Sunday, June 08, 2008

Teaching Fun and the Japanese Language

In my junior high classes this week I'm teaching the question "Do you like...?" After we've gone over the question, answers structure and some examples, I go around the class to ask each kid a different question.

I like to tease the boys a bit, and will choose one confident kid, stand over him looking menacing (not that I do that so well apparently), and ask "Do you like me?" It gets a laugh every time.

On Thursday, I did this, but rather than answering straight away, the boy asked "Can I ask a question?"

"OK..." I answered.

He then rattled something off in Japanese that I didn't understand. I told him that I didn't. So he asked the question again, this time slower and with gestures. It went something like this;

"Do you mean "like" as in (gestures a handshake), or do you mean "like" as in (gestures hugging and kissing)?"

I laughed "I mean like, as in a friend."

"Well, OK then, Yes I do!" he replied. He certainly didn't want any confusion there.

On another topic, I chickened out of going to the doctor yesterday, but may have to today. In preparation, I've had to translate my symptoms into Japanese. No matter how scared I am, I think I'm going to have trouble not giggling when telling the doctor that I have "Piripiri, mukamuka, kurakura and girigiri."


Anonymous said...

I know the others but what's girigiri? Sorry to hear you're not well!

I've been having a bad time myself lately. I was sick for 2 weeks and finally yasu took me to the hospital and they said i had whooping cough, but i didn't feel right with that as i didn't have a cough with that whooping sound. They stuck this really long cotton bud thing up my nose into my throat, not once but twice! It was awful and hurt like hell..

So i went off to another doc today only to be told that i have the flu and a chest infection. I took one of the pills he gave me (penicillin) and started to feel better right away. I just hate getting the run around from doctors! It's so frustrating when you feel sick too...

Is the tingling all over?? Or is it isolated to one place? (if you don't mind me asking...). It sounds like some kind of allergic reaction.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Hey azumarisan - sorry to hear you're not well, hopefully you get better soon! The "girigiri"... ummm.. well, imagine you'd had too much curry the night before....

No, the tingling isn't allergy tingling (unfortunately, I know that all too well), but rather in my hands and feet. Hopefully, I'll have some answers soon.

Semsavblanc said...

Hi Melanie,
How did you go at the doctor (not that I'm being a busy body)? I just wanted to let you know about a website called It might interest you - there is a charge for the diagnosis, less than a doctor though and by the sound of it, a little more comprehensive and reliable than a visit to the doctor in Japan (or Australia for that matter) (no offense to some probably wonderful doctors in Japan & Australia).
I hope you will be feeling better soon.

Bec said...

LOL... Sorry, Semsavblanc... but that is really bad advice!

Is there any reason that you believe that the Australian medical system is sub-standard?

At least every one in Aus has the right to free medical treatment. Or the option to pay for extra insurance.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Hi Semsavblanc - no, not being nosey at all ;) I went to the doctor, or a couple of doctors for that matter... hopefully we're getting closer to some answers, though they think it may be an autoimmune issue. I have to confess, I've been spending waaaay too much time on online diagnosis sites - they can get scary, so for the moment, I'm trying to stay off them. Thanks for the advice though! Like Bec, I've always found the doctors in Australia to be excellent, but at the moment, are a little too far away.

Hi Bec - yeh, as I said, I think the Aussie docs are excellent and the cost of health care very good. I've had days where I've wanted to jump on a plane and come home and last weekend, hubby was trying to send me home - he promised that it wasn't that he just want to get rid of me ;)