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Winter Day
We had an interview with a group of Japanese people today, using keigo. Even some of the Japanese people were complaining about how hard keigo is hard to use.

The first guy we interviewed was a 65 year old retired Japanese teacher. He was studying at Yamasa learning how to teach Japanese as a second language, planning on going to India to teach. He said that he wrote a poem every day, for the last 10 years, and was making a book of them.

I herd the word he used, but then spaced it, and spend the next 30 minutes trying to think of the word he used. I knew it was exactly the same word in Japanese and in English, so I ended up having the following conversation with a Canadian classmate:

“What is the word for the poems that are 5, 7, 5 syllables long?”

“… Haiku?”

“Yeah, exactly.”

Although I am learning stuff, it is kind of depressing when I forget English words like that.

The next class was the “Lifestyle words” class, and there several of the things I couldn’t even recall if there was an English phrase for the word they were teaching us, for example “purse snatch”.

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