Dining in Japan - A Beginner's Crash Course in spoken Japanese

This will be a simulation of your first dinner in "Japan". Say, some restuarnat in Nagoya (Tokyo is too crazy for first timers). Native Speakers and non-native "victims" will be assisting, attendents will be given basic prepared materials to get you started with the activity (eating dinner). However, most (if not all) dialog will be in Japanese. The staff at this venue are Japanese natives to avoid "temptation". Hints, Gestures, drawings (and dictionaries)  may be used to assist, but NO ENGLISH until indicated. Some written cards/diagrams with basic concepts will be in writing (to get started) but not all info to get started will be provided in English writing. This is truly for beginners. No experience/study required although elementary Japanese is strongly encourged as is basic knowledge of hirigana and katakana (Japanese simplified writing and foreign word characters respectively). My parents always told me nothing motivates someone to learn a language like needing it to eat and my own experience living in a Japanese village where virtually no one spoke English certainly didn't hurt my progress.  Had to think on my toes to communicate as my vocabulary was...well...less than ideal. This activity is perfect for people going to Japan in the next few months. Dinner will be approx $20 (this is the restaurant, there is no fee to participate in the group).

Additional Native level Japanese speaking volunteers welcome, especially those really good at drawing, acting or hand gestures.

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  • Eric L.

    People are really friendly and helpful. A great way to become more comfortable speaking Japanese

    September 11, 2011

  • Dominic N.

    well, the staff at the restaurant spoke english with me, but it wasn't too terrible

    September 11, 2011

  • Jonah The E.

    People reponsed well to this event. Beginners seemed to go for this one.

    September 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This meetup was great! I learned a bit more, and not to panic too much using my beginner Japanese. Thanks Jonah, and Logan. Being gently forced into using our Japanese skills is a great way to learn.The handouts of beginner Japanese were fun and thanks for including.

    September 11, 2011

  • Jamil V

    I actually just came back from Japan, its not too hard to get by on english but if you want to eat at top quality hole in the wall places Japanese or at least the hand gestures is essential...as I learned the hard way haha

    September 7, 2011

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