• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 19 Feb
    • News Chat

      Hi everyone,It`s Michi. How`s it going?On Saturday, we held our second News Chat at Lingo. It was a lot of fun and a great study experience. We read an article about the death (or possible assassination) of Kim Jom-nam. Reading news is a great chance to learn new vocabulary and phrases and practice your English skills. Our next News Chat will be held on the 25th of March, from 16:00-16:50. The participation fee will be 2000 yen.We will read current news and discuss them.I stumbled upon this funny picture a while back. The jokes are rather simple, but I found them to be rather interesting. What do you think?Did you understand all of them? Ask Maya or me if you have any questions!Have a great weekend and stay warm. Spring is almost here.Michi

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  • 06 Jan
    • HAPPY 2017!!!

      Hello to our Readers,Happy New Year!!!New Years marks a new beginning.New people to meet, new adventures to take, and new memories to create.Michi and I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous year!!!!!What did you do for the holidays? I'm guessing that some of you went home to your hometowns with your families? Did you eat lots of rice cake?Here are some things that we will be asking in your lessons for the next couple weeks:1. What did you do for New Years?2. What are your New Years Resolutions?3. How would you like to improve your English this year? (Grammar/Speaking/Vocabulary/Listening/Writing)And to start of the year I have an invitation for you to join our very first PHOTO WALK for the beginning of the year. Since the weather is going to be pretty cold for the next few months, we will try to stay indoors as much as possible. On Saturday, January 14, we will be going to SUMA AQUARIUM. If you're interested in joining, please talk to me or Michi for the details. Hope you can come!!!!!Take care and see you soon!!! 今年もよろしくお願いします!!MAYA

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  • 19 Dec
    • LINGO Cooking Club & 2016 忘年会!!!

      Good evening to our Readers!!How are you? Hope you're having a nice start to the week. The weather has been quite nice eh. It almost doesn't seem like Christmas season.Saturday, December 17 was a big day for LINGO peeps. We started the day with Cooking Club. Our sloppy joes turned out perfectly!!!Oh.... sooooooo.... delicious!!!! For those who missed Cooking Club this time- 残念!!Maybe next time!!!!Later that evening, we had our LINGO 忘年会 at a bar/restaurant called Old England in Sannomiya. It was a really nice place. Good food and REAL drinks. So everyone was feeling pretty "happy" when we left. Sorry though, we didn't get many pics.So, for those who are in these pictures, you are lucky!!!!What a beautiful bunch of ladies!!Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us. We hope you had a fun night and we will definitely have to have a LINGO party again. Parties are so much fun!!Thanks for reading!! Take care!!Maya

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  • 25 Nov
    • Photo Walk in ARIMA!!!

      Good evening to our Readers!!How have you been? The last few days have been quite cool. I guess Winter has come so take care of yourself!!!This Wednesday some students and I headed to Arima for our Photo Walk event. It was a pretty chilly day and there was a cold north wind but we had a pleasurable day together. Here are some pictures that we took!Some Japanese maple leaves.The fountain where the Kappa stands near Arima station.A cute Maneki Neko at the entrance of a souvenir shop.At a well where we were able to taste natural soda spring water. What a very interesting taste....Autumn leaves on a stairway. (I edited this photo a bit with Instagram to bring out the colors better. )Japanese pompous grass.And finally some trees with a little contrast of color.I hope you enjoyed the photos!! And if you are interested, we will have our Photo Walk event again sometime in a couple months. Hope you can join us next time!!!Have a great weekend!!!Maya

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  • 19 Nov
    • LINGO 忘年会 2016!!

      Good afternoon to our Readers!!!How have you been? It's been a while since I wrote on our LINGO blog.I hope you are all well and haven't caught a cold!!! I can't believe the end of the year is just around the corner.November isn't a very busy month, but December gets a little crazy for some people, eh.Have you seen in Sannomiya Centergai that they've already started putting up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas music?!?!?!!I have some news for you today!!Here are the details for ourLINGO 忘年会!!!DATE: Saturday, December 17th, 2016TIME:18:15~PLACE: OLD ENGLANDhttp://old-england.bar/FEE: 4000円 (参加費:無料)(Sorry- LINGO Members only) Please check the poster in our classroom for more details and make your reservations early. And for this event, you will need to pay in advance.Hope you can come!!!!MAYA

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  • 27 Oct
    • 久しぶり!!November News!!!!

