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継続は力なり♪   

何事も継続しなければ上達はしないものだとわかってはいても、それがなかなかできないのが人間でもありますよね。

自分もどっちかというと続かない方で、あまりコツコツは得意ではありません…。

しかし、先日「継続は力なり」を証明したお客様がカフェにいらっしゃいました!



先月北海道新聞に掲載された記事を見てくださった方で、札幌へは仕事で3か月位しかいなかったのですが、記事を発見してくれた日からちょうど1か月間(すでに2か月経っていたのが残念ですが・・・)毎日通ってくださいました!

たまに、出張で来れない日もありましたが、ほぼ毎日仕事の休憩時間を使ったり、お休みの日にもわざわざ来てくださり。



初めて来店された日は、とても緊張されていて、レベルも初心者でまだ自然にコミュニケーションを取るには時間がかかりそうでした。


ご本人によると仕事で海外に行くことがあるが、英語はなるべく避けて今まできたらしいのですが、そろそろ限界だったようで。英会話カフェの記事に飛びついて来てくれました。


しかし、驚いたことに毎日毎日通って、話さなくても周りの会話を聞いたり、教えてもらったりしながら話してるうちに私達スタッフも「こんなに早く?」と思うほどあっという間に上達され、度胸もついたようで、スタッフや他のお客様とも臆することなく英語でおしゃべりしている彼を見て、すごい・・・!!!!! っと感動しました。



本人にお伝えしても、謙遜するばかりですが、彼の上達には目を見張るものがありました。


ちょうど1週間ほど前に東京へ帰ってしまいましたが、きっとこれだけ根気強く通った方ですから、東京の英会話カフェでも英語を継続することは間違いないでしょう!


皆さん、英語は話さないと忘れる、というのは知っているはずですが、なかなか仕事の合間や休暇まで使って習い事をするというのは難しいですよね。


でも、それを実行する彼の意志の強さに見習わないと、と思いました。


英語は話さないと忘れます。

ブラッシュアップ、スキルアップのためにぜひ皆さん英語で話しましょう♪

Yuka

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-08-27 18:00 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

Good luck?   

Hello to you all! Hope that you are all enjoying studying and using your English. Summer is back once again, but autumn is just around the corner. Hopefully we can enjoy a little more sunshine and warmth before the cold weather returns.

I had the great pleasure of having a pigeon poop on my back while I was relaxing on a bench in Odori Park today. I’m glad to hear that this is good luck (in Japan as well as back home). It has been a long time since a bird has taken aim at me. I’m grateful for the good luck, but hope that this is not the start of something regular. Yuka will be upset with all the extra washing!

Don’t forget that this week is the international party. Hope to see you there for another great evening together!!!

James

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-08-26 15:52 | 札幌 英会話 国際

Hakodate   

This weekend I was fortunate enough to travel to Hakodate. From talking to various people at Chit Chat Café I learnt that Hakodate is famous for its seafood and night view. Well, I didn’t have any seafood, but I must say the night view was beautiful. Although, trying to actually get a spot to see the night view on the platform was less than fun. I am glad that I am not claustrophobic.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride down to Hakodate; the mountains amongst the mist were absolutely stunning. Noted along the way was a general lack of abiding to the speed limit from the public. From speaking to my girlfriend’s parents I learnt that Hakodate is evolving more and more into a tourist trap then it previously was. I thought this was evident in the 860-yen charge to visit the Hakodate observatory deck, then an added 200-yen fee for using the binoculars.

Our accommodation in Hakodate was at a Japanese style spa hotel. The hotel charge included a buffet dinner and breakfast, yummy! I must say I was more than a little nervous to use the Japanese baths for the first time. I have never been in a room full of naked men. My girlfriend’s father however, is very kind and went along with me (this was also a little scary). The outdoor bath was a really great experience and I am so happy I tried it. I can defiantly understand why it’s so popular.

Paul

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-08-12 15:01 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

花火パーティ♪   

Hello! 皆さん、7月31日の花火大会ご覧になりましたか?

Chit Chat Cafeでも花火&BBQパーティで盛り上がりました!
天気も良く、暖かかったので男性も女性も浴衣を着ての参加者が多かったですね。

今回は屋上を貸し切ってのパーティで、60名以上の方が参加しました。
皆さん、花火に夢中になって会話はちょっと日本語が多かったようでしたが…。

女性外国人スタッフも浴衣に身を包み、夏の風物詩を楽しんでいました♪


その後にはカラオケに流れたメンバーもいて、パーティの続きを楽しんだようです。




やっと天気が夏らしくなってきて、みなさんビアガーデンを楽しんでますね!

自分はビールが好きじゃないので、「暑い日はビールが飲みたーい!」

っていう気持ちが全然わからないけど、

きっと天気のいい日に外で飲むビールは美味いんでしょうね♪

札幌の短い夏を楽しみましょう!
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by chitchatcafe | 2009-08-05 15:17 | 札幌 英会話 国際

BEER GARDEN WAS GREAT   

Hello people from Chit chat how are you doing?
I am doing great because the sun finally came out from its hiding place. Last week was great because I went with my friends to Beer Garden and we drunk a lot of beer and had so much fun it was great I hope we do it again.

I am still waiting for my ticket to go Malta I hope somebody cancel really soon so I can go to the beach and see my Family.

Next week is OBON YASUMI so I am going to Asahikawa with my wife and her Family. I hope the weather will be great. But we are going only for one day so I try to convince my wife to go to the zoo. I hope it will work out.

That’s all for this week I hope to see you soon here at the café

Damian
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by chitchatcafe | 2009-08-04 17:28 | マンツーマン 英会話 札幌

Traveling in South Korea, Chuncheon   

I would like to share my experience while in Korea in these past few days. First of all I found that the foods here taste quite spicy even though it is not the same spicy as the Thai foods I have back at home but it is delicious. Usually the food that taste hot comes with red color, pretty much taste alike Kimchi. The food here cost around 6000W a meal, in Japanese yen it would be around 500-600 yen which is pretty cheap price.

I also went to the amusement park in Seoul, Everland. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring camera with me, what a waste!!! But I'm sure to come back here some other day in the future. It was a fantastic time having fun in the park. I went up the Viking and tried some coasters. I've also been to the zoo in the amusement park, saw lions, bears, Tigers, etc.

I lived in a motel in Chuncheon, it is reasonable price just around 3000 yen per night. I wish I could come back here again soon. I will save some money and enjoy the trip here again some day. I wrote this 2 days before I go back to Japan, tomorrow im going to stay in Seoul and do some shopping, and the day after tomorrow I just wish it never comes.

I am coming back soon Chit Chat Café. See you guys.

Benz
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by chitchatcafe | 2009-08-03 01:49 | 英会話 プライベート レッスン