• 08 Dec
    • Christmas Season and 忘年会

      Hi everyone,Michi here, it`s been a while.Another year has passed and it`s already Christmas Season again. I hope all of you had a great year.I recently enjoyed the falling leaves at Nunobiki Herb Garden. It was very beautiful. Take a look at my picture.In Germany it`s a tradition to have a Christmas wreath. On each Sunday before Christmas we will light up a candle starting four Sundays before Christmas. Here is a picture of my mother`s wreath:I`m looking forward to seeing many people at the 忘年会 tomorrow.I also hope to see everyone once more before the end of the year.For everyone who is interested, we are holding another Beginner`s Chit Chat on December 24th, 11:00-12:50. I will be a Christmas special, so if you like Christmas be sure to come.See you all soon ,Michi

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  • 20 Nov
    • ✨LINGO Bounenkai 12/9✨

      Hello to our Readers!!!Hope you had a nice weekend!! It sure is starting to get cold outside. I took out all of my winter blankets and clothes this past weekend.I wanted to let you know that we will be having our annual LINGO Bounenkai on December 9. We hope you will be able to join us!!! The deadline for reservations is a little early this year. (December 5th!!)Please make your reservations soon!!!Hope you can come and enjoy the fun!!!MAYA

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  • 01 Nov
    • Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

      Hello to our Readers!!How have you been? It’s been a while since we updated our blog. Hope you have all been well. It's been getting cooler day by day. Please take care not to catch a cold!!!On Saturday for our LINGO Cooking Club, we made a very delicious autumn dessertcalled: PUMPKIN SPICE CHEESECAKE. I'm sure some of you have made a cheesecake before, but have you ever tried a pumpkin cheesecake?? We carefully measured the ingredients and soon enough, our cheesecake was in the oven. One hour later, our cheesecake was done!!!!Mmmm..... Yum!!!!!!!! So creamy and the amount of spice was just right!!!! Thanks for coming!!If you couldn't join us this time, we hope to see you at our next LINGO Cooking Club in December or January. See you next time!!MAYA

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  • 25 Aug
    • LINGO Cooking Club- Italian Zucchini Boats

      Good evening to our Readers!!How have you been? It's been so hot again this summer. I hope you are keeping cool!!!As some of you may have already known, I spent a fewweeks in Canada this Summer vacation and I came back to Japan last week. I have so many things I'd like to share with you!! Please ask me in your next lesson about my special 裏メニューTopic in September.On Saturday, we had our bi-monthly LINGO Cooking Club. The recipe of the monthwas "Italian Zucchini Boats". Mmmmmmmm......So good!!!It was a nice recipe to revive ourappetite fromthe hot weather. Thanks for coming to our regular members!!! Let's make something yummy again in October!!Have a great weekend everyone!!MAYA

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  • 24 Jul
    • Saturday Night Beer Gardens!!!!

      Good evening to our Readers!!This is Maya! Long time no write!!I hope you are well and enjoying the start of Summer!!Do you have any plans coming up? Actually, if you didn't already know, I will be going to Canada for my summer vacation with my family. I will be away for 3 weeks but don't worry. Michi will be covering my shifts. Just ask him anytime if you have any questions.On Saturday night, The LINGO Language Club had our annual Beer Gardens party!! Wow, it was a pretty wild night! Lots of food and lots of drinking. If you've never been to the Sogo Beer Gardens, I highly recommend it!!Thank you to all of you who joined!! We hope you had a fun time!! I guess the next big party will be Bounenkai in December?!Have a great Summer!! See you when I get back!!Take care!!Maya

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  • 14 Jul
    • Beer Gardens on July 22nd

      Hi everyone,It`s a hot summer, isn’t it?The air-conditioning is working overtime. How about we let it rest and cool ourselves with something else?It`s time for our annual beer gardens event. We`re going to eat and drink at Sogo Beer Gardens. Have you ever been there? It`s a lot of fun. We still have some vacancies, so if you feel like cooling down and having a bit fun, please join us:Saturday 22nd, 19~If you have any questions or you want to sign up, please tell us in a lesson or send us a mail!For everyone who already signed up, we`re going to meet at 18:50 on the top floor of the Sogo building. Don`t be late!Prost! Cheers! かんぱい!Btw, for peoplewho always wondered about different beer types - Here you go:Michi

