Today was a better day. Maybe it’s because today was Independence Day, although here it’s not even a blip on the radar.
Anyway, it was a bit slow going in the morning, and although we skipped 2 chapters (with the apparently difficult to learn honorifics), there was still a new chapter with 60 or 70 new words including 25-30 new verbs—ouch! At least today I’d remembered my wallet and was able to buy lunch.
That’s when it started getting good. For the first time, I was able to converse fairly well for the entire lunch hour with Keiko and Emi. I think they even got a kick out of some of the things I said that I thought were humorous (I wouldn’t go so far as to call them actual jokes). In the afternoon, we did a lot of reading, including kanji, and I was understanding everything. We talked about different places in Japan like Hiroshima and Arashiyama, and I was able to make up questions and everything. It was pretty cool.
I then had to finish my speech for next week. I cut two large paragraphs, because there’s just not going to be enough time (and why should I stress about learning those two extra paragraphs anyway?) and we did some practice for our Kindergarten visit. The evening was spent putting the finishing touches on the speech—and studying, of course.