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Hi everybody, how was your week? I will be starting my main job again this Thursday, so last week was my last full week before summer vacation ends.
I've had a great time during the summer vacation and I wish it could last longer, but I am also happy to return to the junior high school and see the students again!

One of our topics today was "all-nighters". All-nighter can be a fun-filled night with your friends, but it can also mean a stress-filled night at the office before a deadline. So, besides drinking coffee, how do you stay awake during an all-nighter? One of our guests told us that he saw on TV that pulling down on your ears can help keep you awake. We weren't sure if that's true or not, but next time I'm having trouble staying awake, I will try it out.

We also talked about our first jobs and if we had any difficult times there. It seems like working as a cram school teacher is a common first job for guests that come here! My first job was working part-time on a farm. My main responsibility was cleaning the horse stables and picking weeds in the horses field, but I also helped to build a large shed and garage. It was pretty tough work, but I think it was a good experience for a first job. How about you?

Here are some the of the words that were used today:

obnoxious: This adjective describes someone who is very rude and possibly loud and annoying.

charter schools: This is a type of school that has been trending in the U.S. Charter schools are payed for with tax money, but they are run by private companies.

responsibilities: These are things that you must do (like at a job, for example).

Thanks for reading, and see you next time!
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We had a wonderful time with the guest today. We talked about Kenya and japan. We compared these two countries. We discussed about the weather, food, culture and life in kenya. The guests could not believe that Japan is hotter than Kenya. The actual temperature in Kenya was 16℃ and the actual temperature in Takatsuki was 30℃. The guests could not believe this.

I also showed them some pictures of places in Kenya. They could not believe how beautiful Kenya is. We also talked about Prime minister Abe's trip to Kenya and the impacts of the meeting ( TICAD).

The guests really had good time and they are planning to visit kenya in the future. One of our guest will be visiting England for three weeks so we had a chance to talk about the UK. They really had a good time.
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After a long time met our guests and shared our thoughts. Talked about the Obon and why we have such a holidays. It was really interested to know and how they spent time with their relatives.
And also, today we met a new face who has obtained a Ph.D in Management and working as a lecture. So, our guests keen to ask about his job and it's responsibilities. It was a good thing to hear.
Further we talked about Japanese accustom like Comic Cafe, Capsule Hotel etc. where we can stay over a night with a reasonable price. That was the first time that I heard.
We completed the day with talking, why English messages are important for foreigners who live in Japan.
Good Day!!! Happy Day!!!
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Hello!

Today I'm really sore, because I taught some kids in the morning. We ran around and played so much. How are you?

When I come and talk with guests at Cafe Wa, I usually expect to learn something interesting about Japanese culture, or some interesting Japanese words, but this time I learned some interesting things about kayaks and canoes. For example, did you know that the best way to make your canoe go fast is to use slow, shallow strokes? If you put the paddle too deeply into the water, it will be harder to move forward and it's not very efficient. Many of us were surprised to see that canoe racing is an olympic sport. Congratulations to Japan on winning the silver medal!

Another topic we discussed was living in dormitories and having housemates in general. I have never lived in a dormitory, but I have the experience of having some really messy housemates. At those times, I worried about how to talk to the housemates about cleaning their own mess.

To our readers who have kids: do you have rules about bringing dishes back to the kitchen when finished eating? Do you let the kids eat food in their rooms? One of the worst experiences I had was when I found a moldy bowl of some food in my housemate's room... It was pretty disgusting.

Anyway, here are some useful words and phrases. Please give them a try!


aggressive: This is an adjective to describe a person (or animal!) who is short-tempered, or often attacks.


leftovers: Leftovers are foods, or portions of meals that didn't get eaten/sold. For example, at some restaurants, staff members can take home leftovers and eat them so they aren't thrown in the garbage.

"it happens:" This is a phrase you can tell someone if you don't want them to worry about a mistake. For example, if your friend spills their drink on the table you can tell them "Hey, it's ok. It happens."

Enjoy your week everyone. See you next time!
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Hello, everyone!

How are you staying cool during these hot days of summer? Don't forget to drink enough water, please...

Today was the first time I've worked on a Friday, and it was nice to see some familiar faces. I returned to Japan from my vacation in the U.S., so I was excited to talk about my trip. My moms got married in Seattle and had a nice ceremony and reception, but many of our wedding guests agreed that it was a little bit too long (about two hours). How about your wedding ceremony? I learned a little bit more about Japanese weddings from our guests, and it sounds like Japanese-style weddings have around a 15-20 minute ceremony.

We also talked about some new movies that have been released. When I was on vacation, I watched a movie called "Suicide Squad" that I have decided is the worst movie I have ever seen. Before I saw it, I was excited because of the preview commercials, but it ended up being really, really bad. I think it was really bad because there were so many confusing moments, and also lots of dialogue that sounded over-dramatic. When I asked our guests about the worst movie they have ever seen, there weren't many strong opinions... but if you'd like to share, please come and talk with us at the cafe or let us know in the comments below.

As always, thanks for the great conversation!