      Hello to Our Readers!!!How have you been? Wow, it's sure starting to get cold. Take care of yourselves!!Just wanted to let you know that the November Newsletter is complete!!http://profile.ameba.jp/cafe-lingo/We are going to start a new course this Fall called, "Power Speaking." In this ongoing course, we will practice more and more natural English conversation using different scenarios and a list of new expressions each month. Let us know if you'd like to try it!!Also in November, we will be going to Higashi Yuenchi Park in Sannomiya. Have you been there recently? It's the place where Luminarie is held every December. Well, this Summer, they planted green grass all over the park and it is sooooooooo nice!!!! We will have a picnic blanket on the grass andenjoy English conversation while sipping on hot drinks and munching on snacks. Join us if you can!!!!See you next time!!!!Maya

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  • 14 Oct
    • Photo Walk @ Oji Zoo!!

      Hello to our Readers!!!!How have you been? I hope you are enjoying the nice cool weather. It suddenly got cool though. I hope you don't catch a cold!!!On Monday, October 10th, a group of us went to Oji Zoo for our Photo Walk event. The weather was gorgeous!!! With blue skies and sunshine, it was a perfect day to take pictures!!I will share some of my favorite shots with you.First we spent some time near the entrance of the zoo by the flamingos. Look at this next shot. Can you tell what this flamingo is doing? I like the ripples in the water!Then we headed towards the koalas and the red panda. Luck was with us today and we were able to see some of the koalas, wide awake!!! So cute!!!I also like this picture. This little guy looks so fluffy!!!Next it was time to see the Red Panda!! This is my most favorite picture of the day.Red pandas are so cute!!!!Cute monkey!!My favorite animal at Oji Zoo!! The hippopotamus!Sparrows enjoying the sunlight.Ladies, thank you very much for coming!! I hope you enjoyed he day and I hope you will be able to join us again next month!!Take care!!! See you again!!!!!Maya

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  • 05 Oct
    • Photo Walk- Monday, October 10th!!

      Hello to our Readers!!!How have you been? I guess another typhoon will be hitting us this evening eh? Stay safe!!Today, I wanted to remind you that I will be hosting the Photo Walk event on Monday, October 10th from 10:30-14:30. I hope you can join us!! This time we will be going to Oji Zoo. I'm looking forward to taking some nice photos of the animals there with everyone. If you'd like to join, please email me by Saturday at 18:00.kobelingo@gmail.comSpeaking of animal pictures, I came across this really funny page on the internet recently. I hope you like it!!FunnyAnimalshotsMaybe we'll get some funny shots at Oji Zoo too!!Oh, and if you're lucky, maybe you'll find Pikachu at Hankyu Oji station too. I found him there this morning.See you next time!!Maya

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  • 19 Sep
    • Guy Chat on 9/30

      Hi everyone,It has been a while again since our last blog. How`s everyone doing ? Today`s weather is terrible so I uploaded a nice picture for you. A view of Kobe from Rokko Mountain on a really nice day.We`re halfway through September and it has been a great month, but we still half a lots of fun things coming up.We`re still looking for some guys to join our Guy Chat.It`s gonna be held on 9/30 from 20:00.The plan is to go to an izakaya or a bar, depending on how many members are joining.Time is running out, please let me know by 9/25 if you`re interested so we can finalize the plans. Enjoy the rest of your holiday(s) and hope to see you again soon at Lingo.Michi

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  • 01 Sep
    • Happy September!!!

      Good afternoon to our Readers!!!!Hope you are all having a nice week!! It's still a little cool outside right now but I heard it's supposed to get hot again. I heard a ツクツクボウシ this morning though, so maybe Fall is on its way.Thank you for waiting. The September newsletter is ready.This Saturday, Michi will be hosting SPORTS CHAT from 11:00-12:50. Please send us an email if you'd like to join!!cafe-lingo@nifty.comHope you will be able to join us for some other events as well!!!Have a great day!!!!!Maya

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  • 30 Aug
    • Last Week's Cooking Club!!

      Good evening to our Readers!!How are you this week? The typhoon sure brought us some nice cool weather!!Enjoy it while it lasts!!Last Thursday and Saturday, we had LINGO Cooking Club event. Thanks to everyone who came!!! Our menu for August was: Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches with a Mediterranean Pasta Salad.Mmm.... sooooo yummy!!!If you'd like to join us for Cooking Club next time, we will be making sweets in October.See you next time!!!!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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