Study Night 156

Howdy, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Masa, one of the volunteers for Benkyoukai. First of all, below is the basic information about Benkyoukai. Benkyoukai is a language exchange event where people practice English and Japanese. It takes place at JP Canada’s office from 5:45pm – 7:00pm every Wednesday. Everyone’s language level interestingly varies from […]

Study Night 155

  Hello everyone!. Before telling you about this week’s event, let me introduce Study Night (Benkyokai). Benkyokai is a language exchange event between English and Japanese speakers.  It is held at JPCanada’s office (#320 890 West Pender street) from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm every Wednesday. For the first 15 minutes, participants have friendly conversations […]

Study Night 154

“Self-introduction”. Apparently this is very Japanese thing, but in Japan when group of people get together they are highly likely to present a “self-introduction” consisting of your name and some relevant (or irrelevant) information about yourself to each other. In Vancouver, this kind of activity could happen in an ESL class, but outside of that it […]

Study Night 152

    The cool man in a hat might have caught your eyes! His name is Ryousuke from the Ritsumeikan University in Japan. He researches ways to study English in fun way so he and his students came over to Benkyoukai for a workshop. Ryousuke (Lecturer/Associate Professor), Nishihara sensei-Associate Prof.(front right), and Ryo (behind Ryousuke) […]

Study Night 144

https://appadvice.com/app/e5-90-8c-e9-9f-b3-e7-95-b0-e7-be-a9-e8-aa-9e-e3-82-af-e3-82-a4-e3-82-ba/963601411 Have you ever heard “布団ふとんが吹ふっ飛とんだ”? This is very common word play in Japan and we call it 同音異義語どうおんいぎご (homonyms, in English). We also sometimes call some of them おやじギャグ (dad jokes.) This week, these were the theme of the activity. Participants translated sentences containing homonyms in teams. There are so many kinds of word plays […]

Study Night 143

Hello everyone! It’s me, Akiko reporting on this week’s benkyoukai. It’s getting warmer and warmer and summer is just around the corner! I believe everyone’s looking forward to their summer plans. Of course, Benkyoukai is on your list, isn’t it?     Before reporting this week’s event, let me tell you about “benkyoukai(勉強会)/ study night.”  Benkyoukai […]

Study Night 140

  Hello everyone. This is Bob. In  southern Japan the rainy season has started. We call the rainy season “tsuyu(梅雨つゆ)”. It normally starts in May and ends July. However it depends on region. In southern Japan it starts earlier and in northern Japan it starts later. Hydrangeas bloom in “梅雨つゆ“. Hydrangeas in the rain are […]

Study Night 139

Hello everyone! It’s me, Akiko reporting on this week’s benkyoukai. Let’s get started!    Before reporting this week’s event, let me tell you about “benkyoukai(勉強会)/ study night.”  Benkyoukai is a language exchange gathering for Japanese learners and English learners. It is held at the JP Canada’s office (#320-890 West Pender) from 5:45pm to 7:00pm every Wednesday. […]

Study Night 137

Hello everyone! It’s me, Akiko. It’s finally getting warm and sunny these days. Do you have any plans for the summer?  Before reporting this week’s event, let me tell you about “benkyoukai(勉強会)/ study night.”  Benkyoukai is a language exchange gathering for Japanese learners and English learners. It is held at the JP Canada’s office (#320-890 […]

Study Night 135

  Hello everyone. This is Bob. I’m a new volunteer for Study night (Benkyokai). First of all let me introduce myself and Benkyokai. I’m from Fukushima Japan. I’m really enjoying Vancouver life because spring has finally arrived this week. Benkyokai is a language exchange event between English and Japanese speakers.  It is held at JP […]

Study Night 133

This time, Japanese-English words(“和製英語/わせいえいご”) were the focus of the activity. When English words get around Japan, their meaning frequently changes. These false friends can cause miscommunication. In order to prevent this, let’s study how Japanese-English word depart from their original meaning. In the first part, we translated Japanese-English words. Here are some examples we looked […]

Study Night 131

〜になる is often translated as “become” but how it’s actually used is usually one of the following verbs: To be/get/come/go/make/turn/grow/learn.  Using “become” in most situations sounds unnatural or sometimes even incorrect. Conjugation: い-adj → change the い to く and add なる な-adj → drop the な and add になる Noun → simply add になる […]

Study Night 130

This time, school rules(“校則こうそく”) was the activity of choice. Did your school have strict or strange school rules? Having school rules is obviously important for students to make them disciplined and to maintain order. However, there are a lot of weird, strict or funny school rules all over the world. In the first part, we […]

Study Night 129

We at Yokoso gave out cookies, small cupcakes, and doughnuts as White Day gifts. Also, one of the participates brought delicious croissants for everyone. He actually did so on Valentine’s Day as well! Thank you so much for your generosity. Let me tell you about White Day. You might have heard about it before. White Day […]

Study Night 128

Everyone had a childhood. Growing up, doing fun child stuff, learning new things everyday. In order to help child’s growth or maybe to protect them or for some other reasons, parents create rules or create extracurricular activities that children would never think of doing. This connects to this week’s activity. “Were you forced to do […]

Study Night 127

This time, compliments (褒める) were the activity of choice. Are you good at complimenting? In Japan, we don’t usually compliment in conversation whereas often Canadians do. We (Japanese people) are not good at it. But it is very important to compliment during a conversation in order to make it smooth, positive and happy, right? In […]

Study Night 126

First, what we did yesterday was あいうえお作文 さくぶんand かるた.  So I’m going to show you what あいうえお作文 is. Here’s one example.  お題だい「おかあさん」The topic「mother」 あ ありがとう  Thank you い いつも  always う 美うつくしい beautiful え 笑顔えがおの smiling お お母かあさん mother It’s a message for mother’s day showing appreciation to mothers. Usually we make あいうえお作文 related to one topic and  it should […]