27 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Somewhere Between India and China

Somewhere Between India and China

As soon as I walked in the office, before I could even reach my desk, one of my colleagues (let’s call her Natsumi) rushes at me in a panic. “Loco-Sensei! Loco Sensei!!” In three years working together I’d never seen her so upset, so it kinda freaked me out. “What is it???” “Eeeeeeto ne,” she [...]

26 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt. 2

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt. 2

(Here’s Part 1) I’ve watched Ken Tanaka’s video now about half a dozen times. I heard it called a spoof, but that reduces it to a bit of clowning around at Japanese expense, doesn’t it? Perhaps the use in several instances of hyperbole lent itself to that interpretation. But, IMO, this video is anything but clowning [...]

23 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

If I See A Black Kid in a Hoodie, I’m Crossing the Street!

If I See A Black Kid in a Hoodie, I’m Crossing the Street!

Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, had this to say about racism to INC.: In other words, if he sees, let’s say, his point guard Monta Ellis, the best (and worst according to Cuban) of both words (he’s both black and tattooed) walking toward him wearing a hoodie, he’d judge the [...]

22 May 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

I shared a video on LIY yesterday produced by a gentleman who goes  by the name of Ken Tanaka. (Peep his Youtube Channel here) The video is in the process of going viral, hopefully, and I believe it to be worthy of a bit of commentary. Perhaps it is receiving its just desserts on its YouTube [...]

21 May 2014 ~ 3 Comments

The Most Impressive Video I’ve Seen About Japan in a Lonnnnng Time!

The Most Impressive Video I’ve Seen About Japan in a Lonnnnng Time!
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Just in case you missed this exceptional video by Ken Tanaka, called “But We’re Speaking Japanese!” Readers of LIY have read about this tendency in days past, (how I’ve gotten GFs to pretend they don’t speak Japanese just so I can be heard, having my change and even credit cards given to my Japanese companion, etc…) but [...]

21 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

Still teaching (since yesterday) the present perfect to my third-year students. I instructed them to ask me questions using “how long?” 1st student: How long have you played basketball? Me: …since I was a child. 2nd student: How long have you eaten hamburgers? Me: …since I was a child. 3rd: How long have you drunk cola? Me: …since I was [...]

20 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Present Perfect

Present Perfect

I had a headache all day today, and a shitload of classes so I wasn’t in the best of moods to say the least. I was teaching a class the present perfect tense (I think) and was having the students question me using the grammar. One student asked me, “how long have you played soccer?” [...]

19 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Crushed

Crushed

           I woke up to my chirping cell phone alarm at 6:30 feeling well rested. The crows were cawing, the bluebirds were whistling and Aiko was typing in the next room.              “Ohayou,” I groaned, feeling a slight twinge in my back. I’d played basketball the day before at the gym, and though I don’t look [...]

01 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

2014 Conversation #3: Einstein Dropping Science…on Racism!

2014 Conversation #3: Einstein Dropping Science…on Racism!

The following conversation took place – in Japanese – just now in my office between a colleague and I. He was passing by my desk and noticed the below picture of Einstein on my computer screen. Japanese Teacher: Eeeee? Is that Einstein? Me: Yeah. He’s teaching at a black people’s university back in 1946. JT: Black People’s university??? [...]

16 April 2014 ~ 7 Comments

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

I was sitting at my desk just now, mouthful of lunch, eyes locked on my PC, reading up on my new obsession / guilty pleasure, the TV show “Arrow”, one of the new English teachers taps me on the shoulder. Me (still holding the chopsticks to my mouth, tearing into a piece of the tastiest ass broiled [...]