three subjects in the coming semester. All the three is new to me. One year ago, I was going to teach listening for 1st grade students, composition for 2nd grade, and intermediate Japanese for other departments’ students. The last one was contingent, actually. But anyway, if I will teach the listening or composition class, I mean, just one of them, I could have taken a little rest during this summer break. Now I have to prepare new three subjects, I cannot have even one holiday. I need to continue to work every day for preparation. No progress from the last year.
Currently my wordpress blog does not get viewers. Almost no one visits here. The reason is obvious; I just write one post a week only these days. So sometimes I feel I want to write a post. But now it is not the time for it. I should not waste my time for blogging; rather, I need to spend my time for preparation for the classes. And I feel, after all, I think it is difficult for me to write English. For these four years, I have just tried to learn how to teach Japanese. I am a native Japanese speaker, but being a native and teaching the language well are different. I devoted so much for Japanese for so long, now my English has almost disappeared from my brain.
July 27, Monday
I actually lost the memory about the day. I always write some record about a day on my notebook that is a kind of business diary. But I left nothing on the notebook. I just remember that I ordered a textbook from a book retailer in that country. It was 1857JPY. The textbook itself was 857yen and shipping costed 1000yen. The shop usually sends their books by EMS, however, this time the book cannot reach me in the speed of EMS because of the pandemic.
July 28, Tuesday
I stopped preparing for Japanese teaching from this day. Although I had been doing that since the spring semester ended, I have one thing that I have to do now. That is succession of property that my dad left. At first I spent a lot of hours to understand the way of inheritance tax by looking at the web-site of National Tax Agency. It seemed to me that the process was too complicated. But I realized that I didn’t have to pay the inheritance tax because what my dad left was less than the amount that needed to pay tax. However, even if it is small amount, I have to reach an agreement with other heiresses and need to write a document to show banks. I carefully made the document so that it would not contain any errors in it.
July 29, Wednesday
So the anything in Japan is complicated and difficult unnecessarily. People always waste their time to do anything with irrational procedures. I was still continuing to write a document that would be an agreement among heir (me!) and heiresses. I went to the office of Farmers Association (JA) in the morning to check my dad’s bankbook. My family has nothing to do with agriculture, though, this area used to be nothing but a farmland in the old days. So the Farmers Association is still an important financial institution here. They gave me good information about succession of property. Since I have no one to consult with, I appreciated their help.
July 30, Thursday
My room, or my office, is a 8-tatami room. Since the beginning of May, I have been sitting on the Tatami for so many hours, working hard to make hundreds or even thousands Power Point slides for my online Japanese teaching, and teaching Japanese language beyond the national border. On Thursday, I cleaned just a little part of this tatami room on the second floor (by US way of counting floor, not by Britain way. This house is just two-story building) And then I took a rest on the bed in the afternoon.
July 31, Friday
I am not sure if I will be able to back to the University before the first semester starts. If not, I will have to continue online teaching. I will teach “new” classes in the coming semester. So I started preparing for the semester by organizing new groups on Dingtalk for class 1938, 1734, and 1735. Making these three groups has not been finished as of Sunday. Probably no teacher used Dingtalk in the last semester for the class 1735 because the 1735 students are slow to join in the group. It was not the thing to hasten; still we have one month by the start of the semester.
August 1st, Saturday
I started making the teaching plans for the reading class. Its textbook is a reading material of part of Minnano Nihongo series. I made the plans from section 26 to 33. In the afternoon, I went to a supermarket to buy some foods for supper. I bought two slices of salmon for the day and chopped chicken for the following day. After the supper, I ordered 24 cans of non-alcohol beer and Chinese-Japanese dictionary to Amazon.co.jp in the night. They were about 15,000JPY (140USD).
August 2nd, Sunday
I got up at 5 in the morning and cut the weed in the garden. Then I took shower and had breakfast. I uploaded my blog post on the goo in the morning hours. Now I just want to upload my digital photos not to wordpress but to goo because it is a little difficult to upload a photo image to wordpress blog post. It is easy for me to do that onto “goo”. In the afternoon, I worked in the air-conditioned room to make my teaching plans for the reading class. I started with the section 34 of the textbook and got to the section 41 that would be the last in the coming semester. But my teaching plan is still simple. I want to make it more elaborate, but I need to move on to preparation for another class that is for business manners. I cannot spent much time for reading class that is for second grade students. Actually the business manner class would be a tough one even to me who had worked for 22 years as a company employee. Anyway there is one thing that I have recently decided. I should not waste my precious time to write a blog post. If many people come and read my posts, it would be good to use my time for writing. But my blog is not that kind. The fact is that only very few people come very occasionally here. So 99.5% of viewers is actually, ME. This blog is exclusively to record my daily life as a less-experienced Japanese teacher. And now it is a summer break between the semesters. I need to use my time wisely for the better teaching in the coming semester.