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  • 25 Jun
    • Gardening

      Hello everyone,It`s Michi again. Today I want to talk about “Gardening”. For the last two years I`ve slowly been getting into it. Every year I`m trying to expand the variety of my small garden.One of the easiest things, in my opinion, are tomatoes. They are always useful in the kitchen, either to freshen up your pasta or to add to your salad. This is what I`ve gotten so far this yearI`m also growing paprika this year. I was really happy when this small one appeared. I wonder how they`ll turn outAnd then there is basil. This year I used my own seeds which I had gotten from my basil last year. I love smelling it in the morning. Basil is great to use for Italian dishes.How about you? Are anyof our readers into gardening and/or cooking? Please tell me about it the next time you see me.Michi

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  • 20 Jun
    • LINGO Cooking Club- Belgium Waffles

      Good evening to our Readers!!How are you today? How was your weekend? Hope you are enjoying the sunny rainy season!!On Saturday, the LINGO Cooking Club students gathered early in the morning to make Belgium Waffles for brunch. Belgium waffles are so easy to make. All you need is a good recipe and a waffle iron. First we measured the dry ingredients into one bowl, the wet ingredients into another bowl, combined them and poured them onto the waffle iron. So easy, but there are a few important techniques to make them perfect.Here is the finished product with an assortment of fresh seasonal fruit.And here're my waffle all dressed up and ready to eat. YUMMMMMMMY!!!!Thanks for coming A.T., I. N., N. N., Y.U.!! I hope you enjoyed it!!!See you next time!!!Maya

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  • 09 Jun
    • New Slippers!!

      Hello to our Readers!!How have you been? I guess you've probably heard that that the rainy season has officially started here in the Kansai region.I can't stand rainy days. How about you??Today, I just wanted to let you know that we have got some new slippers at The Lingo Language Club. Voila!!!!Hope you like them!!!!See you soon!!!!Maya

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  • 31 May
    • The Happy Hikers 5/27, 2017

      Good afternoon to our Readers!!How are you doing? The weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter each day. Rainy season is just around the corner.On Saturday, May 27th, the Happy Hikers set out on a new coursewithin the Rokko Mountains. The weather was perfect- sunny and occasional cloud with highs of 23 degrees and a nice cool breeze. 10 people joined our hike today. Here are some pictures from our day.From Ichigahara, we hiked a little further to the North until we came across the path for Tengûdō. I'm still not sure why it was given this name. If you know, please teach me next lesson!!Our first group shot of the day!!Whoa, that's a beautiful blue sky. PERFECT weather!!!!This next photo was taken from one of the best viewpoints along Tengûdō. Look at the sensational landscape!!Time for another group shot of our awesome members!!Some hydrangea were just starting to bloom.At the top of Mt. Maya, the guys had a little 'refreshment' break.Did I tell you that this was MY mountain??On the way back, we stopped an enjoyed some green tea at the Kobe Kankō Chaen near Aotani. I highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.Mmm... Matcha lattè with sweet bean cakes.Here's the whole "family" for our final group shot of the day.Thank you to our members for joining us on our hike today. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.If anyone else would like to join us next time, please talk to me!!!Have a great week!!Maya

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  • 29 May
    • What`s detox water?

      Hi,It`s Michi.As some may know, I really like trying out new things.I recently read about detox water. Detox comes from the word toxin (毒素). It`s supposed to clean your body. And it`s rather simple to make.So I decided to try it at home. I sliced some apples and limes, put them in a glass, finally adding some mint. Then I filled the glass with tap water and chilled it in the fridge for 4-6 hours. Here`s the result:It tasted delicious. There are many other fruit variations you can use, for example pineapple and lime or apple and cinnamon. If you want to know more, please ask me in your next lesson.Until next time,Michi

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  • 10 May
    • Beautiful Flowers

      Good evening to our Readers!!Hope you all had a fun Golden Week!! What did you do? Where did you go? My family enjoyed the Danjiri festival in our neighborhood on May 2ndand May 3rd. It's such an exciting event! Michi and Iare looking forward to hearing all of your stories too!!Last month, as you may have heard, The LINGO Language Club celebrated our 1st year Anniversary after moving to Sannomiya. Some of our students spoiled us with some treats!! Thank you so much C.N., S.M., H.T., M.T. S.A.! Look at the beautiful flower arrangement that we recieved from A.S.!!Thanks again to all of you for your continued support!! We love you!!! lol!!Have a great week!!MAYA

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  • 30 Apr
    • April has finished ... Time for Hang Out Night

