Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why I Learn Japanese at Ann Arbor School Musings

Mita-san explaining his cool compost heated greenhouse. 
One of the best parts about the Blogathon is meeting a variety of writers not just from all over the world, but on a number of different topics. What always surprises me, though, is who I connect with throughout the process. I met and connected with Lisa at Intralingo where she writes about all things related to translation, and Van Waffle at Speed River Journal who writes beautifully about nature and other topics as they arise. 

This year, of course, proved the same. I met Nancy Thompson at Just a Backpack and a Rollie, and I met Ruth Kraut of Ann Arbor School Musings. Well, I should be clear. I met Ruth about seven or more years ago when I worked for a small and fantastic non-profit in Michigan. She and I have stayed in touch, and we reconnected during the 2013 Blogathon.

Ruth and I swapped posts, which was a fun challenge for me. Ruth wrote about an exchange program between Ann Arbor schools and a small town in Japan, and I wrote about learning Japanese as an adult. Writing about something other than my usual topics is a lovely way to stretch my writing muscles. It was lovely, too, to really think about how I learn Japanese and why I'm learning Japanese.  Now, back to my studying!

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