Finally, She Joined Us!

Last Wednesday, I was thrilled to see one of my friends, who lives in Kumamoto.

She organized the English club in which I regularly take part, and I took over the club from her when she and her family moved to Saga because of her husband's transfer. Several years later, they moved to Kumamoto.
You know what? It was her first time to join us and it has been ten or more years since she moved!
She is as young as she was! On top of that, she is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as ever or more than ever. haha

On our way to the place we had the session, her familiar buildings and roads jogged her memory.
Most of the current members were new to her and we each gave self introduction. During that time, we fully enjoyed having a convo in English. It refreshed my old memory as if I went back to that time.

As you might imagine, I couldn't stop talking! Luckily, I didn't get tongue-tied regarding my speaking although some words slipped out of mind....However, I shouldn't be complacent about my current skills, of course, I'm not.
Keep pressing on and keeping at it.

Wellp, I am thinking that I will take part in her English session in Kumamoto, which will be held at the end of this month.

5月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These are our upcoming English meetings.

Day and Time: the 9th and 23rd May 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

This is the article for the session on the 9th.

This is the article for the session on the 23rd.
An additional article 1
An additional article 2

4月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These is our upcoming English meeting.

Day and Time: the 18th April 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

This is the article we are discussing.

Reading Books

Let me say this: I wasn't fond of reading books, fiction books, in particular. I prefer reading the newspapers to learn about what is going on in the world.

I don't intend to offend anyone who is a bookworm.
In fact, I have tried to read a few books to enjoy, learn something new and expand my knowledge. As we all know, reading books leads to improvement in reading skills. Having said that, I easily get lost in the stories like "Where am I?", "Who is he or she?" or "Who is who?".

The other day, a friend of mine, who lives in America, recommended me the following book:
SHAKEN by Tim Tebow
I am ashamed to say that I didn't know who he was. I was so curious to know about him and checked on the net. Yes, I decided to buy the book to know about him more.

Once I read it, I couldn't stop reading. Of course, one of the reasons was that it was so easy English that I could read it smoothly. But, mainly it was because my principle was sympathized with his faith and belief.

Now I realized that reading books enriched my life as well. I need to make time for reading books and papers, but it is well worth, isn't it?

With My Lovely Friends

I often help foreigners study Japanese. I can't make it regularly because of my work, but luckily I made some time for the class today.
This time, I helped two siblings from Nepal, who are a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. They came to Japan about 6 months ago and have been studying Japanese. Luckily, they understood English, so I used Japanese and English during the session. Basically, the staff members of the Japanese class should use only Japanese during each session to immerse the students in Japanese. However, we should use other languages to help complete beginners understand words correctly and smoothly, depending on the situation although we can't use their mother tongues such as English all the sessions, of course.
A staff member had told me they would be complete beginners and that they might be able to communicate in English somehow. But we had had no idea how well they would use and understand English.

At the beginning of the first session, we introduced ourselves in Japanese. They have already learned how to greet and say their names.
They were super beginners, but I was surprised to see how fast they learned new words and expressions. They must be quick learners, very studious and pure. In fact, they are eager to study at Japanese junior or high schools. Their enthusiasm to learn Japanese will absolutely improve their skills at warp speed.

Whelp, I hope they will enjoy the process of learning Japanese and get acclimatized to life in Japan.
     
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