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Dinner Time

A boy student after class yesterday:

"Are you married, Sensei?"
"Yeah, I am. Why? Don't I look married?"
"Um...I just wondered when you have dinner."

.....What does that mean?


Did he say this in English or in Japanese?

Wow :o
Holy Dinner Time, Batman! That one went way over my head! Must be a plot by the Joker or the Riddler.

So riddle me this:
If Time is an illusion, and Lunch Time is doubly so, does that mean that Dinner Time is equal to being married?

Also, while we are in the riddling mood, why is it that they have braille writing for the blind on drive-in ATMs in America?

Seems like he believes being married is having dinner. Haha. I'll think about the ATMs riddle when drive-in ones are introduced in Japan. ;) He talked to me in Japanese, TheRich.

I think he assumed that a married man has dinner made for him by his wife. And a bachelor probably just snacks in front of the TV. (That's what I did tonight, because my husband and his son are off camping. No regular meals until they come back.)

In my mother's day, there was usually a set dinner time. I realize that Japanese housewives (at least the ones in movies) have dinner ready for their husbands whenever they come in.

Does anyone have a regular dinner time these days? We don't. Or does it depend on what work and extracurricular activities are going on? You know, I was just reading a book on the "Slow Food Movement" which talks about the need to get away from our "fast food" mentality, and start sitting down to regular meals that are more slow-paced and social.

haha~maybe the boy was worried that you might ask him to stay after class if you are single~
so he asked you to ensure you would never do so~

That's clever thinking, Teru623....
I've been out of school for far too long to have thought about that tactic.... :D

Me too. When do you have dinner?

clever kid, even when I was in grade school I didn't think of that one :)

Hey guys, I wouldn't tell my students to stay after class even if I were single. ;) But as a tactic, yeah, it can be clever. Come on, clever students! Haha~~

M, I think you're right. And with this time of diversity, and with more and more kids going to juku in Japan, an older sense of a dinner time seems not to be applied any more. As for me, I have an evening meal after all the classes of the day, at around 10 p.m. Since it's a little too late for dinner, we make it a light one. It's rather supper, isn't it? What about you, Mieko-sensei?

hi, i'm Kapa, nice to see your blog
but i still don't understand why the boy meant
are you a teacher?

well' I think he ate so fast as if, it where his last dinner. Eating must be treated sacredly and must enjoy every bite... (lol)

I think perhaps he assumed that since your classes meet late, then you must eat dinner extremely late...? Or perhaps I am wrong in interpreting when your classes meet....

He may have meant "When do you have dinner?" rather than "where". When and where confusion added to the possibility that the student was a tad nervous speking to you. I sometimes without answering say "What about you?" and the answer to "Where" is "seven o'clock". If the question is strange often the student is mixed up, same with us native speakers. So, why do do you eat dinner?

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Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day :)