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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by steki47 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:28 pm

angryboy wrote:The weather gets colder after Obon. Shh!Zip! Don`t fucking argue , it just does no matter what the
temperature gauge says it is colder so you will wear coats and scarves.
Especially if it is rainy or cloudy it is colder still.
Yeah, first week of this month was still really hot but the teachers taught the kids it was fall so the weather was cool.

HRT: "How's the weather?" E/J
Me: "It's hot." (waves hand in front of face)
Ss: "Un, atsui."
HRT: "No, it's cool. It is fall now so the weather is cool. Cool, isn't it?"
Ss: *30 sweaty little heads turn to the windows to look at the blazing sun*
Me: *facepalm*

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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by Junken Master » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:55 am

Also it doesn't matter what language you try and speak in - you're never ever going to win an argument.

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Unread post by steki47 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:16 pm

Langslave wrote:It's been my observation over the years, that women make a lot of noise about wanting men to "understand" them. Once you make the mistaking of showing them you DO however, that's when they REALLY get shitty. :bang:
It is better to accept that you will never understand them and stop trying. Like physics and Russian, women are something I just will never understand. And don't care.

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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by Junken Master » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:51 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24803751

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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by JD9 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:25 am

Likely conversation in Australia.

Neighbor 1: >>washing his car<<
Neighbor 2: You washing your car mate?
Neighbor 1: Naaaah, I'm making a cake!
Neighbor 1&2: HAHAHAHAHA
Some time later...
Neighbor 2: Where's your cake? (Tongue in cheek)
Neighbor 1&2: HAHAHAHAHA

Actual conversation in Japan.
Me: >>Taking a morning shower<<
MIL: >>Comes into the bathroom to check the laundry<<
MIL: Ummm Are you having a shower?
Me: No, I'm making a cake!
MIL: Ummm Really? Ummm OK.
Some time later...
MIL: Where's your cake? (Dead serious)
Me: Jesus Christ...

No concept of sarcasm whatsoever.
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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by angryboy » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:41 am

Mutha fucka that made me laugh!
Years ago I asked a woman who was dawdling,stop starting and weaving side to side in front of me if she could go any slower.
"Ummm yeah I can but .... why?"
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Unread post by steki47 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:11 am

Not related to sarcasm, but related to taking everything at face value.

Nova student: What does "quit" mean?
Me: To stop, as in I quit smoking.
Student: *confused face*
Me: Ok, sorry. For example, I quit Nova and work at Aeon.
Student: Ah, I understand.

A week later, a different student: When are you leaving Nova and starting at Aeon?
Me: :huh:

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Unread post by angryboy » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:18 pm

Ahh yes brings another one to mind.
Students with their fekkin leccy dictionaries using big words and word for word translations
with zero regard for grammar were driving me nuts.Of course the old chestnut "I don`t want
to use a text book , I don`t want to study grammar, I want to study English converstaion" :huh:
I was trying to get my point across,
Me "if you are building a house you lay the foundations first.You cannot go straight to the roof.
You go foundations,walls then roof etc."
Fucktard "Are you building a house Angry?"
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Unread post by steki47 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:22 pm

I have read in numerous sources that Asians tend to be pragmatic and don't do well with creative, abstract thinking while Westerners are more likely to engage in such. That explains a lot of the above examples.

The irony to me is that Japanese is full of metaphors and symbolic speech: even monkeys fall from trees, borrowing the hand of a cat, etc. Even comedy routines in Japan start with an improbable and ridiculous scenario and the two comedians act as though it is perfectly normal, which is part of the humor.

Yet many of them take everything say at face value and as a statement of fact or intent. Even when I say "tatoeba". :huh:

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Unread post by steki47 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:24 pm

Another example:

JTE: Today we are teaching 2-3 (a horrible class)
Me: Ah, my favorite!
JTE: No, they are very bad.
Me: Uh, yeah. (moving on) What are doing today?

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Unread post by allblacks » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:11 am

Foreigners in Japan...eventually even the long term residents go home. Sometimes I think making friends here is the biggest waste of time ever.
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Unread post by JD9 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:27 pm

allblacks wrote:Foreigners in Japan...eventually even the long term residents go home. Sometimes I think making friends here is the biggest waste of time ever.
Yep, it's definately a phenomenon.

I'm really looking forward to going back home and I never though I'd say that. It's not that I'm burnt out (far from it) but I've definately got 'the Japan' out of my system, which I didn't have when I went back home in 2007.

