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In our language exchange, you get to LEARN Japanese from Japanese speakers!

Bring in materials and questions that you wish to go over with your Japanese partners, such as textbook you’ve been studying, a news article you wish to discuss, or some lingering questions that you’ve had about Japanese.

If you don’t have anything at hand, just download a worksheet from each event page and bring it with you.

Each practice session is divided into two time-frames:

(1) You learning Japanese from your Japanese partners. (1 hour)

(2) Your Japanese partners learning English from you. (1 hour)

In return for their help, teach or help your Japanese partners with English. They will also bring in materials they wish to study with you.

Enjoy learning, enjoy helping others and enjoy making new friends!

Upcoming events (3)

Trash pick-up in Awaji with 100 volunteers

Iwaya Community Center(岩屋公民館)


*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY 15:00 ON MAY 25TH, SAT.! ------------------------------------------- Under a mission of contributing to trash reduction, we are hosting this voluntary trash pick-up event at the Iwaya seaside park in Awaji. We are looking for 100 volunteers to 1. come out and clean with us, 2. raise awareness for environmental protection and 3. send out gratitude to our mother earth in multiple different languages! (ゴミ削減に貢献することを目標に、淡路の岩屋海岸で今回のボランティア ゴミ拾いを企画しました。100人のボランティアで、ゴミ拾い、環境保護への意識向上、そして多言語で私たちの住む地球に感謝を贈ります。) We are hoping this project will go viral so we can work with people in other parts of the world to tackle environmental concerns. (このプロジェクトがバイラル的に回って、他の国に住む方々と環境保護に取り組めるよう願っています。) We will also have a workshop to learn about what we can do as consumers to help make the earth greener! An adviser will share insights and advice on social issues in Japan relative to waste management and environmental conservation. (イベントではワークショップもあり、消費者としてできるエコ活動を学びます。専門家講師をお招きして、ゴミや環境保護に関連した社会問題について知識を深めます。) Event Schedule(スケジュール): 11:00 - 13:30 Workshop: "Environmental concerns consumers should resolve" 「消費者 が解決 する環境問題」 Lecturer: Mr Nishitani (西谷   寛先生) *We'll work in small groups with members who can assist English/Japanese translation. 13:30 - 14:00 Walk to the beach 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch 15:00 - 16:30 Trash pick-up 16:30 - 16:55 Closing 17:00 - End of event WHAT TO BRING (suggested materials to make the cleaning easy for you): a trash bag, a trash tong (trash picker/grabber), rubber gloves, a big bag to hide the trash bag on the way home, a hand towel, comfortable shoes to walk along the beach, you lunch and drink, a picnic blanket to sit on during lunch break, pens and paper for the workshop 持ち物: ゴミ袋、ゴミ拾いバサミ、ゴム手袋、大型のエコバッグやリュック、タオル、海岸を歩きやすいくつ、ランチと飲み物、レジャーシート(ランチ休憩用)、ペンと紙(ワークショップ用) *Since garbage service is not available on the weekend and it is very costly to rent a truck or arrange a pickup service on our own, each of us has to bring back the trash and dispose them from home as household garbage. The amount of trash you pick up is entirely up to you. It can be just as little as the amount a shopping bag can take. *ゴミ回収が週末に無いのと、独自でトラックやゴミ収集の手配をすると費用が大幅にかかってしまうため、拾ったゴミは各自で持ち帰るかたちになります。拾うゴミの量はお任せします。買い物袋くらいの少量でもOKです。 *We recommend that you bring a big bag (e.g., eco-bag) or backpack to carry the trash back home if you are traveling by public transport. *交通機関を利用される場合は、ゴミが入った袋を持ち帰りやすいように、エコバッグや大き目のリュックを持参するようお薦めします。 PARTICIPATION FEE: 500 yen (To cover the expenses for the lecturer, lecture hall, traveling & communication costs of the event organizers & supporters, etc.) 参加費: 500円 (講師料、会議室の利用料、イベント主催者やサポーターたちの交通費、通信費などに使われます) ------------------------------------ Date(実施日): May 26th, Sunday 5/26(日) Time(時間): 11:00 - 17:00 Meeting place(集合場所): Iwaya Community Center(岩屋公民館) Awaji Island *There is NO parking at the center. Please use the public transport. Address:[masked] Iwaya, Awaji city, Hyogo prefecture[masked] (〒[masked] 兵庫県淡路市岩屋1514−18) Web: https://www.city.awaji.lg.jp/soshiki/koushitsu/iwayakouminkan.html

Conversation Fluency Training


*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY 18:00 ON MAY 28TH, TUESDAY! ------------------------------------------- Objective: To improve conversation fluency in Japanese Level: Upper beginner - Intermediate ------------------------------------------- CONVERSATION STARTERS: 1. When you meet someone for the first time, how do you feel? How long does it take you to be comfortable with them? 2. Of the things you have bought in your life, which do you remember most happily? 3. Do you play any sports these days? If not, how do you get exercise? 4. If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would you choose? 5. Vegans avoid using any animal related products. How do you feel about veganism? 6. What’s more important to you when you travel – comfort and relaxation, or stimulating new experiences? 7. What social issues are you interested in lately?

KEIGO (polite form) intensive


*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY 18:00 ON MAY 30TH, THURSDAY! ---------------------------------------------------------------- Objective: Get more practice speaking politely in Japanese Level: Intermediate and above ------------------------------------------- Let's practice the following role-play situations in keigo! 1. You work for a medium-sized company. Your boss has asked you and your partner(s) to come up with some ideas to help the organisation to be more eco-friendly. With your partner(s), brainstorm some ideas and decide which you would like to implement. Keep in mind that the ideas may not go ahead if they are too costly! Suggested phrases: “Does anyone have some suggestions?” “We use far too much paper.” “Some employees waste a lot of electricity.” “What happens to our garbage?” 2. You were just about to finish an urgent piece of work when your computer crashed and won’t restart. You need to call the IT department and ask them to get your computer back online as soon as possible. Student A: Call the IT department. Explain the problem and explain that you need your computer running again before the end of the day. Student B: You work for IT department. From the sound of it, the problem with Student A’s computer is quite serious and they will need a new motherboard. It will take two or three days to replace. Suggested phrases: “It’s extremely urgent.” “All my work is on the hard drive.” “It sounds like the motherboard is the problem.” “It will take a few days to replace.” GROUP CONVERSATION 1. Is your work place eco-friendly? Why or why not? 2. Are you eco-friendly? Why or why not? 3. How do you organize/store work related data? How often do you backup the data? 4. What are some computer problems you've had in the past?

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Beginner Japanese (Office Conversation)


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