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Studying advice & videos on youtube   

Lately I have often been asked how I study English, which is why I want to share my experience here with you.

First of all you must recognize that there are different types of learners and find out what type you are. It does not mean that a method of studying, which works for someone works for you as well.

Some people learn by listening, some by reading, speaking or writing. When you want to become a very eloquent English speaker, a combination of all that is important, of course, but you must know where to start.

I started to study English by first reading and listening, then writing and at last speaking. I like reading a lot, so for me it was always good to read something and trying to understand it. Then when I heard the new phrases, I have read somewhere, I remembered them. The last step is then to try to use the new word or phrase, which is the most difficult part. I first tried to use new words when writing an essay. When I got used to the usage of the word etc. I gradually tried to use it more often while talking, until it became a part of my repertoire of words.

Reading books is very good to extend your repertoire of words, as well as watching movies, videos on youtube etc. When watching movies in English, I always recommend watching them with English subtitles. The reason for that is, that humans are very lazy creatures. When there are subtitles in your own language, you will gradually tend to pay more attention to the subtitles than to the actual spoken dialogue. This is only natural, since we all only have a limited timeframe that we can stay concentrated, depending on how trained one is.

Another important point is setting a goal. How good do you want to become at speaking a foreign language? Are you happy with just talking to some foreigners you met on the street or do you want to be able to write scientific essays? Depending on your goal, the world fields, on which you should concentrate, differ. Setting a goal will help you to be aware of your progress.

While setting a goal is important, you should not put it to high. It should be reasonable and achievable in a certain amount of time (e.g. set your goal until the end of the week or the month and be realistic about the amount of new words and phrases).

I have already mentioned that humans in general are very lazy creatures. While that laziness can hinder us sometimes, other times it is a good thing, because it stops us from demanding too much from ourselves. So when there is a day that you are too tired to study or you could think of one million things, which are more fun, and you just cannot bring yourself to get up and take your book into your hands - just do not.

Studying should be fun and make you feel happy and proud of yourself. Forcing yourself to do something will not bring you any good. It will make the process of achieving knowledge even harder. Learning a language is a lifelong process. Even in our mother tongue, there certainly still exist some words we have not even heard of. And that is okay.

I think the experience of studying English is also different depending which country you come from. Therefore I highly recommend you watching the video on youtube by Jun & Rachel:

"英語はどうすれば良くなりますか? How I learned English 1"
The guy in the video is married to an American woman and describes his experience of how he was able to improve his English.

I hope I could help you somehow.
Have fun studying!

Denise (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2016-01-22 15:29 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人 | Comments(0)

Neverending flowers   

When I went to Nakajima Park the last weeks, I realized, there are a lot of bushes with blooms, which are pink or blue in summer.
Now, all the blooms are gone for a few weeks. But, 3 weeks ago, I just counted a single one still being blue and full of energy. I came back 2 weeks ago. And I came back this week. It got very cold the last nights, sometimes belong 10 degrees. Anyway... the bloom is still there. Blue and full of energy. Just wonder how it is possible and when it will be gone.
Now I'm looking forward for the breathtaking leave colouring of the trees during autumn. I've just seen it on pictures, but in real it must be much more fascinating. Wish you guys a wonderful autumn season!

Erik (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-10-08 14:51 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人 | Comments(0)

6 month   

Now I am nearly a half year in Sapporo and I still enjoy it. It is really fun to spend the time with the kind people in this city, therefore the time is leaving very fast. For me it is really like yesterday as I had my first day in Chit Chat Cafe. Many of you already know that I am pregnant so maybe this will be my last blog, because I think I will stop working in Chit Chat Cafe around October. At the moment I feel very fine, but I noticed that daily life is getting harder day by day! However I love to go to Chit Chat Cafe and I am sure that I will also come to visit you in 2013 ...

However ... back to my time in Sapporo and Hokkaido! I am in love with this place. In the six month I spent here I had the possibility to see many places and interesting festivals. Often people, also from Germany, ask me "which's better Sapporo or Tokyo" and they are really surprised when I answer Sapporo! I often said, that I love the area around Odori park. Nearly every month there is something special festival or event but till now of course my favorite is the BEER FESTIVAL! There are so many people and it is so much fun!

... I also can't wait for the German Christmas market but I think this year I can't go there ... so if you go there please eat one "Stollen" for me and drink one "Gluehwein"!

Jana (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-09-21 15:39 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

Rusutsu Amusement Park   

Hello every one! This is my first blog and I thought about talking about something one of my recent experiences here in Japan. Amusement parks!

On Sunday, July 15, 2012, I went to Rusutsu Resort with some of my friends and we went to the amusement park. This was my first time to an amusement park ever. I’ve been to fairs, but never amusement parks. Also, I’ve never ridden on any roller coasters before. (I have a lot of "firsts" in Japan.)

So the first ride was a roller coaster. It was called “Hurricane.” I was very nervous, but excited too. Since it was my first time on a roller coaster, I had to take my camera and record what happened. Of course it turned out that I was blabbering stuff and screaming. (LOL!) However, the ride was short. It only lasted about 1 minute and 30 seconds, but it was still fun!

