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Postby Smurfette » Sun Mar 21, 2004 12:55 am

duma wrote:
Gaijinpooka wrote:You can't really buy panties in vending machines


Yeah, I'm getting fed up of explaining that one too.


You may not be able to now, but I saw a vending machine with panties in it when I was in Kyoto a few years back...must have been about '99. It was the first and only time that I saw one, and it was with a friend who was visiting from the States. I'm sure she went home and told everyone about it.
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Postby duma » Sun Mar 21, 2004 1:02 am

I'm sure there were or even are some of those vending machines about somewhere, but people I talk to seem to be under the impression that the streets are lined with them. Mo boss in Itally was obsessed about Japanese bars because he'd heard of one that had mirrored floors and the waitresses didn't wear any underwear under their skirts. He was quite disappointed when I told him I'd never been to a bar like that.
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Postby Bobo » Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:15 am

Smurfette wrote:You may not be able to now, but I saw a vending machine with panties in it when I was in Kyoto a few years back...must have been about '99. It was the first and only time that I saw one, and it was with a friend who was visiting from the States. I'm sure she went home and told everyone about it.


Was it a new-panty machine, or a previously-worn-but-unwashed-schoolgirl-panty machine?
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Postby novacaine » Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:47 am

Smurfette wrote:
duma wrote:
Gaijinpooka wrote:You can't really buy panties in vending machines


Yeah, I'm getting fed up of explaining that one too.


You may not be able to now, but I saw a vending machine with panties in it when I was in Kyoto a few years back...must have been about '99. It was the first and only time that I saw one, and it was with a friend who was visiting from the States. I'm sure she went home and told everyone about it.


hey me to back in 1992! in kyoto near some railway lines, it had a kinda one way mirror type glas on the front so it was difficult to see thru, and if i remember rightly it also vended pornos! i remember thinking is there fucking anything the japs dont sell in vending machines???
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Postby Guest » Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:51 am

Following dogdays' idea...

(this, honestly, happens at every school I work at!!!)

Director: Ummm... There's a students... (while holding the roster)
Zankoku: Yes?
Director: There's a new student... ... ...
Zankoku: Okay, and?
Director: Well, we don't know if he should be a 5b or 5a... um... etto...
Zankoku: And?
Director: Well we'd like you to... etto...
Zankoku: Yes?
Director: Could you do a level check for him?
Zankoku: Okay yes, I can do a level check.
Director: Oh? Could you? I'd really appreciate it. By the way, he's really nervous, blah blah blah blah...

_____________________________________________

Then after the 50 billionth time that they come humbly towards me with the roster,

Director: Ummm... Could you...
Zankoku: Let me guess, do a level check?
Director: How did you know?
Zankoku: I'm psychic.
Director: Wow! Really??? (sadly sounding honest!)
Zankoku: Oh and he's nervous, right?
Director: (silent... and perplexed)
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Postby Smurfette » Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:00 am

Bobo wrote:
Smurfette wrote:You may not be able to now, but I saw a vending machine with panties in it when I was in Kyoto a few years back...must have been about '99. It was the first and only time that I saw one, and it was with a friend who was visiting from the States. I'm sure she went home and told everyone about it.


Was it a new-panty machine, or a previously-worn-but-unwashed-schoolgirl-panty machine?


Alas! At the time we didn't think to look that closely, but I'm leaning towards used. It was on that big road just south of that intersection in Gion with the big department stores (maybe Takashimaya is one?)...Kawaharamachi or something like that. If I remember correctly, there are a few love hotels and whatnot back there.

