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Speak Japanese

I'm a Japanese tutor here in Austin and I'm hosting a Japanese conversation practice meeting. We'll be focusing mainly on speaking, not explaining grammar and so forth.  However, I encourage you to bring paper and take notes and ask questions if you like.  Even if you're just starting out and don't have much confidence saying very simple things, don't feel intimidated. Come practice saying those things that you CAN!

If you can't read hiragana, this event may not be for you, but you are welcome to come anyway.

This week I'll bring some topics to talk about in the question forms so in case you don't know certain grammatical structures you'll be able to learn and start using them then.

NOTE:

We may be sitting at the patio outside in the back so be sure to come find us.

PARKING:

If the front lot is full, there are usually many spots on Live Oak St. (the nearby street with the light).

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  • Mike 門.

    I've heard of that game, but never tried it. It would be worth a go, I believe! I was thinking about us writing a short play in Japanese together, learning the lines, and then filming it. I've actually done something like this before, and already have a system/structure put together. (By that I mean a way we all can write a play together.) Ideally, every single step of the process is done in Japanese - brainstorming; writing, rewriting and editing the script; going over lines; making anything we need for the scenes (if we really go gung-ho); and shooting the movie itself. アクション! :)

    If that's a little too much, we could just take a scene from a Japanese movie and redo it. What's really nice about all this is that a) the language is a vehicle, like it's supposed to be. We learn the language while using it to reach a non-language goal (task-based learning), and b) the language is recycled and internalized/naturalized. What do you guys think?

    June 3, 2013

    • Mike 門.

      When I last moved to Japan 6 years ago, I got my visa as the head teacher at an artsy type of school. This was actually the core curriculum, and language learners started this class at the low-intermediate level. The thing is, we ourselves dictate how difficult it is. Back then, the plays were short - 5 minutes or so. (Of course, a lot can happen in 5 minutes.) It was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot. Anyway, the students got so much out of it, I've always wanted to find a Japanese learning group to do it with, myself.

      June 3, 2013

    • Kazki

      Hey Mike, thanks for the input. Half of the group members are still beginners and there are a few who are still learning writing hiragana. And, more new beginners are coming every week. Also, the main purpose of the group is to practice speaking what they've learned so far, not so much on writing. So, I suggest that you come to the meeting first and get to know some of us; and then, if you find enough people who are willing and able, we plan accordingly. Thanks and I look forward to meeting you!

      1 · June 3, 2013

  • Derrick D.

    I have a fun language game...Depending on how many attend/venue there may be a need to split into small groups, but...You take a stack of index cards and write famous People/landmarks/locations etc. on them. Have the groups sit in a circle and pass 1 to each person for round 1. So then you pick the person who begins the round. During round 1, the picked person is the listener, so the group will ask questions around the circle (Japanese Only) to the picked person to find out whats on their card. Round 2 is sort of the Speaking round for the picked person. A card is passed around the group, so that only the group knows whats on the card, and the picked person will ask questions around the circle to find out whats on the card. Depending on Group size, sometimes its fun to do group vs group to see who can go around their circles for both rounds the fastest, but honestly there are lots of variations to this game that are fun and may be helpful for learning something new.

    June 3, 2013

    • Kazki

      Hey Derrick, that sounds interesting. Bring that with you on Saturday, would you? I'll have something prepared, too, but I'd like to have more options.

      June 3, 2013

  • Kazki

    These meetings are always good as long as people speak Japanese regardless of the speakers' levels or speaking correctly or incorrectly.

    Also, I'll present topics next time to talk about in order to better organize and to help them speak more Japanese. Speaking English is good, but only when we explain or question. The next one will be better.

    June 2, 2013

  • Kazki

    These meetings are always good as long as people speak Japanese regardless of the speakers' levels or speaking correctly or incorrectly.

    However, the venue was not as suitable to have all 20 people this time. I'll pick a different location next time since the number of people is growing. Also, I'll present topics next time to talk about in order to better organize and to help them speak more Japanese. Speaking English is good, but only when we explain or question. The next one will be better.

    June 2, 2013

  • Mike 門.

    僕も行きたいんですが、まだまだAustinにはいませんから、行けるかどうかちょっと分かりません、残念ながら・・
    二日までに到着すれば行こうとしますよ!

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Yoko

    Minasan Ogenkidesuka? I am Japanese who has been in Austin for almost 10 years. I am forgetting Japanese (doesn't mean I speak English very well :) but I would like to share this great language with everyone! I can't wait to see everyone!

    2 · May 27, 2013

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