Monday, January 11, 2016

Japanese Added to the Caboose

This is a sure sign we've truly figured out how to make trailer-life work for us and that we've adjusted to Michael's diagnosis.

Today, Nolan was able to resume weekly Japanese lessons. Arielle joined from Oregon, Ryu and Kim taught from Idaho and Nolan participated from the bunk house of the Caboose in CA.

The kids and I will keep "working" with our program to pick up conversational Japanese (knock off Rosetta Stone), Michael and I are trying to learn hiragana - the sign we're ready to start official lessons too.  
OF COURSE this event evoked deeper thoughts and emotions than realizing I should take Nolan for a hair was EXCITING to hear Japanese in the home again. We all sort of lost heart thinking we'd not make it back to Japan.....this is another act of surrender and faith in 2016.  I surrender my expectations God will act in any set way in regards to us and Japan......but in faith, we'll continue to prepare to serve in Japan until we hear, "No - go pastor in Moccasin, MT."

We'd love any helps for learning hiragana you happen to know.....


Jodi said...

Good that you're all fitting ion Japanese lessons again. LOL that you suddenly realized Nolan needs a haircut. The life of a mother.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Sometimes one needs a picture in their face to prompt these realizations. LOL

Duane and Shellee said...

There are great apps for learning hiragana, but mostly it just takes practice.
Shellee from Hokkaido

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Shellee - how I'd love to visit you in Hokkaido! If you've found any aps to be particularly easy to use I'd love their names.....practice. I'm off to dig the books out of the back of the van (store tubs of books there)....and practice we shall.

Duane and Shellee said...

Hiragana (maybe called Japanese) fireworks by mode of expression (fun for my kids)

Kana writing- jiwoo studios

Japanese (game- does hiragana and katakana) by squarepoet

Finding Robo free (hiragana)
Those are some of the ones we've used. I like the one by square poet to keep me sharp in recognizing the hiragana. Apps are all a good break from the tediousness of practicing writing them, but just plain, old fashioned practice really is the best teacher.
Hope those help! We LOVE Hokkaido it's is beautiful!!