      Hi everyone,How`s your Sunday? It`s already the last day of the month. Time really flies by when you`re having fun.I was very active this month visiting many places.Eating a lunch box under those beautiful trees,visiting Himeji Castleand the Golden Paivillionwere just a few things I did. How about everyone else?It`s Golden Week soon. Do you have any plans?During Golden Week we`ll be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday morning, Saturday and Sunday. So feel free to drop by if you don`t have any other plans.Have you ever seen or played foreign card or drinking games? If not and you`re curious, you might be interested in our Hang out night. This time it`s gonna be on a Saturday directly here at Lingo.May 27th, 19:00-21:00. 2600円 (2 beer and some snacks included)Ask me if you have any questions about it.See you guys soon. Let`s enjoy May together.Michi

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  • 24 Apr
    • The Happy Hikers 4/22, 2017

      Good evening to our Readers!!How are you? Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather we've been getting!! Hay fever season is almost over. That means that Golden Week is just around the corner!!!This past weekend, the Happy Hikers got together for our first hike this year. It was a simple course because we wanted to go easy on ourselves since a lot of us hadn't been getting much exercise the last few months.From Shin Kobe, we hiked up to Nunobiki Falls. The spring air was so refreshing.It was such a beautiful day!! +18 degrees and only SUNSHINE and blue skies for the whole day!!!☀️Next we made our way up to the Ichigahara area. Time for a group shot!!Look how small we look in the forest!!Shortly after, it was time for lunch at Futatabi lake.Look at the wild azaleas (not Saizerias!!)So pretty!!We enjoyed a nice long break at Futatabi Park. If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. It's a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon.It was now time to head back to Shin Kobe. Here are some pictures we took along the way back.Did you know Japanese maple trees had flowers?A gorgeous view of Kobe port.Here's our last group shot just before arriving back at Shinkobe.And here's a neat panorama shot that my daughter took.After arriving back in the city, it was time to go to our final destination....You guessed it!! TAJIMAYA!!!!!Thanks to all of the Happy Hikers who joined us today. It was nice to go hiking with you all again for the first time in a long time. Let's go again soon!!! 🌲🌲🌲Have a nice week everyone!!Maya

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  • 18 Apr
    • Happy 1st Anniversary!!

      Hello to all of our Readers!!How have you been? Hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful cherry blossoms over the last couple weeks.Today is a very special day for us at The LINGO Language Club because it is our 1st year Anniversary!!!!!Michi and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support over the past year!! We are grateful for your positive attitudes and interesting stories that keep us loving our jobsevery day. We are soproud of all of you who study so hard and hope that you realize how much your English has improved over the years!! Keep up the great work!! We are looking forward to another wonderful year together with all of you!! Let's make LINGO great again!!Have an awesome day!!MAYA & MICHI

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  • 10 Apr
    • Cherry Blossom Viewing

      Hi everyone,It`s Michi. How`s it going?Cherry blossom season has finally arrived, but it seems the weather is still stuck in winter mode.I still managed to take some pictures.The second picture was taken at Mosaic. Luckily there were a few sunny hours yesterday.It seems to be at full bloom, so make sure to take the chance and go for 花見. I will probably eat a lunch box under the trees at Ikuta river later. Do you know any other nice places to visit for cherry blossom viewing?We still have some vacancies for our events. Do you like cooking? Why not try our cooking club with Maya on Saturday?April 15th, 10:30-13:30 Chicken Enchiladas (3000 yen)Or for everyone who likes reading and talking about news:News Chat on April 22nd, 16:00-16:50 (2000 yen)Just send us a quick mail and you`re in.Please enjoy the cherry blossoms. I`m looking forward to seeing you here,Michi

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  • 23 Mar
    • Spring Fever!!!

      Good morning to our Readers!!How have you been? It's me, Maya! お久しぶり~‼ What have you been doing these days? I've beenteaching the weekday regulars as usual, greeting new students who are starting to study English from this Spring, running over to the new Opa 2 shopping center in Sannomiya to check out theshops and also, I've been shopping around for some Spring clothes. I need to find a Spring jacket still..... I hope I find one soon!!!!Today, I have a 1 Point Lesson for you. This season inWestern countries, a lot of people start to get excited because the long cold winter comes to an end. We say, "I've got Spring Fever!!!" (=I'm so excited for Spring!!!) But recently, when I say that to my students, they ask me, "Are you okay? Did you see a doctor?" They get a little confused and think I have a temperature(38 degrees Celcius) OR that I have "HAYFEVER" . (allergies)I'm fine!! Don't worry!! I'm just very excited for SPRING!!!!Here is a photo for you of a cute little white-eye that was on my balcony recently. He's cute isn't he!!See you next time!! Have a great weekend!!!MAYA

