I went back up to Asheville for Memorial Day, to help the folks out and to take a bunch of photos. I’m still a bit behind on the editing, so I’ll post them when they’re ready.
New/Old Teachers and GTD
I started working with my new/old tutor last night over Skype. New because now we’re working over Skype, but old because she was one of my teachers at Yamasa, and is the wife of one of the guys I hung out with at Zig Zag every now and then. They’re both wonderful people.
She’s going to help me get my business Japanese back into shape, although part of our lesson is just chatting in regular Japanese. I need to do that as well, because, you know, you don’t use it, you lose it.
The calligraphy classes in Japanese have also been great. M-sensei has been a lot of fun to work with. She’s not only a good instructor, but also a good calligrapher, too.
I’ve also been getting back into GTD lately. It’s nice to have a clean inbox, but getting through all of those papers was not fun. They call it “Collect,” but I needed a bulldozer for it.
Working on My Japanese
I met up with my first Japanese teacher from when I was a grad student about ten years ago. A-sensei is a great person who will always help a former student out, and I really appreciate it. We had a nice chat and she’s going to connect me with some local folks to talk to.
I’m also waiting to hear back from some other folks in Japan about getting a tutor for the business Japanese.
Language is a muscle. If you don’t use it, it atrophies. Fast. So the more people I can talk to in Japanese, the better.