Now that you made me think of it, novacaine, I have seen a porn movie vending machine as well, though I'm not sure exactly where. The weirdest was the condom vending machine placed smack-dab in the middle of my single-family-home subdivision. It was placed outside the one and only drugstore, right at the main intersection, across from the main busstop. I mean, I can see them being useful in entertainment districts or bar districts, but not there.
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Postby angryboy » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:20 am

Airhead," I learn English because I want to go in Australia".
Angry,"Why do you want to go there?"
Airhead,"Becauase my old teacher was in there"
Angry,"Oh is he Australian?"
Airhead,"No he is New Zealand"
Angry,"Oh he is in Australia and you want to see him?"
Airhead,"No,he is in New Zealand"
Angry,"Weeell....why do you want to go there?"
Airhead,"Because my old teacher was in there"

Give me the fuckin gun I`ll shoot her myself.
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Postby indoctrin8 » Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:47 pm

last year...

me "how are you?"
student "maybe i have SARS."
me "ha ha. why do you think that?"
student "my friend from singapore came to see me."
me "how was he?"
student "he had a bad cold."
me "so...you think you have SARS, and you came here to share it..."
student (nervous laughter..)
me "if i've caught anything, i'm going to stab you in the eye. with this pen."
student (nervous laughter...)
me "no. serious. page 18, please."
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Postby Guest » Sat Mar 27, 2004 10:32 am

dogdays that's fuckin' funny!
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Postby nigerian_nampa » Sat Mar 27, 2004 10:39 am

This student is an old lady who took 120 lessons in Nova 7C, and has probably taken another 100 in 7B. All questions were being asked for the 50th time.

NN: Michiko, how are you ?

Student: Hai, Michiko desu...hobbies wa painter and ...

NN: No, Michiko. HOW ARE YOU?

S: Roku-ju roku-sai <66 years old>

NN: Michiko, ENGLISH please...

S: Yes, English tanoshii na.

NN: Ok...What did you do this weekend?

S: AH! *claps her hands* MUSUME TO KAIMONO SHTA NA. 8 JI KAN UMEDA MAWATTEITA NA, MECHA SHINDOKATTA NA...

NN: Really? What did you buy?

S: Nani mo kattenai kedo na....
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Postby Lowlander » Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:35 pm

NN, I can't quite appreciate the humor.

I am nihongo deficient.
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Postby nigerian_nampa » Sun Mar 28, 2004 11:34 pm

Lowlander wrote:NN, I can't quite appreciate the humor.

I am nihongo deficient.


That's ok, what she actually said wasn't funny. The point was that she just came to class and spoke almost entirely Japanese. All of our pleas to speak English went ignored. She was just a bored old lady who wanted someone to chat with.

I could understand much of what she said, but some teachers couldn't understand a word she said but she would keep talking at them for the whole 40 minutes.
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Postby Examination_Hell » Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:02 am

nigerian_nampa wrote:She was just a bored old lady who wanted someone to chat with.


Quite sad it a way. (in that she had to go to NOva to find someone to talk with)

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Postby Lowlander » Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:48 pm

I can hear "My hobby is coming to NOVA" and someone's revolver clicking...
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Postby duma » Wed May 05, 2004 10:51 pm

dogdays wrote:The horse raced past the barn fell. (Garden-Path Sentence)


Fuck, that takes me back must be 11 or 12 years. I'd completely forgetten about that classic. I've been thinking recently that should start getting back in linguistics. I had to think how much of my degree I've forgotten. :shock:
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Postby KaraokeFiend » Thu May 06, 2004 4:24 am

You guys don't actually have to grade student/customer papers at NOVA, do you? Hence, you wouldn't really be obligated to explain why their grammar (from the above exerpts) doesn't make any sense. I check, edit, and often re-write my J-friends English essays, and its not pretty, as I'm sure you know...

Also, what would a typical thought process be in planning a NOVA lesson, or is it just a matter of winging it and reading aloud from the text?

Thanks guys,
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Postby SrinTuar » Thu May 06, 2004 4:44 am

dogdays wrote: For training these horses, it was necessary to tie a wooden board to both right legs, and another to both left, so that the legs had to be moved together. How a horse could possibly move in such a manner without collapse is beyond my imagination.


Pacing is a normal gait, most commonly associated with harness racing.

Heres a link, if you are curious:

http://www.horsescanada.com/harness.htm
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