There was a blog prompt recently that asked the question, “What are you looking forward to?” At the time I had just found out something big that I was looking forward to: I had just learned that my friend in Japan is coming to visit next October! We have known each other for almost four years now, but we’ve never met. She’s never been to the United States before.
Her English is very good; she’s been studying for some time. Her husband, who will be accompanying her, speaks little English currently. I know a little Japanese, but I want to be able to speak a lot more Japanese before they arrive. Our county library system has started offering a new program of language learning, called Mango Languages. I’ve been doing the lessons daily, and so by being diligent I plan to be able to speak a lot more Japanese by October.
My friend and I talk for 2 hours every week on Skype; we always thought that we would meet face to face some day but I’m thrilled that it will be so soon! We have said for some time now that when we’re 80 years old we plan to go to the Columbia River Gorge and go hang gliding, tandem style. We’ve also talked about when I go to visit Japan, which may not be for a few years yet. So it was wonderful to hear that she’ll be coming here in just a few months!
Nihongo o hanashimasu! Jaa, oyasumi nasai! (I speak Japanese! Well then, have a good night!)