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Old 02-24-2002, 12:37 PM   #1
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Talking The language barrier.

A few months ago a Filipino woman came to my dojo to train. She had only been in Canada a relatively short time and didn't speak English well. During one practice I had left one of the doors to the dojo ajar to get a draught moving across the mats from the windows. The class began to practice a technique that required a kosa-dori grab. Two students were practicing with the Filipino woman (there were an odd number of students that night) so at one point she was sitting out watching the other two practice the technique. They were not grabbing kosa-dori so I began to say to them repeatedly "Kosa-dori, kosa-dori!". Suddenly, the Filipino woman leapt up, ran over to the door, and closed it. I, of course, asked why she had closed the door. She looked at me blankly and, in her strong Filipino accent, responded, "What do you mean? You kept saying 'close the doorie, close the doorie'.

We all had a good laugh. (Hope you do , too.)

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Old 02-25-2002, 04:51 AM   #2
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He he... good one.

Reminds me of one time during kendo-practice.... we usually did some warming up including jumping up and down on the spot - then switching to jumping back and forth and from side to side. She shift in direction was announced in japanese so jumping sideways was simply called 'yoko' - might not be proper japanese but we loved the 'authensicity' of the sound . At one time a japanses foreign student joined our little dojo, and her name happend to be - well you guessed it - 'Yoko'. Imagine our expression when she first did warm up with us and replied to the 'yoko' command with a loud 'Hai ?'

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Old 02-25-2002, 08:53 AM   #3
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Miscommunication always makes us laugh.

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Old 03-23-2002, 04:55 PM   #4
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Hi,
a japanese girl at our dojo came up to me and ask me if I could help her with the saltthrowing technique.
I did not understand.
After some minutes we figured out that I had been pronouncing Shiho Nage like Shio Nage.

Since she joined our club I know how much my japanese and japanese promounciation suck.

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Old 03-24-2002, 06:08 PM   #5
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Quote:
Shio Nage
The "salt throw"!?!? and next week on the iron chef...

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Old 03-24-2002, 07:06 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by erikknoops
Hi,
a japanese girl at our dojo came up to me and ask me if I could help her with the saltthrowing technique.
I did not understand.
After some minutes we figured out that I had been pronouncing Shiho Nage like Shio Nage.

Since she joined our club I know how much my japanese and japanese promounciation suck.
When my wife (who's Japanese) trained in Hawaii she couldn't understand what any of the American teachers were saying when they used Japanese. I usually had to translate from Japanese (American pronunciation) to Japanese (Japanese pronunciation) .

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Old 02-04-2010, 03:48 AM   #7
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Re: The language barrier.

Quote:
Noah Diegel wrote: View Post
Miscommunication always makes us laugh.
In another thread I read this quote some time ago:
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But as a starting point, power development in Aikido is vastly simplified in the forms of 2 primary exercises - funekogi undo for forward/backward power, and bokken suburi for up/down power.
I was thinking by myself: if you are doing funegaki undo, is it possible to undo that action afterwards again?

I first read undo as the english language.

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Old 05-11-2010, 02:41 PM   #8
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Thumbs up Re: The language barrier.

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In another thread I read this quote some time ago:

I was thinking by myself: if you are doing funegaki undo, is it possible to undo that action afterwards again?

I first read undo as the english language.
Same here, I sat here reading the word and my face was like

And I kept wondering ('till I discoverd the USAF website yesterday) why just about half of the US Air Force people were practicing Aikido.

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