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金:2時から8時


土:2時から8時





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Today we talked about a lot of different things. Mainly we talked about deits and how to much of one thing can be a bad thing. Like to much sunlight can cause skin cancer, also to much diet coke might also cause cancer. We also talked about water retention and how if you consume to much salt then maybe you will old a lot of water in the body. We also spoke about the my other job of passing flyer, late at night. People thought I might be working for a cabakura so no one took the flyer. It was very intresting.

 

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Today we talked about a lot of different things. Mainly we talked about deits and how to much of one thing can be a bad thing. Like to much sunlight can cause skin cancer, also to much diet coke might also cause cancer. We also talked about water retention and how if you consume to much salt then maybe you will old a lot of water in the body. We also spoke about the my other job of passing flyer, late at night. People thought I might be working for a cabakura so no one took the flyer. It was very intresting.

 

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Hi everyone! Thank you so much for a great first day! I got to meet so many people and learn about many cultures. When I arrived we were talking about the dark topic of death, Enma-sama and the River Styx, but then we talked about many people`s travels and adventures, including "hitch-hiking!" We ended with a discussion about birth and "C-Sections," so we had a backwards Circle of Life! I`m glad I got the chance to meet so many interesting people and I look forward to seeing everyone again! But if I don`t live long enough, don`t forget to put coins on my eyes so I can pay to go to the next world ;) 

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Hello everyone!
How was your week? If you ask me, I would respond "It was tiring". I had lots of lessons to plan and teach at my junior high school! I was glad to talk to our guests and see how their week went, too.
 
One of our guests works at a job where one of his responsibilities is to take minutes, so once every week, he must get up early and come to work to prepare the weekly meeting. I was really surprised to learn that in Japan there are no foods or snacks served at company meetings! 
 
In the U.S., we think like this: Taking staff away from their normal job is causing inconvenience for them, so we should give the staff some kind of benefit in exchange for their time. That's why the managers usually pay for some kind of snacks. Common business meeting snacks are sandwiches, bagels, donuts, and maybe some kind of drink like coffee or juice. Then, maybe staff will feel relaxed and can share some good ideas at the meeting. My mom told me that there were some really good sandwiches and cookies from a famous Seattle bakery at a recent meeting she had.
 
But, I can also understand why Japanese people don't have any food at meetings. If you eat while your coworkers or boss is talking, it seems disrespectful. By being focused and professional at a meeting, you can show your professionalism, right?
 
Anyway, I think Americans and Japanese have different ways of thinking when it comes to the times and places where it's okay to eat food. I'd really like to talk about this more at the next free talk, so please come to the cafe on September 24th when I work next! Of course, this might be interesting to talk about anytime, so please come visit us when you're free and have a good time talking with our staff and other guests.
 
 
 
Here are some words and phrases that came up in today's conversation that you can study!
 
 
to take minutes:  This is the action of typing the contents of a meeting. It's difficult to take minutes because you have to type the contents of the meeting's conversation really fast !
 
pretentious:  This is an adjective that's a little bit difficult to explain.... It means like an attitude, or way of talking of people that want to appear more successful, smart, or important. For manyexamples, watch this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwV-Qulog5I
The way they talk is very pretentious.
 
sauerkraut:  Sauerkraut is a type of picked German cabbage. American's like to put sauerkraut on their hot dogs.
 
Thanks for reading! And as always, I'll see you next time.
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Today we talked about many topics. We had a long conversation about fraud in Japan. Where people come and exterminate different types of insects. People come and say they will exterminate but they lie and just take the persons money. Also about the Ore Ore fraud where people call old family members and ask for money. So then the old parents and family memebers pay the scammer a large ammount of money. We talked about how it is very scary and people should be careful about scammers.

 

Please come again soon!

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Hi, today we talked about many topics. Like osechi and how some people liked certain foods. We talked about differnt types of holidays and fun things to do in Osaka. It was very fun talking with you. We talked about what kind of place Oregon is and where people have visted. Oregon has many trees and how natures surrounds the place I live. Talked about what there is to do in Oregon. Like camping and how I really do not enjoy camping, but there is many camping spots in Japan. I`m glad people came and spoke with me, please come again soon!

