Let's meetup and learn Japanese language and culture:Keigo practice day

  • July 30, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Duration : 60 min (after 60 min, free café talk)

The tables are near: a Curry Shop

Masahito will be wearing a red hat.

Facilitator : Masahito

The topic : Let's Practice Keigo

Todays group is designed to exercise conversational speech in various formal situations.

  • Role play & Interactive speaking practice. The objective is business communications and conversations.
  • To learn honorific speech (Keigo) sentence patterns and typical business expressions with communication tips.

6:00 Opening remarks

6:02 Quick self introduction

6:10 Practice Keigo

These are fun YouTube movies for your resources.

6:45  Q & A about Japanese culture

6:55 Talk about the next meeting agenda

7:00 Closing remarks


Rules :

  • Enjoy conversation.
  • Let's respect and help each other.
  • Members are asked to use polite and proper speech desu/masu form , avoid crude and slangy expressions. And let's try to speak only Japanese for the first 60 minutes.
  • Beginners are welcome and are able to use English. The members who know Japanese will support the beginners.
  • 日本語が母国語である参加者は、日本語学習者の日本語力向上のため、最初の60分間は日本語で会話をすること。
  • 日本語学習者が会話を理解していない場合に限り、英語を用いて会話の内容を説明、補足すること。これにより、すべての参加者が会話に参加することを図る。
  • 主義主張の出所を明らかにすること:発言する場合、自分の価値・経験であるのか、文献に基づいたものなのか、証明された理論であるのかを意識すること。

Dividing groups

  • If we have many participants, an organizer will divide the group based on Japanese level.
  • If an organizer creates subgroups, He or she will appoint a facilitator for each subgroup.

After having a group conversation for 60 minutes, we will end the group activity. It will be free conversation time. You are free to leave or you can stay and talk about any topic you like with anyone in Japanese or English.


Note :

  • Anybody who wants to facilitate future meetings are welcome to do so. Please let Masahito know.
  • Please let Masa know if you want to talk about any particular topic.

Mahalo, Thanks, ありがとう


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice people very informative.

    August 4, 2013

  • Masahito S.

    Thank you very much for all the members who attended today's meeting.
    Attendance: Arthur, Wataru, Saori, Chay, Sunrise, Robert, Nancy, Lily, Masahito, Yamato, Flix, Mimi, Janel, Andrew, Randy, Russ, Primo, Brian,
    Start : 6:00pm End : 7:00pm :
    We divided the group into three groups (Japanese level was considered).
    Topics :
    1. We learned about basic Keigo.
    We practice three different forms. For example
    Regular > polite > politest
    aru>arimasu >gozaimasu : shitteiru? > shitteimasuka? > gozonnjidesuka: shiranai > shirimasenn > zonnjimasen
    2. We made Japanese sentences and practiced how to use it.
    Organizer's Comments:
    It is confusing for many Japanese learners to use Keigo. We should make "Keigo class" sometime soon and practice how to use it.
    3. At7:10pm we announced The Honolulu Japanese Language and Cultural Group organizers are planning to make this group a registered non-profit organization.
    Mahalo, Thank you, ありがとう

    July 30, 2013

  • Masahito S.

    I learned a lot and had fun.

    July 30, 2013

  • Brian B.

    I enjoyed this meet-up tonight. I think I will slowly but surely lean & become comfortable with Japanese and like this group overall. Looking forward to attending more!

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed meeting more new people and learning some new info. about life in Japan, as well as some new vocabulary words.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for selecting keigo for a topic. I need to learn it better and this would help me practice it. Will do my best to use it in this practice session.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will come if the storm isn't still happening tomorrow.

    1 · July 29, 2013

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