|STORM'S A COMIN', TIE DOWN THE TRASH CANS AND THE LAWN CHAIRS AND THE CHILDREN!
||[Sep. 16th, 2006|08:32 pm]
I haven't been paying attention to the news lately. All the TV news and the papers are in Japanese, and although I could check the Internet, I have to ask myself if I really want to spend my precious Internet time reading about how many people were killed by whatever group and which new civil liberties our president has suspended as a result.
So yesterday I was teaching a lesson off in Yokkaichi on Talking About Recent News, and I was stumped. I started by talking about the war in Iraq, which unless our government has suddenly gotten MUCH better at doing what they do I can safely assume is still going on. But that got boring after a while, so I asked my students to tell me what sort of news they read in the Yokkaichi newspapers that morning.
"Well," one person said, "the Emperor's daughter had a new baby, a Super Typhoon is going to hit Nagoya on Monday, and the Dragons are expected to make it all the way to the Japan Series." "Oh," I say "so what is the Emperor's dayughter going to name...WAIT A SECOND SUPER TYPHOON GOING TO HIT NAGOYA?!?!?!?!"
Yes, apparently a Super Typhoon is heading towards Nagoya at this very moment. A typhoon is the Japanese equivalent of a hurricane, and a Super Typhoon is the Japanese equivalent of a Giant Hurricane Of The Apocalypse That Will Kill Us All. This one is named Super Typhoon Shanshan and has winds of a hundred ten miles an hour.
And after overcoming my initial panic, I am really psyched. I used to sit outside with an umbrella during thunderstorms at college and go "Oooooooh..." whenever there was a particularly pretty flash of lightning. I have never been in a typhoon before, but I'll bet they're way cool. I'm not going to do anything stupid, but just being inside during one should be nifty enough. I just hope it doesn't change course or anything.
Also, I just need to share this conversation I had with a twelve year old girl. I was teaching a lesson on stereotypes; the basic goal was to learn to make generalizations like "Americans eat hamburgers" and then be nice and politically correct and say "Well, although some Americans like hamburgers, not all of them do." I was sticking to food and drink to avoid anything more offensive. The conversation went like this.
"So, who do you think eats a lot of hamburgers?"
"Good. And who do you think eats a lot of pizza?"
"Good. Who do you think eats a lot of rice?"
"Good. And who do you think drinks a lot of beer?"