Thursday, April 20, 2006

My section chief is an idiot

Just now my section chief (kachou) at the Board of Education deigned to talk to me.

He talked to me, as he usually does, about what I will do when I go back to Australia.

As he is idiot, he is unable to speak to me in Japanese or English. He has always refused to acknowledge that I have conversational Japanese. On the other hand, he speaks almost no English. This is a rough transcript of our conversation,

'Oh Michael sensei, what do coming back to Australia?'

He has asked me this question at least four times over the last year.

'Mada kimetemasen kedo...tabun Eigo oshierukoto tsuzsuketieru' (I haven't really decided yet but I'll probably continue teaching English)

There is a look of disbelief on his face, as if he couldn't believe I could actually teach. On the other hand, I would have a look of disbelief on my face if I ever saw him do anything apart from read the newspaper and drink coffee.

'Oh really?'

'Tandai de kamo shiremasen' (Maybe in a college)

'Doko...? Ah... Nani?


'Tandai wa nani?'

Then the office girl informed him that I was speaking Japanese and repeated the word. At which point the dirty old treacherous bastard expressed surprise.

'Nihongo ja nai to omouta' (I didn't think it was Japanese)

I have been sitting at the same bank of desks as this chump for 2 and a half years.

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