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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!

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My typical working day (Daily Conversation)

NORTH LOUNGE 北欧館

*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY 18:00 ON JAN. 22ND, TUESDAY! ---------------------------------------------------------------- Objective: To learn new words and phrases to describe your typical working day Level: Beginner - Intermediate ---------------------------------------------------------------- (1). Model Dialogue How do you say the following dialogue in Japanese? Pat: What do you do, Dan? Dan: I'm a sales manager for Africa and Europe. Pat: Tell me about your working day. What do you do when you get to the office? Dan: First, I have a meeting with my team. Then I reply to e-mails. Pat: Where do you have lunch? Dan: I usually have lunch in the company restaurant. About twice a week, I go out for lunch with visitors. Pat: How often do you travel on business? Dan: I'm away a lot. I visit South Africa once a month for a week. Pat: What do you do on the weekend? Dan: I like quiet weekends. I read a lot and listen to music. On Sunday mornings, I play golf. (2). SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION Occupation: What do you do? Frequency: How often do you work out? How often do you eat a day? How often do you do grocery shopping? (3). GROUP CONVERSATION 1. What do you do when you get to your work place? 2. Where do you usually have lunch?

The Japanese Mind: Shinto and Zen Buddhism (DISCUSSION)

*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY 18:00 ON JAN. 24TH, THURSDAY! ___________________________________________________________________ Many aspects of life in Japan were greatly influenced by Shinto philosophy and Zen Buddhism. However, we know very little about them and the background story of their cultural impact. What is Shinto and what is Zen Buddhism? How did they become an integral part of Japanese life? On Jan. 26th, Sat., we are scheduled to have a day tour with a cultural promoter of Kyoto, Kana Hattori. She will walk us through the philosophy of Shinto and Zen Buddhism by taking us to a historic zen temple, a Shinto shrine and the Gion district of Kyoto. Before meeting up with Kana, we will take some time in this session to learn about Shinto and Zen Buddhism. SHINTO: Article https://www.world-religions-professor.com/shintobeliefs.html 1. What does the article tell about the following concepts of Shinto? 2. How are they reflected in Japanese people's lives? 物の哀れ(もののあわれ)mono no aware 誠(まこと) makoto 惟神の道(かんながらのみち) kannagara-no-michi ZEN BUDDHISM: Article https://www.zen-buddhism.net/beliefs/beliefs-and-dogmas.html 1. What is Zen? 2. What does the article say about Zen beliefs? Key terms: here and now present moment life is a dream, a grand illusion limited sphere of knowledge that comes with being a human being 3. What do you think about these concepts of Zen? Doe they resonate with you?

Kyoto Zen Tour - Deep Insights into the Japanese Spirit

Gion Shijyou Station (Keihan Line)

¥2,000

*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE RSVP BY 12:00 ON JAN. 25TH, FRIDAY! ------------------------------------------------- Many aspects of life in Japan were greatly influenced by Shinto philosophy and Zen Buddhism. However, we know very little about them and the background story of their cultural impact. What is Shinto and what is Zen Buddhism? How did they become an integral part of Japanese life? In this day tour led by a cultural promoter of Kyoto, Kana Hattori, we will explore the spiritual and philosophical mind of Shinto and Zen while visiting a historic zen temple, a Shinto shrine and the Gion district of Kyoto. As Kana walks you through the historical sites, we will learn how Shinto and Zen encompasses the ideas, attitudes, and ways of doing things of the Japanese people up to this day. DATE: Jan. 26th, Sunday MEETING TIME: 12:45 *We will begin walking at 13:00. If you arrive any later than that, you will not be able to participate in the event. MEETING PLACE: In front of Tourist Information Counter right outside of the ticket gate of Keihan Railway Gion-Shijo Station (there is only one ticket gate at this station). https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/tic/26027880.html FARE: 2,000 yen/person +* 500 yen admission fee at the zen temple MAX. NO. OF PARTICIPANTS 15 *We are taking bookings from four different event sites. Please RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot. RSVP DEADLINE: Jan. 25th, Friday at 12:00

KEIGO (polite form) intensive

NORTH LOUNGE 北欧館

*YOU MUST BECOME A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP BY 18:00 ON JAN. 29TH, TUE.! ------------------------------------------- Objective: Get more practice speaking politely in Japanese Level: Intermediate ------------------------------------------- Let's practice the following role-play situations in keigo! 1. Jack has just received an urgent phone call from his wife. Her car has broken down by the side of the road. He has to go and help her out. But first, he needs to get permission from his boss. Student A: You are Jack. Your wife’s vehicle has broken down and she needs your help. It will likely take you an hour or two to sort it out. Student B: You are Jack’s boss. You only allow employees to leave the office during working hours in cases of emergency. Suggested phrases: “I’ve just received a phone call from my wife.” “She’s very upset.” “How long will it take you to sort this out?” “I’m not sure that I would classify this as an emergency.” 2. You have ordered catering for a company event today at 4pm. However, it is now 3:45pm and the catering service hasn’t shown up. Call the caterer and resolve the problem. Student A: You are the employee. It will be very embarrassing for you if the catering is late or does not appear. All the senior managers will be at the event. Student B: You are the caterer. You mistakenly thought that the event was tomorrow, not today Suggested phrases: “We were expecting you to be here already.” “This really makes us look bad.” “It appears that we made a mistake.” “You have my sincere apology.” 3. Your secretary has been very moody recently and it has been affecting her work. You suspect that she is having some sort of trouble at home. Student A: Speak to your secretary. You want to be empathetic, but you also want to make sure her problems do not affect her work. Student B: You are the secretary. Recently, you have been fighting with your boyfriend a lot and this has put you under a lot of stress. However, this is a personal problem and you would prefer not to discuss it with your boss. Suggested phrases: “Is everything okay?” “I have noticed that you cannot concentrate on your work.” “I’m having some personal issues.” “I’ll find a way to get through this.” 4. It is a normal day at work when suddenly one of your co-workers collapses. Call emergency services and explain the situation. Student A: Your co-worker has just collapsed. Call emergency services and ask them what to do. Student B: You work for emergency services. When you receive a call about someone who has collapsed, you need to dispatch an ambulance to the correct address while asking the caller to check for a pulse. The caller should also check that the person is breathing and administer aid if necessary. Suggested phrases: “My co-worker has just collapsed.” “Our address is…” “You need to check for a pulse.” “The ambulance should be there in approximately ten minutes.”

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