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就職活動   

So lately I have been working really hard trying to find a job in Japan. I have had (until now) 4 interviews 3 in Honshu and 1 in Hokkaido. I may have had a little luck with a company that places ALTs down in Kanto. I'm not 100% sure yet but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Besides looking for work I have been busy finishing up school. About 3 weeks ago I submitted a 46 page graduation report and a 5 page information guide for future exchange students that will come to Sapporo University. My report was over my life here in Japan and all the experiences I have had. My information guide was just basic things that many students don't know (but should) before coming. I will be leaving Japan in about another month or so, so I am going to try to make the best of the time I have left.
I DON'T WANNA LEAVE!!!!! :(

Teren (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-01-25 16:17 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Pleasant bustles   

Such a sunny day, the snow glitters buoyantly! Walking around, I’ve noticed so cute snow hats on the roofs and fences, it looks like the Smurfs gnome’s hats. But, I’ve heard that this week should be the coldest one. Nevertheless, I love, winter in spite of the cold, you can do very joyful things: sledding, snow fights, etc. For example, isn’t it wonderful to relax in a jacuzzi with hot bubbling water, in the fresh frosty air at night, when lighting illuminates the rare snowflakes falling on you? (Impressions from one mountain spa resort in Almaty city) The other thing I love in winter is to spend a frosty day with friends in a country house, warming by the fireplace with a cup of hot mulled wine in hands, speaking or playing charades, after getting cold in an outdoor activity. I recall these as the most adorable moments of winter. What do you like the most in this season, dear Chit Chat members?

These days I am excited: our university is waiting for exchange students from Russia in February. They will stay here for a couple of weeks and I am going to spend a good time with them. Nowadays, plans of their trip, to make them impressed and receive good memories, are on a creative step. How do you think, what places, customs and traditions of Japan and especially Sapporo are under “must see” status? I am looking forward to February, when the weather is supposed to be a little bit warmer, days are more sunny but still plenty of snow everywhere, I am going to enjoy driving snowmobiles, and, needless to mention – the Snow Fest!!! By the way, we even discussed about the opportunity to make our own snow statue with our guests, not at Odori, unfortunately, but at a university campus. I think it means that we’ll just sculpt a snowman, or forget about this idea. Anyway, I suspect, it will be a really cheerfull time soon!

Karina (Kazakhstan)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-01-24 16:37 | 英会話 教師 札幌

A happy and prosperous New Year to you all!   

Hello Chit-Chatters! Grateful thanks for your patronage in 2011 and we look forward to seeing you again this year too! Let’s hope that 2012 will be a happier one, but let us also not forget those who are still experiencing the devastating effects of the huge earthquake last year.

I hope that you have all enjoyed a wonderful winter break. I’m just about surviving in the freezing weather. Although I, Yuka and Joshua had a nice time over Christmas and the New Year, there was little opportunity to leave the house as it was too cold. We realized how beneficial it must be to have a car during this season, especially when you have a child. I think that before long we will be suffering from severe vitamin D deficiency!

New Year’s Day was celebrated with a selection of o-sechi food. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of o-sechi, but perhaps you are meant to enjoy the taste of the tradition more that the taste of the food. However, there are some things amongst the colorful array of o-sechi that I enjoy, one of which is kimpira. I could eat a mountain of kimpira!
In England we usually have roast turkey at Christmas, with a selection of roast vegetables, gravy sauce and cranberry sauce for the turkey. Amongst the vegetables, you will often find Brussels sprouts (芽キャベツ). It seems that Brussels sprouts are generally disliked by the population, but like o-sechi, it’s traditional to eat them. I don’t particularly like them either, but I was ecstatic to find them in the frozen food section of a local supermarket. I could chew them briefly and swallow, trying my best to ignore the taste, with a nostalgic smile on my face.

I didn’t make roast turkey at Christmas. The prospect of fitting a turkey into a Japanese oven is very slim. Instead, I made roast pork with vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy sauce. I made apple sauce as well to eat with the pork, which Yuka initially thought would be a slight mismatch, but after trying it agreed was a perfect combination. In England we usually eat roast pork with apple sauce. If you ever get the chance to, try it!

For those of you who don’t know, Yorkshire puddings are not sweet, but a simple mixture of flour, eggs and milk with a pinch of salt. They are traditionally covered with gravy sauce and eaten alongside roast beef, but they go well with any roast meat.
My New Year’s resolutions this year are the same as they are every year. Eat less junk food! Drink less alcohol! Exercise!
I wonder if I’ll fail this year as well….?

James (UK)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-01-14 16:52 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

Happy New Year everybody!   

Hope you are doing great!
How did you guys spend your New Year holidays? Did you go somewhere? Or did you just stay at home and watch the New Years program on TV with Arashi and AKB48?

We went to my husband’s mother’s house in Hiroshima for two weeks and it was great! Hiroshima was warm and there was no snow. Could be like that everyday! For me it was also the first time to enjoy the traditional Japanese New Years Meal with o-toshikoshi-soba, o-sechi, and o-zoni. Must say that my mother in law is a great cook!! In the afternoon of the New Years Day, on our first shrine visit I got Great Luck on my Omikuji! What a great start for this year!

And what’s your goal or aim for this year? Mine is to deliver a healthy baby! I guess many of you already noticed that I am expecting! My belly is growing day after day and I already feel the little boy moving around and around. It’s a strange but good feeling! A few of you also asked how to name my baby. The truth is I still don’t know. Do you have any good suggestions?

Hien (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2012-01-13 15:14 | 札幌 英会話 サークル