Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Coffee , cake and English conversation at "Cafe Sheep"

I hope everybody has been enjoying the Sakura (Cherry) Blossoms.
I recently went to Nara to show my friends the Cherry Blossoms near the "Daibutsu"
I want to announce we are now offering Cafe lessons from Settsu City"Cafe Sheep."
They have delicious cakes and food all made there by the talented and lovely owner.

We have a special price to offer all Step-Learning students.
Coffee and cake set  Regular price is 650 yen
but for Step Learning students the price is 500 yen!
Coffee /drinks regular price is 390 yen
but for Step learning students the price is 350 yen!
The cakes and coffee are both delicious.
Cafe Sheep also has a great menu offering many other delicious items and a relaxing atmosphere with a sheep themed dining room.
I will be adding details to the Step learning homepage soon.
If you would like a Cafe lesson use the booking form .
Adult Cafe English Lessons are 2500 yen for one hour.
Trial Lesson is Free.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Japanese English or Engrish

I found these interesting potatoe chips at a store in Japan.
Who likes tongue salt flavoured chips? The flavour is not the most amusing part either.
Read what it says on the packet. I have expanded and re typed it bellow the image.

"We always produce TONGUE SALT for all customer's smiles."

Here is another interesting example of Japanese Engrish on this snack box.
"The raisin which basked in much solar light grew up was inserted into Cookie.
It is the delicacy to which everybody takes."

Stay tuned for more amusing Japanese Engrish :D

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Ume Plum Blossom Viewing & Picnic @ Osaka Castle Park

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a chance to see the Ume Blossoms outside Osaka Castle.
I went to an International Picnic in the park around the castle.

(here is a very bad photo of Osaka Castle)

Ume is the Japanese word for Plum.

Ume Plum Blossoms were actually once more preferred than the Sakura Blossoms in the Nara Period (8th century), while Sakura only gained popularity from the Heian Period (794-1185)
Ume Plum Blossom bloom through out Japan from february to March.

Spring is not too far away.

The Picnic was organised by an international group "We are One" , they organise parties in Kyoto and Osaka for the Japanese and international community.

Here are a few photos from the Party.

More Ume Blossoms.

The Party people :D

There were people of many nationalities at this event. I met people from Japan ,Spain , Switzerland , China , Indonesia , Germany and many more.
There were such nice people at the event.I only wish the world could get a long as well as these people.

Our Uniqueness is what make us the same :D

Thanks to everybody who asked me about the Christchurch Earthquake. My family live in Auckland which is at the other end of the country.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

"Engrish" Japanese English.

I have found a few examples of strange English while shopping in Japan.

"Is your tooth clean?" This toothbrush set must be for people with only 1 tooth?

I think they mean "Are your teeth clean?"

This second photo I took at a clothes store.

What is wrong with this photo? I will give you a hint.

"leather Jacket , chicken wings , wooden table...."

This should say "Woman's leggings" as they are for women..not made from women :D

I will post a few more photos soon. I always find new examples of strange Japanese English.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

It is cold in Japan

This winter seems colder than last winter.

It snowed yesterday in Osaka yesterday.I have never
seen snow sitting on the ground during the day until this winter.
I took these photos around 1pm.
These are views from my apartment building.

I enjoy the snow as it does not snow in the city where I am from.

This is a photo of my poor car.(Poor meaning かわいそ/可哀想)It looks so sad and cold.

I am from Auckland New Zealand.It does snow there but
not in Auckland.
The seasons are the opposite of Japan so Christmas is in Summer.
We usually have barbecues or go to the beach for Christmas.

Stay warm everybody.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Last years Christmas Party.This years Valentines party

Here is a photo from the Christmas party we held on the 25th of December 2010.

It was a great party.About 20 people came to the party but some were camera shy.
They did not want to appear in the photo.

We ate , spoke English , played bingo and had a great time.

This February 19th we will do a late Valentines party.
It will be a Dessert buffet.If you like chocolate ,sweets and want to make new friends you should come along .

The price is ¥1500 including a light dinner , non alcoholic drinks and dessert.
The theme is Saints and Sinners if you want to dress up.(You might win something)

I hope to see you there.

For more details contact me via my homepage.







Monday, 1 November 2010

"Halloween Party" 31 October 2010

This year has gone so fast , soon it will be Christmas.

I do social events at my Eikaiwa Studio every week and here are some photos
from my Halloween Party

22 People came to the Party .It was a good chance to practice English, eat
and have a fun evening

There was a very "interesting" mix of costumes.

The lady 3rd from the left won our best costume prize.
She won a bottle of Wine and some chocolates.

My wife and Ryan the Giant Pumpkin Man ? I don't know exactly
what his costume was but it was great.

Sneaky Paparazzi (Italian word for photojournalists)

I want to thank everybody who helped make the evening a good one.
Miki Knight Manami Kakimoto , Hidemi Igari and Nami Ishikawa.Without your help
the night would not have been possible.

I plan to hold costume Parties once a month because everybody had such a great time.
November is difficult as I can't think of a theme.

If anybody in Osaka wants to practice English , study English or meet new people you
should check out http://www.step-learning.jp/ We have weekly events,Cafe lessons
and Eikaiwa lessons in Minami Settsu Osaka.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

"Games Night" update

Hello everybody.

Games Night is becoming popular. We have had 3 successful Games nights so far.

Last week was the first event with our new Dart board.

Here are some photos of our Games Night events.


Playing a board game called "Risk"

"Bulls Eye".This means 100 points.


Some Great people from America, India, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand (me)

If you want to speak English and have fun , come along on Friday nights at 7:30pm
Email me first please :D So I can prepare Snacks and drinks.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Step Eikaiwa is now open!

Step Eikaiwa in Minami Settsu has now opened for business.

Come and have a free Trial lesson!

We are open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

Game night is Friday night. If you enjoy speaking English and playing board games
Come join us. It is only 750 yen including coffee and snacks.

Our first game night is Friday 30 of July from 7pm

Email admin@step-learning.jp for details.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Eikaiwa Studio

Step Learning Eikaiwa Studio coming soon!