the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Japanese is easier (and other random facts)

In Japan, babies generally learn how to talk at the same time or before they walk. This is not because they are smarter. It is because the language is easier to pronounce. There are very few sounds that involve touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth or the back of your teeth etc.

The Where`s Waldo books are called Where`s Wally in Japan.

Japanese teachers (or at least the ones at my school) change the grade they teach every year, and they also stay with their homeroom students throughout their entire high school career.

The winter weather in Japan is generally mild on the Pacfic side of the island and cold on the Sea of Japan side. The interior mountains form a sort of natural weather barrier. But it`s hot and VERY humid on both sides during the summer. Apparently this is good for rice growing.


Anonymous Emily S. said...

Hey Nick!!
How's it going!? Thanks for the Fruits Basket e-mail. I never knew it was really a game. I thought it was just made-up for the Fruits Basket story.
Are Fall colors starting over there? Weather has been interesting around here. It'll be 40s one day and the next it'll be in the 80s.
I will say it's been a good Apple season. :-)
I enjoyed you photo album; you take pictures of the 'common' thing and you make it 'art'. Thank you!

9/30/2006 10:49 AM  

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