I took a few outdoor lessons. I used Skype on my smart phone and earbuds with a mic. I was in front of Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto. This temple is a world heritage site. But I didn’t enter the temple because I like the alleys around the temple more than the temple itself. But I showed a gate a little bit, and we saw what looked to be a monk wearing a hat. The man looked like he prayed and collected money. I have my doubts about him, though. We don’t know if he is a real monk or not. Teacher X told me, “Knock his hat off!” I didn’t understand what he said at first, but I guess he said a joke as usual.
Of course, I didn’t knock his hat off, but I didn’t give him any money.
After that, I wanted to quickly go to my favorites alleys , but I couldn’t. There were so many people such as junior high school students on a field trip and visitors from around the world. I heard some different languages.
There are a lot of interesting alleys. Two of the alleys have interesting stairways. They are named Ni-nen-zaka and San-nen-zaka. If one trips and falls down on these stairs they will either die in two years for the former and in three years for the latter.
During this class, teacher X asked me a lot of questions. I wanted to reply smoothly in English, but I couldn’t. Next time I should gather more information and practice speaking.
For my next lesson, I had an outdoor session from Fushimi-Inari. There are 30,000 shrines in Japan to the god Inari, and this is the main one. This is a popular spot to pray for success in business and also there are a lot of picaresque gates. It was used as a set for the movie Sayuri, as well. There were so many people. I started our session between the first second gates. The only people around was a couple, who looked American or British. They were smiling at me, I guess they speak English. I was a little bit embarrassed because I was talking to my English teacher using my smart phone and headset, but they might have thought I was talking to myself! 😅 However, I had to speak my English. I had a cheat sheet for this class. I couldn’t explain even common places during my last outdoor session. So I prepared English sentences. I think I may have been a better tour guide than last time.
But the streets were so crowded. Besides, the internet connection was getting worse. I wanted to walk faster. But some guys, speaking my native language, were walking slowly in front of me. Teacher X saw it, too. At that time, he said, “Get out of my way!” And he said it in my language. “Is this correct?” I thought it was a little bit incorrect. I said,”That language is kind of strong, so I can’t say now.”
I guess he said it to me as a joke to bother me. 😤
I want to use jokes and sarcasm in English someday, too.😏 I can learn it in teacher X’s class. As it is now, I’m a sitting duck for these types of jokes. But I’ll get even. 😎
Knock it off = hit it off, kick it off, fast motion
field trip = Trip to study
garbled = difficult to hear/understand
The audio today was in and out.
for the former = first
for the latter = second, later
picaresque = beautiful, very nice scene
sitting duck = someone who is easy to attack or easy to cheat
get even = to do something unpleasant to someone to punish them for something that they did to you
digression = an act of talking about something that is not connected with the main point of what you are saying
goofy = stupid or silly