2014 SPHSS Diary – 12

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Day 12/35 – Monday July 14th

Unagi (鰻)from Heaven

Unagi (鰻)from Heaven

Intensive classes continued this morning, and the students are powering their way through “Minna no Nihongo I”. They reached chapter 12 today, though some revision will be needed. There is enough time. Listening skills and pronunciation are improving rapidly.

Today’s lunch was unagi (eel). This is a common lunch in central Japan during mid-summer as eel is believed (in folklore) to give strength against the summer’s heat and humidity.

Recently it has become increasingly expensive, but we thought it was important enough to try. The students are eating everything, so no dramas. After lunch, it was Kanji study time. The students are doing really well with the “KUN” readings, but the “ON” readings will need review.

In the evening there was an optional trip to Nagoya Dome to watch the local professional Japanese baseball team the “Chuunichi Dragons” take on the visiting team from Osaka, the “Hanshin Tigers”. The home team won, but the visiting Hanshin fans are amazing.

 
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