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My Culture Shock! "How about a Hug?"

 

Today I want to talk about a culture shock!

今日はカルチャーショツクに付いてお話しましょう!

 

I've been in the US for over 20 years.

I lived in Hwaii for 5 years at first and moved to North Carolaina for 2 years.

And I came back here in Georgia after that.

私もアメリカに住んで20年ちょっと。

ハワイに5年、そしてノースキャロライナへ2年、

その後はここジョージアへ住み着いている次第です。

 

I've encounterd so many different things since I started living here .

Some are good and some are not so good.

Some are I think I really have to get used to it.

One of the problem I had at first was HUGsign01typhoon

We Japanese don't have a cutomed to hug each other.

We just bow a little and maybe shake hands or something.

That's all!! 

アメリカに住んでそれはそれは色んな事が有りました。

良い事、あまり良くない事、中には慣れなくては成らない事まで。

その中でも一番私が慣れ難かった習慣は、ハグ(抱き合う行為)です。

私達、日本人にはハグなどの習慣が全く無い訳で、するとしたら

挨拶代わりに頭をちょっと下げたり、手を握るくらいでしょう?

 

Here is the epispde about a hug + something else....?sweat01

Right after I got married with my ex,we stayed in Hawaii since his station changed.

We really didn't have enough time left to find our house or apartment. house

When we finally find the right place?....place that affortable, it takes about 40 mintes

to get to his work (base) by car.  But we decided to take that offer anyway.

このエピソードは、そんな私の体験談

前夫と結婚して直ぐ、彼の仕事場はハワイに。

住む場所を見付ける時間も十分に無く、時間は迫ります。

やっとの事で見付けた場所は、これまでとは違ってお値段は安め、しかし彼の仕事場

まで40分と言う遠距離。それでも、私達はOKする事に。

 

Place was small but just two of us,so it was OK!

There was a beatiful ocean right front of our place. wave

You can hear the sound of the ocean day and night.

That was wonderful!!

(ゲスト用の)部屋は狭いものの、と言っても私達のような二人だけなら大丈夫。

家の前には海が見渡せます。 朝晩、海の音が聞こえてそれはもう最高。

 

One day we had to go to the ownwer's house (next door).

As we were in their house talking to them....suddenly their friens arrived.

We didin't know who they were,just assuming that they were owner's closed friends?

They started talking and noticed we were there,so they approched us started hugging us.

In Americans way to say HELLO!  ok

ある日、用事が有って私達は隣に住む大家(オーナー)さんの家へお邪魔していました。

その時、丁度オーナーの友達が見えたようでした。

その友達数人、家に入って来るなり挨拶し合って。。。見知らぬ私達が家の中に居るのを見て

挨拶にと私達に急に駆け寄りハグをして参りました。

 

Now I know some about HUG,but these nice people kissed my cheeks too.

Oh??? shock

You know what?

I FROZED.....I didn't know what to do but look stiff like a doll.

Because nobody ever done that before....."SHOCKING". thunder

After HUG is over I tried to smile like nothing happened.

(I'm sure they picked up some stiffness from my attititude...)

そして、両頬に軽くキスまでして来ます。

あらまぁ~

と私、体がカチンコチンに、まるでマネキンのように固まってしまったでは有りませんか?

ハグはされても、キスまでされた事何てゼロ! おったまげ!!

全てが終わると、私、何も無かったように振り舞いますが。。。

(他の方には、私のギコチナイ様子が見え見えでしたでしょう)

 

 

Kissing part is I guess just some people choose to do with HUG!?

Now I understand that people from other country do that often.

ハグの後にキスをする派って、やはりいらっしゃいますよね?

お国に寄っても違いますから、普通なんで御座いましょう。

 

But I tell you,that was the one of the most shocking moment in my life. 

Give both cheeck  a kiss to say HELLO!!

Wow!!

My ex didin't understand why I was so stiffed looking .....

If you are Japanese who never be greeted like that,I'm sure you will understand.

Isn't that right? My homegirls and homeboys!  pig

 しっかし、この経験には本当におったまげました私。

前夫はですね、私が如何してあんなにカチンコチンになっていたのか理解出来ないようでした。

知らないお国に行って、見知らぬ人から初めてキスされたりしたら誰だって固くなるでしょ?

日本人の皆さんには、私の気持ち分かって頂けますよね?

 

では See Ya!!  japanesetea

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翻訳何て怖く無い!? 第一回

ハロー!virgo

皆様、お元気でしょうか?

