Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Missed the Frat Party

My Japanese exam yesterday when better than I expected. I didn't ask anyone to sit under a chair like I may have on the previous quiz. But I probably wrote "Please help the phone." I was going for originality on that one.

Now I have a composition due tomorrow. A one page paper written completely in Japanese is due tomorrow. And the worst part is that I'm expected to write about my day.

We learned lots of great verbs in class. Verbs like, to go, to eat, to play, to watch TV or to watch a movie. We learned how to say "I'm working at my part time job today" or "I'm studying to be a dentist." Important things like that.

We did not learn how to say, "I did the laundry, washed the dishes, broke up an argument between my kids, listened to my friend about her divorce, spoke to my son's teacher about cuss words on the playground, paid bills online, negotiated TV prices with people from craigslist (another post to come about that), postponed making a dentist appointment or gave up on looking for curtains to go with the new paint in the bedroom." I don't understand why they don't put those activities first in the textbook designed for college students.

I guess I am not your typical college student. I do all of the work but miss out on the frat parties on the weekend. And I'm not sure that's a bad thing anymore.

12 comments:

Joyce-Anne said...

Maybe it's time the textbook publishers catch up with the times? Good luck with writing about your day.

Lynn said...

I knew you would do OK. And maybe you should just say you are studying to be a dentist and call it a day. :)

When I was taking Spanish a few years ago, I learned to make the compositions a little less complicated, ie. instead of talking about my part-time job, etc., it was just about going to lunch with a friend and eating a sandwich. :)

Talon said...

I'm glad your exam went well and I'm sorry they didn't have a "Japanese for Over-worked Moms" course available! ;)

girlytwins said...

It is funny that they don't teach you the practical things when you are learning a new language. I attended many a frat party in my day, you're not missing out on anything LOL.

I hope you don't tell your teacher in your composition that you put your kids in the washer and dryer :)

Extra Ordinary Me said...

I've had my fill of frat parties.
What's the occasion for learning Japanese?

Momisodes said...

That is too funny. I think learning how to negotiate would be great :)

And you're definitely not missing out on those frat parties.

Together We Save said...

Ummm no more frat parties... time for exams now.

LL Cool Joe said...

"Please help the phone" cracked me up! I never did the frat parties when I was a student. I was too boring. Now I would!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Think you are right... I would rather be learning Japanese than going to frat parties..Too many kids flunking out due to things like too many frat parties!!!!!!

Glad you did well, Cookie. I knew you would.
Hugs,
Betsy

Lu's Place said...

Congrats! I think we all thought you would do just fine and we all proud of you.

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I have to 2nd Lynn! When I took Spanish in college every essay I wrote was ridiculously boring - lots of eating, sleeping, and walking. I did not do well in that class.

Jannie Funster said...

If ever I had to go back to another frat party I'd puke, and not at all a booze-induced session.