Festival Time

Today was probably the worst day I've had so far since I've been in Nagasaki. We had a short session today at Seido. We had only two classes, and the first one (Elementary 6) was AWFUL. Those kids were bad today. Just bad. They didn't listen, didn't pay attention, didn't say anything in English. Only one girl passed my quiz. Two girls were giving me some attitude. I wanted to smack them. Maybe next time.

The next class we had was 5th grade. They paid attention much better, but there is this one American girl in the class. She just appeared out of nowhere! She wasn't there last time, and oh my god, it is so hard to teach English when one of your students is a native speaker. Apparently she's only been in Japan for a little while, and she seems to be starved for conversation. She would not stop talking to me while I was trying to teach the other girls. The situation is so strange. I feel bad for her because she doesn't speak Japanese, and I feel bad for the other girls because she totally dominated the English lesson, which she doesn't need anyway.

Well, it was weird for everybody, so we got out of there as quickly as we could.

Then we had so much work to do at the office because we had to make this week's videos, which today included making props and figuring out how to use the recorder. Then I had to make cards for tomorrow's classes at Seido and laminate them. Plus, we had to plan English club before the students arrived which meant I couldn't finish the cards before the club. And during all of this Kumi and I worked together to write all of the baseball team members' names in katakana, which is a lot harder than you would think. One name was Olow. I don't know how to pronounce this in English, and we had to write it's Japanese pronunciation. Well, I hope it's right. I get the feeling they will be announcing them at the game using OUR pronunciations. No pressure.

Then, the kids were absolute monkeys at English club. I finally got home at 7:30 (12 hours after I left for work).

I'm beat.

Oyasuminasai.

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Taken on October 2, 2006