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User avatar #370 - hawaiianhappysauce (07/12/2014) [+] (2 replies)
> 9. They speak English pretty _ good_ .

You are an English teacher, right?
#371 to #370 - bizengaust (07/12/2014) [-]
I'll let you go back through the comments so you can see how I explained many times that this was a play at how they speak english which has a different structure then their language.
I'll let you go back through the comments so you can see how I explained many times that this was a play at how they speak english which has a different structure then their language.
#367 - gorogorosama (07/04/2014) [+] (2 replies)
I have two questions:   
1) If a a stranger does "kochi" or " shoving fingers deep into your posterior thing" to a woman and she is married, does her husband have to defend her honor?  Challenging him to a duel or punishing him in a certain manner.    
2) What does my username mean?  I heard it in some new TMNT episode  when Michelangelo  pretends he's a superhero. It is suppose to mean "master of thunders or w/e. It could've been mistranslated Thanks!
I have two questions:
1) If a a stranger does "kochi" or " shoving fingers deep into your posterior thing" to a woman and she is married, does her husband have to defend her honor? Challenging him to a duel or punishing him in a certain manner.
2) What does my username mean? I heard it in some new TMNT episode when Michelangelo pretends he's a superhero. It is suppose to mean "master of thunders or w/e. It could've been mistranslated Thanks!
User avatar #368 to #367 - vatra (07/04/2014) [-]
Gorogoro is essentially onomatopoeia for thunder. Sama is an honorific that essentially means higher standing. It is basically san, the standard honorific but with more respect and holding them in high regards.
User avatar #302 - kschmidty (06/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
Do you have any advice for learning how to read the language?
User avatar #307 to #302 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I took classes on it. Some people can learn by books also but I found having an instructor to be best.
User avatar #286 - ytzion (06/19/2014) [+] (5 replies)
Have you ever been called or considered a "gajin"?I've heard that some japanese are racist toward the foreigners
User avatar #296 to #286 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I've only been called that once when I was on a train to Tokyo.
User avatar #260 - chimpaflimp (06/19/2014) [-]
Do Japanese people believe vaginas do, in fact, look like mosaics?
User avatar #243 - Awesomecarrot ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (4 replies)
This was really informative.
I'd LOVE to go one day but I'm just afraid of seeming ignorant or rude!
User avatar #249 to #243 - livefromtokyo (06/19/2014) [-]
I sure you will be fine. It depends on where you go (I live in tokyo) but they do give a lot of leeway to gaijin (or foreigners).
I think I'm going to try to make a comp. on the Do's and Dont's for gaijin coming to Japan since people seem interested though...
User avatar #210 - fjusernumberone (06/19/2014) [-]
They hold classes to teach how to bowl properly.....but they bowl very very oddly compared to the rest of the world.

Source: I work for a bowling ball manufacturing company and I've been bowling in leagues for 17 years.
#196 - anotheroneonearth (06/19/2014) [-]
you'll be Nakamura-sensei? then you must become a science teacher!
#181 - feratrox (06/19/2014) [-]
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User avatar #132 - exarzero (06/19/2014) [-]
Thank you.
#114 - saltyfries (06/19/2014) [-]
I remember back in college actually meeting a Japanese girl, well she was born in Japan and had the look of a Japanese girl, but her father was born in my hometown who lives in Japan now, she came to my hometown for a sweet reason, to see her father's home. You would be amazed what I learned just from her!
2 things, one, most Americans (including myself) do not identify themselves as American in background, we tend to include our European ancestors or something to that effect instead, her father had a Swedish background. So it's actually curious to say I'm American instead of talking about our ancestry that we're German, Swedish, or English.
2nd, most Japanese (including herself) still haven't heard of extremely popular places, rides, shows, or stuff like that! I'm a roller coaster buff and I showed this to our class, she had never heard of it and she didn't know it was in Japan!
Steel Dragon 2000 POV World's Longest Roller Coaster Nagashima Spaland Japan
The best part of Japan imo, is how they've actually accepted 2 American sports into their culture, Baseball and Pro Wrestling, and they REALLY treat the latter as an art and with respect! It's insane! Watch any Japanese pro wrestling match and you can see a huge difference between them and WWE.

