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7月23日(土)に行われた「世界一周ブラブラナイト3」に参加してくださった皆様有難うございました。
お蔭様で楽しいパーティーになりました。

「日本に居ながら世界の文化に触れていただく」というコンセプトのこのパーティーも3回目となりました。今回はケニア、アメリカ、オーストラリア、マレーシア、ドイツ、トルコの文化に触れていただきました。いかがでしたでしょうか? 

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またビー、レイチェル、ジェイセンの送別会とアーロンTの歓迎会を兼ねていましたが、最後の心温まるスピーチを聞いて心の底からパーティーをして良かったと思いました。 全員が口をそろえて日本に戻ってきて English Cafe和を訪れたいと言ってくれました。
実はその日も3年前のスタッフ サランが日本訪問中でパーティーにも参加してくれました。

心優しい優秀なスタッフが English Cafe 和の誇りです。

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Today we talked about Hawaii and the Phillipines, beacause one of the guests wants to go to Hawaii in September and wanted to ask for some recommendations. We talked about the Phillipines, because another guest wants to the become a pilot and will be moving to the Phillipines next week.
Of course talking about Phillipines in general led us to talk about the cuisine as well, which again led us to talk about food in general.

This was my last shift today and I had fun again like always.

I would like to say thank you for everyone I met throughout his year, for every conversation and recommendation with you guys. I will always remember this cafe and all of you.

Thank you ~~

Bee
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Title: Disability/Brexit

Today we talked about disability and the difficulties disabled people face. We talked especially about facilities in England, because one of the guests worked in England in such a facility for 1 year and we tried to compare their situation with those in Japan and Germany.
Furthermore we talked about political events such as Brexit and the failed attempt of the Coup d'Etat in Turkey.
It was very interesting and informative.

 

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Hello, everyone! Today there weren't as many guests visiting the cafe as usual, but it wasn't so bad. I like it when there's lots of people there so that we can get lots of different opinions and conversation topics, but it's also a good time when there are few people. That's because we can have more in-depth conversations in English.

One of our main topics today was after-school childcare. I think that we often talk about education and children because I'm a junior high school teacher, and many of our guests are parents or grandparents. I think it's an interesting topic because there are some big differences between Japan and the U.S.A. For example, although latchkey kids are not rare or unusual in both Japan and the U.S., American kids rarely go to school or come home from school by themselves. In my case, I lived about 20 minutes on foot away from my elementary school, so I did actually walk home after school by myself. How about you?

One interesting thing I learned was that just like in the U.S., Japanese after-school daycare centers are also expensive. It was my impression that there were lots of daycare centers and that they must be cheaper than in my home country, but I was wrong... It must be difficult for parents in both countries (if they both have to work) to afford a daycare center.

We would love to hear your opinions about after-school daycare centers in Japan! Do you use it? If you are thinking of choosing a daycare center, what is most important to you? Please let us know in the comments below, or visit us between Thursday-Saturday.



Here are some of the vocabulary and phrases that we used during today's free talk (please feel free to use them!):

It's not what it looks like! : This phrase is useful to say that you want to avoid a misunderstanding of what they see; It seems like it's this way, but it's actually different. It's a little bit difficult to explain, but please watch this video on YouTube to understand a good situation when to use this phrase: It's not what it looks like!

latchkey kids : Latchkey kids are children who go home to an empty house after school. Usually their parents (or single parent) is at work, so the child has to stay home alone for a few hours.

child neglect : This is a term that describes a situation where the parent or guardian ignores or doesn't take care of a child to the point that the child is in danger of harm. It's too bad that there is child neglect in the world!

Thanks for reading our blog today. See you later!
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The session started off with lots of talk about food. We somehow drifted across the likes of mexican tacos and indian curry while discusiing our affinity towards such foods. We then stumbled upon the question on whether Indians ate curry everyday to which I could not give any conclusive answer.

We then drifted across to hobbies, from which we discussed passionate Karaoke singing, hiking and travelling. We discussed our different travels ranging from Germany to Canada, from which I was happy to learn one of the guests had visited my university!

Then while discussing festivals I was told of the famous festival occuring few days from now in Kyoto, which I have decided to attempt to attend. Gion Matsuri was explained to me in such a kind and interesting manner that now I feel it is my duty to go and observe this spectacle.

Some new words we discussed were "entrepreneur`, "stable` and "stroopwaffel` (type of sweet from the netherlands).


Thank you for another enjoyable session, and hope to learn more and speak to everyone next time!

