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Heysan Hopsan!   

I have found myself in the comfortable situation of staying at the Khaosan Sapporo Hostel as staff, thus settling down for two months after 3 months of almost constant traveling.
This means that I now meet a lot more foreigners than before. For me it is important to be able to have some discussions or conversations once in a while. Because of this, I feel really good about being able to return to English, my second language. Because, as much as I like to speak Japanese, I still only know how to talk about food and travel-plans.

These are not bad subjects, but once in a while, it is nice to have a change of pace into something more advanced and challenging!
Some more comfortabilities I miss include:
Having access to all my music-equipment (and my musician-buddies)
Being able to watch movies all night (once in a while)
Having boardgame-nights with friends
Going to Danish music-festivals with tents, beach-trips and beer
My glasses. I can't see anything!!

But the things that are keeping me at my travel are more than enough for making me forget my longings!
I am actually thinking of joining my 3 old friends for a 3 months road-trip through the USA, after I finish traveling in Japan.
When am I ever gonna get time to study again?!

See you out there!

August (Denmark)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-07-18 17:24 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌 | Comments(0)

Sapporo Craft Beer Forest   

Hello! I've been having a good month! July is very comfortable in Hokkaido. In Ohio, we would usually have our air conditioners on, sometimes just to deal with the humidity.

Anyway, I went to the Sapporo Craft Beer Forest last weekend with my friends. It was great! One thing that I miss about the U.S. is how there are so many small breweries and so many new beers to try! In Japan, it seems like craft beer is uncommon.

Here, I can usually only find a few brands of beer, and they are all usually lager. Where I live in the U.S., most grocery stores carry many different kinds of beer. It's really fun to try new ones!

That's why I was happy to go to the beer festival in Ban K. to try some new kinds. They even had beers brewed with oranges or blueberries! If you like beer, you should go to the Craft Beer Forest next year.

Tom (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-07-17 18:45 | 英会話 教師 札幌 | Comments(0)

A cake-loving language   

Recently, I was talking to a student about idioms use in the English language. Before that, I never noticed that there are so many idioms connected to food, pancakes, beans, and eggs – even cucumbers, like in “as cool as a cucumber”, “to spill the beans” or “the best thing since sliced bread. But one tasty thing really “takes the cake”: cake!

Maybe it’s because there is hardly any person that doesn’t like cake, or because cakes are playing a big role in our daily life – or can you imagine a birthday or a wedding without cake?! Whatever the reasons, cake is not only popular as food, but also in daily conversations. For example, you can say “it’s the icing on the cake” if something good is added to something that is already good. The situation is just getting better and better. But if you have to decide between two things, or options, where you’d like to have both, we’d say: “You can’t have your cake and it, too.” meaning you can’t have both. Or maybe you know somebody who is “as nutty as a fruitcake”? And if something is selling very well, it “goes like hot cakes”. But the most common idiom is probably “a piece of cake”. I’m sure you heard it before. But why is something that is really easy a piece of cake? I wouldn’t say that baking a cake is the easiest thing to do. It’s not very difficult either, but it is work – buying all the ingredients, mixing them in a bowl, put everything in the oven….. – and I can remember a couple of times when I didn’t have quite the result I wanted. So where does it come from?

Some people believe it is connected to the so called “cakewalk”, a popular contest in the African-American community in the late 19th century, where a cake was awarded to the couple that can walk around most gracefully or have the fanciest steps. As this was not such a hard task, winning the price was “a piece of cake”. If that’s the true origin of the idiom, is hard to tell. But what’s true for sure: eating the prize is definitely a piece of cake :)

Irene (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-07-02 13:44 | 札幌 英会話 サークル | Comments(0)