 

私のMixiのお友達の中には、英語をもっと勉強したい!と言う方が多いんですよね。

と言う事で、今日はですね。

私が記事の翻訳をしている Open Alexandria さんの私自身の過去の記事を振り返って

一緒にお勉強致しましょう!此方では記事を日英に翻訳している私ですが、これまで英日に

訳すのが殆どだった私には、この日英に訳す作業に慣れるまではチャレンジの毎日でした。

このサイトでは、私

hanamitsu5964 と呼ばれていますのでどうぞ宜しくsign01

(筆者としてサイトの右中に私の名前が写真付きで出ていま~すよ。)

 

では

Are You Ready? up

 

続きを読む

Things got a little behind....お知らせ!

Hello,guys!!  virgo お元気?


I have been a little busy since Thanksgiving and also I'm having some head pressure

(I am planning to see the Doc.) , so you might not see my comment on your wall, but just

be patient with me....

感謝祭から忙しく、また頭にプレツシャーらしき物を感じるもので(火曜日に医者に行く予定)

皆さんへのコメントは毎回出来ないかも知れません事をお知らせ致します。

どうか辛抱に待っててね!

 

Believe me I always love to read all of your articles and I'd like to comment as much as

I can, but when my head start feeling pressures like this, I have a hard time concentrate

doing anything...

Just slow me down a bit. Not to worry! I'm going to be OK!!  

皆さんの日記を読むのは私も楽しみにしていますが、頭が痛くなるとどうも集中し難いもの

で、ちょっとスローダウンしてしまうんです。

心配は要りません。私は大丈夫で御座いますぅ。。。


You guys mean so much to me,so keep writing and keep commenting...shine

皆さん一人一人の存在は私に取ってはとても大事ですので、此れからも頑張って

ドンドン素敵な日記を書いて、コメントをして下さいまし。

 


Thanks!!     scissors       あんがとさんup

But I wanna go to IHOP!

Two days ago was such a busy day since (closed to?) whole family was trying to

get together for the Thanksgiving.  So many families and so many good foods...

 

What I really wanted for my birthday was to go to  IHOP as a big happy family.

Unfortunately it didn't happened.  weep

It was a little too hectic because of all the preparation each family has to do. sweat01

 

On the Thanksgiving morning I asked  my husband ,"Baby,can we do to the IHOP

this morning with whole family?"  lovely

He said,"I probably have to let you all go without me. I still have to finish cooking the

PIG..."  My aunt was ready to go to the breakfast that family was making at the place.

(We serve the Thanksgiving breakfast every year....)

"Maybe it's best to do it tomorrow morning." My uncle suggested.

 

My husband has to finish cooking the meal,and my favorite aunt has to go helping

the family preparing breakfast at the place..... 

........I said,"OK!"  sad

 

But I felt a little unfair.......Of course it was MY BIRTHDAYsign03

But I also understand how important this day is for the family.

So....I told myself Forget Itsign01

 

But my oldest daughter said,"Mommy,I'll take you to the Huddle House.

It's your birthday.  That's just wrong not celebrating on your birthday..."

She was very persistent and I felt it's not a bad idea that spend some time with Tiffany.

Other 3 kids were somewhere else,so just Tiffany and I went out to eat some breakfast.

 These are my Birthday Breakfast menu!

Birthdy Breakfast!

And....

Birthday Waffle


Omelette and Waffle!

Both are my favorite......Especially waffle with all the whipped cream on the top.

Since Thanksgiving, there was not that many people in the diner.    

We talked and ate ......Just two of us but we had such a wonderful time!

 

My Birthday!!
 
Tiffany made me feel so special on my birthday,

even though we all were busy getting prepared for the Thanksgiving.

She made me so proud that she made sure I'm happy for my special day....shine  

 

続きを読む

Here go again.....

I usually get up 4 o'clock, but I woke up way early this morning.

I slept 11 o'clock last night,and somehow I got up just before 2 o'clock.

 

You know me, at once I get up I don't want to go back to sleep.

I felt that since I'm up I might as well do something.

Right?   catface

 

Anyway I finished 2 articles that I was translating into English.

Here are the articles  http://openalexandria.com/  

One is WALLY and another one is MOOD FACTORY.

I think open source software is pretty cool.

It's free and so useful makes our PC life more fun and enjoyable.

 

After that I did this and that and....

Finally 4 o'clock! Yeah!!   good

 

I realize something this morning!   happy01

Getting up extra early is a great way to catch up few things that I've missed,

but getting up too early is not so good,because I have a little too much time

on my hand. sweat01

 

Somehow I managed to kill some time (doing this right now).

Now I guess I go to kitchen and clean up a bit....

 

Guys,Have a wonderful day!   scissors

(Don't wake up too early like me....You can't handle ITsign02 ) 

 

 

 

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日本を離れて20数年、日本を恋しくな
る事は有るけれど、今では最愛の家族
に囲まれて幸せ一杯の私は、4児の元気
ママ!

スポーツ大好き!
食べるの大好き!
翻訳大好き!!

私の人生まだまだ捨てたもんじゃぁ
無い!

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