the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Monday, June 30, 2008

Moving back home?

I'm not moving back home yet, but I know some of you are. I just got this ad in the mail at school.

Although I haven't done my research yet, it has what looks like cheap shipping rates for cargo. If this helps, check it out: Japan Luggage Express

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Today there was an earthquake of point 6 about 4 hours drive south of
here. It still shook me awake around 9 am. But other than that I'm okay.

In the winter I used to think, "These crazy Japanese people, carrying
flammable liquids all of the place just to heat their homes. Don't they
know they might start fires?" But today after the earthquake, the number
one warning is, "If you have any problems with your utilities -
especially if you smell gas - call city government immediately."

And this morning I realized that there aren't as many underground
utilities here. Probably because we are living on a volcanic island.
Smart Japanese people.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Fixed Mindset

I was reading about the fixed mindset in this article by Highlights Magazine. The "fixed mindset" is a student who is afraid to fail. A student whose identity is build on their "smart" reputation (I might have been that kind of student). But as we know learning is more than just the right answer - it's a process.

It seems especially prevalent in Japan - I even have some teachers who seem to think this way. But it's good (for my sanity) to know that it exists all over the work as well.

The article talked said that for this reason, it is important to praise students for even any good attempts they make. Because as we all know, you learn from a mistake not a right answer.

...It seems I've made a lot of mistakes in Japan. Does that mean I'm learning? :)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Starbucks: Japan 2007

I have this cup from Starbucks that says "Japan 2007" on it. And my
friend H-chan has a Starbucks cup that says "Korea 2007" on it.

I'm wondering, do they sell Starbucks cups in America that say "USA 2008"?