Speak More Japanese

Last week playing Derrick-san's card game in Japanese turned out to be fun so we can do it again if we like. I'll also bring some topics again 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 right then and there. Bring a pen (and paper for questions).

GROUP RULE:

No speaking English allowed other than asking questions or explaining the grammar or vocabulary. You won't get thrown out if you keep talking in English. But, if it starts to get long, let's remind each other to speak in Japanese in Japanese; にほんごで おねがいします, which means "In Japanese, please". That is a great practice in itself.

NOTE 1:

They have a wide variety of delicious vegetarian food selection at the restaurant. If you aren't hungry, there's no need to order food there. But, they do ask us to purchase at least a drink or some small item to show respect to their hospitality.

NOTE 2:

When you click on "Mr. Natural", the Google Map shows a place in Spain.  We are not meeting in Barcelona.  The address of Mr. Natural is correct so please copy and paste for the directions/map on Google Map.

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About The Meeting:
I'm a native Japanese tutor here in Austin and I host these Japanese conversation practice meetings. 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 as many questions as 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! Set yourself a goal to learn at least one new word/expression and to use it when you come back the week after.

If you can't read hiragana, this event may not be for you, but you are welcome to come anyway. And, you can always contact me for private lessons to give you a boost in your learning!

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  • Justin M.

    I am so happy I didn't give into my social anxiety and ditch this meeting! :-) Thank's again, Kazki for doing these! I hope there are many more to come! I'm going to get back to studying really hard again and be able to say more soon!

    June 22, 2013

    • Kazki

      One of my main goals is to help people overcome the social anxiety, lack of confidence, etc. in speaking a new language, so I'm excited to hear your feedback. If you want lessons to build up a solid foundation and boost your learning speed, I'll be happy to help you! Thank you, Justin!

      1 · June 22, 2013

    • laura

      I really like how encouraging you are of us to use what we know, even when we mangle the pronunciation and grammar. It's nice to be able to practice without pressure.

      June 23, 2013

  • Julia

    For some reason, I thought it was on Sunday. I'll definitely make the next one! 絶対に!

    June 23, 2013

    • Kazki

      They are closed on Sundays so I plan to keep it at the same place, same time, same day for a while.

      June 23, 2013

  • Nobuko F.

    I really enjoyed talking to everyone there today. Seeing everyone's enthusiasm definitely inspires me to drive an hour to get there. I hope to see you all again.

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Kazki

      I'm very happy to hear that from you! Thank you!

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • Aurura

    I really felt happy to take part of this meeting. My husband also enjoyed himself as a Guest! I hope that in future meetings I'll be able to introduce myself to other students there - it seemed that the groups were pretty much already established by the time we got there, so it was kinda difficult to take part at first. Was so great to converse with Nobuko san!! Hope to see you again! *^_^*

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Kazki

      I'm glad you got to speak with Nobuko san! Self introduction is very important so next time I'll make sure to introduce you to everyone no matter how much the group has been established! ありがとー!

      2 · June 22, 2013

    • Nobuko F.

      I am glad that you enjoyed the meetup. It was very interesting to hear about the new Japanese drama, "Rich man, Poor woman" that you and your husband watched. Since you watch old dramas, too, do you watch old movies? I wonder if you like any of the movies by the director Juzo Itami who made good movies in 80s and 90s.

      2 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a blast, met some awesome people, picked up some Japanese! =] I would definitely do this again. :)

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Kazki

      I was pleasantly surprised how much you already know after reading your first comment before the meeting! Look forward to seeing you soon!

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Kazki

    It was good. It's sometimes challenging to keep the flow going in the whole group.

    June 22, 2013

  • Michael

    I'll try to make this one! I have something going on this morning, but hopefully I'll be done with that in time to drop by. It's been too long since I've spoken any Japanese. (Shame on me, I know.)

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WAHHHH! Work strikes again! (beat) But the overtime pays for pretty beer and anime, so, yeah. Next time, I hope. I wanted to see yall!

    June 21, 2013

  • Mike 門.

    ビジネスをすることになって。

    June 21, 2013

  • Aurura

    Hope to see you guys this Sat. *^_^*

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Kazki

    Everyone, copy & Paste the address of Mr. Natural on Google Maps for the directions. The address is correct but the link for "Mr. Natural" is not working properly. See you all on Saturday here in Austin.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jon

    すまん、今週のイベント参加出来ない!また次回ね!

    June 19, 2013

    • Kazki

      オッケー。

      June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am trying to learn Japanese. Is this group more for people who already do or ok for a beginner also?

    June 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm also a beginner. This will be my first time at one of these. Yoroshiku o-negai shimasu! (is that...close?)

      3 · June 19, 2013

    • Kazki

      Hi Luu, that's pretty good. Looking forward to seeing you. Thanks for the message!

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • Adam

    Cant wait!

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun! :)

    June 17, 2013

  • Marcel

    残念、ニューヨークに行く予定ある〜

    June 8, 2013

    • Risa

      いいな〜。もしやパミュライブ?

      June 16, 2013

    • Marcel

      wwぱみゅがいないだと思う

      June 16, 2013

  • Risa

    先週行けなかったので、今週は行けるようにします。See you then!

    1 · June 16, 2013

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