As for friends, good friends are good friends no matter where you are. I'm lucky if I see my 'best friends' once every 5 years and I've met a few people here that I'll definately stay in close contact with long into the future.
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Unread post by inflames » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:01 am

allblacks wrote:Foreigners in Japan...eventually even the long term residents go home. Sometimes I think making friends here is the biggest waste of time ever.
Isn't that the truth? All of my friends have either gone home, gotten married, or are planning to go home (some of them have done more than one).

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Unread post by steki47 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:10 am

JD9 wrote: It's not that I'm burnt out (far from it) but I've definately got 'the Japan' out of my system, which I didn't have when I went back home in 2007.
That is exactly how I felt and feel about Japan. I left in 2008 and missed Japan a lot when I was in the US. Now that I have been back for another 4 years, my Japanophilia is satisfied. Still generally have a life here that is productive, satisfying, etc.

In my case, I have no strong desire to return to the US. My sense of adventure kicked in and now I am enjoying the chance to travel a lot.

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Unread post by sirwanksalot » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:35 pm

steki47 wrote: In my case, I have no strong desire to return to the US. My sense of adventure kicked in and now I am enjoying the chance to travel a lot.
Me too. The political situation there is out of control.

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Unread post by allblacks » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:38 pm

For SE Asia travel Japan is perfectly located. I foresee many a trip for myself to Cambodia in the future. Its kinda the as yet unspoiled tourist destination which is cheap and cheerful. Big secret! The beaches there look like the place to go in Japanese wintery coldness that is Jan/Feb!
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Unread post by sirwanksalot » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:51 pm

I'm going to start exploring next summer. Taiwan!!

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Unread post by steki47 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:53 pm

allblacks wrote:For SE Asia travel Japan is perfectly located. I foresee many a trip for myself to Cambodia in the future. Its kinda the as yet unspoiled tourist destination which is cheap and cheerful. Big secret! The beaches there look like the place to go in Japanese wintery coldness that is Jan/Feb!
I had blast in Cambodia last year. Hit Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville for 9 days. Snorkeling in December was a delight! Wouldn't mind going again. This Christmas is Thailand with E-Rock.

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Unread post by steki47 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:54 pm

sirwanksalot wrote:I'm going to start exploring next summer. Taiwan!!

Taipei is a lot of fun! I hope to travel a bit down the coast and see more than just the city. Where you headed?

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steki47 wrote:
sirwanksalot wrote:I'm going to start exploring next summer. Taiwan!!

Taipei is a lot of fun! I hope to travel a bit down the coast and see more than just the city. Where you headed?
S.E. side of the island. I doubt I will spend much time in Taipei. This trip will be for surf exploration.

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Unread post by steki47 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:34 pm

Never been done that way myself. Looks beautiful.

The food in Taiwan is generally awesome. Not impressed with Taiwanese beer.

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Unread post by steki47 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:27 pm

Apparently I have been brushing my teeth in the wrong sink for months. Silly me.

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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by sirwanksalot » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:25 pm

steki47 wrote: Not impressed with Taiwanese beer.
I am impressed by any beer if I drink enough of it.

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Unread post by steki47 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:46 pm

sirwanksalot wrote:
steki47 wrote: Not impressed with Taiwanese beer.
I am impressed by any beer if I drink enough of it.

Yes, I can drink it delicious. Sort of like drinking her pretty.

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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by Junken Master » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:54 pm

Sort of like drinking her pretty...

Oh dear had a few too many of those during my youth!

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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by ShonaiBen » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:05 pm

Junken Master wrote:Sort of like drinking her pretty...

Oh dear had a few too many of those during my youth!
........me too.........waking up in the morning can sometimes be a real eye opener....... :omfg:
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Unread post by steki47 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:13 am

The Japanese really do think of everything. Your cell/smart phone warns you that walking while texting is dangerous! Wow! Smart! Very convenience!

http://www.asahi.com/articles/TKY201312030445.html

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Unread post by InTheColdLightOfDay » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:38 pm

If you're an adult female and your outfit is way more pink/glittery/frilly/"cute" than your elementary school aged daughter, you might want to have a serious think about your life.
Each monkeys has different face. It's very difficult to distinguish monkey's face, like we can't memorize foreigner's face.

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Unread post by allblacks » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:10 am

A friend of mine's ex-wife (Japanese) has a real thing for Hello Kitty. Her car interior was basically customized to be a kitty car. You would think she might reach a point where she grew out of it but nooo. LOL!

Funny story with her. She got a green card and went to live in the US. My friend's dad was a millionaire with a great house etc. But she couldnt get used to speaking English and told him she wanted to go home to Japan. They divorced and off she went.
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Re: The little observations...

Unread post by steki47 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:19 am

Well, the reality rarely matches the image. Goes both ways.

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