I went to a free Japanese class at the International Students Center today. It took about an hour walking and taking the subway. Once you g et there, we signed up and then sit and wait (like in a doctor’s office) until a volunteer comes for you. You get an hour or more of private one on one so you can proceed at your own level. It was fun! They have classes three times a week.
It has been snowing on and off and the pavements got icy and slippery again and of course I fell! Even though I had Solomon snow clogs on. Darn those girls in heels! One of the volunteers at the center told me that one has to shuffle when you walk on snow and ice. No wonder alot of Japanese walk like they are always running and shuffling.
Yesterday, when I was walking to another free Japanese class – this time it was conversation – I noticed that all the lovely statues and snow carvings were gone and a couple of bull dozers were hard at work demolishing the really huge ones. Sad.
At the conversation class, there were 7 volunteers asking me questions in Japanese. I could answer some of them but it was nerve wrecking and my stupid nose was itching from the cold. It was minus 5 when I walked for about an hour to get to this center (different place from the japanese classes). I was so cold.
I cannot understand how the Japanese school girls withstand the cold. They have UGGS boots on – most of them – but it looked like they have nothing between the knees and their thighs. I hear they rolled up their skirts when they leave school so the skirts are reall short. Brrr… some have stockings on but mostly they were just bare skin…oh….man!!