日本語

I'm listening to an audio CD set to help me with my Japanese, though I haven't gotten very far.
I'm just going to practice in hiragana/katakana. I don't know all the kanji yet.
This is a mix of what I've learned from the CD and what I learned from the class I took last year.
I apologize if I make any mistakes. Corrections are appreciated.

こんにちは。
わたしはアメリカじんです。
にほんごがすこしわかります。でもまだじょうずじゃありません。よくわかりません。
きょうはいいおてんきです。
きのうはJapanese Tea Gardenにいきました。

That's the most relevant statements that I can do right now. It's not much.

I've covered some greetings, and of course things that seem a little silly to say like 「わたしはにほんじんじゃありません。」.
I have trouble saying 「じゃありません」 out loud sometimes;;

The CD has lots of little dialogues like this:
1.すみません。うえのえきはどこですか。
2.ここです。
1.うえのこうえんは。
2.ここじゃありません。うえのこうえんはあそこです。
1.どうもありがとうございます。

I don't know much, but I like learning.

Here are some photos from the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio.

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Some Sketches

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Yesterday I went to a plant nursery for some training for work.
I was really tired though, so I did some sketching to keep myself awake.

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A sketch I did one night of a younger Lovino for a fantasy story I've been toying with.

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I had considered doing designs for the badge contest for Mizuumicon, but I just don't have the time.
I had done this sketch though. I thought it looked cute.

Preview Preview

We're planning on attending Mizuumicon, so I'm going to enter the art contest for this year. This is just a preview. Sam's going to help me color it, since I'm pretty busy.

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Her name is Petunia. Hopefully it turns out okay;;

Also I finished a ballpoint pen sketch of Marianna.

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Valentine's Day Apron

One of my coworkers wanted me to decorate her apron for Valentine's Day.
She wanted a cupid, so I did a little sketch.

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I traced his outline onto the apron and then painted it with acrylic paints.
She wanted a bunch of hearts too.

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The heart has the initials for her name and her boyfriend's name.

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I wish I could decorate my own apron this nicely;;

Mermaid

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Here's a sketch I started today. I'd kind of like to finish it up to have as a portfolio piece.
I got in a turtle, so I'm happy!
Last month we went to see an exhibit about shipwrecks at a museum. I want to see if I can add in some of what I saw.