Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Having the good fortune of being on-time to class for once, I witnessed something akin to a peacock fully extending its feathers. Sensei walked into class and took off his jacket - revealing a multi-colored, striped with yellow, blue, pink, and green. You had to be there to see it. I'll try get a picture with my phone.

After Brandon's group dissed his shirt and AJ punched me in slow motion so hard that I fell (in slow motion) out of my chair, we took up the rest of the class with an amazing exercise using jumping jacks and causative and causative-passive.

Homework is 23-4/23-5.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Causative Passive - Revisited

This time we started off by reviewing causative passive form once again. The fix for last class's dilemma was to change う verbs to their ーない equivalent, drop the ない and add させる. る verbs are the same as before. Just change it to passive, drop the る, and add られる.

This is probably considered a rant, but る verbs should not have the exact same spelling as う verbs. That's just dumb. Bad students like me get confused by it all the time so for the sake of my sanity, please stop. Thanks.

AJ is now threataning me with learning Tagalog and calling himself more Filipino than me. Amazing.

Today's association game was actually pretty tough. Although we didn't end up doing charades, it was still pretty interesting with a bunch of new connection types between each vocab word.

Writing assignment is due Monday instead and class is canceled on Friday as well.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Adultery is interesting...

Is what I thought I heard when starting to listen to class discussion.

We were going over the dialogue on pages 307/308. Nobody is participating in the discussion so I'm guessing that it must be a really hard read.

Next writing assignment due next Friday.

In a shocking victory, the class voted 6-2 charades versus association game. Protip: there are more than 8 people in the class...

Charades were amazing. No blog entry could fully describe the awesome. You had to be there.

While going over causative-passive sentences, Sensei made a slight mistake on the formation of the causative-passive form of 読む. While the textbook says to use 読まされる, he wanted us to use 読ませられる because it is consistent with causative coming before passive. Just as a note, sensei's teaching style is that he slows down quite a lot when something like this occurs and it reflects a lot in how he proceeds especially when lecture concerns that particular mechanic.

Homework is finish up 23-1.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


The test this Wednesday had a curveball attached to it in the form of a format change. Instead of the usual, easy multiple choice questions the entire class is used to, they were replaced by somewhat more difficult fill-in-lots-of-blanks type questions.

I blame my guaranteed bad score on AJ and him getting me addicted to that one j-drama.

my mine mind

Friday, April 17, 2009

I want to have a strange friend like Adam Sandler

After skipping class on Wednesday, sensei decided to come to class on Friday.

Class started as usual with talking about how we all want to become friends with people like Doraemon and Adam Sandler.

N~のような N
N~のように Adj../Verb

Just as a note: Nancy will from now on be known as Fancy Nancy.

We completely failed to create a custom dialog. That stuff is hard.

Kanji worksheet due next Monday. Chapter test Wednesday.
Just for you, Renee.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A class with no students...

Two whole groups are absent today. This is kind of depressing. If I was a teacher, I'd be pretty pissed.

Anyways, we started class off with another quiz based on chapter 22. As a twist, sensei switched it up and had us go over the parts of the homework that corresponded to the part of the quiz we were reviewing. So in essence, it was an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, although it might have ended up being not so effective due to the fact that the reviewing of the homework was rushed a bit.

AJ is too hype over his new monitor (28" hanns-g) and mocked me for still using an 8800gt although that card is by no means bad and can run games just fine. >_>

We went over a lot of homework today, including 22-3/4/5/6.

After that, we all took turns describing what kind of people we want to become by using the ~なように construct. Three of us in a row used some form of "先生なようになりたい" with different teacher's names affixed to the beginning.

Andrew just said he wanted to be a muppet just like kermet the frog...

After that we had an interview worksheet to reinforce the whole のように thing.

No pictures today because I'm lazy.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Class Where Nobody Speaks

なくあれば -> なければ

しみがおちる to remove a stain (the stain falls)

This post will just be a huge rant on how nobody wants to talk in this class (save for a few). How the hell are you going to learn a language if you have no intention of actually speaking it. Are you so good at it that you don't need to practice speaking? Bullshit. If it's THAT easy for you, it would be as common as breathing and I personally would be more annoyed/bothered that we are sitting around DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in a class which we are paying for.

