Skype Conversation Club

Are you looking for conversation partners? We have an exclusive conversation club with speakers of all levels. If you’d like to join us, please contact us.

Instructions

  1. In Google Calendar select the calendar for Japanese For Dogs Conversation Club. Make an event with your name and Skype name in the time frame that you’re available. You may make multiple events for a week or two. If you end up being unavailable, don’t worry unless you have a specific appointment with a certain partner.
  2. Decide one topic you want to talk about (self introduction, studying Japanese, work, etc.). Think of certain grammatical structures you’ll use (multiple adjectives, comparison, “want to”, “have to”, “try to”, etc.)
  3. Set a timer for 5 minutes. You may record the conversation for later practice.
  4. The first person speaks only in Japanese. No English allowed. The partner may ask for clarification in Japanese and take notes.
  5. Set a timer for 5 minutes for the second person to speak in Japanese. The same instructions in step 4 apply.
  6. In the next 5 minutes the second person translates what the first person said.
  7. In the last 5 minutes the first person translates what the first person said.
  8. When the time is up, hang up within 1 minute. Remind each other to hang up in case you find yourself still talking after one minute.

Strictly follow these instructions. It’s easy to have a long conversation when you hit it off with your partner. If you want to talk more, HANG UP ONCE and call back. This is to avoid spending more time than you’ve planned. When that happens, you’ll compromise your other commitments even if you don’t have anything planned afterwards. That’s when your subconscious mind starts to tell you, “Oh, I should practice more but I don’t have time.” Does that sound familiar? So, remind each other to ALWAYS follow the instructions. No improvising, you creative people.