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Memories

http://www.aichi-gakuin.ac.jp/~jeffreyb/spking/memories.html
rough machine translation ... [ Eng=>Jpn ]


What is the best or most impressive thing that has happened to you? the worst or most heart-breaking thing?
Which year is your favorite? your worst?

Question 1. Has anyone had a big influence on your life? Who?

Early Life

Question 2. What was happening in Japan the year you were born? in the world?

What kind of a child were you? What was your character like?
What is your first (oldest) memory?
What popular things do you remember?

Question 3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Who was your best childhood friend? Do you still see them?
Where did you play when you were a child? with who?
What games did you play outside when you were a child? dodgeball? kickball?
What did you play inside? shogi? board games? computer games?
How many stuffed toys did you have? What was your favorite?

School
Did you go to a kindergarten or a nursery school? How many years did you attend?
Was your elementary school near your house? your junior high school? your high school?
Did you have a special group of friends?
Did you ever play a joke on another student? a teacher?
What were your favorite subjects? Who were your favorite teachers?

Question 4. Did you ever get in any trouble? What happened?

Which school was your favorite? elemenary school? junior high? high school?
Did you cry at your graduations?
Did you wear a school uniform? Did you like it?
Did your parents take part in your high school graduation?
Was your college entrance exam difficult?

Injuries and Accidents
Have you ever been stung by an insect? bitten by an animal?
Have you ever broken or cracked a bone?
Have you ever been cut, stabbed, or shot? How did it happen?
Have you ever had a serious disease or injury? an operation?
Have you ever been involved in a traffic accident?

Question 5. Have you ever had or seen an accident? a fire? a big storm?

Misc.
Have you ever moved? changed schools?
When was your first love? your first time to tell a person that you liked them?
Where did you go on your first date?
When was the first time you ever cooked something?
What was the first thing you ever cooked?
When was the first time you swam 25 meters?
What trips have you taken?
Have you gone to Tokyo Disneyland? How many times? When was the first time?

Question 6. When did you first start to work?

Have you had any big fights with somebody? Who? About what?
When was the first time you went out to sing karaoke? Who did you go with?

When was the first time you wore a kimono?
When was the first time you rode a train? the shinkansen? a plane?
When was the first time you rode a rollercoaster?
When did you learn to swim? ride a bicycle? ski? play tennis?
Did you learn to ride a unicycle? How long did it take you?

Question 7. Do you still have any of your old toys? roller skates? a rubic cube?

Very Personal Questions

    If you don't mind my asking ...

Did you have a boyfriend (girlfriend)?
If so, how did you meet? How long did you go together?

How much did your part-time job pay?

    Sorry, I would rather not say.

Grammar Link for Memories.

Photos and Links

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Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Photos--Used with Permission
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Photos--Permission Pending
http://www.sakuragaoka.jp/04life/images/life01_pho06.jpg ... etc.
http://www.centralschool.org/startbus.jpg
http://image.pathfinder.com/Life/pictday/pod20001023.jpg
http://www.marriyellclub.co.jp/12_orwtop/photo.jpg


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