Pic related, New Japan Pro Wrestling's Hiroshi Tanahashi, 2 time Pro Wrestler of the Year!
User avatar #94 - mangostormlegend (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
My geography professor went to a conference in Kyoto, and he told us that the street address systems are virtually devoid of any official order or classification. Many suburban residential streets are unnamed (being symply written as "near XXX-street"), postal codes are non-existent, and buildings are often numbered in the order in which they were built. Can you confirm/deny this, bizengaust?
User avatar #96 to #94 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
This is very true. I met my fiance, who is from Kyoto, here in Osaka when we began teaching in the same building and when we dated long enough for him to want to introduce me to his family he gave me their address in Kyoto. I cannot begin to tell you how lost I got because the address system was so complex. WIkipedia explains it a lot better than I ever could so feel free to read more about it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_addressing_system I eventually found his family house after arriving two hours late. They forgave me and understood much to my thanks.
#45 - dribble (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
From your comp, I got the impression that English is becoming more and more common throughout Japan. I was wondering, in your opinion, do you think there is a future for English Teachers (I mean a high demand) in Japan within the next 5-10 years? In your last comp, I asked about JET programs and Amity I think it was. I'm learning both Chinese and Japanese, and may be looking to teach in one of those countries.

Also, do the Japanese dress their dogs up? I've been to Taiwan quite a few times, and I can say that dressing a dog up is quite popular. Not quite like this though...
#49 to #45 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
Since Japan does a lot of trade with English speaking countries I think there will always be a demand for English speaking teachers.  Also, since it opens you up to more options as far as working in the country or abroad, parents will pay a decent amount for their children to be exposed to the language.   
I have seen people dress up their dogs here. My boss, who is an elderly Japanese lady of 50, has a dachshund that she constantly in little sweaters. I have also seen a lot of young girls in Harajuku dress up their tiny dogs and walk about with them.
Since Japan does a lot of trade with English speaking countries I think there will always be a demand for English speaking teachers. Also, since it opens you up to more options as far as working in the country or abroad, parents will pay a decent amount for their children to be exposed to the language.
I have seen people dress up their dogs here. My boss, who is an elderly Japanese lady of 50, has a dachshund that she constantly in little sweaters. I have also seen a lot of young girls in Harajuku dress up their tiny dogs and walk about with them.
User avatar #40 - mhden ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
From what anime has taught us is that Japanese SUCK at english .
I dont know were you got that misconception that we think otherwise .
User avatar #42 to #40 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
This is more of a misconception in the teaching field as apposed to whatever group "we" covers. A lot of teachers who come to Japan to teach English think that if they pick junior high or high school, than teaching will be a snap because the kids already know so much. This is seldom the case as how good you are at it depends on how much time you spent learning it.
User avatar #37 - demonatatoo ONLINE (06/18/2014) [+] (3 replies)
Concerning their skill with English, I think if they start as early as preschool, I think they should be extremely good at it. I'm just going into my sophomore year in high school, and I'm taking my 4th year of German. I have never had to study and I've always gotten above 90 on every assignment in those classes. I do know that many people say that English is the hardest language to learn, but come on man.
#44 to #37 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
no matter the language you have to keep practicing constantly or you will forget it. I should have also explained better about the schooling. Not every preschool or kindergarten offers English exposure. Most of the time they depend on Eikaiwa's which are private conversation schools that tutor all ages (even adult) in English.
#17 - angelusprimus (06/18/2014) [+] (2 replies)
I asked this the last time, so I'm trying again.
Did you have problems for being russian descent? During my visits I noticed that Russians have a very bad reputation for being loud and rude and not following the rules.
User avatar #23 to #17 - bizengaust (06/18/2014) [-]
I'm sorry I meant to work this one in but it got lost in the cracks. When I first came to Japan and they saw on my application that I was Russian-American I was introduced to this stereotype. The funny thing is that in Russia people are very polite. Men carry bags for woman,people give up their seats for the elderly, woman help out around the house,ect. We are also a very stubborn people though and most Russians hate when you try to tell them what to do. I think this is where that notion was birthed from, and the fact that when we party we party loud and have fun.
As long as you respect them and their culture they will be understanding and do the same to you so I don't get treated any different then my other teachers. Except for a few awkward questions about communism but I get that anywhere.
#12 - evilredmuffin (06/18/2014) [-]
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User avatar #11 - icewizardftw (06/18/2014) [+] (4 replies)
I'm curious as to how women stand in Japanese society. I know they have equal rights but are still stuck to stricter social standards than men. What was your experience like? Also congrats on your engagement
User avatar #5 - iamgriffman (06/18/2014) [+] (2 replies)
nice comp, gives good detail about japan that most wouldn't know despite watching a lot of content from Japan (mainly anime which could give the wrong impression).
question for the next comp, are western foods easily available in Japan or can they be tricky to import, things like sweets, drinks and other snacks?
User avatar #7 to #5 - bizengaust (06/18/2014) [-]
The quick answer is yes, and I will go into more elaboration about it in the next one
#2 - nwbballplayer (06/18/2014) [-]
Nice comp, pretty interesting.
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