Today, I’m going to share something that you guys might be interested in!
If you are someone who wants to practice his/her Japanese conversational skills and it’s hard for you to find a really good / fun / professional teacher online, then Cafetalk might be something that you’d want to check out. You can also learn other languages / subjects in this platform!
Just to disclose, Cafetalk actually sponsored me to make this post. I don’t recommend any service / company until I have tried out the service many times. They gave me 4 tickets to try and I was able to have 3 lessons in 2 weeks! My goal with Cafetalk is for me to be able to practice my current Nihongo speaking skills (as it has becoming rusty again due to lack of practice) and to ask help and advice from my tutor when it comes to writing my journal in Japanese.
You’d be surprise to know about this because of the fact that I live in Japan (that I should be fluent by then, huhu) and the fact that all of my work places require me to speak in English (in my English school, cannot say any word in Nihongo.. even ね！haha) and Filipino… it’s hard to practice my Nihongo on a regular basis. Talking to the cashier does not count, haha! When I go home and create content, I communicate with you all in English when I write. I have a Japanese boyfriend .. but our main language is English. My English really leveled up here in Japan, instead of Nihongo… I am probably making excuses (lol) but anyway, I thought that I should still push myself in mastering this third language even if I get 1000x busy.
Say hello to Miki Sensei, haha!
My aim for this blog entry is to inspire you to learn Japanese / any language / anything.. online!
.. and here are the many things that you can learn using Cafetalk.
Me is shookt haha they have fortune telling?! :O Anyway.. so here is what happened during my lessons first. I’ll show you guys the entire lesson flow when you scroll down much farther, haha.
Here’s a quick photospam post of what happened last weekend.
I’m just so happy that JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is OVER! Been reviewing / cramming for the last 2 weeks. I am not sure if I will pass (I took the N4, and I’m planning to take N3 again this June / July if I do pass haha) but whatever the results may be.. I think I’m good, haha! I actually enjoyed my self-study Japanese sessions these past weeeks! *_*
Learning is fun!
Spotted this beautiful yellow corner in Saitama University.
Last week was pretty eventful. I went to my first ever business fair-like convention for Lucy Pop Japan (just a quick visit!) and had my first Ikebana experience (thanks to Yukie-san!).
And we have finally launched our premium Japanese store at www.japanloverme-store.com. Our main line of work in our company is mostly composed of Japanese arts and antiques and rare vintage toys / Japanese finds (from legit swords / katana, Samurai armor, paintings from EDO period, Japanese tin toys, etcetera). I don’t talk nor write about much about our main “serious” work since somebody took over my duties from before already.. and the moment we decided to jumpstart JLM years ago (big RISKS ;_;), I had become the person-in-charge to figure out ways on how to make Japan Lover Me / Kawaii Philippines to be self-sustaining projects. So far, Kawaii Fund is doing great and we are still saving those for V.I.P. (very important projects, haha) and thinking of ways on how to multiply we have pooled from the Kawaii PH Book sales. 🙂
For the past years (going three, I believe.. or 4 omg), we have invested a lot of time and JPY (we invested in creative talents such as Little Miss Paintbrush / Dolly Kaye.. and my personal brand, Rainbowholic + its co-online brands such as OurKawaii.Tokyo, etc.) and now, after knowing and learning the ropes of online marketing / e-commerce, we are taking this big step once again.
The future still feels a bit scary and sometimes the fearful Kaila would come and haunt me but I know that if I just do my best everyday with what we have, we can do all of these one-by-one. Fight! 🙂 I am very thankful for having the most supportive friends (shoutout to ChiChi, who knows how to comfort me during my paranoid days lol). You guys know who you are! 🙂
Enough of life updates, here are the photos hihi ~
Bought these yummy crackers from Kaldi! The Kumamon design made me lolol
Favorite creative socks atm
Gudetama paradise omg can I have everything ;_;
Konnichiwa everybody! Before I share some photos from the fun “Oshaberi Salon” I attended..
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Making An Extra Effort
As part of my 2015 goals, I really want to focus on taking my Japanese conversational skills to another level. The feeling sucks when you have something nice to share, yet you are unable to voice it out completely.. in the tone you also want it to be delivered.
One day, I decided to drop a visit at our main community center here in Saitama. I was so delighted to find out that they give FREE Japanese lessons to foreigners + they also have fun Japanese culture-themed activities!
And it’s super convenient because the gym that I go to is located at the same mall. Every Fridays, I will be studying Japanese here and from time to time, I can attend the “oshaberi salons”. Oshaberi Salon is like a small gathering of people who want to converse with the Japanese locals + make Japanese friends and also learn fun community activities.
I only had to pay 100 yen for the whole kimono + tea ceremony + interaction in Nihongo experience!
I was able to go out from my comfort zone (where I usually get frustrations ;_;) and introduce myself to the kawaii grandmas and grandpas of Saitama. Who would have thought that I’d make Japanese friends from the older population? <3
It was so much fun! Tanaka-san helped me dress up in a pretty pink kimono and the grandmas gave me a free tea ceremony tutorial huhuhuhu.