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So, are you ready for some more humorous anecdotes? If you're still reading, I'll take that as a yes. Well, last week, another ALT from Canada, went to her school's enkai. And if anyone thought my "small dog sashimi" episode was ridiculous, I guarantee you that her experience tops it. So she is a very funny girl actually and, while they were eating dinner, she explained how she attempted, and failed, to crack a joke. Apparently, a plate of seafood came by and a Japanese coworker of hers tried to explain to her what it was. He asked her, "What do you call the octopus that has ten legs?" She replied, "I don't know. A decapus?" For the rest of the evening this coworker explained to everyone how the dish they were eating was called "decapus" in English. Lindsey, the ALT, tried to explain that she was just joking, but apparently they didn't understand. So they enjoyed a wonderful decapus meal that evening... I think it was really squid, or maybe calamari, I'm not sure. But after that, they went to the second enkai, where things really get outrageous. They actually took her to karaoke- unlike my principal who baited me with the false promise of karaoke and then whisked me away for small dog sashimi instead. I thought karaoke would have been a safer bet. Boy was I proven wrong! At her enkai, when the microphone was passed to the principal, he selected a Japanese love song and decided to serenade this ALT, with his head on her shoulders
So another funny thing happened at the English Speech Contest a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to write about. I must preface this anecdote with the following explanation: In Japanese phonetics, there is not sound for "see." The closest that you can come is "shi." Therefore, you will need to use this formula: [ Japanese see = shi ]
Okay, so if you understand this information, and you plug in this formula, you will then perhaps understand why all ALTs who attended the English Speech Contest were chuckling under their breath and trying not to burst out laughing when the Japanese emcee got onto the microphone to kick off the event by asking, "Everyone, please take a seat."
And in other news, news almost completely unrelated to life in Japan, I heard a really good joke the other day at the English Speech Contest. Some of you will think it is really cheesy, but I thought it was great! It made me laugh out loud. Here goes: "What did 0 say to 8?"
Did you guess yet?
"Nice belt." :-) You know you love it!