i was able to ________ 3 amazing things yesterday.
1) i was able to hear a reminder of the playing technique during and after taiko practice. in order to make the desired sound one desires, specifically the sound my teacher wants, i am to play 8th notes with small bicycle like movements. make small circles as if i were riding a long on a summer’s day. i was reminded to hold the stick with just the thumb and pointy finger wrapped around the stick and then loosely the rest. i think the word that was used was similar to the なかよし meaning. gently. i do not change languages in my head, so if you want the *real* translation, please look it up.
2) i was able to hear about a perhaps confirmation of the people of japan. years ago it was considered humble to turn away a compliment. for example, if i say, as i did, that something is done well, i have to say the opposite. these days some people accept the nicety and say *thank you*.
3) one of my friends thinks, in order to get nuances of a language one must, and if i get this wrong, i will erase this and try again, one must translate english into english, english into japanese, and japanese into english. i must contemplate this advice. it seems right to compartmentalize the languages, but i rarely think what does a word mean in the opposite language as the conversation is going on. if i had done so, i would have missed all the times i did comprehend. either way, it is an interesting idea. i must investigate (if i have time…taiko report first? or same time possible?)
ps4) this is the first sign i have seen that is both general and specific.