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the last few miles...   

So for those who don't know yet I have made some pretty big plans... Yep I am going to leave Japan soon... Yes I have decided to go back to Canada... in a year's time. I am planning to travel for about one year. Destinations will include Korea to see my brother (and celebrate our birthday), Nepal to go trekking, India to find my soul, and China to see some history. I planning to get back to Canada around August 2012... I won't do the last goodbyes yet because I am expecting to write at least one more blog to thank everyone Oscar style.

Apart form that last Monday I went to Hohekyo onsen.. I can already hear everyone say "Again!" but it's because it's the only one that will accept me and my big bad tattoos. Obviously, I had the curry there which soooooo good. I went with my roommate which most of you met I think. His name is Nico and he is starting today (23rd of June) at chit chat cafe. It's his birthday today too... So if you see him please greet him with a big "Happy Birthday!".

That's it for me today folks... Hope to see you for my last Chit Chat party this weekend or in the last few weeks to chat at least one last time.


David (Canada)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-06-23 14:27 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Summer is coming!   

Ahh, summer summer…
Summer is finally on his way to get here and hit us…
The days started being longer, the temperature raised (in the last two days even too much!) and as I'm writing this, I can hear summer quick stormy rain pouring down outside of my window!

Even though I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of summer myself (it is way too hot for a snow lover like me!), I understand that this is the season where "the good things happen".

If you think about it for a second, you can associate a lot of GREAT things to summer: school holidays for example, summer work holidays too, long walks in the park or even just sitting outside enjoying the warmth.

And here in Sapporo, well you might know it better then me, the Beer Garden in Odori Kouen is about to start:I can't wait to spend some nights, sitting on the grass with a bunch of friends and a handful of good japanese beer!

It will be fun for sure!

I have no plans yet for my school holidays, which start in July 22nd and end on August 27th… But I would love to travel around Hokkaido a little bit, maybe even just to visit Otaru, Hakodate, Wakkanai and Shiretoko…

We'll see what this awesome season has awaiting for us! In the meantime, I look forward to meeting you all guys in Chit Chat Cafè, I'm having my first shift this Thursday (which happens to be also my birthday!)

Nicola (Italy)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-06-22 18:25 | 英会話 教師 札幌

Cultural Enrichment Week   


I have been not myself for around 2 weeks. The first time ever I had only 8 hours of sleep in 3 days (just end up a zombie) :-0

So, I wanted to get rid of the stress and went to…no, no, not to Susukino. I went to the Museum of Modern Art! There is an exhibition of European and Russian glass. It is from the Hermitage collection. (I know that some of you guys have already been to St. Petersburg and visited The State Hermitage Museum http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/index.html) The exhibition here is a good chance to get acquainted with the European and Russian glassmaking of 16-20th centuries. It represents a wide variety of glass items of different styles and forms. Along with cups and decanters, some jewelry items are represented as well. I am not an Art expert, but this time I could feel all the greatness of the past.

Actually, this time a friend of mine, who is very familiar with Russia and its culture, took me to the museum. And there is another friend invited me to the concert this Sunday. She is a member of a chorus group!
So, I should say “Thank you” for my cultural enrichment!

Assel (Kazakhstan)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-06-22 14:33 | 子供 英会話 札幌

Simple Wikipedia   

Hi everyone!
In this blog I'm going to introduce you to a very useful website for studying English. You have probably heard of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia - but did you know that there is a version of Wikipedia written in Simple English? Right now it has 71,251 pages, and there are pages on all kinds of things. I did a random search just now and found an page about Dance Dance Revolution, another about a painting by Boticelli, and another about Hasselt, a city in Belgium. And it's all written in a simple and easy-to-understand way.

If you use Wikipedia in Japanese, you could get a lot of extra English reading by getting the same information from Simple Wikipedia instead. The key to fast and fluent English reading is to read a lot, and to read things that are easy. If you use Simple Wikipedia every time you need to know something, your English reading skill will get better fast - especially if you do it every day. And if you don't use Wikipedia yet, why not just try and read a few pages? You might learn something new and interesting.

Some of you already have very good English, and can easily read the normal English Wikipedia. There is still something you can do at Simple Wikipedia - you can write pages yourself! Writing is very good practice for advanced English learners, and Simple Wikipedia is a great place to practice. You need to know a few rules of Wikipedia before you start, but then you can have as much writing practice as you want. It doesn't really matter if you make a mistake, because in Wikipedia you can undo almost anything, and other people can help you with the pages you write. The most important rule is to keep your writing neutral. So if you are writing a page about the Nippon Ham Fighters, you can't say "The Nippon Ham Fighters are the best baseball team in Japan!". However, you can say "The Nippon Ham Fighters are a baseball team in Japan, and they have won the Japan Series twice". If you stick to this rule then the other rules will be easy to learn.

If you are already writing a diary or a blog to practise your English, why not try writing for Simple Wikipedia? You might just help another English learner find something interesting.

Jack (UK)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-06-08 14:25 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Greeting from Czech   


Hello everyone,
It has been 2 months since I left my precious Sapporo and came back home. Before I left Japan I promised Yuka-san to write a „farewell blog“ for you.
Too bad, I didn’t write it.
Well, I’m really poor at saying „farewell“, and much prefer to say: „see you“
Besides, some of you I can meet on skype, or facebook, so fortunately we can keep in touch!

So, instead of a badly delayed „farewell blog“, I would like to write an opposite one – „hello back blog“! In this blog I would like to share with you some experiences of a Czech-Japanese couple, who are trying to start their fresh married life in Czech Republic. Well, this blog won’t only be my job, but I wish to write together with my husband, Hideto, whose remarks on my country are especially amusing, and his experiences of getting used to living in a foreign country might be useful for all of you, who are planning to „hit the road“ and move abroad.

This time I just want to share with you my feelings after coming back home. Do you know a guy named Urashima Taro? Well, I felt completely, like the poor Urashima, who was coming back from Ryúgú-jó to his village. But in contrast to him, I was lucky enough to not open the forbidden box.
I wish you all a wonderful spring, with flowers blooming all over Sapporo, and miss you much!!!!

Ivona (Czech Republic)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-06-07 18:23 | 札幌 英会話 国際

summer is here!!   

Hello everyone,
How are you enjoying this fine weather?? Lately I have been preparing for my big trip in July and August which will take me accross Thailand and China for a month. From there I will be returning back to England so I will be leaving sapporo for good soon which is sad. but I want to come back next year :).
Also I'm going to a wedding in July which I am really excited about. A friend of mine is getting married and she has invited me to the wedding and ceremony which will be a new experience for me. I have only ever been to one wedding in my whole life and that was back in England 10 years ago. I'm going to need to buy a new suit and everything lol. Anyways I hope everyone is well and hope to see you at chit chat soon.

bye for now

Alex (UK)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-06-02 15:28 | 札幌 英会話 サークル