Study Guide, chapters 1-2, vocabulary questions 1-9 (pp. 9-12). Answer the questions for homework.
check our answers to the homework questions
what is myth?
Find out what the following mythic creatures are – find the Japanese name or translation, and find an image for each one (click the links to see some images for each word): faun, nymph, dryad, naiad, jinn, satyr, centaur, minotaur
quiz on these words: write the English that you hear AND the Japanese meaning.
Finish reading chapters 1 and 2 and answer the Study Guide questions for chapters 1 and 2.
For May 18th, write a brief account of a Japanese myth (200 words).
Write it in Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing software.
use the format below
Save the file as “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.
Send it as an attachment to me by email by Wednesday midnight, May 18th.
The email subject 件名 must be “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.
We continued reading chapter 1 of “Mother Tongue”: pages 14-17. In these pages, the author Bryson discusses the following topics:
words that exist in other languages that do not exist in English, e.g. “Schadenfreude” and the Scottish word that means “the habit of dropping in on people at mealtimes”. Bryson suggests that the existence of certain words in a particular language tells us something about the character of the people who speak it.
We discussed whether we think this is true or not.
We cane up with some Japanese examples: wabi/sabi, もったいない、どちでもいい(あいまいの文化） and 気
“The Eskimos, as is well known, have 50 words for types of snow” (p. 14). This may be an urban legend. Here is a link to an article that reviews “The Mother Tongue” and discusses some of the many errors of fact that can be found in it.