It's been about a year now since I accepted my teaching position here in Japan, and about 10 months since I began learning Japanese. I endeavored, first, to master the writing system - at the time, I thought this consisted mainly of hiragana and katakana; kanji, as it was explained on the website, seemed superfluous.
Work, schmerk; shigoto, schmigoto. Like the summer vacations of my youth, O-Bon (and my family's visit) zipped by ...to use a hackneyed 'idiom' I was required to teach my adults a few weeks back. Now I am left to teach these children how to speak in full sentences and to teach these adults how to