Our next ride was "Space Shot." This time I didn't bring my camera and I wished I did. The view was great, since it shot us up in the air really high. Afterwards, almost all the rides we rode were "roller coasters" or "Thriller" rides. There were a few that were normal rides, but we mostly rode the fun ones.

On our way to more rides, we saw the "Mirror House." One of my friends suggested we go in and we did. I didn't think it would be difficult, but it was. You can't tell what's a wall and what's not. There were some clear glass as well that tricked us. I took my camera and recorded our adventure in the "Mirror House." I eventually lead the way out. I still had the camera rolling and focused it on the ones who were still coming out from the "Mirror House." We all were talking until we heard a thud noise. One of my friends ran into the mirror wall. We all laughed up a storm. There was a warning sign at the entrance to not run in the house. Seems like he forgot or paid no attention to it. (LOL!)

Eventually we made our way to most of the rides. It was noon and we were all hungry. So we took a break and went to grab something to eat. I got 牛丼. Miso soup came with it, but it was very salty so I didn't finish it. Although, the 牛丼 was delicious! I would have gotten seconds, but it was really expensive for me to pay for another bowl.

I was one of the first people out of our group to finish my food, so I went to the souvenir shop and bought something for my sister. After everyone finished eating, we took the "Mountain Road," which was like an escalator, up to where the Big Ferris Wheel was. We rode the Big Ferris Wheel first. This was my first time riding one in Japan. I found that it was different than American's. The Ferris wheel didn't stop to let people on and off. It just kept on going. The speed of the Ferris wheel is slow too compared to American's. (At least the ones that I've been on.)

We rode on more rides and I finally found my favorite ride of all time! "Ultra Twister"!!! It was so fun, exiting, and thrilling, that we went on it twice! We tried a third time later, but we couldn't because there was a malfunctioning at one of the carts. We all were heartbroken. *sobs* But I love this ride. There can only be six people per cart. It takes you to the end and then turns you around (180 degrees) so you're facing the rest of the people who are waiting in line. Of course when you aren't paying attention, the cart moves and you are suddenly tilted back 90 degrees. The cart slowly moves upwards like you heart beat. Then when it suddenly starts to go faster, you know it's almost to the top of the roller coaster and you know what happens after that...

The cart drops down and goes through its course. You twist around several times and then have a moment of rest before you begin twisting again. However, the ride comes to a sudden stop though. That was one of the downside of the ride. It was too short. :( I wish the roller coaster was a bit longer. :)

Since we rode the bus to Rusutsu, we had to catch it back in time. So since time was ticking, our last ride was the gondola up to West Mountain. The view was amazing! You can see miles and miles. It is so different from the U.S. The place from where I’m from, all you get are trees and maybe some hills. That’s about it. But here in Japan, you have so much greenery and mountains. This is one of the things I know I will miss when I go back. :( But at the top, we rand the Happiness Bell幸せの鐘. Took more pictures and watched one of the guys fly away in a parachute. He took it very gracefully.

It was time to go back so we went down the mountain and walked back to the bus. On the way back, I stopped to grab some ice cream. I bought Dinppin’ Dots. Although we have these in America, I’ve never tried them before, so it was another of my firsts. I had the rainbow flavored one. It was delicious! Just thinking about it makes me want more. The ride back was exhausting. I slept most of it. It was a fun experience and I want to go back there again, especially in the winter. Maybe I’ll ski or snowboard! :D

I hope you enjoyed reading my adventures! I’m sorry if it was too long. Hahaha… until next time!

Gaoly (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-07-26 18:12 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

A Kazakh Golden Week   

Hello!
How was your Golden Week?
Here in Sapporo, the last three (four?) days of GW were rainy (((but I very much enjoyed it, falling into a deep hibernation (now I knew that sleeping is my favorite hobby ^^).
Well you know, actually, my country has its own GW. We do not call it “GW” though))
So maybe that’s why *May holidays* in Japan feels very natural to me. In Kazakhstan, the holidays start on the first day of May; it is the Kazakhstan People’s Unity Day. At the café I am always asked about people, culture, language, food (!!!)… of my country. And I believe many of you already know that I am very happy to live in a multiethnic, multi-linguistic, multicultural, multi-religious…many and many “multi-s” Kazakhstan.

