From St. Hilda’s (Girls)
It was cloudy and freezing today. In the morning we had English language classes as the previous day. Our girls looked more relaxed than last Friday. At lunch time, they picked up their meals they ordered in the morning at the school canteen, “購買”, and met their buddies.
In the afternoon, they went to classes with their buddies. I looked around the classes and visited a Japanese language class and a math class.
As I am teaching English as a foreign language, the Japanese language class was very interesting. It was the one for beginners. They were learning hiragana (平仮名)．Each hiragana has its own story for students to learn the pronunciation and the form. For example, they learned today, “わ (wa)”, “ね(ne)” and “れ (re)”. They look too similar for beginners to tell one from another, they have stories. “わ (wa)” is from Wand in Harry Potter (I’m not sure but she told us). The story of “ね(ne)” is a hole in the netball net because it has a hole in it. The story of “れ (re)” is a man having a rest against a tree because it looks like a tired man sitting under a tree.
I also visited a math class. Konomi and Mizuki were there with their buddies sitting next to them. The students used computers. They were learning “Residuals,” and “Residual plot.” I’m not sure what the terms mean. After the teacher gave explanation, they began to input some numbers into the computers. I left the classroom at that point. I’m sorry, Konomi and Mizuki! I’m a bad teacher to have run away from the math class and left you two in there.
After the classes they went back home very cheerfully. They all are very happy and enjoy their stay here.
Bye, for now.
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