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Hey everyone, how is your weekend?? Today at the cafe we had some nice conversation and some tasty snacks from Niigata brought in by our staff member, Yoshie. Thanks!

We talked about GMO's (genetically modified organisms) and if they are dangerous, unhealthy, or completely safe. Do you prefer to buy organic food or do you not mind GMO's? In my opinion, I don't mind eating GMO's... but I think that organic fruits and vegetables seem to taste better. I often buy the usual, non-organic foods just because they are cheap and finding good, organic foods is a bit difficult. I learned you can get a special delivery of organic veggies every week to your house! I think there must be a service like this in the U.S., too, but I'm not sure...
In any case, everyone eat well and stay healthy, please.



Here are some of the words and phrases that came up in conversation. Let's try and use them sometime!

to set a precedent: This is when some action is done (usually at work, in politics, or in the home), and it will change the rules. For example, if the boss allows his worker to go home early on Friday one time, it means the worker might think he has a right to ask or insist on going home early every Friday. Letting his worker go home early on one Friday will "set a precedent".

to brag: If someone is bragging, it means they are talking confidently about themselves or their group, and looking down on others. It's usually a negative connotation, like when someone likes to talk about having lots of money or being popular. However, you can also brag about how you are proud of your children and I don't think that's so bad.

"(it's) to die for": This is an expression we use when something is really, really delicious. It means the food is so good that you would be willing to die just to eat it. You can say "The ramen at this place is to die for! You gotta try it!"
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Hello there!

It`s Haylee again today.


Today was my second day at work and I have to say that today was a lot of fun though my way to work was a bit complicated and messed up, which is why I arrived here 15 minutes too late (I w\am really sorry!)

I know for now, that I will never take the local train from awaji to takatsuki-shi ever again.

Anyway, when I arrived here, it was nicely crowded and lively!

Our topics today were really random, covering japanese expensive fruits, sweets and desserts, IT-discussions and travel experiences.


It was really nice talking to everybody, we spent a good time together laughing and exchanging the latest news.


Thank you everbody for visiting our Cafe and see you again next time!


Haylee 音譜

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Today, we mostly focused on English phrases. We had a little review session so the new people can be caught up with what was discussed last week and also for last weeks participants to review what they had learned. We also discussed more useful phrases that are oftenly used in conversation. I also learned there are a lot more phrases in Japanese than I thought. Unfortunately, I could not remember them, but Japanese phrases seems like a good place to start a topic for next week. Thank you for all the returning customers and for the new customers that came today. I really enjoyed our conversation. Hope to see you all next week.
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What a hot day!


Lots of people are probably saying this today, but it feels like summer has come early. It was so hot, and for some reason, there was no air conditioning on the JR train I took to come to the cafe. I hate to fall asleep and wake up in a hot train! Anyway, the cafe is nice and cool so I could finally feel comfortable once I got here. I hope you are all staying cool and hydrated as well!


One of our guests today is known as "a walking wikipedia" or "walkipedia" for short. You might have heard the phrase "he is a walking dictionary", which means someone who knows many words, but this guest knows lots of general information, just like the wikipedia website. Anyway, from him we learned about some Japanese history, geography, and culture. Even most of our Japanese guests learned something about Japanese culture! For example, did you know that Japanese shrines have a ranking? The highest ranking is "-jingu", the middle ranking shrines are "-taisha", and the lower ranking ones are "-sha". I'll remember this when I go to a shrine next time.


We also talked about good ways to make friends with people from other cultures. Of course, it's good to share your own culture, but also it is a good idea to learn about many other cultures so that you have a little bit of background information to have your conversation. Obviously, it's also important to be respectful and at least try to not be rude. There is a video on Youtube of a foreigner who stayed at a Japanese-style inn, and ate her traditional breakfast by mixing all the dishes together and putting it on her rice. She was told by her Japanese friend and also the staff that she shouldn't do it, but she did it anyway because she thought it was funny, or a way to show "this is how foreigners eat", but... in the end, I don't think many people laughed.


By the way, if I do something disrespectful by mistake, please tell me!

Let's take a look at some of the words that came up today, shall we?




inn: This is a place much like a hotel, but it's usually smaller, more comfortable, and with better service. A Japanese-style inn is known as a "ryokan", but regular inns are fairly common in The U.S.


corny(slang): This is an adjective used to talk about something that is very cliche or not funny. For example, if someone tells a joke that nobody laughs at, we can say "that's a corny joke".


telemarketers: These are people who call your home and try to sell you things like insurance or a new phone plan. In the U.S., they are very aggressive!


That's all for today. Have a great week!

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Today we talked about sports first. The customers told me what kind of sports they like to do and watch.

Later on we talked about food, and different cuisines.

Lastly we talked about english grammar, because one of the customers came with a grammar point that we discussed and could not really solve.

