2017.8.26 Saturday FT

Free Talk
4:30-5:30pm 5 students
5:30-6:30pm 4 students

Saturday was my last day at Velco before heading home to America for a wedding and it didn’t disappoint!

We spent most of the two lessons talking about differences between drinking culture, food, and tipping here in Japan and in America.

We talked about how a standard tip after a sit down meal is around 15%, and 20% if you’re feeling kind or your server was good.

We also learned a few useful phrases for beer drinkers in America:
“What do you have on draft?”
“Would you like that on draft or in a bottle?”

And a few phrases we’ll hopefully never have to use!
“Drinking ___ gives me the spins.”
“I blacked out.”


Thanks for coming everyone and I’ll see you on September 28th!


2017.8.24. Thursday FT

Free Talk
7-8pm 4 students

8-9pm 2 students

Today was another good day at Velco!

We talked a bit about what everyone did for their Obon vacation. Unfortunately two of our students had to work through the holidays 😥

After that the topic of costumes and Halloween came up and we talked about what our students would dress up as.

Here are some of the vocabulary words we ran into today:
arcade (ゲームセンター)

And the phrase “I got choked up.”

See y’all next time,


2017.8.23 Wednesday FT

Free talk
1pm-2pm 2 students
2pm-3pm 2 students

Today was another fun day at Velco Shijo! The three of us had never met each other so we started with some self-introductions.

After that we discussed a bit about the American Electoral College (riveting stuff!) and how it works. It’s a pretty darn confusing system.

We then had a bit more fun talking about some of the cultural differences between how we eat and what we eat here in Japan and back home in America. (If it’s got a head, no thanks!) Remember if you travel to America to give Southern Style barbecue and waffle house a try!

Here were a few of the words we learned today:
Electoral College
Pig Pickin’

Hope y’all enjoyed! See ya next time.

2017.8.19 Saturday FT

Free Talk

4:30-5:30pm 1 student

5:30-6:30pm 0 students

Today was a quite day at Velco. Seems like most everyone is travelling for Obon! Still, we managed to have some good conversation.

Our student had recently visited college-aged family in America so we talked a bit about the difference between schools here and there, and also a bit about the party-culture at American universities.

Then we moved on and talked quite a bit about movies. Lots of love for Harry Potter and the Marvel comic movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed vacation, and I’ll see ya next time!

2017.8.17 Thursday FT

Free Talk

7-8pm 3 students

8-9pm 3 students

Today was another good day at Velco.

We started off talking about how we like to study, and it turns out that most of us use TV & Dramas. I got a handful of recommendations and we talked about a few of the most famous game shows in America.
Wheel of Fortune
The Price is Right

After that we talked a lot about puns and bad jokes (or dad jokes.)
Here are a few of my favorite terrible jokes.

Q: What do you call a cow laying on the floor?

A: Ground beef.

Q: What do you call a sleeping cow?

A: A bulldozer.

Beautiful stuff.

Given the season, we also talked a lot about our favorite holidays. 3 student votes for New Years, and one vote Christmas from yours truly.

See y’all next time!

2017.8.16 Wednesday FT

Free Talk

1-2pm 3 students

2-3pm 3 students

Third lesson done and dusted! Today was a good ol’ time. We had the same three members for both lessons and I hadn’t met anyone before, so we started with self introductions.

The conversation ranged from holiday trips to theater to sports to Japanese business culture. It was a really interesting set of topics, especially talking about the differences between western and Japanese businesses.

Here are a few of the words we encountered today:

Marvel (the comic company and their films)
EGOT (Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony)
Top-down & Bottom-up Management

Hope y’all enjoyed it as much as I did. See ya next time!

2017.8.10 Thursday FT

Free Talk
7-8pm 3 students
8-9pm 3 students

Today was another good day at Velco Shijo! I was able to meet three new students today so we all did self introductions and learned a bit about each other.

We started today off again talking about music, some of our favorite bands (now and when we were younger), and live music. We also talked about the video games that some of us play. There were a lot of RPG (Role Playing Game) fans in class today, and everyone except me seems to have played Dragonquest! Looks like I’ll have to give it a shot.

After that we moved into our biggest topic of the day, and a personal favorite, books. While all of our favorite genres differed, we found a common author that we liked in Stephen King. I didn’t he realize how famous he was in Japan until tonight. We also talked about some other famous authors here in Japan like Haruki Murakami and Akutagawa, and I mentioned my controversial opinion that Tolkien spends too much time writing about and describing settings O_O Sorry Tolkien fans.

I had a great time, and I hope y’all did too! (“Y’all”, the most important word in southern American English!)

See ya next time.

2018.8.06 Sunday: Free Talk


12pm-1pm 2 students
1pm-2pm 4 students

Today was my very first class! Thanks for making it a good time, students! Needless to say, there was a lot of self introduction today.

After we got to know each other a bit more, we spent most of the first class talking about music. All three of us play an instrument and love like music, so the conversation was great. We learned about a genre of music from the American South called bluegrass. Remember to check out the Punch Brothers!

During the second class we talked about more about our work. Here are a few of the new words we learned

R&D = Research and Development
Midwife = 助産師

We also spent some time talking about traditional American breakfast food, and we got a recommendation for a good Mexican restaurant here in Kyoto called Que Pasa.

It was great to meet you all and I look forward to our next class!