Hi all, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here! Nearly six months (maybe even longer). Sorry for the negligence, but I’ve been really busy these days.
Here’s what I’ve been up to.
Earlier this spring I started making fan subtitles for currently airing Japanese TV dramas at DramaCrazy.net, which has been a lot of fun (and also a lot of work). I translated a couple episodes of the TV show “Yankee Kun to Megane Chan” and most of “Tumbling”. Tumbling was probably my favorite drama of the season, it was about a group of juvenile delinquents who decide to become rhythmic gymnastics stars. It’s inspiring, funny, suspenseful, well… you get it. Go watch it if you have time! I’ll be starting a new drama as soon as the late summer season get’s going.
I’ve been tutoring Japanese on and off this whole year as well. So far I’ve had two incredibly smart students who I’ve had a lot of fun teaching (if you’re both reading this blog, thank you for your time and effort!) Teaching Japanese has really been good for me I think. It forces me to go back to the basics and strengthen my fundamentals. When you’re at an advanced level of anything, it’s easy to start breaking the rules because you know how to do so within the confines of acceptability, but when you get too comfortable you start to get sloppy and mistake it for advanced rule breaking. When you teach however, you remind yourself how it’s all supposed to go, and you realize that there might be rules you’re breaking that you shouldn’t be breaking. This goes for more than just Japanese or language practice in general — anyone who likes to consider himself an expert at something should always remember to periodically hit his beginner books for a while, just to make sure he’s still doing everything “by the books”.
I also finally started taking classes again! I’m taking an accounting class at a community college two nights a week, and so far it’s not too bad. I’m considering taking up business to augment my Japanese studies. We’ll see how that goes by the end of this class.
What else… I’m still working part time at the GAP on weekends and one night a week (it keeps me fed and I like the people I work with).
Here’s what’s coming up:
I just volunteered to work two days at the Ginza Summer Festival in Old Town Chicago in August! I went last year and it was a lot of fun, so I figured it might be a cool way to meet some new friends and have some new experiences. I’ll post again when to let you know what it’s like! Here’s a link to the homepage so you can see what it’s all about:
I hope to post a little more often now, I’ve been lazy the past year but maybe I can make myself change that. Keep checking back and don’t forget to subscribe! You never know when I might accidentally spurt out some information that could change your life.