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[Wednesday,
September 27th, 2006]

namida801023

JAPANESE LESSONS UPDATE
                       For
9/26/2006

On Tuesday we covered:
* Numbers from 1-10
* Katakana alphabet
* Hiragana with extra sounds
* Simple words in Japanese
If you were not there, or you were only there for half the time (due to the senior meeting) and you would like the worksheets, please comment and I will bring them for you. :)

For simple words, we covered:
- yama (mountain)
- kawa (river)
- kuma (bear)
- pi-za (pizza)
-toire doko desuka? (where is the bathroom?)
- mame (bean)
I don't know that these were all the words we covered, but you can ask someone who was there if you want the details. However, I will provide worksheets at the next meeting with these words plus new words that we will go over in class (so you can wait till then to get the words).


NEXT TIME

* The next meeting will be on MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2006 -- lunch time! Be there!
* We will cover more basic words and try to get conversation words/phrases going
* REMEMBER: these lessons are strictly voluntary, so how in depth you want to go is totally up to you. I will teach you the basics of Japanese. However, if you want to be able to carry a conversation in Japanese by the end of the year, you need to work independently (I don't mean like study like crazy, more like, try memorizing some of the words/phrases/alphabets I give you to improve your reading/writing skills). However, I will help you if you don't understand something. Just ask--if I'm not unbelievably busy, I will love to help you out.

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[Friday,
September 22nd, 2006]

namida801023

JAPANESE LESSONS UPDATE

* We went through what each person wanted to accomplish from these lessons, many of which included:
  - speaking
  - reading
  - understanding conversation
  - writing
  - sentence structure
  - anime stuff

* Discussed the nature of these lessons:
  - These classes are strictly voluntary, so there won't be any tests, quizzes, or homework (and if there is homework, it won't be mandatory that you do it)

* We practiced the Hiragana alphabet and the pronunciation of each letter. If you didn't go but would like the worksheet with the alphabet on it, contact me and I will give you an extra.

NEXT TIME

* Next meeting is on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 during lunch (1st and 2nd half--bring your lunches! (or bring tupperware to put your cafeteria food in so the janitors don't get you))

* We will discuss the Katakana alphabet and touch on kanji

* We will run through the numbers from 1 to 10 then work with simple words in the Hiragana & Katakana alphabet

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Possible Activities [Thursday,
September 21st, 2006]

kikkomansauce
***ATTENTION***

Those of you who attended the last meeting on Wednesday (September 20th) should remember that I asked you guys to write down some activities that you guys want to do. I have currently looked over them and will post/comment on them here.

Common Ideas:


- Anime/Movie Viewings: This is an activity that we ACCers DEFINITELY want to do, whether it is going to be after-school or during lunch. We are trying to get these Anime/Viewing nights approved by Mr. Argueta, but it IS proving to be quite difficult. As Hanae stated in the previous update, Hayao Miyazaki movies (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc.) will definitely be our best bet for now.
- Karate/Martial Arts Lessons: This was actually a very popular idea. Since we DO have a sparring club (which isn’t very good, mind you), I don’t think this will be a problem approval-wise. Although I’m pretty sure that Eric/Kevin/Chewbacca or whatever his name is going to be teaching these lessons, I am quite skilled myself, and I could offer my assistance.
- Asian Cuisine: I personally love Asian Food, and this was also a very good idea. Unfortunately, as Hanae stated earlier, we probably can’t COOK the food here in school, ***BUT*** we can bring the food to school, have gatherings, and maybe even ***COOKING CONTESTS***. More on that later.
- Origami/Arts and Crafts: This is pretty much a given. We will definitely do these later in the year.
- Language/History Lessons: These are definitely going to be implemented, and Hanae is starting JAPANESE LESSONS on Friday, September 21st during all of lunch period.
- Asian Video Games: I’ve got lotsa asian video games. The only problem that I have is that some games are really text-driven, and understanding what is going on in the video game might be troublesome. BUT…if you want to play an Asian *PS2* video game, just tell me the title and I’ll try to get with you as soon as possible. This is going to need some approval from the administration, though.
- Dance Dance Revolution: Uh…isn’t the Chess club doing that?
- Tinkling Dances: Interesting idea, but the materials to actually do the dances (the poles, etc.) might be pretty hard to get.

