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Life in England   

皆さん、明日はいよいよハロウィンですね!
チットチャットカフェでも仮装パーティを行います。もちろん仮装なしでもOKですが、年に一度の機会なのでぜひコスチュームを着て参加するのもいいと思います。
外国人スタッフもそれぞれ仮装して参加する予定ですのでお楽しみに♪

日本でもハロウィンが文化の一つとしてイベントを催すようになりましたね。アメリカでは盛大に祝うのかもしれませんが、私がイギリスにいた時にも仮装パーティで盛り上がっただけで日本とほぼ同じでした。
イベントとしては皆、様々なコスチュームを着て、顔にペイントなどをして楽しかったです。
たまにイギリス大学時代のパーティを懐かしく思います…。

日本の大学とは違いイギリスでは敷地が非常に広く、キャンパス内に寮やパブ、バー、レストラン、コインランドリー、旅行代理店などがあります。ロンドン大学はわかりませんが、私が住んでいた場所はロンドンから電車で1時間の小さな町だったので、このような施設がありました。
外国人学生と1年生はキャンパス内の寮に住むことができるので、フラット探しをする手間も省けてとても楽で、たとえ寝坊したとして、レクチャールームまでダッシュで2~3分でつくのですごく便利!

パブやクラブもあるので街にくりだす必要もなく、しかも値段も安いので、時間があれば友達と夜に飲みに踊りに行ってました。イギリス人は昼から飲んでる生徒もいましたが、そこまでは…

また次のブログでイギリス大学のキャンパスライフについて書きたいと思います!

Yuka

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-30 16:59 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

Japan Bowling   

G’day

I had the pleasure of going bowling the other night. My girlfriend, her friend and I attended the Round 1 complex in Shiroishi ward. The facility is pretty impressive as it contains a large variety of different activities. I have never seen nor heard of anything like it back in Australia, except maybe for an amusement park.

After two games of bowling I had been completely put to shame by my two exponentially more competent opponents. I was pretty happy if my bowl ended up hitting a pin and with a combined score of 140 maybe I need some practice. My bad luck (or skill) however, turned to fortune moments later. For the first time in my life I won a skill tester machine, my prize, estimating conservatively was a thirty-yen ice cream. We played some coin machines with our free tokens from bowling but the noise and smell of cigarettes drives me crazy. So, it was back to our house for some drinks.

Paul

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-27 14:20 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Aah, kouyou ga kirei!   

Hello,

Are you also enjoying the nice autumn weather and the tree's beautiful red and yellow colors right now? And how about a funny or scary Halloween costume? Do you have some good ideas for next Saturday? I myself had already some nice pre-Halloween parties together with my children classes, singing Halloween songs, drawing witches and ghosts and of course we had the traditional "trick-or-treating". The children had a lot of fun and I lost my voice. It was just too much for my vocal cords. So since this week's Thursday I give lessons with a funny but (I'm sure) annoying Darth Vader voice. Plus coughing. Yippee. :)

To fight that problem I thought it was a good idea to go eating and drinking with a group of Japanese soldiers last night. I was giving them English lessons for the last few months and in 2 weeks we will have the last lesson, so we held a kind of graduation party yesterday. First we went to a Izakaya close to Susukino and after filling our bellies we went to the Jersey bar in Tanuki-koji. I had a really good time with them. The only problem was: it didn't really help to fix my throat problem (of course not!). :)

Anyway, I really try to enjoy the fall as much as possible now, because winter is just around the corner. If you are not interested in snow plowing and running noses, you should do the same.

Matthias

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-24 17:17 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

Cold-Warm-Cold   

Hello!

Every day I think, the weather in Sapporo is just same as in my city. Like, it became cold in middle of September, and then in October 1 really warm week, and then again getting colder. We "think" that weather give us chance to finish some things, we didn't finished in summer. Like clean garden, or whatever, that should be done on outside. Do Japan have name for this? We do, it's a little hard to translate to English, but to put it simple, we call it 'Women's summer' :D, but it's not only for women of cause.

But I think winter is different, friends told me, that snow start to fall soon! I usually get snow in middle of December =). Anyway, it means, soon, we'll be able to go snowboarding and ski, isn't it great? (Though, it's cold, yeah:D). And Hokkaido very popular for mounts, so I'm going to try some. A lot of people recommend me different mountains, so I have nothing to do, but check them all :). Do you have your favourite place to ski, or going to different place every time?

Maxim

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-22 17:56 | 札幌 英会話 国際

Experiences make growing up...   

