Monday, March 15, 2010

What is going on inside my head.

At the end of Japanese class today, Inaba-sensei asked if someone could help her carry her stuff up to the fourth floor. Instantly, Stooph raised her voice and said "Daniel wants to!" (or something along the lines of that).

Anyway, Inaba asked in Japanese while we (1) were in the lift whether I had studied Japanese before. I said I had not...because I had not. Then (for whatever reason) she said my Japanese was good (referring to spoken 日本, since she had not seen our tests yet).

Inaba then asked student O the same thing, to which O replied "I haven't before but i've watch j-dramas, listen to j-pop (i think) and also enrolled in a jap school recently". I also noted that Inaba never said O's Japanese was good, for whatever reason (again, referring to spoken japanese).

At this point I realized that I could have said 'I watch a whole lot of anime' as a better response, since it would seem odd that I could speak well without ever hearing a word of Japanese. If she complimented me first, then asked if I had studied Japanese I would probably have said I watched anime.

While I was thinking about this, Inaba and O were having a good conversation about a certain j-pop singer (2), so I couldn't butt in and say what was slightly annoying to me.

I even thought about it later, to the point where I was deciding whether I should email her to tell her, then realized it would be stupid as most likely she wouldn't even remember about the fact in the first place.

I also ran the situation in my mind that I had actually said "I haven't , but I watched a lot of anime" and realized that I may have spoken with her about anime and not allowed O to speak about j-pop with the teacher.

Finally I settled on the fact that, if she was really thinking how weird it was that I could speak Japanese OK (3), then she would have asked specifically if i had gone to japan/listen to japanese music/watch Japanese media.

Anyway, the point of this banter is to have insight about the types of thoughts I have, and what i 'worry' about. And this is what I thought about today. さよなら!

1)(me and another student, 'O')
2)(again, i thought it was j-pop, i was too busy worrying about what had just occured)
3)(i'm pretty sure it's one of those social compliments, not a real one)


Alice said...

lol - i like the way your mind works.

frothy said...

me too. i hope this is the first of many uni-related posts.

hungy said...

shit like that happens all the time :\

At least you made it an engaging read