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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

Halloween and Harvest time   

Happy Fall to everyone!
Fall is my favorite time of year. In addition to me having my birthday this last month, the leaves have started to turn, changing to red, yellow and brown. I went on a short trip to Shikoku, where they are not yet able to enjoy this spectacular transition. As winter draws nearer and nearer, and we prepare for shorter and colder days, it is a great time to thank our elders and celebrate the harvest and all the abundance the season offers us. Many fruits and vegetables are gathered and we sing the songs of thanksgiving. I recommend enjoying from fresh salmon, apples, kabocha or your favorite food and truly savor the bounty that Hokkaido provides. As usual, I haven't figured out what I will be for Halloween, and will probably decide at the last minute... Maybe I will gather plastic bags and make a suit out of them... Now that would be a great idea for a Manga super hero, no? PLASTIC BAG MAN! I hope that your season is filled with music and joyful celebration.

Brett (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-10-25 14:52 | 子供 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)

A sad week for technology   

As many of you might know (i'm pretty sure ALL of you), last week Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, passed away.

What came after was an unexpected, uncontrollable reaction from the internet community. In all the social networks, thousands and thousands of people started changing their profile picture with a Steve Job's one, and shared his quotes, sentences and videos.

For one day, the main news all over the world were about him.

But, as you might know, the world is divided in three kind of people : Apple Lovers, Apple Haters and people that really couldn't care less.

So, as expected, the reaction to this mass "virtual" grief for Steve Job's death made the "haters" share a lot of articles and informations about Apple's assembly factories in China where people are underpaid and where there have been a few cases of work suicides.

A few days later, another brilliant man sot his battle against illness : Dennis Ritchie, father of the UNIX programming language that is at the very base of every operation system as we know them, may them be MAC OSx or Windows or Linux.

And I think it's interesting to see how two very similar figures are instead very different.

Dennis Ritchie gave away for free most of his researches and ideas, since he thought that they were something that the world deserved and didn't want anyone to pay for them.

On the other side, Steve Jobs literally build an empire around his creations and ideas, and enforced a lifestyle image around all of his products to win over the computer's market.

So, long story short, this two men gave the computer community a lot. And sadly, they both left "the scene" last week.

For some reason, this made me think about what kind of person i'd like to be alike, if more of an humble brilliant man that gives away things for free, or a brilliant businessman that fears no competitors and wins his way into the market.

I guess time will help me understand.

Nico (Italy)



Nicola Bernardi
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by chitchatcafe | 2011-10-15 16:24 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌 | Comments(0)

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)