Saturday, September 29, 2007

Elementary Class Day 32-34

Our Kunoichi teacher brought her mother, who came from Japanese to visit our teacher, to the class. Therefore our teacher talked a lot about her family in the class, after 後で(あとで)she described the content 内容(ないよう)of ninja magic and answered our questions 質問(しつもん).

Sensei is married, so she wears a ring 結婚指輪(けっこんゆびわ). There is a rabbit with long ears 耳(みみ)and a dog in her home in Japan. The dog is male 雄(オス) while the rabbit is female 雌(メス). She would like to buy something 買物(かいもの)as a present プレゼント for her mother, especially there is a discount ティスカウント or a mega sale 割引き(わりびき), no matter whether it is a bunch 束(たば)of flower or a loaf 斤(きん)of bread. It was wonderful if 50% off 50(ごじゅう)パーオフ.

Sensei liked playing ninja codes in childihood. 084 means Good Morning おはよう. 39 means Thank You サンキュウ.

Sensei likes Chinese meal 中華料理(ちゅうかりょうり), such as 炒飯(チャーハン). On the other hand, Chinese can eat anything that move, so there are various kinds of foods 食物(しょくもの). We raised a lot of foods else 他の(ほかの)we like:

Abalone 鮑(あわび)
buckwheat 蕎麦(そば)
Citron 柚子(ゆず)
Curry Chicken チキンカレー
Enokitake えのき茸(たけ)
Fried Chicken 唐揚げ(からあげ)
Fruit 果物(くだもの)
Hot ホット/熱い
Iced アイス/冷たい(つめたい)
Japanese radish 大根(だいこん)
Octopus 章魚(たこ)
Ox tongue 牛タン
Pizza お好み焼き(おこのみやき)
Plum Wine 梅酒(うめしゅ)
Sea Cucumber 海鼠(なまこ)
Sea Urchin 海胆(うに)
Shark Fin 鱶鰭(ふかひれ)
Sukiyaki すき焼き
Swallow Nest 燕の巣(つばめのす)
Teppanyaki 鉄板焼き(てっぱんやき)
Tortoises Jelly 亀ゼリー
Tropical Fish 熱帯魚(ねったいぎょ)
Vinegar ポン酢(ポンず)
Whale 鯨(くじら)

When we were crazy to talk about our favorite foods, Sensei suddenly wrote down something on the whiteboard 白板(はくばん)(Yes, we are moderm, we do not use a blackboard 黒板(こくばん)):

Next Lesson: Chapter 4 Test!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Pirates versus Ninjas



Pirates versus Ninjas is a well-known Internet humor. Yet they have not been trapped in the Internet, they have been fighting on the big screen. That is Pirates versus Ninjas: The Movie.



The producer chose the pretty woman as a ninja. This is an excellent choice. Since both are silent, wear black clothes and must be on a strict diet, they match.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Elementary Class Day 31

日本語での注文(ちゅうもん)に挑戦(ちょうせん)しましょう!

Sensei asked us to practise this Friday. We will dress up black suit to commit the mission in a restaurant レストラン. Kunoichi students should dress up black stocking certainly. Here is the order:

店員(てんいん):いらっしゃいませ、何名様(なんめいさま)でしょうか。
客(きゃく):2名です。??はありますか。
店員:ございます、こちらへどうぞ。申し訳(もうしわけ)ございません、??でもよろしいですか。

??=カウンター席(せき)/窓席/広い席/お座敷(ざしき)/テーブル席

店員:ご注文はお決(き)まりでしょうか。
客:はい、??を1つ、??を2つ、以上(いじょう)で、とりあえず。
店員:畏(かしこ)まりました、では、ご注文を復唱(ふくしょう)いたします。??を1つ、??を2つ、以上(いじょう)でよろしいでしょうか。
客:はい、おねがいします。

??=食物(しょくもつ)

We will fight in restaurants. Are we similar to the heroines of Variable Geo?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Optical Illusion

The optical illusion is a well-known ninja magic.


Does the Kunoichi rotate clockwisely or counter-clockwisely?

If you find it clockwise, then your right brain hemisphere is dominant, else so is your left-brain.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Elementary Class Day 30

A ninja has to purchase essential material during mission. Money is needed. In Japan, Goods and Services Tax 消費税(しょうひぜい)is charged by 5%.

When a good is decribed with a fixed price, の is not needed such as 50 dollar stamp 50円切手; When a good is described with a changable price, の is needed such as notebook costing 50 dollars 50円のノート.

