so um... I need to start practicing the subtleties in the Japanese language.
I was introduced to the principle of one of my High Schools on Thursday. When he asked me how I found Japan to be so far I said:
"KIRAI DESU NE!" (thinking I said - it is so beautiful!)
but when I saw him gasp and give a look to the other teachers I instantly knew I did something terribly wrong. luckily another teacher who spoke English was there to tell me what I had said: "I HATE JAPAN!"
What I meant to say was: "KIREI desu ne."
one damn vowel.
at least it broke the ice and got us laughing during that crucial first impression time period!