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Friday, 30 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
"kimoii" which is slang for "gross!". It's actually "kimochi warui" 気持ち悪い which literally means "feeling bad/gross", but then people (teens usually) just take the first two syllables and the last and shorten the phrase to make it easier to yell.
To be honest, I don't really use it that much because, for some reason, it really seems (and sounds) to me like a word only high school girls use. Maybe that's because I spent a year in a high school and those were the people that used it. It also lends it self to high pitched, dragged out versions of "kimoi~~~~"...
Now, this (sort of) connects to this week's topic in that at Science World, one of the workshops I taught was called "Grossology". As you can see, I finally secured some pictures of me leading the workshops and while it may seem a bit "lecture"-esque, the workshops really do use a lot of very simple, very cheap props to help the students along the way. Here we're talking about the digestive system and in a few moments, the TV beside me will show clips of a real, live endoscopy. It's great fun listening to the kids' reactions as they watch the camera slide down a person's throat and into the stomach.
The best part of all this is that by using real items as examples, the learning becomes that bit more experiential and that make it all the more useful. They may not remember all the names of all the body parts, but if they even remember that I had put water into the "corn syrup blood" to make it thinner and easier to pump, then that's learning in itself.
I'm actually in the middle of a PSWK Summer Karate Camp and I try to make sure that I don't overload the students with "explaining" and instead have them "doing". And it seems to work because they're all having a great time, they feel like they're getting "more" out of it, and I still have chances to tweak them as they're going along.
Nothing gross about that... =P
Thursday, 1 July 2010
"tesou" 手相 which is "palm reading". Yes, like astrology or tarot cards, the type of palm reading that is supposed to decipher the mysteries of your life.
Now, I certainly don't think that palm reading is something exclusive to the Japanese (and it's not) but I do distinctly remember one time when I was intrigued by it...
I'm reminded of this because yesterday, again out of boredom, I was flipping through the channels and stumbled upon a Chinese show which had invited a palm reader (or "palmist") to explain some of the finer details of palm reading.
Now, I should point out I don't believe in any of this stuff. I even find Wikipedia is overly kind in calling it a "psuedoscience". But I do find it interesting what they read into.
For example, on your dominant hand, the one line that goes from the edge of your palm (between your thumb and index finger) and arcs down towards your wrist tells tales about your life. One thing I remember hearing about was how the "choppier" the line was, the worse your health would be. And that the closer the "choppiness" was to your wrist, the later the onset of said disease.
This, to me, is pretty hard to believe. How would a palm crease tell of illness as a child or as a senior? I suppose MAYBE if you were sick as a child and you spent a long time clinching your fist, perhaps the line would be less smooth. But to be able to say that you'd be sick LATER in life? Right.......
Anyway, just a funny story I thought I'd share. In other news, Happy Canada Day!!
Perhaps someone can read Canada's lines and creases and figure out what kind of future it has...
Oh wait, that's geology isn't it?... and that IS real... =P