Saturday, September 30, 2006

Help Wanted - Any Japaneese language useful!!!

I am off to Japan on Friday - I have a presentation to give at a conference. Its in Yokohama and I have been reliably informed that aparantly they don't speak english in the area (only in tokyo city centre). As you well know that can't be true and thus I do not believe my reliable source [I mean, come on, they should be able to speak english anywhere in the world], but just in case the former were to be true, any form of help with the lingo will be very well appreciated.
As in the majority of cases where I've been, when the locals find that you are trying to learn their language by speaking a few of their words, they tend to then reveal that they do actually understand some english.
You may ask, how have I been preparing for my trip? - well, thus far, I have taken some pictures of the taxi rank, a hotel, the toilet and the building I will be going to.

Any more ideas on other pictures I should have will be very much needed. I look forward to your coments. Many Thanks people.

98 comments:

LondonBuki said...

LOL!!! I cannot even begin to imagine how I'd prepare for such.

Can't think of any other pics for you to take - Food?

Good Luck oh.

mosaic said...

Wow.

I know Konichiwa means "hello?" Got that from "A Different WOrld." Whitley always called DwyaneWayne's new girl that. LOL

Perhaps you can buy an English to Japanese Pocket Dictionary to carry along with you. Have fun!

Dipo Tepede said...

I am quite confused here,

You are going for a presentation without research.

What is the aim of the presentation?

If it is official, are u the only one going?

If you are presenting to a Japanese company; they would surely have an interpreter.

Anyway, I believe it is not a biggie! Your write-ups show that you are a beautiful presenter but if an interpreter is needed, you will need to slow down and I doubt if it would be as impactful as you want it to be.

temmy said...

Sorry darling, i cant help you. But can only wish you the best.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

@Dipo - I am a research scientist - I attend and present at conferences (pls read first ever entry on blog). The majority of people at the conference will speak english - I speak about the locals - How to get around. When I get there how to get proper transport and arrive at destination. I have decided to mosaic advice; to buy a dictionary cause I am in serious trouble -
@Londonbuki - The food pic is a great idea. Right on that.
@mosaic - you idea is the best - will defo do that.
@Temmy - thank you so much - I just pray I don't get lost.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

@Dipo - I have to read my write up again and can see where the confusion might arrive. LOL - But seriously imagine if I had to present to the locals - I would have told them Im not going. This one is already stressful as it is - it is my fault - I didn't prepare myself in time with regards to learning a few of the local languages. LORD HELP ME. I have no fear - but I pray that I don't ever get lost - that one would casue me to collapse on the floor.

Dipo Tepede said...

@ TLOASCM

Thats an interesting career you have there!

WIsh you the best on your stay in Japan. I will definitely read all your articles from the beginning so I can have a feel of your journey so far but right now there is a chunk load of work I have to wrap-up.

Ciao

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Wow, I have actually read all your articles at a stretch!

I am truly impressed with your love for God and the way you chronicle your feelings;

Reaching a pinnacle and not yet satisfied, getting stood up in the airport, someone considers you blessed while you consider yourself struggling, jogging with pains, tripping at the airport, presuming an identity that wasnt the true identity, haunted by your past friend who is now married and finally facing a language barrier you did not plan for.

I am blessed just reading your write-up! I have surely bookmarked you and will make sure I bother you on updating your chronicles because they are truly a blessing!

Have a wonderful time in Japan; I am sure you will learn a lot, please let us have a run down of your visit....

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

@dipo - you are too much - but thanks for taking the time out to read my blog - I look forward to your future comments.

NaijaBloke said...

TLOASCM- Sorry that I have not been replying ur comments,been a lil' busy and tied up.Thx a bunch for the recipe.. will try and work on it by this weekend and i need to drive like 1hr to go get the stuffs for it as well.

I think I shd be able to finish the gist on my blog 2day ..LOL

How was ur weekend and work,hope aiight?Hmmm.. Japan .. why dont u try and talk to a fellow blogger Lee and see if she will be able to help u out.

U take care and have a safe Journey.

Cherub said...

Don't worry LOASCM. You'll be fine. Just make sure u visit interesting places, take loadsa pixs and bring plenty plenty gist for us. Don't wink at any Japanese guys ok? Just have fun, after ur primary assignment is done.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

lmao@mosaic.. ur jokes... konichiwa

heya.. babygirl.. japan far oh.. the pocket dictionary might be the best option and chances are tons of natives there speak english...

make sure to eat lots of sushi and buy tons of hello kitty thongs.. lol

have a great week

Dipo Tepede said...

So you are already in Japan bunking at Rose Hotels.

I am sure you would be surprised (lol)

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come dipo - r u watching me
how did u get that info
next thing now u will say u know what i look like
i knew i should have posted on ure site with fake email
so thats how u burst our identity

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