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Let's Speak Japanese

Kazki's Japanese Meetup:

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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  • Carl

    There were about a quarter the attendees as usual, which was nice in a way, since it is easier to converse when there are fewer voices. Nobuko-san (dare I say -sensei?) was super helpful - I feel that I have learned a lot today.

    2 · July 20, 2013

    • Mike 門.

      フォガルティさんはよく頑張ってくれましたね。I see these Saturday meetups as a chance to practice what we've learned, as opposed to being a "class". But boy, there sure were a lot of questions for you!! ありがとう親切さん! :)

      1 · July 21, 2013

    • Mike 門.

      That reminds me, Fogarty-san taught us a really cool phrase. I was speaking with Justin about Japanese idioms and how sometimes they are so different from the English equivalents. We were looking for something that equated with "burning through money/resources/somethin­g". Forgarty-san taught us 「ゆみずのようにつかう」。Omoshirokun­ai? Interesting, yeah? :) English uses fire and Japanese uses water. Forgarty-san was thinking this may be because of how in the onsen, it's usual to take a type of bucket and douse oneself with o-yu (hot water) before stepping into the onsen/bath (after getting clean, of course). Pretty cool, huh? Ah, onsen.... how I miss you.....

      1 · July 21, 2013

  • Kazki

    Does anyone need to buy white rice? I have about 17lb (15lb Korean Bae Ah Mi and 2lb Nishiki) of white rice I don't need any more. Please someone buy it from me! $10 for both.

    July 19, 2013

    • Carl

      Just two. Been having them for lunch every day for two weeks. It's not so bad at first, but now, it mostly just tastes like dirt. Bland dirt that is vaguely spicy. The nice thing about them is that they are very cheap - 67 cents for lunch is pretty amazing. Nevertheless, I really need to find something else before I lose all faith in humanity :P

      July 20, 2013

    • Kazki

      You should take onigiri (rice balls) to work. They freeze well, too. If you come to one of my beginner classes, I'll show you how to make them.

      July 20, 2013

  • Nobuko F.

    Again, I had fun rediscovering the language that I have been using for the last ** decades. Can anyone guess what "LIKE" on FB in Japanese FB? It's not 好き.

    1 · July 20, 2013

    • Kazki

      It's いいね!, I believe.

      1 · July 20, 2013

  • Kris

    Thanks to everyone who came today, I had fun speaking with everyone :D

    3 · July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was up late and just woke up :( sorry to miss you guys this week

    July 20, 2013

  • Yoko

    I have to do housework today:( I can't wait to see everyone soon!

    July 20, 2013

  • Bree Ward, E.

    I'm dropping off Oak

    July 19, 2013

  • Kazki

    This was a last minute announcement! Hope you guys will see it in time and will be able to go. Thanks to Mike san, it's on. He and Nobuko san will host it if I don't make it.

    July 19, 2013

    • Nobuko F.

      I am hosting it? I hope I am not expected have a lesson plan. LOL

      2 · July 19, 2013

  • Mike 門.

    I emailed Kazki for the whatup and he said he'll be out of town this weekend, and maybe next weekend, but he posted the invite for next weekend just to be ready and keep things rolling along.

    1 · July 19, 2013

    • Kazki

      Thanks for putting in the care.

      1 · July 19, 2013

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