March 4, 2005 – Surprise English!

Another easy day at work with almost no students coming for class AGAIN. After work I went for coffee with The Penpal at the nearby Newton Cafe. The waitress is a student at NOVA, so I decided to give her some free English practice by ordering in English. I completely caught her off guard with this, but overall she seemed happy to have a chance to use English outside of the classroom. I told her that since I knew she worked at the cafe, I would come back and order in English again.

Instead of using the train to get home, I decided to try out the bus with The Penpal. Unlike the train system, Japanese buses are very confusing and not user friendly. I will write about it in more detail in the next week or so.

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  1. #1 by Jemma Jones on March 6, 2015 - 1:17 am

    Do you know why you are not getting any students? Are they all adults?

    • #2 by Barniferous on March 6, 2015 - 12:48 pm

      Not sure exactly why. There seemed to be some times in the year that were always extremely busy, and a few rare times where things were quiet for a week or two. What makes it more unusual is that a lesson could have anywhere from 1-4 students, so as long as anybody shows up, there would be a lesson to teach.

      Most of my students were adults. Weekday afternoons typically have a lot of housewives and retirees, with more salarymen and students in the evenings. Weekends could bring just about anything.

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