Monday, November 10, 2008

Question/Answer time with Dana-san

When I give my self-introduction at different elementary schools, it's almost always followed by a Q & A session.

I get all kinds of questions. Once in a while a brave student will attempt to ask a question in English, but most are asked in Japanese and translated by the English teacher.

Below are a few of my favorites. These are not the normal questions such as: "Do you like dogs?" or "Do you like Japanese food?" or "What sport do you like?" The ones below are more off-the-wall. My actual answers are in bold, and my thoughts about the question are in italics. Enjoy....

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Q: Who of your family is more interesting?

A: First, let me correct the question. I am an English teacher, after all. You mean, "Who in your family is the most interesting?" Second, what kind of question is that!? How do I answer this? Oooh, I know. I'll answer Mr. Rogers' style...

All of my family members are different and special in their own way. :)

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Q: Do you have a boyfriend?

A: Ah, the boyfriend question. Usually I get this from curious junior high school students, and here's what I tell them...

I have three. (Pause for effect and smile at the confused faces.) My dad and two grandpas. :)

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Q: Do you know
(some long Japanese name said really fast)?

A: Say what!? (Look at teacher for help.) Teacher responds: "Famous Japanese rock star." Oh, that explains it. No, I do not know of any famous Japanese rock stars. Sorry. Oh, wait, I know of Yoko Ono, and she was married to John Lennon, a famous rock star. Does that count? :)

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Q: Do you know the Statue of Liberty?

A: Whoa. This kid is in first grade, and he just asked me this in English!! Impressive. The real question, buddy, is how do YOU know the Statue of Liberty?!? Yes, I do. I saw the Statue of Liberty when I went to New York a long time ago.

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Q: Do you have friends in Jamaica?

A: Now that's random! No (mon), I do not have any friends in Jamaica. That'd be cool, though! We'd be jammin'. :)

Teacher to class: Please ask Dana-san normal questions. (haha)

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And now, dear reader, I have a random question for you...

Do you like tofu? And there's a follow-up question. If yes, how do you like it prepared?

Tofu is so cheap and healthy, but not very tasty by itself. I'm looking for some good tofu recipes. If you have a good one (I'm guessing the majority of you don't, and that's okay), please share it with me. Thanks!


Wendy City said...

Hey lady!

First of all, those questions are toooo cute. For some reason they always ask me how old I am here. I guess in Korea it's one of those questions that you ask (along with what's your name? and are you married?)

Secondly, I am a tofu queen...and lucky for me there is plenty of it here!

One of my FAVORITE things to do is prepare vegetable stew. Just buy a bunch of veggies (your choice!) and throw them in a pot of boiling water (add some enoki mushrooms or another variety - yum!).

Add spices to your liking (chili pepper is GREAT, as is any pre-prepared veggie broth) and a dash of salt.

As for the tofu, I add it along with the vegetables. cut it in 1x1 inch squares and you're all set.

David and I also like to cook tofu on the stove like you would shrimp or pancakes. Just cook it evenly for 5-10 minutes.

For flavor we like to prepare some soy sauce with sesame seeds and freshly chopped chile peppers. We just dip it :)

The Princess said...

Oh I really love Tofu, especially those prepared by my mom. Reminds me that I haven't had Tofu since I came to United States, and probably won't have any while here! :(
If I'm not wrong, you can eat it raw. I think so... :)

Lauren said...

I can't believe that I am the third person to comment again. :( oh well. Those questions made me laugh...Oh the things kids come up with.
As for tofu I have never had it. One of my goals when I come to Japan is to try some!
Have a great day! Love you!

Stacie Ruth said...

Loved the post!

Stacie and Carrie