July 20, Monday
I typed what was in the conversation textbook from the section 5 to 7 whole day. This was a preparation for the coming semester. I have to prepare as much as I can before the semester start on August 31st.
I opened my new blog in “goo” after the supper. That was not “google” but “goo”.
July 21, Tuesday
Getting on a local train around 8:30, I went to Niitsu for shopping in the morning market. The morning market in Niitsu is held only on the day with 1 and 6 for the first digit of the date. When I came back to my parents’ house, I uploaded photos that I took in the market, to my new blog. Uploading photographs onto wordpress is cumbersome, so I decided to upload photos onto the goo blog. After that, I finished typing sentences in section 8 of the conversation textbook. Section 1 through 8 will be taught in the first semester, so I had already had text data of what is written in the textbook.
July 22, Wednesday
I made “LQ Laoshi” mask in the morning. That was the second one. The mask was not against corona virus but for hiding my face. After that…I was just taking a rest on the bed for the rest of the day.
July 23, Thursday
I sent some documents of national health insurance and property taxes from a post. Other than that, I spent most of the time on the bed. I was so tired because of the hard work in the spring semester. I didn’t feel well.
July 24, Friday
I went DIY shop in the morning. I bought a saw that was for trimming stems of trees. Since I have worked hard for online teaching since March, actually the trees in the garden are now chaotic. I have to cut them short. But I didn’t have a good saw for cutting branches of the trees. After I came back from DIY shop, I recorded my bass playing. The music was “SOEUR MONIQUE” by F. Couperin. I went to haircut in the afternoon.
July 25, Saturday
It was just yesterday, but I have already lost my memory about yesterday. I uploaded “How to Make Origami Crane” on this wordpress blog with many photographs. But I decided not to upload many digital photos here. It is very difficult to insert photographs onto a post. I have to try several times until I successfully insert a photo.
July 26, Sunday
Yes, it is today. I got on a local train and visited my relative’s house in the morning. There are many blueberry trees in the garden. And. you know, it is July that is the season of blueberry. I thought I could make some blueberry jam in the afternoon. So I prepared glass bottles that were suitable to pour jam before I left home. Actually no one lives in that relative’s house. There are so many empty houses in Japan where the society got aging. When I got to the house, I saw there were no blueberry fruits on the trees, almost nothing. If the birds had eaten blueberry, there should have been white droppings on the ground. But I didn’t see any bird feces on the ground. I remembered that the same thing had happened last year. There was no blueberry fruit on the trees in the month of July. So my conclusion was that someone took blueberry without permission. I was disappointed by that, and just came back home by the earliest train.
In the afternoon, I went to a supermarket. After shopping, I dropped by a flower shop in order to buy some flowers to offer to my dad who passed in February. While a lady was cutting and binding some chrysanthemums, I found small sunflowers in the glass case. Then I thought I wanted to add just one sunflower to the flower bundles. Now it is the end of July, that means the season is summer, sunflower is the flower of the summer….. But I missed the chance to ask her to add sunflower. After all, my dad wasn’t a person who cared about such a little tiny thing (whether or not there is a flower of the season in the flower bundle). I thought it was okay. And I paid 1100 JPY (10USD), then left for home.
July 13, Mon.
I had to grade students’ performance in the second semester. I taught 3 subjects for 4 classes. In total, I calculated 111 students’ scores. I had already graded the class 1837’s conversation course and the class 1939’s listening. I input those onto the university’s system on Monday, and I tried to calculate scores for composition classes for 56 students of the class 1836 and 1837. I was just doing that all day.
July 14, Tue.
Actually the deadline for reporting students’scores was on that day. But actually I couldn’t make it. I input scores temporarily onto web form, but did not fix them.
July 15th, Wed.
In the afternoon, I decided to repot the scores and submitted them. I cleaned the room after that. Since March, I had continued to work day and night for preparing online teaching with a lot of PPT slides. So the Japnese style 8-tatami room had become quite dirty. I just threw flush cards for verb conjugation because I didn’t think I would use them again.
July 16th, Thr.
