Let's Speak Japanese

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 the link "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 teach private Japanese lessons 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 a pen and 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 meeting may not be for you, but you are welcome to come anyway. And, you are always welcome to contact me for private lessons so you can speak a lot more at these meetings!

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  • Nobuko F.

    I guess there is no Saturday meetup this week?

    July 18, 2013

    • Kris

      I'll definitely be there!

      1 · July 19, 2013

    • SalDSaiyan

      Sorry, can't make it this weekend, but I'll be there next week!

      July 19, 2013

  • Nobuko F.

    Here is the website about Austin created by UT students studying Japanese.
    http://laits.utexas.edu/japanese/austinguide/index.php

    Since we have a whole bunch of programmers in the group, ours will probably look more HIGH-SPEED. Right? I know Carl is going to say ウェブは きらい です。LOL!

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Mike 門.

      Here's the link to their skit projects page:
      http://laits.utexas.e...­

      Links 412L and 412K have pictures and movies.

      July 14, 2013

    • Mike 門.

      Personally, I think we can do better. :)

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Carl

    Very nice. I got to meet new people, who were tolerant of my limited skill and were very nice otherwise.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • laura

    I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of the conversations. 皆さん、ありがとう!

    2 · July 13, 2013

    • Kazki

      That's wonderful!!

      July 14, 2013

  • Nobuko F.

    Carl suggested that we should have a cooking day. Since we all like Ramen noodles, how about something like this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fXTPj0XVe8&feature=share&list=UUpprBWvibvmOlI8yJOEAAjA

    July 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I love cookingwithdog! Runnyrunny999 is another fav

      July 14, 2013

  • Gabrielle

    Can't make it today, sorry! きょうわたしはかぞくとコンサートにいきます。ごめんなさい! I will miss yall though~!

    July 13, 2013

    • Kazki

      コンサート楽しんでね。

      July 13, 2013

  • Mike 門.

    Always a good meetup!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Bree Ward, E.

    Just accompanying my son

    July 13, 2013

  • Carl

    I will try my best to come, though I may have to stay home due to migraine (very common on Saturdays).

    July 11, 2013

    • Nobuko F.

      I meant Saturday. It's not coming soon enough!

      July 11, 2013

    • Kazki

      It's effective on Friday, too, Nobuko san.

      2 · July 11, 2013

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