Uncommon Ideas:


- Asian Fireworks: …awesome idea…not gonna happen.
- Weekly Asian History Lessons: We are probably going to be implementing this sometime. We’re starting off with just the Asian Holidays.
- Manga Shop: Again, a wonderful idea, but something that might be hard to implement.
- Documentary with Cin-Tech: YEAH! This is a good idea, but what exactly do you want us to cover? Whoever gave me this idea, come talk to me sometime this week or next week.
- Go Lessons: I will probably be teaching this very very soon. I’ll update next meeting. If you're interested, come talk to me.
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MEETING UPDATE & EXTRA INFO [Wednesday,
September 20th, 2006]

namida801023

MEETING UPDATE

* Chinese Moon Cake Festival "Essay" Contest
  - Essay prompt: Write a short create narrative with as much information about the festival (information is provided on the paper given out during the meeting--if you need one, contact Lulu Fang). Please keep it short and sweet so our judges won't be bogged down with tons of papers. : )

  - Prizes: The winner will receive a goody basket with yummy Asian treats ranging from Pocky to who-knows-what. :D 

 - Rules: Although we didn't mention this at the meeting, it is important that you 1) DO NOT write your name on your essay; that you 2) attach a SEPARATE SHEET of paper to your essay with your NAME and GRADE LEVEL. This way, the judges can judge your paper without bias. :)

  - DEADLINE: I believe we failed to mention this during the meeting (-_-;) but the deadline for these 'essays' is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2006. Get it in before any of the officers leave school--otherwise, it doesn't count. : (

* Japanese Lessons 
  - They start Friday, 9/22/06 in Ms. Prado's room (RM 402) during lunch (1st and 2nd half)

  - We will be covering the basics of the language such as the alphabet and pronunciation

  - Possible future discussions: Japanese literature, writing, poetry, grammar, conversation, and/or reading.

  - We will also discuss how we want to have these mini-lessons in the future and create a general outline of what we will cover over the year 

  - If you have any suggestions regarding the lessons, contact me (Hanae) through lj or talk to me at school

* Activities
  - I realize many of you are brimming with ideas about what our club should do. If, for any reason, you didn't get to write down (hand in) your ideas today, go ahead and tell Justin Vela (Activities Coordinator) so we can think them over and (hopefully) set them in action.

  - Common ideas seem to be gaming, eating, and anime. (lol) I'm not sure the gaming would work, but if you can figure out a way that the school would approve it, suggest it. Maybe it will work. Who knows. As for eating, since we can't cook at school (for obvious reasons), what we can do is give you recepies, you can make them at home, and (if you so chose) you can bring it to school to share/get advice. OR you can give us recepies, and someone else may make them. That's just an idea. 

  - As for anime, for now, I don't see how we would be able to have anime nights at the BLA since we have to have the anime Argueta-approved (and that is not very likely to happen). HOWEVER, we received a suggestion which was to show Hayao Miyazaki animation, which would provide 'anime' nights and, at the same time, teach Asian culture to the club. There is a much larger chance that Mr. Argueta would approve this over anime. Ovo What do you guys think?

  - Another idea which I thought was interesting was learning Asian etiquette and about the tea ceremonies. There is one issue, though. Who's going to teach it? I may be simply ignorant about Scitechians, but I don't know of anyone who could teach such things, as of now. Maybe someone could learn? I don't know. Suggestions?

  - I also saw 'learn different cultures' as a suggestion. I like the idea since we don't really experience Asian culture in the US (especially by the border) and I think it would be very enlightening to do so. I definately think it's possible--I am sure others would be willing to learn about another countries' culture and teach it once in a while, as I am. Know someone who would be willing to teach their cultures? Contact us!

  - Other than electronic gaming, there is also room for board-games. If you know of any asian board games that you would be interested in playing/learning, suggest them--maybe we can find a way to get a game set.

  - Lastly, there are still a few ideas that stick out in my mind, such as asian movies (non anime) and martial arts, but until I get more information on how we could provide you that, I won't say anything here.

To summarize:

UPCOMING DATES:

Sept. 22 - First Japanese lesson (lunch)
Sept. 28 - Essay Contest Submissions due

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[Thursday,
August 31st, 2006]

namida801023

Hey guys!


This is the Asian Cultural Club's info site! Dunno if it will work or not, but I guess it's worth a try. :)

Comment if you want to join--make sure you leave your REAL name and your SCREEN name. (If your lj name is dust_bunny, just say "Hi, I am so and so and my screen name is dust_bunny." Or something of that nature) 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask: comment right here and I'll get to you asap. 

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