I took a rest many times on the bed because I was tired for the hard work I did in the semester. I continued cleaning the room in the morning hours, and in the afternoon, since the sky was clear with sunshine; I took digital photos of pictures in the conversation textbook. So I had started preparing for the coming semester. I know that it would be better to use a scanner than use a digital camera for that purpose. But actually my scanner is 200 miles away, I mean, my scanner is in Kanto region. If I went there for scanning, thickets for high speed railway would cost much such that I could buy another scanner. And the second wave of corona virus infection is now hitting in Kanto region. So I don’t want to go there now.
July 17th, Fri. and 18th Sat.
I had just processed the image files that I took in the form of digital photos.
July 19th , Sun.
I finished the image processing in the morning. The number of pictures for one semester was about 280. Those were to be used on PPT slides. And then I started typing the Japanese sentences of the textbook so that I could use them also on PPT slides. These works should be done during summer vacation. Once the semester started, it would be disastrous for me to do such works as preparation for the class. In the afternoon, I went outside and paid money for the national pension. I forgot to pay for April and May because I was so concentrated on making online classes. It was about 300 USD, which was a cost of living in this country, JAPAN.
Date: July 3rd on Friday, 2020 from 13:40 to 15:10 (14:40 – 16:10 in JST)
Course: Japanese Conversation 4
Used app: Streaming was used at the first, and then Video conference was used i n the second half of the class. Both are the functions of DingTalk. Dingtalk’s BBS is also used to show the students some images.
Numbers of Students:
– Attendance check by the students’ self-claimed input of “Shusseki” onto BBS : 26
– Attendance check at the end of the class by the names appearing on the streaming show windows: 21
(1) Review of the last class by PPT slide show streaming
– The listening material taken from section 12-1 of “Dekiru Nihongo” in which Park-san says that she doesn’t feel well to her friend Yamaguchi-san.
– The students repeated some practices for several expressions included in the conversation like the particle “-mo” for emphasizing how much it is, another particle “-shika” for emphasizing how less it is, suggestion “-tara douka”, and doing something A without doing something B “-naide,”
(2) Learning the new part of the conversation between Park-san and Yamaguchi-san.
– Using Dingtalk’s function of video conference, the class learned the new part of listening materials that follows what we had learned. It included “-trashii” and “-naide,”
– No HA.
Issues and Problems:
This was the last class in the second semester.
Date: July 3rd on Friday, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 (9:00 – 10:30 in JST)
Course: Japanese Basic Composition 2
Used app: Streaming of Dingtalk to show PPT presentation.
Numbers of Students:
– Self-claming attendance on BBS by inputting “Shusseki”: 25
– Attendance check by the submission of 60-question quiz at the end of the class: 23
– Almost identical to the composition class on Tuesday for the class 1836. What was learned during the first and the second semesters were reviewed in the form of quiz with each having four selections.
(1) Speech/writing style of Japanese
Japanese speech/writing style varies from situation to situation. You use honorifics to elderlies and teachers, polite expressions in public, and casual expressions to your friends. Foreign Japanese learners often speak and write Japanese with mixing those different speech style. Further more, writing Japanese has clear distinction between “desu-masu” style and “Da-dearu” style. “Desu-masu” is also used in spoken Japanese but “Da-dearu” is usually only for writing.
(2) “Da-Dearu” writing style for composition.
So the important thing for the students to learn is that they learn to use another type of Japanese language style that is different from what they usually learn in their textbook. This has been continuing to be a quite big issue in the composition classes. Many students were sticking to “Desu-masu” even if I told them to write in “Da-dearu”. It seems that changes in language style to adapt the situation are beyonf imagination to the students. In order to measure how well or bad he/she operates “Da-dearu” style writing, all the parameters were taken into the quiz;
Past/non-past for tense, Positive/negative, and four predicates: Noun, Na-adjective, I-adjective, and Verb predicate sentences.
And several sentences ending with auxiliary verbs were added. Those were of conjugation type of I-adjectives (ex. -tai) or Na-adjective (ex. -youda)
(3) Proper uses of conjunctive particles
It is so important to learn many conjunctive particles in order to write a complex sentences. But most students can use only “-kara” and “-te/de”. Several other conjunctive particles were examined if the students could choose them.
(4) Sentence ending to describe changes in time sequence
Expressions “te-iru”, “te-kita”, and “te-iku+guess” were reviewed.
– No HWA.
Issues and Problems:
The first class that I had as a Japanese teacher in university was the one for this composition class for 1837 class. Through the first and second semeters, I have learned a lot of things. I know that I haven’t had enough experience to teach Japanese language yet.