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  • 15 Mar
    • News Chat on March 25th

      Hi everyone,It`s Michi. How`s it going?It seems like winter is slowly disappearing. But the evenings are still cold, so take good care not to catch a cold.I went picture hunting again and managed to take this pictures:But my real target is of course the Cherry Blossom Season.Many things are happening in the world, for example conflicts in Europe or Trump`s new healthcare in America. Let`s talk about it next Saturday:March 25th: News Chat from 16:00-16:50 for 2000 yenIt`s great to improve your reading and speaking skills.Hope to see you soon,Michi

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  • 04 Mar
    • Events in March & Michi`s Photography

      Hi everyone,Michi です. What`s up?It`s March, the time where everything awakens after a long sleep. So how about awakening your English skills?On Saturday 11th from 16:00 - 17:50 we will hold our Saturday Chit Chat. A perfect chance to work on your speaking and listening skills. Don`t be shy – give it a try.Do you like traveling? Then you will surely enjoy Mayaと学ぶ. This month Maya will teach you how to hail a Taxi. There are two dates available:Thursday the 16th 12:30 - 14:00Saturday the 18th 11:00 – 12:30If you have any questions, please send us a mail or ask Maya or me.On another note, as many of you may know, I`m really into photography. The seasons are changing, so now it`s a great time to snap pictures while being outside.My first picture seems rather normal, but I really like it.You can see that some trees are still napping, but others are already set for spring. Soon everything will turn green and the flowers will blossom.I took the other picture during dusk. A few minutes later it was dark.What do you think?Hope to see you soon,Michi

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  • 28 Feb
    • LINGO Cooking Club 2/25

      Good evening to our Readers!!How are you today? It's a little cold out still but Spring is in the air!!!!On Saturday, the LINGO Cooking Club members got together and made a seasonal special called "Strawberry Dessert". We used 3 packs of さちのか strawberries!!!!We crushed, we sliced, we measured, we mixed, we whipped, we beat and finally we were almost done!!After pouring over the final layer, we placed our Strawberry Dessert into the fridge to set. The finished product was this:My personal preference is to use graham wafer crumbs for the base for this recipe, but today we used the standard recipe and used pretzels. The salty crunchy pretzel crust is a nice match for the sweet creamy middle later and the top jelly layer but, it depends what you like.Thanks to everyone who came on Saturday. I hope you try this recipe again sometime. Maybe next time with graham crackers.Have a great week!!Maya

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MAKING A RESERVATION
MAYA/MICHI: Hello! LINGO Language Club. Can I help you?

STUDENT:  Hello, This is YOUR FULL NAME. I'd like to make a reservation for a
Beginner Group lesson on Thursday, April 28th at 1:00pm, please.

MAYA/MICHI:  One moment please and I will check the schedule.

STUDENT:  Ok. BYE!

MAYA/MICHI:
● Yes, that's available. I will book your lesson. See you soon!!
× I'm sorry. That lesson is already full. Would you like to try a different time/day?

STUDENT:
● Thank you. See you then!
× I see. How about Saturday, April 30th at 1:00pm

CANCELLING YOUR LESSON AHEAD OF TIME
MAYA/MICHI: Hello! LINGO Language Club. Can I help you?

STUDENT: This is YOUR FULL NAME. I'm sorry, I need to cancel my lesson on Thursday, April, 28th at 1:00pm.

MAYA/MICHI: Okay. One moment please.

STUDENT: Sure.

MAYA/MICHI: No problem. I will cancel your lesson. See you next time!! BYE!

CANCELLING YOUR LESSON ON THE SAME DAY (当日キャンセル)
MAYA/MICHI:  Hello! LINGO Language Club. Can I help you?

STUDENT:
This is YOUR FULL NAME . I'm sorry:
- I'm sick today so I won't be able to take my lesson today.
- I'm busy at work so I won't be able to take my lesson today.
- Something came up (用事が出来て) so I won't be able to take my lesson today.

MAYA/MICHI: No problem. Please pay your cancel fee next lesson. See you next time!!
STUDENT: Okay. I understand. See you!!

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