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This is an ATM machine only for you. This design is a Tokugawa shogun version. It has a function of coins discrimination. But it's only for Japanese yen.
人生銀行 (JUGEMレビュー »)

人生銀行 means a life bank. It has a display that shows someone's room. And one person lives in the room. If you put your money in it,his life is going to be rich. If you get this,you might get urge to put your money in it many times. And you are going to be a rich!


Laughter brings good luck!

I'm currently studying English.
I still have no confidence about my English skills.
So,you might find odd sentences in my writing.
But please let it pass with a smile!
You know,laughter brings good luck!
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I shouldn't say about chopsticks?
    After I quit the English conversation school,I've been looking for some good ways to keep and improve my English skill. I took an skype lesson for the first time last week,but I didn't know whether it's good for me or not. Actually,I want to talk face to face with someone in English,not online. But I can't find any other way to have opportunity to speak English yet,so I'm going to take an online lesson again.

    Well,I read some English books if I have time. Everyday I read essays titled "American Pie". This book is written by an American woman who has been living in Japan for a long time.

    American Pie―Slice of Life Essays on America and Japan
    American Pie―Slice of Life Essays on America and Japan
    Kay Hetherly

    She is saying a lot of things she noticed in Japan in her essays. One of her essays reminded me about my ex English teacher.
    About 3 or 4 years ago,I had just started to go to the English school. At that time,my English skill was really poor and always had been feeling hesitate to speak English.

    One day,I went to the party of the school. To tell the truth,I didn't want to go because I had no confidence about my English skill. But my ex teacher told me that it would be a good opportunity to speak English,so I decided to go there.

    At the party,I was really really nervous. I felt all students except me are speaking English very well. Then,my teacher sat down next to me. I didn't know what I speak to her but said "Can you use chopsticks?".
    After that,she seemed to be surprised and get sore by my words.
    And she said "Did you hear her words??"
    "She said "CAN YOU USE CHOPSTICKS?" to me! I can't believe it".

    I didn't know what happened.
    I didn't know why she got sore.

    It's been a long time since then,but I got a reason my ex teacher got sore by this essay lately.

    In this essay,Kay Hetherly who is an author of essays is saying that most foreigners don't want to be told about how to use chopsticks from Japanese people. I was quite surprised to know this fact. She means in her essay that using chopsticks is not difficult for foreigners. And also,when Japanese people told something about using chopsticks,they feel sad as if Japanese people treat them as an outsider.

    I think this is exactly why my ex-teacher got sore. But of course I wasn't going to treat her as an outsider. I just didn't know how to speak English. I just wanted to say "Do you need chopsticks?" or just wanted to pass them to her.
    After the party,I had been feeling hesitate to speak English for a while and also,actually she seemed be an intimidating teacher for me.

    But now,I guess she pretended to get sore by my words. Perhaps,she wanted me to know differences between Japan and the US.
    But I don't know the truth...

    Anyway,this fact made my head clear. I still feel hesitate to speak English when I meet someone who speak English. But I'd like to enjoy conversation,so I 'll try to speak English without hesitation.
    | - | 11:21 | comments(5) | - | - | - |
    Wow, that's an interesting (and scary) story!

    Considering you were just learning English and trying to be nice, the teacher should have handled that better. She should have known you might have meant something else. It is very bad for a teacher to get angry at a student. I would not want a teacher like that.

    Your teacher probably thought being asked if she could use chopsticks was like being asked if she could do something very easy. She was probably thinking "do I look so stupid that people think I can't even use chopsticks?"

    Keep working at it! Your writing is great. I'm sure you are too hard on yourself when it comes to speaking English!
    | e | 2010/12/05 3:09 PM |

    Thank you for your comment,e!

    I have noticed a lot of differences between Japan and foreign country since I started to study English and Spanish. But I had never heard about chopsticks talking.

    Sometimes I feel odd about opinions of someone who came from foreign country. But I think it's really interesting. That's why I can't stop studying foreign language.
    | mama | 2010/12/06 11:40 AM |

    You are doing such a great job at it, too!

    Your writing is very good.

    I have studied a few other languages and I'm too scared to speak them. But my sister has studied the same languages and is not afraid to talk. So she improved and I did not.
    | e | 2010/12/10 1:24 PM |

    Watakushiwa Nihongo o benkyou shitte imasu- totte mo muzukashi.Issho ni benkyou suru? skype kamo shiranai?
    | Joe Tanner | 2010/12/27 2:51 PM |


    Thank you for your comment.
    I think Japanese is really difficult even if I'm a Japanese. so I really respect foreign people who study Japanese. I'd like to try skype chat if I have a chance.
    | mama | 2010/12/30 12:38 AM |