Japanese hospitality

Before becoming an English teacher, I worked at an international hotel and then I was a shop staff at a shopping mall. As such I'm liable to check their manner or hospitality skills whenever I visit places such as restaurants, department stores or even supermarkets.
I know some say that it's too much service, but I'm proud of the culture unique to our country- Japanese hospitality.

Now, let's get to the point.
There're luckily some supermarkets near my house, so I don't need to go far away to buy daily necessities, food and so forth. As I mentioned above, I'm apt to see their attitudes toward customers. They're so friendly and their attitudes are like warm-hearted except for one supermarket. Simply put, it's awful. it's a sort of condescending, particularly two women who are in their late 40's or early 50's.
Don't get me wrong. There're, of course, kind and genial cashiers or other employees at the supermarket. To add to that, I know I can go to the other ones if I don't want to meet them or I'm disgusted.

Incidentally, the other day I told my hubby about it. He also feels the same way, THE women in particular. Wow, What a coincidence!

Well, it seems advisable I might as well go to the other supermarkets as much as possible...lol


日本語のつぶやき。。。↓

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2月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 20th February 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Cuz, a native English speaker will take part in it as well. If there's no guest speaker, it's ¥200 a participant.)

Place: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 1(On the second floor)
We've been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

Getting tongue-tied

To improve my English skills, I regularly have an English workshop with one of my fellow English-lovers on Skype. We usually catch up with each other and get down to discussion on the article either of us choose.

This time she chose,

Why the Environmental Buzzword will be resilience

She picked it up from TIME, which carries challenging articles for me to grasp them. Starting to read it, I was a wee bit petrified with some figurative expressions. Having said that, it was rewarding to read and I tried to grasp it.

I'm ashamed to say, I've not managed to study English recently due to my family matter. Even though I got some spare time, I couldn't concentrate because of the matter pestering my mind. As such today's my speaking was the most terrible one....(I know, of course, my speaking isn't perfect even though I'm on the roll.)

Switch myself whenever I get down to something!

Will be closed

Before starting my new career as an English teacher, I worked as a shop staff at a shopping mall, which is located next to an international hotel. The reasons why I applied for the job were because I hoped to get chances to use English and like the shop's goods.

Here's the shop's Web.
LASY SUSAN

Well, ever since I quit the job, I've stayed in touch with my ex-managers. This year I received New Year's cards from them as usual. Then, I was shocked at the fact: the shop I used to work will be closed at the end of this month. Oh gosh!....
Immediately I contacted them to make sure whether it would be true. They said "Yes, It's pity.."
Actually I was supposed to visit there to buy something for my 10th wedding anniversary in March. However, I changed my mind and visited there last Sunday.

Luckily they were on duty on that day, so we enjoyed catching up with each other as I was looking for fascinating goods.
Yes, a few rings caught my eye and I bought them. hehe^^v

The vocabulary of the 1st grade

After I got 900 on the TOEIC test, I got down to enriching my vocabulary for the 1st grade of the STEP test.

It's true the vocabulary is somewhat academic and written languages, so many people who are aiming at passing the grade have difficulty memorizing it. I'm one of them if anything. However, I make a point of reading English newspapers, so some words are luckily familiar and relatively easy to memorize.

Meeting these words in the text books I use, I felt " Wow! Lucky me! Thanks my papers!"
It absolutely gave an impetus to me.

Well, here's some vocabulary of the 1st grade...

cordon off
recuperate from
flesh out
haggle over
rampage
succumb to
rattle off

etc.....

Actually they were used in the papers. The papers are goldmines when it comes to the vocabulary!

1月追加日程 ~~マムズ~~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 30th January 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Cuz, a native English speaker will take part in it as well. If there's no guest speaker, it's ¥200 a participant.)

Place: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 1(On the second floor)
We've been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

Maybe "r" and "l"

The other day I mentioned how much my English makes sense. ( Too much worried!?) That's nothing new, but it's been pestering my mind since I decided to brush up on my skills.

Luckily I had a chance to ask about it when I visited the free talk class I mentioned yesterday. We have known each other for about a decade. She warmly told me the following,

" As I recall, you told me you had difficulty pronouncing "r" and "l" perfectly when we met for the first time. Now you use complex words or high-order words, to add to that, you speak so fluently and fast that the people who met you for the first time might guess the words or means. I think he might have done that. Well, I understand what you meant in English."

I see. Yeah, she might have a point. Even though I can communicate or discuss in English to a certain degree, I'm a non-native English speaker. I might not be able to pronounce some words clearly, nor correctly.

I'll keep brushing up on my skills, keeping "Practice makes perfect" in mind.

An English day

I had planned to contact one of my fellow English-lovers afternoon to practice speaking and discussing an article in English.
This morning, I had a whim to visit the Free Talk class in which I used to take part. During the holiday season in Japan I didn't manage to have spare time, nor to squeeze into my schedule.

The holiday season was over and my family got back to our usual lives. As such I decided to visit there. It was the first time to visit in several months; nevertheless, the teacher welcomed me as usual. Luckily there was only me except for her. I could monopolized her during the class!!! Lucky me!!

After the class, I went back home after dropping in at a supermarket. Then I turned on my PC and contacted her on time we had planned. On starting to have a chat, as you already know, I couldn't stop....^^; After our chat, we got down to discussing the article I had sent her. The article was about gun control in the US. As for the issue, it's true American people are divided between the pros and cons, and it seems to a long and excruciating way to go.

I felt fulfilled since I could immersed myself in English almost all day long!!!
Thanks a bunch, my friend!!!

Is he a big eater!?

Speaking of 7th January, there's a custom for Japanese to eat "七草粥"- rice porridge with seven herbs-.

Being a kid, I was reluctant to eat it due to its taste. However, I've come to like it. It may be something like an acquired taste.

Well, tonight I made it for my family as usual. As for my hubby, he hit the booze during the New Year's holiday. As such I've tried to make healthier dishes than usual like a vegetarian diet. I hope the rice porridge I made will helps his health.
As for my son, he likes it very much even though he's still in the lower grade. Although having a big appetite, he ate three bowls of rice. He said, " All dishes mom makes always make me happy! I love all dishes, mom!"

Oh! my sweet boy!!! It's the best New Year's gift, お年玉, for me.^^



1月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 16th January 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥200 a participant

Place: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 1(On the second floor)
We've been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

Thanks to my smart gadget.

My family came back home yesterday. As I mentioned, we spent quality time together during New Year's holiday.

Well, I tired to immerse myself in English as much as possible even though I had to prepare for New Year and had to take care of our family. Some might wonder if I could have spare time during New Year's family get-together. Actually I say, " Yes, I could." Thanks to my smart gadget-iPhone 5-, I devoted myself to my English study as doing household chores for New Year.

My current favorites are NHK radio podcast and CNN radio news. I try to listen to them at 1.5 times the speed. (I'm ashamed to say, it was the first time for me to do that because I'm not be on the front of these kinds of gadgets but just I have a smattering of them...^^;)
I get their updates automatically, so each latest content is quickly piled up unless I try to listen to them all the time. It might sound tiresome, but in fact it's well worth doing that so as not to deaden my sense of English.

How do you keep your English ability?

Happy New Year! 2013

Happy New Year!!

My family has been having quality time with the in-laws since 30th December. (Incidentally, I'm posting this journal through my parents in-law's computer.)

Well, every new year I tell my friends what I'd like to attain. I guess they can easily imagine them, but I'd like to "declare"...

1, To keep myself in good shape!

2, To get 950 or over on TOEIC test!

3, To try to take the 1st grade of the STEP test!

4, To get more new students!


All I can do is to go for it!!!
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