Hi everyone,

I would like to share with you something important to me that I have never talked about before.
I am member of an association in Kathmandu (Nepal), to help an orphanage that we just opened a few months ago.
The purpose of one of our projects is to provide all the needs and care for children who don’t have any parents or who are having difficult problems with their families.
I have worked with these people for 4 years and they are very honest and trustworthy.

If one of you would like to visit Nepal someday, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to visit our children’s home, if you want to help any of the projects, or just want to be a volunteer.
Nepal is a poor country. I stayed there for about one year in all, and I realised how lucky we are to be born in a developed country...
If you have a little time to see what we are doing then please check the following address;

http://teamnepal.org.np/board_members.html

Take care all,

Peggy

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-21 17:29 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

Learning English   

Hello everyone,

This time I would like to share with you my last weekend experience. I took part in so called Hokkaido English Immersion Camp, which is organized by Kumon.
HEIC is held every October from 10th till 12th in Sapporo. Ussualy this camp join around 60 kids, who are 11 or 12 years old. The care of the kids is up to 21 camp leaders, who are foreigners (in most cases the students of Hokkaido University) from many different various countries. The great support provides Japanese staff (usually the workers of Kumon).

The main point of this camp is to speak only English (even the Japanese staff speak with kids and each other only English) and show to the kids, that English is really a common language thanks to which they can make friends through all the world (this time got together people from 19 countries!). Of course camp leaders are using very simple English and sometimes let children speak broken English to strenghten their self-confidence in communicating English.

The main slogan of Kumon camp is „Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, let's speak in English!“ I like the slogan a lot and hope it would be useful also for some of you!!!!!!!!

Ivona

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-17 12:47 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

My trip to Malta   

My trip was great!!!! I met all my family and friends. The trip was 3 weeks long but I wanted to be longer. I haven’t been to Malta for 3 years now. Malta changed a little since the last time I was there, and it was really exciting to see the changes.

I saw a lot of people I saw my niece for the first time and my lovely Grandmother again. I had a very busy Holiday in Malta I have a big family and to meet them all it took a lot of traveling. Me and my wife went to eat in different restaurants. Some of them were really good and some of them were so-so. But in the good restaurants we ate fillet steaks and ravioli and many other dishes I ate so much in Malta that I gained a lot of weight, to tell you the truth I gained 6 Kg!!!!!!!! . Now is really difficult to lose weight again. But I am trying my best to lose some weight.

If you would like to know more about my adventure to Malta come to CHIT CHAT CAFÉ and I tell you all about it.

Damian Busuttil

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-16 14:28 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Halloween   

Hi everyone

Are you all getting ready for winter? It’s getting really cold again and I have been looking around our apartment for one of my hats. When it rains I have the benefit of not having to worry about getting my hair wet, but in the winter it starts to get a little freezing on top. A hat is necessary for a bald man like me to survive in Sapporo! Aren’t you glad that you have hair!!!

Halloween is fast approaching and the children in Japan must be getting excited. How long has Halloween been celebrated in Japan? I doubt for very long. Along with Christmas and Valentine’s, Halloween is another day imported to Japan to keep the cash registers ringing in the department stores and shops.

In England I used to enjoy walking around my neighbourhood “trick-or-treating” with friends. Probably not the best education, teaching children to beg on the streets! As this form of begging carries no stigma, perhaps this is one reason why there are so many beggars on the streets of England and apparently none here in Japan.

Originally children were free to roam the streets on their own or with friends, but parents have become more responsible now and generally accompany their children when they go “trick-or-treating”. At the end, the children can usually expect to go home with a big bag full of sweets and chocolate, guaranteed to contribute to future tooth decay (and probably a reason why my mouth is full of amalgam).

No doubt I will see some of you at the C.C.C. Halloween Party on the 31st. I’m still not sure what to wear yet, but I’ll think of something soon.
Hope that you are all well and hope to see you soon! We’re always here for you.

James

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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-14 14:42 | 英会話 教師 札幌

Living abroad   

Hi!

I just noticed, that i'm already live in Japan for half of year. Half of my study here is over. By that time I improved my Japanese a lot(but still far from speaking freely), made new friends, went to small trip(to abandoned school in Bibai) and learned a lot about Japan and it's culture. I get used to a lot of things, and still finding new and new, that amaze me. I think I love Japan even more than before.

Have you ever lived abroad for long time? Was it hard or easy? Did you come visit you hometown during that? Tell me next time!

Maxim
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by chitchatcafe | 2009-10-02 16:08 | カフェ 英会話 札幌