2011年9月10日土曜日

miscommunication 1

Amy's last year of kinder and they have a whole slew of graduation oriented activities. The latest one is a survey that will be collated and the answers used in the city-wide kinder alumni book.

We flew through the first few questions:

Favourite kinder lunch menu?
Seaweed salad, clear soup and fish with eggs in them (as you do)

Favourite kinder snack?
Fruit salad served in a hollowed out watermelon (we live next door to watermelon village)

Favourite food mummy makes for you?
cereal!
Ummmmm, I don't really make that honey, I just add the milk. How about something we have for tea?
Ummmmm.... hamburgers!

Favourite breakfast food?
cereal! (Should have seen that one coming)

Food you don't like?
Ummm...... nothing.
Nothing?
Nothing.
What about ummm... nothing?
Nothing.

Ok, I'll write nothing.

So I wrote 'nashi' which is Japanese for nothing.

Only it's a homonym for nashi pear.

And Amy can read hiragana now.

NO!!

What?

Why did you write nashi? I love nashi! that's why you never buy me nashi, because you think I hate them. I love nashi. Don't write nashi!

I impressed myself by writing down the two kanji for the different nashi off the top of my head and explaining that they sounded the same but meant different things. As I was sitting there patting myself on the back I realised the problem with my fabulous feat:

"I can't read that! I haven't learned kanji yet! And I love nashi!"

Ok ok ok, I'll write "nai desu." There isn't anything.

Ok. Because I love nashi.

It was at this point that K, who had only been in the adjoining room but it was morning and he has his cone of silence on in the mornings, walked in and checked over the form.

Mmmm.... hmmm...... ahh...

You should have written 'nashi' instead of "nai desu."

Amy and I answered in unison:

Noooooooooooo!

2 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

LOL, that K had on the "cone of silence"

Am wondering if in your town or village if they will run tests for Amy and her classmates. Noah has to go twice next month for testing with everyone else entering first grade next year. Reading, writing, which is fine. So no worries. But they have a whole bunch of other tests too. IQ test and the whole shebang. @_@

thefukases さんのコメント...

Wow..... nope. Haven't heard anything at all about this. Wonder if it's a Chiba thing? B's school is a pilot school right? Maybe it's that school? Or maybe I just don't know about it yet as we haven't had our first meeting for school orientation yet. (It's next week.) I know sometime in November (don't worry, I know the date just don't have it here!) we go and she has a physical and I hand in a survey about our daily life with who lives in the house and all but that's all I think she's being tested on.

The reading and writing test interests me as Meg's school tells us not to teach any reading or writing before they start school....

I'll keep you posted!