11.01.2006

りんご ... Ringo...

...is the word that the Japanese use for the fruit that we know as an apple. I like apples, especially this time of year.

I often take an apple to school to munch on mid-morning so my blood sugar doesn`t crash and turn me into Mr. Grumpy-Pants.

One of the english teachers has told me that she very regularly gets updates from students on what I have been eating that day. They will come up to her and excitedly share the news that Colin-sensei is eating an apple in the staff room.

Then there is Miwa-sensei. He feels the need to comment (in mumbled Japanese) on pretty much everything I do or eat. He will often come point at my food, I wouldn`t be surprised if he takes it from my hand one day.

Back to apples...

As I mentioned, the word for apple here is `ringo`. For several days in a row now, Miwa-sensei has walked past my desk, asked me if I like apples (while I am eating one), asked me if it is sweet or sour and then gone off mumbling about Ringo Starr...all in Japanese.

My life here is so surreal sometimes.

3 comments:

Jim said...

A Chinese friend of mine and I used to do some network supercomputing that required a password. He always selected the password pingguo, or something like that, which he told me is Chinese for "apple". Not much different than ringo.

Mom C. said...

My little Japanese friend, Karen, tells me that Japanese always peel their apples and cut them up before they eat them, so perhaps they're shocked at seeing you munch right into the apple, peel and all:-)
They don't know what they're missing - right??

Vertigo said...

Jim,

The Japanese borrow heavily from the Chinese in their writing system so there is a significant amount of overlap. Despite that, they don't understand each other. I have heard that it is harder for Japanese people to learn to speak Chinese than it is to learn English...go figure.

Mama C,

Maybe they think they are missing out on all the pesticides, e. coli and salmonella.