What do I do as a teacher in Japan?
Some of my readers are so curious about my job as a teacher in Japan. They asked me if I can talk a bit about my work instead of shopping or the latest Japanese gadgets. To be honest, there are some of the things I really can’t disclose. However, there’s this incident I really wanna share with you guys, if you plan on coming to Japan to live or work. You’ll get what I mean after reading this.
What are you saying?
A 6th grade Japanese homeroom teacher and I had been planning on a lesson to be delivered yesterday. The teacher told me last week he’d prepare everything for the lesson so I was relieved and didn’t do any planning. When I saw him yesterday morning I reminded him about this, yet he asked me back if I’d prepared anything. Ok obviously neither of us had prepared anything for the lesson so I suggested we use the textbook instead of games because it wouldn’t take any time to prepare.
Lost in translation
‘We’re using the textbook,’ I said . There emerged a big question mark on his face.
‘We are using the textbook,’ I slowed down in case he didn’t get it.
‘Can you …. speak slowly?’he requested.
‘I don’t think I can as I am speaking really slowly and it would sound like a robot if I do it more slowly,’ I can’t help thinking.
Now, I understand why my boss always asks me to slow down as I speak to Japanese people in English.