Study Night 175
Hello, everyone. This is Naoki. It was good to see you again. Happy Lunar New Year!! February 5th is the Chinese new year (春節/しゅんせつ). Japanese people don’t celebrate it. In fact, I didn’t know what the lunar year was until I came to Canada. But it is good to know about other cultures that you can’t experience in your country. Benkyokai is one of the ways to do just that since people who join have different backgrounds.
Benkyokai is a language exchange event that connects, through conversation and activities, those who want to learn Japanese with those who want to learn English. For the first 15 minutes, participants have casual conversations. Then, for the next hour, we have an activity to help you learn something new. We try to do different activities each time to study in different ways. Native speakers of both Japanese and English attend the event. Actually, the first time I joined Benkyokai as an attendee was the 33rd Benkyokai in April of 2016. Since then, I have tried to participate as many times as possible. You know why? Because it is one of the best places not only to exchange languages but also to learn about other cultures, lifestyles, and more!!
Benkyokai is held every Wednesday at JP Canada (890 West Pender) from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.
Please register yourself either on our website or Facebook to participate.
This time, the activity we did was Brainteasers (頭の体操/あたまのたいそう). Brain teasers are my favourite type of puzzles. They are fun, clever, and challenge your problem-solving skills in unique ways.
In the first section, there were quizzes written in either in English or Japanese. We made groups that consisted of both Japanese speakers and English speakers so that they could help each other understand the quizzes and solve them. The attendees struggled with them but once they got the answers, they happily shouted “whoa!” I was glad to hear that.
Before taking a closer look at the activity, I must apologize to the participants. What I said at Benkyokai was “I won’t tell you the answers now. If you want to know them, please go visit our website.” I said this because I would like you to read our blog posts. Sorry for being mean. But since you read this, it is
Thank you for waiting. As I promised at Benkyokai, here are the quizzes and answers. For those who haven’t tried them, I will write the answers at the end. Don’t cheat before you try. Here we go!!
Solve the following brain teasers.
a. A man needs to cross a river in a canoe. With him, he has a bag of grain, a chicken, and a fox. He can only carry one of the three at a time. If he leaves the grain and the chicken, the chicken will eat the grain. If he takes the grain, the fox will eat the chicken. How does he successfully cross the river with his load?
b. You have two empty water jugs in your hands. One holds 3 gallons of water, the other holds 5 gallons of water. You need to use these two jugs to measure exactly 4 gallons of water.
There are 3 switches in a room. The switches control three light bulbs in the other room. Once you leave the room where the switches are, you can’t return the room again. Also, you can go to the room where the light bulbs are only once. How can you definitively tell which switch is connected to each of the light bulbs?
d. What comes to in □? (Each quiz has nothing to do with others.)
(1) O T T F F □ (2) S M T W T □ S (3) S □ H D W M Y
(4) America = D, Germany = E, Britain = P, France = E, Brazil = R, Japan = □
(5) Moon Fire Water Tree □ Soil Sun
(6) 8889 = 7 7711=0 2172=0 6666=4 1111=0 3213=0 7662=2 2581=□
(7) 東京 青森 岡山 富山 □□
Answers are below.
That is all for this time. I prepared the second part for participants to create quizzes by themselves but they were so excited in the first part that I gave them the entire hour to solve them.
What do you think ? Are they difficult to solve? Don’t worry. The objective of this activity is not to solve all quizzes but to improve your language skills though the activity. We have both native English speakers and Japanese speakers. Feel free to come and enjoy.
I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any request for things you would like to learn about language and culture, please talk to us during one of our Benkyokai sessions! We suggest you register as soon as possible! We are looking forward to seeing you all next time! 🙂