Here are some of the words that came up in today's free talk:

anxiety:    This is a feeling of tense nervousness. You can add a word before it to describe the reason for the anxiety. For example "test anxiety" is the nervous/panic feeling when taking tests.
I don't have much test anxiety, but I have a problem of reading very slow!
 
bassinet:    This is a baby bed that is like a basket with legs. You can get a bassinet seat for babies on some airplanes.

lukewarm:    This is a temperature slightly warmer than room temperature. Usually it describes the temperature of a liquid.
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It's a Saturday and as you could guess, there were a lot of people who came to have a conversation at the cafe.
We had small talks here and there. We talked about the Olympic Games and how Japan might just take a medal this time in the synchronized swimming event because of the change of the manager or coach of the nation's national team. 
A very interesting topic we hit upon was how Japanese people are not really that sensitive when it comes to religion. According to the guests, this is because Japanese people have more than one religion. For example, Japanese people practices Shintoism 3 to 4 times a year but still go to temples to worship Gods (Buddhism) and celebrate the festive season, Christmas (Christianity). Coming from Malaysia when religion is a very sensitive issue, it made me realized just how better Malaysia would be with the people accepting multiple religion as the Japanese do.

I'll just stop here for today. Thanks for reading again!

New vocabularies :
1. To gauge (verb) : To measure or estimate an amount or level (both tangible and intangible)

2. Liaison (noun) : The interaction between people in the same field of work so as to better improve the working relationship between people (can also be used for organizations)

3. Altar (noun) : A tall, flat table where religion rituals such as offerings to deities and ancestors are carried out on (Buddhism / Christianity) 

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Today was my last shift at the English Cafe. My last conversations were great and full of laughter. I got to speak about dramas and food and also some serious topics for the last time. I learned of some mistakes I made in Japan - about filming during concerts. It is okay in Australia but apparently not in Japan. I thought back over many of my conversations and I am sad that this was the last one. I hope I can meet everyone again some day. In Australia, I will think of this cafe often. Thank you!
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The day started off with me struggling to come up with a topic, and then slowly drifting towards topics such as the election in Tokyo, Pokemon go and my language capabilities. I also learnt a lot about the Yakuza, and enjoyed discussing topics such as gambling and pachinko.

We the switched to more advanced topics such as the differences between western and Japanese culture, which brought a lot of interesting points. It was both educational and thoughtful.

We then talked about different aspects of being a pilot.

We ended it off by discussing an interesting topic of how the Japanese language contributes to the cultural trait of patient and careful  listening.

The words discussed today were  such tune, vibrant, dull, elegant, arrogant, serendipity and cultivated.

This was my last day before I leave and I can't state enough what a fruitful and enjoyable experience this was for me. Thank you to everyone involved and hope to meet you all soon, somewhere, somehow.

Yuki. N. S. F

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Hello everyone,

This blog is a bit overdued but last Saturday, we talked about Doyo Ushinohi also known as 土用丑の日. It is a day when Japanese people would eat grilled eel so as to strengthen the body in preparation for the change of seasons. This means that there are generally 4 days people celebrate this day in one year.

Doyo Ushinohi is determined using the Lunar Calendar. 18 days before the start of a new season is the period called Doyo (土用) and during this period of time, the day which represents the Chinese zodiac sign 'Ox' is what is called Doyo Ushinohi (土用丑の日).

The other reason for eating eel (Unagi) is because the first letter of the fish is the same as the first letter of the word 'Ox (Ushi)' in Japanese. The trend began since the Edo Period and the tradition is still live and well as I saw a lot of people lining up to buy Unagis on my way to the cafe!

New vocabularies :
Blatant (adjective) : Doing something very obviously and in a way in which one does not consider the consequences (used in a negative nuance)

Thank you for reading!
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Today, we spent most of the time talking about Malaysia and Singapore. One thing which caught the guests' interests was the food in both Malaysia and in Singapore. A guest asked about the local snacks or candies but truthfully speaking, I could not think of any type of candies which were known only to Malaysians. Instead, I introduced them to one of the more easily forgotten states of Malaysia, Sarawak. In Sarawak, you can find Kuih Lapis or layered cake in English. Kuih Lapis is very well known in Sarawak, even more so in Peninsula Malaysia. This delicacy has many layers to the common pastry we know as cake and with the layers come an astonishing amount of combinations of flavours. For example, Oreo and Cheese, Chocolate and Peppermint, fruits on top of more fruits! If you ever visit Malaysia and decide to head to Sarawak, make sure to get kuih lapis for friends and fam(short for family)!

A guest mentioned that he was going to pursue his career in a country in South East Asia. I wish him the best of luck in pursuing his goals and hopes he achieves them in the future. But really guys, I feel like I've done too much of the talking today so next time, we're gonna talk more about you!

Also, here are the words we have learnt today.

Compromise : An agreement formed when two parties both take a step back in order to create a resolve to an argument or an environment that benefits both parties.

Mortgage : An agreement between a bank and a debtor whereby the bank lends the debtor a large amount of money in exchange for a title or ownership of one of the debtor's property i.e. house, shoplots or other valuable assets.

Hub : A core to networks and activities (ex. financial hub)
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