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Hello everyone, 

this is Haylee again.
Today I am writing my last blog entry for the Café because unfortunately my journey here in Japan will be over by next week. I will be flying back to Germany next tuesday night and I have to admit that I have not realised it yet.
I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since I’ve landed at Kansai International Airport and started my life here in Japan as an exchange student.
It has been a very exciting year and I can say for sure that I will come back here again someday. I love Japan and my love for Japan won’t ever change.

Anyway, today I worked from 4pm to 6pm and even when my shift ended and said my Goodbyes to everyone, I still did not quite realise that is was my last day at work. I have just recently joined the Café as a staff member and I really loved working there. Thank you again for accepting me, Yoko Sensei!

Today we quite a few very interesting topics at work but I have to say that my favourite topic was our conversation about “pilots”. Especially since I will be flying home next week and I am somewhat scared of flying, it is very interesting to learn how a pilot’s (or ongoing pilot’s) daily life is. What they do to keep themselves healthy and in good condition, which tests and exams they have to go through, how their daily life is affected by being a pilot or a trainee.
We also briefly exchanged our travel experiences and talked about Okinawa since I have just recently been there.

It’s too bad I didn’t get to see everyone again today but I enjoyed my day at the Café nevertheless.

Thank you so so much for having me, for coming to our Café and chitchat a bit. It’s always a nice time with you guys and I hope that we will see each other again.
I will come back to Japan for sure and then I will make sure to pay Wa Café a visit, too.

Take care everyone.
Stay happy, healthy and follow your dreams.

Best wishes from a very grateful soul,

Haylee



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Hi everyone!


It's cooled off just a bit these past couple days, but seems like the rainy season isn't quite over yet, is it? Have you started hearing cicaidas yet?


Today one of our guests brought her (cute!) baby son to free talk. Naturally, we ended up talking about babies and kids in general. I think child development is an interesting topic. For example, before kids reach a certain age, they can't understand that an object still exists in this world if they can't see it. I wonder if that's why some children cry so much when they can't see their mom. Maybe from their perspective, their mom actually doesn't exist if they can't see her.


We also talked a little bit about graduation ceremonies. A couple of our guests have relatives who were valedictorians of their high schools. I was surprised to hear that in Japan, the valedictorian receives a special certificate, but they don't give a speech. In the U.S., it's the custom that the valedictorian usually gives at least a short speech. One of my close friends was the valedictorian at my high school, and she gave a powerful, moving speech. But, I remember that after the ceremony, she told me that she had been really nervous. What do you remember from your graduation? Is there anything that stands out in your mind? Please let us know here at the cafe or in the comments!


Here are the words and phrases for today:


"I'm a bit rusty": To be rusty means that you haven't used a skill in a long time, so your level is a little bit lower. For example, if you didn't speak English for 10 years but you could still remember the basics, you could say "sorry, my English is a little bit rusty".


valedictorian: The valedictorian is the top (#1) student of a graduating class.


muggy: This has the same meaning as the word "humid", meaning very hot and wet weather. I think muggy sound more expressive and I can get more of the feeling of being in the weather when I hear it.

"This year's summer is so muggy, isn't it?"


Thanks for reading, and have a nice week!



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Todays class was very interesting. the clients really enjoyed. We talked about the weather in Africa. The clients were so interested to know the hotest place.It was interesting that the temperature in Takatsuki was 30℃ and in Nairobi the temparature was 18℃.W e also talked about food in African and how people spend summer holidays. We discussed about international students in USA and the kind of activities that they do while in USA. They clients really had good time.



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Talked about which countries we would like to go to and which countries we have gone to. We talked about India, and partially my upbringing. We discussed Japanese politics and the concept of "disparity".

I learnt  about Ryouanji, Biwako, and about shiga-Ken being nice and attractive places. 

We learnt from Fumiya about different aspects of being a pilot such as the exam process, turbulence and sleep schedule. 

We discussed what foreign people may find attractive about Japanese culture and architecture. We discussed how much Japanese culture resonates across the world. 

Some new words we learnt were "work ethic", "turbulence" and "regardless". 

It was a nice experience learning about different perspectives. 
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I just want to start out by saying thank you to all the customers who came whil e I was scheduled to work.  I hope you continue to come and learn.  I wish everyone the best.  I really enjoyed working here and I learned a lot about Japanese culture and places to travel.  This is actually what we spoke about today, not about Japan, but about places all over the world.  We also spoke about Japanese society.  I hope to see everyone at our going away party on the 23rd of this month.  It has been a plesure.
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