Language Barrier!

I’m in Japan for two whole weeks to visit my son Rob Nugen and his wife Lin Hayashi. Rob has been here for 14 years; it doesn’t look like he’ll be moving back to the States!

Lin left the house this morning to go to her real estate job. Rob went out twice today to teach some English classes. Now Lin’s Mama is home from work before either of the others is home. Mama knows a few words of English, but I know ever so few words in Japanese. Konnichiwa, arigato, hai (hello, thank you, yes or okay)–that’s about it. It seems that I knew a little bit more on my previous visit in 2011 but it’s gone now.

Mama and I made do with an English to Japanese (or vice versa) translator on my iPad. Ah! the joys of modern technology. Frustrating at times, but quite useful otherwise.

See what I mean?



  1. Susan · August 14

    I admire your resourcefulness!

  2. Mary · August 14

    The comfort of family with the stimulation, and challenges, of new experiences. Sounds wonderful!

    • Kat conly waites · August 14

      Where in Japan are you?

      • Kathleen · August 19

        Mostly in Kawasaki or at places between there and Tokyo, but we just came back from an overnight trip in Nagano. Beautiful area!

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