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Murakami Haruki in Czech Language   

This time I would like to write a little about literature, because it is my major and because many of you already heard a little bit about my research about Murakami Haruki.

Well, 10 years ago Murakami Haruki was not well-known in my country at all. But that has changed soon after the first translations of his works to Czech language.

The first translation, Norwegian Wood (『ノルウェイの森』)was published in 2002, two years later, in 2004 was published the translation of the novel called South of the Border, West of the Sun(『国境の南、太陽の西』), in next two years Kafka on the Shore (『海下のカフカ』), which brought Murakami Haruki the prestige literature prize (Kafka literature prize) in 2007. In the same year there was next translation on the Czech books market – the short novel called Afterdark (『アフターダーク』). The next translation was the fantastic novel The End of World and Hardboiled Wonderland (『世界の終わりとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド』)in the 2008 and last year (2009) came in Czech, the lesbian love story Sputnik Sweetheart (『スプートニクの恋人』.

I wander which novel will be next available in my language?!

Ivona

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-03-31 15:26 | 英会話 スクール 札幌

Spring? Not yet!   

I just came back yesterday from a 2-days trip to Okayama (close to the Shikoku island on Honshu). I was studying there, how to teach English to very young children. I had a really great time, because also the weather was beautiful.

On Monday morning I left my hotel at 8 AM and took a look around the area close to the Okayama station. There was a really cute water channel and along many trees and flowers were blooming. I could also hear some birds singing there "A morning in spring"-melody. That moment I felt really jealous, because all that I can hear since I came back to Hokkaido are the crows sobbing and sound of my shoes splashing through the only slowly melting combination of snow and ice. :(

So what do you think, how much longer do we have to endure the winter? Is there any ray of hope? Please let me know!

Matthias

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-03-25 14:45 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

SPRING IS IN THE AIR   

Hello everyone!
It has been a while since I wrote here last time. Really hope everyone has been well and healthy. It looks like spring is just ..about to happen, but maybe it is not quite here yet.

Maybe this is my least favourite time of the year..early spring, with its unstable weather and wet snow. I really look forward to real spring with all the flower blossoms and of course Hanami. Actually I have never seen cherry blossoms, so this year will be my first time. I cannot wait for the Golden week to head to Maruyama park for my first ever Hanami. If anyone could suggest any other good places –you are most welcome:O)

Also we have just passed two important dates this month, being the White Day in Japan and Women’s Day in Russia (8th March). I am very delighted that holidays of this kind exist -because that provides a great chance for men to express their appreciation and gratitude to women that they love/like/respect/are being good friends with. I think in Japan the meaning of this day is narrower, being limited to lovers. But in Russia it is the day men have to congratulate virtually all women around them- mother, wife, daughter, female boss/colleagues etc. The best and most appreciated present is fresh flowers. In other words men on that day are really..in trouble (-. -;;;)

Remarkably for some mysterious reason in Russia Women’s Day is an official public holiday while Men’s Day (23rd of February) is not – maybe that is unfair? Gomen ne, all men :OP

As regards my Japanese studies, lately we have challenged honorific language (sonkeigo and kenjyogo) – that was tough. It is like learning all you have learnt so far once again in its honorific form. Luckily , in Russian we also have honorific language, which makes mastering the whole concept easier(though as usual Japanese has beaten any other language by toughness- having two forms of honorific speech!). At times like this it comes to my mind that the more languages you know, the easier it is to learn the subsequent ones. When I look at my Japanese notes- it is a mixture of explanations and translations written in English and Russian - whatever comes to my head first, some grammar patters being more similar to English ones, some to Russian ones – so I guess it definitely helps me learn Japanese.

So everyone please do your best studying English and whatever languages presented by CCC staff and beyond… 頑張って!

Anna

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-03-25 14:36 | 札幌 英会話 国際

Spring finally arrives   

Hello Everyone

It’s so nice to see that spring is finally on its way. I can’t wait for cherry blossoms, beer and warm weather. I am also really looking forward to being able to go jogging again, as the winter months seem to have taken their toll and I’ve put on a bit of weight!! But I am sure it’ll just fall off me when the weather warms up. Maybe we could all talk about ways to lose weight, or maybe I should just eat more Japanese style food….

I had a bit of a hard month in February because my pipes froze a few times. It was really bad, but I was able to get them fixed for a very cheap price, which was really good. February was also the month of romance. Did everyone get some nice chocolates? I bought my girlfriend one of my favourite books, and she gave me some of my favourite chocolates. They were so delicious.

Well, I look forward to talking with everyone.

Sean

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-03-05 19:58 | 札幌 英会話 サークル