the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Friday, January 26, 2007

Life and Death

Well, it's been a crazy few weeks here at school. Last week a student in
O-sensei's class went to the hospital because her father was dieing. The
funeral was last Friday. But she was in a good homeroom for it.
O-sensei's father died when he was young. If anyone can sympathize with
her, he can.

But this week O-sensei's and his wife had a baby. The wife has been in
the hospital for premature labor since before Christmas, so the healthy
birth is really a relief. The boy was born around dawn on Wednesday. He
was named after the sunrise.

The cycle continues.

In lesser news, I gave third year students their final test this week. I
won't ever see them again, and I'm already missing them more than I
thought I would. I wanted to say something at the end of the test on
Thursday, but their eyes just seemed to say, "Let's go." like they
always do. I usually say, "See you later" at the end of class, but that
day I just said, "goodbye."

Friday, January 19, 2007

You probably didn't know...

The New Year

In Japan they call Christmas "an imported holiday". But New Year's is the biggest holiday of the year. Here are things you can do for New Year's in Japan (from the Japan Times):

Hard to find a date in Sioux Falls

Hey my Sioux Falls readers! You know how we used to say it's hard to find a date in town? Well, it's official. It's so hard to find a date in Sioux Falls that USF is offering a course called "Finding Dates Worth Keeping". I just read about it in "Offbeat News" on CNN.