Friday, December 7, 2007

This has been a very good semester in Japanese. I feel that the last few weeks were much harder than the first and I suppose that makes sense considering we were learning more and more material that was getting harder and harder. I felt that my speech was pretty good, I prepared a lot for it. Of course it could have been better, there's always room for improvement. However, I think that I rehearsed for it as much as I possibly could, literally. It really helped a lot to practice the language. Renshuu wo shimashoo! I hope we all did well this year, have a wonder Christmas break!~ see some of you next semester!

Monday, December 3, 2007

I enjoyed doing peer revisions/critique about the speeches because it really helps a lot to hear from someone who is at roughly the same skill level about their interpretation of my writing. Since we are all working on learning Japanese together it helps to sometimes leave the teacher who knows as much about the language as anyone will ever need out of the picture for a time and hear from others who are only just beginning just like I am. It also relieves some of the pressures and worry of hearing from Sato Sensei and is more relaxed. However, having her give the comments on the revision will definitely be very, very helpful.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

私 のサメスターはいいです。ぼくのスケジュールはちょっとやさしいですから。よくクラスはむずかしくありませんが日本ごのクラスとバンドにたくさんあ います。私の一ばん大すきなクラスは日本ごです。日本ごをたくさんべんきょうして、よくはなしましたから。サメスターのまえに日本ごをあまりはなしません でした。でも、今日本ごをたくさんはなして、かきて、よみます。

私のスケジュールはやさしいですから、時々ひまな時がたくさんあります。だから、よくともだちといっしょうにでかけて、パーティへ行きます。パーティは 大ていとてもたのしいです。おんがくをきって、飲みものをのんで、ダンスをしますから。先しゅうのしゅうまつにパーティで日本人にはじめて、はなしまし た。だから、日本ごをれんしゅうしました。それはとてもおもしろかったです。


Friday, November 16, 2007




Saturday, November 10, 2007



Saturday, November 3, 2007

バージニアだいがくの日本ごのクラスはいいクラスです。 私はたくさんべんきょうします。それから、クラスはとてもおもしろいです。日本ごのクラスはむずかしいです。でも、こうこうの時に日本ごのクラスはむずかしくありませんでした。ぼくはあまりべんきょうしませんでした。だから、それはたのしくありませんでした。

Friday, October 26, 2007

Today is a rainy and dreary day. Yesterday was pretty much the same, but tomorrow should clear up and the temperature will be pretty nice as well. I don't know if we were in a drought or not before yesterday, but it felt like we hadn't had rain in a very long time, so this rainfall was probably pretty necessary. I don't mind a nice rain or thunderstorm every once in a while, but I didn't have an umbrella for most of the past two days. きょうはだいがくの本やでかさをかいました。

This week I haven't slept very well which is strange because I haven't had very many bad night's of sleep in quite a long time. I don't know if it's mid-semester stress or what, but I'm glad this weekend is here, with or without the rain.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A good blog post is one in which may ensue in an open discussion about a particular topic. An interesting post will allow other people to read the blog and actually desire to respond to what you have to say. If people just write the same boring things over and over or complain about things most of the time, no one will have any increased pleasure from reading or posting comments to your blog. Discussion topics such as what is on your mind, asking for help on particular subjects, materials pertaining to what we are currently learning in class, or far and distant topics like what you did over the summer may all be interesting for readers to read about.

Friday, October 19, 2007



Friday, October 12, 2007

Today was the chapter 3 test in Japanese. I feel I did pretty well on it. It amazes me how much Japanese we have learned in this short period of time. In high school it took so much longer to learn as much as we have so far. This time for me is quite busy. I feel a bit overwhelmed this weekend with the football game (marching band), two midterms Monday, and a paper that is due this week. I have postponed some of these things too long and have made accomplishing them more difficult for myself. I think if I had taken more advantage of the time that I had last weekend then I wouldn't be as burdened right now. Sometimes it's hard to do work when it all comes down to the same weekend that so much is due because I'm used to it being more paced out over the rest of the semester. I just hope that after this weekend I catch back up and keep up with my work better than I have been so far!

Friday, October 5, 2007

This weekend here at good 'ol Uni-V-Vir-gin-i-a is fall break. As most students, from the northern areas of the Old Dominion, Richmond area, or other parts tend to return home for this four day weekend to visit their parents, I will be staying here in C-ville with most out-of-staters and other people who just didn't feel like spending the time and money on that train ticket or other means of transport. However, I only live a convenient 30 minutes away and will be returning home at least once this weekend for a delicious home cooked meal. Being the nice guy that I am, I often bring friends home to my かぞく either just for dinner or if I know that they live much farther away and are not as fortunate to live in a commuting county to Charlottesville. Hint: get on my good side, convince me to like you, and maybe you can ride up in my decade old Crown Vic for some very good food or a bass fishing boat ride on Greene Mountain Lake. That's, by the way, another thing I might do this weekend during fall break (before it gets too cold). I might also head down to Williamsburg to, as the folks down there would say, the original university of Virginia. I'll be visiting some old high school friends whom I haven't seen in quite some time. Anyways, with all of that useless knowledge that very little people could possibly utilize, I hope you all do obtain as much utility from this "reading weekend as you can." Keep up with the studies and use this time to catch back up in classes, the beginning of the year came quick and the rest will only come quicker. So, especially to first years, just keep ahead and you'll do fine! But have fun as well, of course!

Friday, September 28, 2007


Friday, September 21, 2007

I am a member of the Cavalier Marching Band at UVA. I play tenor saxophone. I have a leadership position as a drill instructor which means that I help people do visuals and drill moves on the field. This is the second year that I have been in the band and last semester I played in the concert band as well. Next semester I plan to tryout for the wind ensemble. Band takes up quite a bit of my time, but I really enjoy doing it and I feel that it is a good source of friendships and networking.

Monday, September 10, 2007