The constraints were, we had to use introduction phrases, speak relatively fluently, and make sensei laugh. So early on, we came up with the idea of a doctor and patient. My partner was the doctor, and I was the patient. I had not filled out the forms and she kept asking me questions while I asked for help.
The kicker was that the questions got more and more absurd the longer we went on.
Towards the end, she asked my cats’ names (Inoki Antonio, Abe Shinzo, Takahashi Minami, and Kaori Iida), and their birthdays, at which point I abruptly ended the interview by dying.
The biggest laugh was at the reveal of the cat names!
I threw in an easter egg, too. When she asked for my address, I recited the address of the AKB48 theater. I don’t think anyone in the class picked up on that.
I got an 88%. So there’s that. Even though I hated doing it with an utter passion. My partner didn’t seem much happier with the assignment, so there’s that, too. Frankly, that assignment is one of the major reasons why I’m not taking the next class, now, anyway.
After this class ends, I’m going to start studying for the N5. Probably by studying Japanese to an N4 level so I can be sure I’m overprepared for the N5. I hear that’s the best way to do it.
Still not sure why I’m learning Japanese but walking up to my boss and saying “今は医者にいきます” and seeing the utterly confused look on his face almost makes it worth it.