I would not be able to bear that especially since it's not like you will get marked down by saying something wrong. If anything, you'll only get better. This is a freaking college course and people are still worried that they'll make a mistake and they won't be as highly respected by their classmates or something like that. GGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEE!

I don't understand how people can just SIT and STARE at their book the entire fucking class period and contribute absolutely nothing at all.


So anyways, we went over the ~ba form and the ~noni form. I won't go into detail on them because it's in the book.

No homework for the weekend (YES!)

Here are some presents from AJ/Renee.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I'd thought they'd be over, but the quizes returned today with a vengeance.

All six questions were kanji that only Nancy knew from the vocab. I think AJ got one of them right as well.

After that, we had practice asking what our classmates were allowed to do by their parents when they were kids. My best question was "子供の時、両親はあなたにファイアとあそばせてくれましたか。"

Following that exercise, we did 211 part C. Renee continued to ask if we'd allow our kids to eat ice cream for dinner.
AJ refused to use rock paper scissors to decide which of us answers the question, "親になったら子供に何をさせてあげますか。" so I ended up saying that I'd let my child steal money.

Renee's dragon drawing is looking pretty nice so far, good thing I brought my camera.

As usual, AJ is off surfing the internet instead of participating in class. He redeemed himself though shortly after by responding "あいてにあるばいとをさせてあげます" which apparently is a "fine line" for sensei.

Renee put away her notes already, so I'll have her show it to me later.


Homework tonight is 22-5 and 22-6. Essay due friday as well.

Monday, April 6, 2009

AJ's got a good one... already...

Were his famous last words before posting up another group of 4 words from the vocab.

Which one doesn't fit?

AJ needs to learn to read hiragana. Pronunciation like とおおおおおおおおおおおおおおめええええええええええええええええええええええええええるううううううううううううううううううううううう won't fly.

After that, sensei lectured on the ambiguousness of させる and how it is either making someone do something or allowing someone to do something. The way you can work around this is to use て form and くれる to show that someone is allowing you to do something.

Sorry, no pictures for today. AJ was too lazy and I don't think I saw Renee drawing either =|

Friday, April 3, 2009


Class began with an exercise where we took 4 of the vocabulary words from the current chapter (22) and 3 of them are related while one of them is not. Each group posts theirs on the board and people take turns guessing which one out of the 4 does not belong.

The purpose of this exercise would most likely be to familiarize ourselves with the new vocabulary. Nancy put together 期末試験(きまつしけん) と 徹夜する(てつやする) と 失敗する(しっぱいする) と 自由(じゆう). I told her it was too easy, but we went with it anyways because nobody else picked something >_> Needless to say, it wasn't a very tough pick.

After that, we went over the causative form again (使役).

The followup exercise was a fairly simple yet effective one which had two papers with dictionary and causative forms of verbs on each and we basically took turns asking the dictionary form and receiving the causative forms and checking to make sure our partner's got it right.

The trickier ones are the verbs which end with -ru but are actually -u verbs.
Following that, we all took turns saying what we'd have our underclassmen do using the causative form as well.

Renee and AJ both drew something so today we have a double feature. I brought the wrong jacket, so the quality is a little low because it's from my phone.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dreading 25

The Bad Luck Years (厄年):
男: 25, 42, and 61
女: 19, 33, and 37

To start class off, we had a test on chapter 21. AJ says he did "bad" and "I probably got about 60... Kanji... destruction... death...".

When I asked Renee, she just stuck out her tongue and said she forgot a lot of vocab.

Nancy concealed her hand and didn't give a report.

I personally was unsure on some of the てある form questions but completely destroyed the other two sections.

After the test, I went to go play some guilty gear at the arcade and came back to sensei explaining the usage and forming of causative verbs which are similar to passive verbs in their formation.

The story about yakudoshi (厄年) on page 301 was kind of interesting but still highly predictable.

AJ and Renee have gotten some of their flashcards done for the next chapter (I assume). I'll be making an anki deck for chapter 22 soon. Chapter 21 anki deck for both vocab and kanji can be downloaded here. Hmmm... I probably should have posted that up sooner. Oh well.