 

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So today, we spoke a little.... well, a lot about harvest moon, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. Being a Malaysian with a Chinese background, I found some similarities between the ways Japanese and Chinese would celebrate the festival. We would of course, look at the bright full moon. We would have dumplings (called dango in Japanese and `yue bing` in Chinese) as snacks for the festival. The difference is that in Chinese tradition, the Mid-Autumn Festical is a day where family members get together to have a reunion dinner and kids make their own paper lanterns or buy them from stores. A fire is then lit in the middle of the lantern and kids would carry the lantern around by hanging them on a stick, much like a fishing pole, just that you switch the bait out with a lit paper lantern! Also, houses are decorated with snaller paper lanterns which are usually hung outside on trees or bushes. I like this festival mostly because of the dumplings we get to eat and the joy of family members getting together and having a feast!

 

P.S. It is NOT a public holiday in Malaysia though!

 

New vocabularies :

Bland : An adjective used to describe a tasteless dish

(Example : This dish that our neighbour made for us is a little bit bland for our liking.)

 

Grant (noun) : An amount of money given by the government or an organization, usually for something in exchange

(Example : My little brother got a tuition grant from the government to pay off some of his tuition fees but he will have to work for the government for 2 years after graduating.)

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How's it going? It's been a long week for me, so I was glad to sit down and have a nice conversation here.

 

I think today's most involved conversation topic was about smells and scents. Did you know I have no sense of smell? I haven't ever been able to smell anything, so I like to ask and learn about it from others. For example, the idea of aroma therapy is so strange to me. Can some smells truly make you feel more relaxed? Also, can some smells make you feel more stressed? Some of our guests today told me that the smell of ammonia or fabric softeners puts them in a bad mood. Do you agree? As for me, I have a stress-free time cleaning my bathroom and making my clothes softer!

 

It might seem strange to Japanese, but most Americans must (or should) put on deodorant. If I don't put on deodorant, I'll probably smell pretty stinky. I was surprised to learn that all of our guests today do not use any deodorant. I'm jealous! American deodorant usually comes as a kind of waxy bar, or gel type. Also, we don't use deodorant wipes like the ones that are sold in Japan. At least summer is almost over and we can feel more comfortable outside, right?

 

If you'd like to ask any questions, or even share with us about your favorite smells, please let us know in the comments below. Better yet, come see us here next week!

See you!

 

Here are a few words that we learned about today:

 

free range:  This describes animals (usually chicken) that were not kept in tiny cages. They could run around. You can sometimes see "free range" written on some eggs or chicken in a supermarket.

 

body odor: Body odor is the smell of your body. Sometimes we shorten it to B.O., and it's usually used in a negative way. You can say "This bedroom smells like B.O."

 

mosquito repellent: Musquito repellent is used to stop musquitos from biting you. Usually it comes in a spray, but there are also mosquito repellent coils and candles.

 

 

 

 

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Today the clients, really enjoyed. We talked about African culture. We discussed about polygamy and wife inheritance. We also talked about the climate in Africa and Japan. I showed the clients some of the pictures we took in africa. They were very happy to see many wild animals. They really want to visit Africa next year.

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Tonight, we talked about places to go during winter. We talked about how Gifu is a great place for skiing, especially Takayama and the best place for snow would probably be Mount Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture. We talked about how Mount Rokko has skiing activites too but the snow is more likely than not, artificial snow. I have never seen or felt powder-like snow before so I am looking forward to winter in Japan.

New vocabularies :

Heat stroke = A condition where one falls sick when the body is too heaty caused either by consuming too much heaty foods like fried foods or by drinking not enough water when the weather is overwhelmingly hot (also known as 熱中症)


Pungent = An adjective to describe a smell so strong that it usually makes one's face cringe
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