If a mission succeeds, a lord will give a gift to the team of ninja and ask them to choose one: 選(えら)んでください。You should say これがいいです you really like the gift rather than これでいいです you choose because of no other better choice. Otherwise, you will be punished after success of mission.

For your information, here are some highlight of the final exam of the first semester 期末試験:

A:一階の教室に誰がいますか。
B:学生がいます。
A:二階の教室にも学生いますか。
B:いいえ、二階の教室には誰もいません。

A:学校の前に何がありますか。
B:薬屋や花屋や本屋などがあります。
A:図書館ありますか。
B:いいえ、図書館はありません。
A:図書館はどこにありますか。
B:あの銀行の後ろです。

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Elementary Class Day 29

Sensei announced that the prime minister of Japan resigned. 安倍総理(あべそうり)が辞(や)めた

Will ninja die for his resignation because of loyality? Definitely not. Japan is a fully democratic nation. The government of the people by the people for the people operates with separation of powers amongst the administration, the congress and the court.

Cosmoman said that ninja code was confusing. Here are some examples:

十八(じゅうはち)番(ばん)
十八番(おはこ)
The literal meaning is No. 18. The actual meaning is the most favorite skill.

二十(にじゅう)歳(さい)
二十歳(はたち)
Twenty years old

Following the lesson, there are many homeworks.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Elementary Class Day 28

あぁぁ!宿題が沢山ありますね。
Ah! There are many homeworks.

The training becomes more tough in the new semester. There are many forms of numbering for ninja. You may get wrong if you have not enough focus. What a pity! 惜しい(おしい)

Ninja mission is critical. Sensei urged us not to be the worst 最低(サイテー)otherwise we will be like that:

あのくノ一が死んでいます(しんでいます)。
That female ninja is dead.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Elementary Class Day 27

皆様(みんなさま)、久(ひさ)しぶり。
Long time no see, everybody.

夏休み has just finished. I did not practise anymore in the summer vacation, so I felt very difficult in the first lesson of 二学期(にがっき)the second semester. There are so many new spellings. In addition, ninja numbering is different from the normal one, epecially for counting word 助数詞(じょすうし). Therefore normal enemies could not count what a ninja has counted, especially in an order 注文(ちゅうもん).

Since a ninja must follow any order from her lord, when her lord completes his statement of the order, she should respond to him.

She should say "I have understood" わかりました or more polite form is "I have certainly understood" かしこまりました.

For ninja, a negative statement of an adjective word is not just add "NOT", but its suffix will be changed. Yet some is completely changed.

Good いい
Not good よくありません

Decoding ninja word is always challenging, isn't it?

PS: It is interesting to find that Taiwan Education Department recorded varied writing of Chinese characters in Varied Writing Dictionary 異體字字典. Many ninja words are derived from the varied forms of their original forms.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Domination


Ninja 3: Domination

A female ninja is a girl who is absolutely loyal to her master without any personnal mind. She is controlled by her master and ready to die for a mission.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Chiho Ballad

This is the Chinese version of Kunoichi Rhapsody

千穗辭

的答復答的,千穗當戶泣,不聞打字聲,惟聞女歎息。
問女何所思?問女何所憶?女亦無所思,女亦無所憶。
昨夜見忍帖,天皇大點兵;秘書十二卷,卷卷有爺名。
阿爺無大兒,千穗無長兄,願穿鎖子甲,從此替爺征。

東市買套裙,西市買高跟,南市買絲襪,北市買面紗。
旦辭爺孃去,暮宿黃河邊,不聞爺孃喚女聲,但聞黃河流水聲濺濺。
旦辭黃河去,暮宿黑山頭,不聞爺孃喚女聲,但聞燕山鐵騎聲啾啾。

萬里赴戎機,關山度若飛,
朔氣傳金柝,寒光照黑絲。
忍者百戰死,女忍一人虜。

虜來見天子,天子坐明堂,水責十二轉,木馬百千鈞。
可汗問遺言,千穗不苟且偷生,願借柳木千里送,送兒還故鄉。

爺孃聞女來,出郭相扶棺;阿姊聞妹來,當戶理素妝;
小弟聞姊來,磨刀霍霍向豬羊。
開我東閣門,坐我西閣床;脫我黑絲襪,還我舊時裳;
當窗理雲鬢,對鏡帖花黃。出門驗支那,支那皆驚惶:
同敵十二年,不知千穗未成年。

老兔腳撲朔,稚兔眼迷離,兩兔傍地走,安能辨我是老稚?