Dessert Buffet

On Saturday I began by going to the gym. There were groups of guys there doing weightlifting. They always make grunts of effort and pain when they left and it makes me wonder if it’s really worth it for them :P

I met up with some people from school afterwards for dessert buffet at the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel. It is a two-week event special buffet. We had to wait around 45 minutes for a seat. I grabbed like ten slices of cake on my first go. Bad mistake, probably!!! I could feel the sugar saturating in my throat by the time I got to the last piece. There were quite a lot of choices - chocolate cake, caramel cake, apple cake, melon cake, shortcake, chocolate roll cake, caramelized apple, etc. In my rush I forgot to take any pictures. Nevertheless, I got full super fast. The entire thing was 2000 yen. Everyone else with me ate a huge amount; I was really surprised!

After that, I went to Starbucks to meet up with G2, P, and N. Then we went to Small Spaces (I think we all like that place quiet a lot) for food. I actually could stomach a curry :P We stayed there and chatted and I left around 10.30.

So I’ve been living here a month now, and here are some things about the language I have learned:
1. As a foreigner you don’t really have to worry about when to say こんにちは (konnichiwa)、おはようございます (ohayou gozaimasu)、or こんばんは (konbanwa). Some textbooks say there are certain times during the day you should say it, like, no konnichiha before 11. That’s not true. I’ve heard a lot of Japanese people say whichever greeting they want (within reasonable time overlaps, of course).

2. As a foreigner try to say お願いします (onegai shimasu) whenever you are requesting someone (like a shop person) to do something instead of saying はい (hai). I’ve realized I’ve been saying hai a lot simply because I don’t get what they’re asking and pretend I know what they’re talking about. But if you know what they’re talking about, like them asking ‘Shall I heat this up for you?’ or ‘Would you like another drink?’, saying ‘yes, please’ instead of ‘yup’ is a lot better, isn’t it?

3. I am always confused when to use polite/casual form with other people. I asked N’s friend the other day. She said when you are first meeting someone, polite form usual lasts for 2-3 minutes. Then, you can start speaking casual. I asked why sometimes people switch in the middle of a conversation, and she said it is for emphasis. I’m still a little bit confused about that. I wonder if they are unconscious of it. For me, it’s simply a case of my mouth slipping before my brain thinks about the form.

4. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments about my lack of accent. :D Yay! (does it cover up my lack of conversational skills?) So, to impress Japanese, it is important to work on your accent and tone, because I know a lot of people who have great command of vocabulary and grammar, but have a heavy foreigner accent. The best way is to listen to a lot of things and repeat it back in the same tone. Maybe Chinese people have an easier time because they are used to tones..?

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