Study Night 122

naokiHello, everyone. This is Naoki. It was good to see you again!! It has been raining for too many days in a row. We need a TeruteruBozu!! TeruteruBozu is a hand-made doll created with tissue papers to wish for better weather. It is part of the traditional culture in Japan. Almost no one does it recently however. Let’s hung up a TeruteruBozu at home like this so that we can make it easier to come to Benkyokai.

For people who are visiting our website for the first time, let me explain what Benkyokai is. Benkyokai is a language exchange event to connect those who would like to learn Japanese with those would like to learn English through conversation and activities. For the first 15 minutes, you can have free conversation. And for the next one hour, we have an activity to help you study more. We try to do different activities each time to learn Japanese and English in different ways. There are native speakers of both Japanese and English. Actually, the first time I joined Benkyokai as an attendee was the 33rd Benkyokai in April 2016. Since then, I have tried to participate in Benkyokai as many times as I can. You know why? Because it is one of the best places not only to exchange language but also to know other cultures, lifestyles and more!!

Benkyokai is held at JP Canada’s office (890 West Pender) from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. Please bring your own food or drinks if you would like.


Time, cooking(料理) is the activity of choice. Do you like cooking? I chose this topic because of two objectives. One is to learn how to describe cooking in English and Japanese such as ingredients(onion, beef, carrot .etc) and ways to cook(shimmer, stir fry, boil .etc). When you go to live abroad, you might need to cook by yourself. In that case, it is good to know words related to cooking. The other objective is to learn how to explain the process using conjunction adverbs such as first of all, second, next, then, finally. Explaining the procedure is also important to prevent misunderstanding (and bad food).

In the first part, we translated the sentences to cook Japanese style curry rice into Japanese and English. Let’s take a look at the example of translations. Pay attention to conjunction adverbs!!

J: 最近料理にはまっています。今日は日本式のカレーを作ります。
E: I’ve been interested in cooking recently. I am going to cook Japanese style curry rice today.

【材料4人前】                                                       【Ingredients for four】
・たまねぎ 中1個(または小2個)                               ・Onion 1 medium(or 2 small)
・牛肉 400g                                                              ・Beef 400g
・にんじん 中1個                                                      ・Carrot 1 medium
・ポテト 中1個(または小2個)                                   ・Potato 1 medium(or 2 small)
・カレールー 半分                                                    ・Japanese Curry-mix half block

E: To begin with, cut the vegetables and meat to the size you would like.
J: まず最初に、野菜や肉を好みの大きさに切ります。

J: 二番目に、大き目の鍋にスプーン2杯の植物油を入れて温め、肉と野菜を炒めます。
E: Second(ly), Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pot, and then sauté the vegetables and meat.

E: Next, cook the meat until it is no longer pink and the vegetables until they become slightly transparent. Add water depending on the amount and kind of curry roux.
J: 次に、肉の色が変わり、野菜が少し透明になったら、ルーに合わせた水を加えます。

J: そして、弱火~中火で30分ほど煮込みます。
E: Then, simmer for 30 minutes on a low to medium heat.

E: Continuing, crumble the curry blocks into the pan. Stir it well and simmer for 15 minutes.
J: さらに、カレールーを割り入れて混ぜ合わせて15分ほど煮込みます。

J: 最後に、ゴハンの上にかけて、お好みで香の物を添えます。一晩おくとコクが出てさらにおいしいよ!!!
E: Finally, serve it alongside steamed rice and garnish with pickles if you would like. If you leave it overnight, it’ll become richer and even tastier!!!

By the way, do you know why we call curry blocks, curry roux(カレールー) in Japan? Roux is French and I don’t know why we use this term in Japan!  Anyway, they learned how to describe cooking very well.

In the second part, we chose one dish to explain how to cook using conjunction adverbs. Some people said “I’m hungry” while they were doing this activity. I knew their feeling!!

If you scroll down and look at the scans of the sheets we used, you will find their recipes and instructions!

Here are the activity sheets that we did:

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any request or things you would like to learn about the language and the culture, please talk to us during one of our Benkyoukai sessions! We suggest you register as soon as possible! We are looking forward to seeing you all next time 🙂 See you then!

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