I laughed way too hard about this.
Fortunately, many of my students have overcome this but many Japanese people will say their name at seemingly rapid fire speed that is incomprehensible. I saw this at Lawson and burst out laughing. Then I bought it. I’m ready to be entertained.
It’s called “Strange Japanese People’s English” and so far, it’s awesome.
So, greeting people with “Happy New Year” or 「明けましておめでとうございます」(akemashite omedetou gozaimasu) is a more formal than I originally thought. I was walking towards the school entrance when I saw one of my co-workers ahead of me. We were going to pass each other so I figured I would say “good morning” and “happy new year” while I walked past him. The moment I said “happy new year” though, he stopped abruptly and said it back with several bows. He added, 「今年もよろしくお願いします」(kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu) which means, “Please treat me kindly this year too.”
I stopped walking and copied what he did. I felt bad for almost just saying my greeting and walking by without doing the whole よろしく bit!
The rest of my new years’ greetings went much more smoothly.
So while I’m here…
(I don’t have any gifs or anything of people bowing lol so this will do)
(while laughing because I couldn’t believe he asked me that)
To further decorate my home, I’ve added the magazine cut-out of 2NE1 and the streamers from the Big Bang fan event. They shot the streamers out while they performed, “TONIGHT.”
This was my reaction along with awkward laughter. He’s such a silly kid.
A 5th grade girl whose name means “love” gave me a big hug when she saw me today and at dinner time, insisted I eat some of her food because I didn’t have anything yet.
Thank you for making me feel loved today.
Every time I have a day at an elementary school (every Tuesday and Thursday), I just want to blab about how much fun my day was. So here are my recent highlights:
Two of my friends have come to visit me so I’m gonna take them around and enjoy their wonderful company. I’ll come back eventually~