Michael M.

Location:

Vancouver, BC

Member since:

January 11, 2011

What's your favourite Japanese food?

I like most Japanese foods much more than this question :). Kidding aside, I'm OK with almost anything except the 4Fs: feet, face, fins and fugu.

How did you become interested in Japan and its language?

By waking up one morning and finding myself in Tokyo.

What is your level of proficiency with spoken and written Japanese?

In Japan, I co-taught philosophy in Japanese at the college level, using Japanese texts and grading student essays written in Japanese. I also translated a software manual and nearly got recruited as a spy.

What do you hope to achieve through your membership with this group?

Probably not zen "satori". I'll settle for something more "down-to-earth", like the 3 good Fs: Friends, Fun and Fluency.

Introduction

Hi, I'm back! After 5 years living in mainland China, Hong Kong and traveling through about 12 countries, including two in Africa, I'm worried that my Japanese is not as good as when I left. I hope you'll help me out after you stop laughing.

What Michael M. is saying about this Meetup Group

As before, very friendly company, although, also as before, pretty much restricted to immediate neighbors. I've just returned from my first Chinese meet-up and would like to recommend---physical meeting space allowing! (which is a huge challenge)--something like the highly interactive rotational format they use. Everyone is given printed instructions and text to follow and practice, respectively, so that everyone meets everyone and interacts in Chinese. Irrespective of level, except for highly advanced, the material is useful. This semi-compulsory format still allowed for plenty of interaction as well as lots of practice. The problem with most restaurants is the small and separate tables. If a Japanese restaurant with the same kinds of large round tables popular in Chinatown could be found, it would be possible to have several highly interactive tables with 8 or 10 people, instead of 4. So, what about China Town?


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