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Old 04-15-2006, 06:28 AM   #2
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Re: Speak English

Mark Cooper wrote:
I had a funny incident once during my first seminar and also
happened to be my first test Gokyu. We had been practicing
the Saturday morning and we had been given a break. I had been
holding it for awhile and my lease on the coffee that morning had
expired very quickly. I immediately had rushed into the restroom
upon bowing out with all the students. As y'all have probably recognized its not a simple zip and go process so after a couple of minutes I heard this knocking on the door. I didnt' respond but
after the second time I responded in Japanese something I had
learned and not thought of in close to 20 years from my time spend in Japan. "Chottomate" forgive my spelling.
I beleive roughly translates to "wait a minute". When I came out
it was our Head Instructor Tohei Sensei for the USAF Midwest group who had been outside the door. As I passed by him
he groughly mentioned that we are in American speak english.
ouchie. I thought it was funny afterword though, because everyone was rushing up to find out what the heck id said.

Ah...should've been "chotto matte kudasai." He was just grumpy that you didn't say please...

As a heavy coffee drinker...I definitely feel your pain, though.

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