Well, I learned tonight that I can effectively communicate with taxi drivers, so that's a start. Also, whenever I do stuff with my American friends, sightseeing, shopping, and so on, I'm pretty much the only one who knows where to go (good sense of direction + good sense of general layout of Kyoto), what to say, etc. and so I'm starting to feel like a tour guide... except I've never been here before. It's kinda fun, though. XD
The language school is great. After a week it's getting easier to keep up with my teachers talking in Japanese all the time. They're pretty fun (there are three who rotate irregularly every few days). Today's sensei was kind of odd... very funny and energetic, but he had a balloon inflater toy that he would use to pump balloons and threatened to shoot them at students if they didn't answer a question quickly enough. (He never actually shot any.) It was very bizarre.
I'll say more eventually, but it's kind of late. For photos and more, please visit my blog! talesofkyoto.tumblr.com