Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dumb day.

I had such a dumb day. I wanted to buy an English-Japanese dictionary, so I first went to this store called Book Off. I didn't realize it at first, but I think they only sell used books. I tried to find a dictionary, but I failed miserably, so I walked across the street and went to another bookstore in the same neighborhood. I found a ton of dictionaries, but they were either JUST English to Japanese or JUST Japanese to English, and I of course want both. So, I found one that had both, but had the Japanese side arranged in the Japanese order (as in あ、か、さ、た、etc. not A,B,C...). Given the limited selection and the fact that I just wanted to get a book, I decided to take the plunge and I picked it up. As soon as I got on the train, I realized that the English to Japanese side was littered with Kanji, making it quite useless to me. At least the Japanese to English side is fine. Too bad it's super confusing to me. The dictionary (and lots of other things) make no distinction between words that start like ぺ、べ、へ、which means a word that starts with 'pe' is next to a word that starts with 'be' and 'he' sounds. As a non-native Japanese speaker, this is quite confusing.

Other than that, today was rather uninteresting. I'm starting to get annoyed with a few people in my dorm. I'm not sure if their true personalities are coming out or if they're just trying to come off as 'cool', but a few people who I thought were okay until recently have become quite arrogant. Hopefully in a few days, I won't see much of them anyways. I just wish they'd leave the damned hallway to talk.


Ben said...

Annoying dorm-mates? You can always become a recluse; (kind of) works for me!

Michelle said...

You could get one of those cool electronic translator dictionary things!

Keith said...

In reality, I like 90% of my dorm mates and I tolerate the rest, but I just get pissed off when they talk loudly in the hall in front of my room.

I think I'm going to look at those cool electronic translators tomorrow. We'll see what happens.