It's about 9am and I've just been to take the rubbish out. It's a cool, grey morning and the ground is wet after last night's rain. I think autumn maybe on its way to Japan.
It's a shame you could only say 'hi' to your daughter when she registered on the computer the other day. I sometimes experience a similar situation with my friends or family in the UK because of the time difference. My parents usually come online quite late, so when they are online I'm usually starting to nod off. I hope Csilla and her friends get the internet connected soon, so she doesn't have to go through the hassle of going to the library every time you want to have a chinwag with her. Having said that, she'll be home in a couple of days...
You described the unpleasant journey very well. I could easily imagine the situation. Indeed, I've experienced something similar in Japan on a few occasions. When I first met Tomono’s parents I couldn't speak a word of Japanese, so when Tomono wasn't in the room we just sat there in silence until she came back.
Another time was when I went to a local take-away to pick up some fried noodles. The owner is very friendly and there are usually lots of customers sitting and waiting for their food in the entrance to the shop. The owner chats with everyone and entertains them while they are waiting. When I entered he immediately started talking to me, asking me where I was from and why I came to Japan and so on. I understood his questions and did my best to answer them. However, he then started making a few jokes and saying some things which I couldn't quite catch and everyone started laughing. I didn't have a clue what he was saying, so I started to feel uncomfortable. "Is he making fun of me?" I thought, which was silly because he was just trying to be friendly. For the next few minutes I did my best to make out what he was saying, but I just couldn't. I eventually got my order and left the shop. On the way home I felt terrible and was kicking myself about my poor Japanese. However, it really made me determined to study more. I'm still not great, but I can get by in Japanese now. I've been back to that shop many times since then because I can't resist the smell of those noodles wafting down the street when I walk past.
Well, it's time I was off. I've got to go to the gym to do a little exercise. I've just put lots of great new songs on my iPod, but I'll have to resist the urge to sing along while I'm running or I'll be given a few funny looks by the other members.
Some useful phrases from today's post:
(to) take the rubbish out (for collection)
(to) nod off
(to) get/have the internet connected (by someone)
(to) go through the hassle (of doing something)
(to) have a chinwag (informal)
(to be) unable to speak a word (of a language)
(to) sit in silence OR (to) sit silently
(to) make a joke
(to be) unable to catch (what someone is saying)
(to) not have a clue (what someone is saying)
(to) make out (what someone is saying)
(to) kick yourself (about something)
(to) get by (in a language)
(to) do exercise
(to) resist the urge (to do something)
(to) give someone a funny/dirty/strange/angry look
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