It was really interesting to see how even native speakers could not answer.

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We started talking about what we wanted to become as a child and what we want to become these days, but the conversation somehow turned in to talking about Japanese culture compared with U.S. culture. We mostly compared holidays. For example, Christmas in Japan and in the U.S. In Japan Christmas Eve is more important than Christmas day, but in the U.S. Christmas day is way more important. After discribing about holidays we discussed about California because that is where I am from and some one was about to move there. I talked about where to go and what to eat. After that we discussed about English phrases such as good for you. It has a few meanings but problably not the one you are thinking of now. In most cases it means i dont care. That is just one of the many phrases I taught and there will be many more to come next week. So please come join me!
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Good evening Takatsuki! How's it going?


We talked about a wide range of topics today, including politics, sports, Finland, and Gundam. I can't remember how the conversation changed to such different topics, but we were really absorbed in our conversation.


How do you feel about living at home with your parents as an adult? I learned Japanese people have traditionally lived with their families until they get married, but I think that this is changing in recent times. Did you know that in the U.S., living with your parents when you are an adult is considered to be an embarassing thing? In fact, many people will not considerdating a man/woman who lives at home with their parents, because they have an image of being unsuccessful, or not being able to do things on their own. However, isn't it a great way to save money and build your savings before getting married?


In the conversation, I forgot to mention this: In the U.S., people who move out to live independently from their parents and then move back in with their parents later on are called "boomerang children".

In my opinion, I think it's a smart financial decision, but I really value my independence and privacy from my parents, so I think I would rather live independently even if it costs me more money to do so. What do you think? What opinion do you have of adults who live at home with their parents?



As always, here are some of the words and phrases that came up in conversation today:



rebellious: This is an adjective that describes a person who doesn't follow rules or do what people tell

them to do. Teenagers usually go through a rebellious time in junior high or high school.


architect: This is a person who has a job of designing buildings..


petition: A petition is a document that is made to try and change a rule or a law. A group or

organization will try to get many people who agree, to sign the petition. You can often see

them standing outside the station asking you to sign if you agree.


Have a nice week!


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Today we talked about food, because one of the customers brought chicken with spices from Turkey and it was really delicious.

Furthermore we talked about the difficulties of the japanese school and working system and that Japans economy needs to change something in order to recover.

Lastly we talked about living conditions in different countires, especially in the US. It was interesting to hear different opinions.

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Good evening,, everyone and welcome back to our Blog! 音譜


If you don`t mind, I would like to shortly introduce myself since I have just started my new job at the Cafe as a new member today and this is also my very first blogpostあせる

My name is Haylee, I am 23 years old and currently attending Kansai University here in Osaka as an exchange student. My friend german Bee introduced me to this Cafe and I think it is a great idea and concept that WA Cafe offers!


Anyway, today was my first day and I was pretty surprised that I found my way here without any problems (I am horriible with orientations and finding my way汗)

My mood as I walked my way here? Happy because the sun was shining, excited about my new job and also a bit nervous of course. It is my first day here after all. And because of that our topics today were more or less concentrated on "getting to know each other first". I had a very nice talk with everyone, just coverving basic questions about who they are, where they are from, what they like, how long they have been learning english because everyones' english was really good and every now and then I had them answer a few of my curious questions about japan ラブラブ

I was able to learn a lot from everyone today and I hope that you all enjoyed your time at our cafe,too!


If you are free some time soon again, I would love to see you all again 音譜

Until then,


Have a nice time, everyoneキラキラ


Haylee もみじ

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Today was my first day here, and I had a blast. I hope everyone else did too. Today was actually my first time teaching English in a group. The first topic we talked about was ourselves. We all did self introductions. This included name, age, hometown, and hobbies. After our introductions we discussed about traveling. This seemed to draw everyone`s attention. We talked about where we have been before, where we would like to go, and after we suggested where others should if they have the opportunity to go there. Next, we spoke about what we did over Golden Week. Some people just watched some movies and others just moved to the Osaka area. I went to Kyoto to do sightseeing, and I had a blast. We wrapped up our conversation by talking about music, which is also another interesting topic that I would love to continue talking about next time.


From speaking with our guests, I learned a lot. Mostly I learned about other countries and their cultures. All of the guest have traveled abroad and they shared their experiences with everyone. First, we talked about the U.S. I knew that people not from the U.S. were scared to live there, but I never knew why that was. Now I understand why. Next, we talked about China and their culture. I learned that the northern Chinese and southern Chinese people differ from each other greatly in their personality. I also learned that Taiwan has a pretty similar culture with Japan.


Next time I would love to teach the participants more about the English language in the U.S. So, I will teach them about new useful phrases and some slang words that might be helpful if they travel to the U.S. Thank you everyone who participated today. I hope to see you and some new faces next time.

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