There are more than 120 nationalities in my country who speak different languages and practice different religions. I told some of you that I did some dance in junior high (not a professional one though ;D). It always makes me happy when I look back on those days of our dance rehearsals. The May 1st dance was the most exciting))) Because we learned a wide variety of different traditional dances for this day. Just imagine how different are Russian and Uzbek dances, or Caucasian dance and Tatarian dance (sure, most of you cannot imagine it, haha)…Really an amazing experience! I will share with you guys one of my most vivid memories from those days. You know, once I have fallen down on a stage (!), when I was dancing Russian Kalinka (a very famous Russian folk dance). That time that’s not fun, at all! I felt so ashamed of myself, but got back very quickly just like Beyonce did :D. Thankfully, none of my friends could record video of my great fall))

After May 1, we celebrate Defender of the Fatherland Day on May 7. In other words, this is a day of the Kazakh armed forces. Although I believe that many people celebrate this day as the men’s day))) since a man is widely perceived as a defender of women, a family, the fatherland.
And finally, on May 9th, Kazakhstan celebrates the Victory day in WW2. Actually, we have some activities for days. and this year the 9th and 10th are not working days. Before coming to Japan, I thought that Kazakhstan is a country that has most holidays))) I remember my ex-boss, a Chinese guy, often complained that Kazakhstan has too many holidays. But now I know that Japan has no less... hope one day we will call the GW May Holidays “Golden Month”)))) sounds cool doesn’t it?

Assel (Kazakhstan)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-05-11 15:02 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

Goodbye!   

Hello everyone!
I guess it’s not a secret anymore that I am pregnant and soon will deliver my little baby. That’s why I will take a babybreak from March which means I will be leaving the Chit Chat Café at the end of February. I stayed with the café for exactly one year and had a great time with you guys! I hope you had fun too!

For the birth I will be going to Hiroshima prefecture in April and will stay with my mother in law for a few months. In July hopefully I will be back to Sapporo to enjoy the short but mild and wonderful Hoakkaido summer. That time I will drop in with my baby to say hello to everyone! Hope to see you then!

Hien (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-28 14:12 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

Changing Seasons   

Hello everyone.
Lately I have been working very hard in class trying to master all the different levels of keigo that the Japanese language has and all of its polite expressions.
Besides school relating things its finally starting to get really cold outside and all the leaves are starting to turn colors and fall to the ground. Since its fall there are a lot of yummy fruits at the store. I love being able to eat so many delicious pears and persimmons. All of this just makes me remember that Christmas isn't too far away and that I should start my shopping soon hahah. Pretty soon its going to be time to break out my big coat, hat and gloves. I'm looking forward to my first winter in Hokkaido and I'm also kind of looking forward to having lots of snow and having snow ball fights with my friends.

Teren (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-10-27 18:34 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

Russian vacation   

Hello, everybody!
It’s been a long time, so I hope you are all doing great.

I came back from Russia a couple of weeks ago, I was absent for more than one month and I really missed Japan! Though I adore my mum’s cooking, I saw sushi in my dreams almost every night. ^_^

Luckily, the weather on Sakhalin was very good. I even caught some tan during the last summer days. This time I didn’t only hang out with my friends as I always do, but I also included culture program in my schedule, such as visiting museum, churches and the zoo. Yeah, unbelievable, but we have a lion at the zoo, though he was sleepy when I tried to charm him with my“Save the planet” T-shirt. ^_^

I was also very happy to meet my classmates. It was sort of…strange (in a good way) to see some of them working very hard and wearing suits, some of them introducing their husbands and wives. And some of them even showed me their little cute babies. Life keeps moving on!

And of course I miss you all, so hope to see you soon!

Ana (Russia)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-10-13 15:31 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人 | Comments(0)

The milky way   

I always wondered what i would miss from Japan when I go back home ??? I don't really know yet. What I know for sure is that the mention of Sapporo would automatically be connected in my mind to SNOW. I shovel the snow, I eat (or drink) snow when I'm walking, my socks are often wet because of snow, I went to snow festival, I slip because of snow... Despite this apparently bad picture, I love snow (i hated it in the beginning of my stay). I love the thick one, the powder, the heavy one and I always like the sensation of walking on it and the silent sound it produces. I feel like walking on a milky cloud. And few days ago i found the best reason for loving snow which is the following: it acts as a mirror for the sun. It reflects the rays of the sun so powerfully that a bright day in Sapporo might be even brighter than a common summer day in Hawaii.

Romain (France)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-02-16 14:26 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人

A baseball game at Sapporo Dome   

It's been a long time since I've gone to see a live baseball game. Last time I went was at the Dodger stadium in LA when I was about 13 years old (almost 20 years ago.)

Aside from the fact that beer is way more expensive in the stadium than what you can buy at the store and drink in the comfort of your own home, in my opinion
it's definitely more entertaining watching a live baseball game. Though I have rather fond memories of watching the live game when I was a kid, I must admit that
Japanese baseball is more fun. The way the fans cheer on their team is amazing. In retrospect I think the main draw to going to see a live baseball game was to
see the fans more than the actual game. The coordination the fans display is a sight to see. In addition to that, the stadium is really clean and well kept, which is
very different from how (most?) of the stadiums are in the states.

I kinda lucked out with the game I went to see. The Fighters were down 3 to 1 at the bottom of the 9th and got 3 runs in to take the game. It was really exciting.
I'm generally not much of a spectator. I prefer playing sports, not watching them. But, in this case I'd have to make an exception. I had a blast.

Hans

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-09-23 14:42 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人