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Hello! My name is Jordan. I’m a Junior, and my major is Japanese. My goal is to teach English as a second language overseas. My favorite class last semester was Pre-Modern Japanese Literature with Professor Frydman. I loved his interactive style of teaching and his optimistic personality. I don’t have any pets, but I want to get a hedgehog at some point. I like to write, read, play video games, and crochet. I also love to cook and trying out new dishes. My favorite dishes to make are typically Asian dishes that I’ve never tried before. I love to drink tea and coffee. My favorite book series is the Books of Pellinor by Allison Croggon. I don’t really watch movies, so I don’t have a favorite. My favorite TV show that I’m currently watching is Criminal Minds. I like learning about the psychological aspects of the criminals in the show. I’ll listen to almost any kind of music as long as it’s not country, but the kind I listen to most often is orchestral music. I really like soundtracks from video games and movies as they really help me to study. I listen to pop music from a few different languages, including German, since I took German classes in high school and college. I like to watch videos on YouTube. I watch gamers, artists, educational videos, and a few original shows. I don’t really like to write about myself, so I’m finding it hard to come up with three hundred words.

7 thoughts on “Introduction to Me

  1. Hey Jordan! I think it’s so cool and impressive that you are majoring in Japanese! I like reading manga and watching anime sometimes, and it would be great to know the language like I’m sure you do! Also, the book series you mentioned sounds cool. I’m a reader too and will definitely have to remember those books. It’s neat that you listen to pop music in different languages. Have you ever listened to French pop? I took French in high school so I listen to some of it. Also, good job on crocheting! I appreciate anyone who can do something creative, as I am not artistically inclined like that. I hope you are able to get your hedgehog pet you want soon, too! Hope you have a great semester! Can’t wait to read your stories!

  2. Woah. What an interesting major. My roommate is learning Japanese himself but independent from OU. He actually has similar interests to you. I think he would like to live in Japan someday, but he would probably like to work there as an engineer. I’ve heard that teaching English in Japan is a good way to live there long term. That would be pretty exciting! I hope you make it to Japan. Having a teacher who can actually speak both languages will be super helpful! Best of luck.

  3. Yay for hedgehogs, and also for Japanese stories and legends of all kinds, Jordan! It is really exciting to have a Japanese major in this class. Over the years, the different projects people have done based on Japanese mythology and folktales have really inspired me to learn more… and there is so much to learn! Have you seen the Hasegawa folktale books? They are one of the first ways that English-speakers got to learn about Japanese folktales and fairy tales, and they are online now, which is really cool:
    Hasegawa: Japanese Fairy Tale series
    Between having studied German and Japanese, you have access to some of the world’s great storytelling traditions… and it always makes me happy to think that we will never run out of languages to study or stories to learn about.
    And as for hedgehogs, I have to share this lovely item from India that I saw go by at Twitter just the other day 🙂
    With a new comic book, an ecologist has stepped up his efforts to save the elusive Madras Hedgehog
    There is indeed a WORLD of wonderful hedgehogs out there. 🙂

  4. Howdy Jordan!
    Funny enough I have a friend majoring in Japanese with the intention of becoming an overseas English teacher (he goes to UNT though so you probably don’t know him). I was actually lucky enough to get to go to Japan back in high school. Myself and aforementioned friend spent a couple weeks there in Yokohama and with a host family a small mountain town in Fukushima called Minamiaizu as part of a sort of foreign exchange program. If you’ve been, I’d love to hear what your favorite places there are! For now, best of luck with the rest of your semester!

  5. Hello Jordan!
    Japanese is a really cool language to learn, especially since it is in a totally different language family than English. I chickened out and took Latin as my required language course because it is a language within the same family as English. The psyche of the suspects in Criminal Minds is probably my favorite part about the show. It is interesting to see how a person’s personality or background can be determined from their actions. I wish you the best of luck with your teaching!

  6. Hi Jordan!
    Majoring in Japanese is really cool! I also love to crochet. I like doing it while I watch tv so that I have something to do with my hands. I have never read the Books of Pelinor, but I did watch all of Criminal Minds. I was obsessed for a while! I like listening to soundtracks from movies while I am studying as well. Lord of the Rings is my favorite. It’s nice to meet you!

  7. Hi Jordan,
    Nice to meet you! I think it’s really cool you want to teach ESL overseas. I’ve volunteered as an ESL tutor before, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. I think you should get a hedgehog too—one of my best friends used to have one and he is so cute! I’ve never crocheted before, but I’d love to get into it! I bought some yarn a while ago but haven’t gotten around to actually making something out of it. That’s awesome that you know Japanese and German—I bet you found some cool myths from those cultures in this class!

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