Day of the big test

Today was our first written test, and I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive. But with a yummy breakfast like that pictured above, you’re ready for anything (although it was a bit of a surprise when the eggs turned out to be raw rather than hard boiled as they’d been previously—needless to say, I’m not much for raw eggs…).

I thought the test would be first thing, but should’ve read my schedule better. We spent the morning forging ever ahead in our lessons and into the next chapter. Keiko met me for lunch, but only Emi came with her—no troop of college girls this time. I seemed to be able to speak only marginally better than before. I just can’t figure out what’s wrong with me and this block I have that’s preventing me from conversing intelligently. It’s all there in my head, I just can’t seem to get it off the tongue. Oh well, ganbarimashou…

So the test came in the afternoon, after we’d spent the first hour doing some oral drills. It seemed to be going along just fine, but I totally blanked in a couple spots that I should have had no trouble with. I think I did fine on the Katakana and Kanji parts, but some of the grammar sections just fried my brain. Good thing I’m not really in this for a high GPA—I’m just hoping enough of it sinks in for me to get better at this language.

The last part of class was with our CPs, and we lightened things up a bit by doing origami. I finally learned how to make paper cranes! I managed to get six of them done in class—now I only have 994 more to go (it’s a typical Japanese goal to make 1,000 paper cranes). I’m hoping to take at least some of them with me to leave behind at the memorial when I visit Hiroshima. Although origami was fun and it helped in memorizing ue wo muite arukou (the song from the other day—it was playing the entire time as soft background music), I was pretty wiped out after my first week. I know totally what’s happening psychologically and the particular stage I’m in, but it doesn’t make it any easier or make me feel any more comfortable.

Everyone but Alia and I went out for a night on the town, but I was content to just relax and unwind. While not wanting to just completely forget everything I’ve done so far, I wasn’t especially interested in spending the evening studying and reviewing. I know it’ll still be there tomorrow…

Speaking of tomorrow, we’re off on another class trip to Nara, the first capitol of Japan. Known for the many temples and the equally famous deer, it should be a great time. Be sure to check back for new photo albums—and I hope to get at least one vidcast and hopefully a new podcast done before Monday.

1 thought on “Day of the big test

  1. There was 1 comment on the original blog entry:

    Doug; Your narratives are great. We appreciate your journal. Almost feels like we’re there. In honor of your trip, Mom, Dad and Julie went to Kyoto Sushi Wednesday. Julie agrees the sushi was great. Temps up a bit here in the 100’s. May hit new high temps for the date. Max & Victoria seem just fine. All’s well with everyone. Read the comments from Phyllis on your Thursday jnl. It’s great to communicate. Keep up the good work, and as they say in Southern Japan, Adios.
    Love Mom, Dad & JDN
    Saturday, June 24, 2006 – 02:46 PM

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