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22 October 2009 @ 08:57 pm
It feels like my Japanese communications skills are finally turning a corner; they still suck, of course, but it's gotten to the point that it feels like practicing my conversation skills isn't a frustrating (and completely enervating) waste of effort. I had to pick up a fair bit of grammar and (especially) a lot of vocabulary to get here, but I'm starting to be able to actually communicate (if not competently, at least effectively) on a relatively wide range of topics. Not everything (mind you), but more than (say) travel, food, and studying Japanese. I still sound like an idiot, of course, but that goes with the territory.

In other news, I found out the results of the 上南戦 (jounansen) photography contest... I got second place with:

First place would have been nice, of course, but despite a fair number of people saying "you'll win for sure" I never actually expected it (I mean, really, there are a lot of students here, I'm sure there are plenty of competent photographers). I'm happy about it.

I have a grammar test tomorrow, though, so I can be happy about it some more later after I'm done.
In the mood: tiredtired
asakiyume: hummingbirdasakiyume on October 22nd, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Is this the photo? I'm impressed.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on October 24th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yep. Thanks!

Edited at 2009-10-24 02:09 pm (UTC)
Aifebruaryfour on October 22nd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! ♥ (Show us the first-place picture?)

Edited at 2009-10-22 01:38 pm (UTC)
spa on October 22nd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
I feel the same as you do...my English sucks though my speaking is getting better as i have more chance to speak with people these days.

You are good or better than my level, i think.since Jochi daigaku is top class university in Tokyo and hard to enter.
Good luck!
hamanosilencehamanosilence on October 22nd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Congratz Doug the star photographer :)
If you would have made more people pics before you prolly would have won :P

Good luck on the test tomorrow :)