2018.04.28 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 5 students

17:30-18:30 | 5 students



Yo! Today’s class was really great. I was glad when some of the newer VELCO students joined the class. They’re incredibly passionate about learning English, which is quite inspiring! We talked about recent shows/movies we’ve watched, be it in English or Japanese. Some words discussed were cliché, mainstream and plot. We also discussed the drinking culture in Japan and how it’s changed recently to accommodate the younger generation’s preferences. The main conversation which I enjoyed the most was about our names and whether or not we like our own name. We also discussed the history behind some powerful names in Japan, with the help of a very knowledgeable student.

That’s all! Thanks so much for joining me in class 🙂

I won’t be teaching much in May as I’ll be travelling back to Singapore. Actually, I’ll only be teaching once next month, hehe.. So see you on the 12th of May!


2018.04.25 Wednesday: FT

13:00-14:00 | 1

14:00-15:00 | 1



Hiii~ Today’s students really impressed me with their hardworking and eager attitude towards learning English! In the first hour, we went through the lyrics from the song “Reflection” from the Disney movie ‘Mulan’ (since we’re both Disney fans!), and analyzed the lyrics and what they meant. In the second hour, I had prepared a short pronunciation and vocabulary exercise. It contained words that sounded similar but had different meanings. I hope you guys enjoyed the extra lessons with the Disney song and short exercise, and the casual conversations we had on the side as well! 🙂

Thank you so much for coming to my class, and for all your hard work!

2018.04.21 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 6 students

17:30-18:30 | 5 students



Hallo, hallo~ I had such a great time at today’s class. Firstly, the trial student from Wednesday’s Free Talking class decided to join VELCO. Yay! As expected, he was great at keeping up with the conversation and was not afraid to add in questions and interesting opinions during it. We had one other new face in the first hour of class as well, and she was also a joy to talk with. She mentioned that she enjoys watching Western horror films- a hobby with which another female VELCO student shares. It was funny how all the women in the class, including me, enjoy watching horror movies, while all the men in the class, with the exception of one, find such movies to be too scary.

Some notable words discussed during the class were:

Crooked (kru-ked)

  • not straight : having bends and curves

  • not set or placed straight

  • not honest

A road can be crooked if it isn’t straight and has a lot of turns. Glasses/spectacles can be crooked if they’re not placed properly on your face. A person can be crooked if he does bad things or tells lies (hence, the word crook is a casual synonym for criminal).


  •  a style of cooking

  • food that is cooked in a particular way


a pile of wood for burning a dead body


  • to make a clear statement of (ideas, beliefs, etc.)

  • to pronounce words or parts of words clearly

Knowing how to pronounce words correctly is just the first step of sounding fluent. Pronouncing them clearly is the next step! I honestly have a problem with enunciation as I tend to speak too fast and mumble through my words. It’s something I have to work on too!

2018.04.18 Wednesday: FT

13:00-14:00 | 2

14:00-15:00 | 3



Hey hey~ I was pleasantly surprised at the start of today’s class with all the new faces who showed up! (A new face = someone whom you have not met before)

One of the students was taking his first trial lesson here at VELCO, and he was an absolute pleasure to talk to. He told us all about his interesting experiences learning English overseas in Cebu, Philippines. The other student really surprised everyone when she shared her unusual and cool hobbies, and her ambitious plan to study English in Canada soon!

I’m not that much older than the students, but when I was their age, I was definitely not as hardworking nor brave enough to study a foreign language in a foreign country on my own. They’re so admirable!!

The third student to join us expressed how nervous she was about having to improve her English in a short time, as she will soon be moving to Tokyo and begin her new job as a flight attendant / air stewardess. It’s definitely a challenge trying to understand native English speakers when they speak English at a fast speed. Luckily there are plenty of native English speakers at VELCO to practice with, and you can join Tonomura-sensei’s group outings to practice English with foreign tourists around Kyoto. 🙂

2018.04.14 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 3 students

17:30-18:30 | 4 students



Good evening! Today’s class was really really good. We talked about a multitude of things, and learned about some advanced English words and common figures of speech. Some of the key things discussed were:

All-nighter: a night during which someone works on something instead of sleeping. Usually used with the verb “pull”.

“I have a big project to submit tomorrow, so I’m going to have to pull an all-nighter to finish it by the deadline.”

Put your foot down: to use your authority to stop something from happening / to be firm in your position or decision.

“My friend kept borrowing money from me and never returning it, so I had to put my foot down and tell her that I can’t lend her anymore money.”

Vent:  verb- to express (an emotion) usually in a loud or angry manner. The main meaning for this word is to allow (something, such as smoke or gas) to go out through an opening (ventilation). They’re both pretty similar if you think about it!

“I usually vent by posting my feelings on Twitter or Facebook.”

Thanks so much for coming to class! 🙂 Hope you all learned some new stuff.

2018.04.11 Wednesday: FT

13:00-14:00 | 1

14:00-15:00 | 1



Hello there~ It was lovely catching up with the first student of the day, as the last time we saw each other was over a couple of months ago. She told me all about her exciting shopping-filled trip to Hawaii, and also about her trip back home during the cherry blossom season. In the next hour, we had a great conversation filled with gossip, as usual. 🙂 Thank you so much for coming to my class!

2018.04.07 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 4 students

17:30-18:30 | 6 students



Hola! Thanks for coming out for class this late afternoon/early evening! We talked about living in a shared house with room mates or flat mates. One student and I shared our experiences with that, which were, respectively, positive and negative.

You can use the word “respectively” (not to be confused with respectfully, which means with respect to) when talking about 2 or more things in the order that they are said/written.

For example:

First, second, and third place in the competition went to Alex, Michael, and Johnrespectively.

It means that Alex was first, Michael was second, and lastly, John was third

Thus, regarding the student’s and my experience with shared housing, her experience was positive, and mine was negative.

Anyway, back to today’s class… We also had a inappropriately funny conversation about high suicide rates during certain seasons of the year. That’s all!

2018.04.04 Wednesday: FT

13:00-14:00 | 1

14:00-15:00 | 1



Ello! Great day today with one of my most favorite and funniest students. We share a similar sense of humor, so that means I must be really funny too. We talked about her recent trip to Tokyo with her husband to visit their son who is living there. We also gossiped a little about the teachers and students at VELCO that we both knew. We didn’t say anything bad, promise! Thanks for coming to my class! 🙂

2018.03.31 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 1 students

17:30-18:30 | 3 student



Hallo, hallo! We spent the first hour discussing movies, one of which being Pan’s Labyrinth (such a good and underrated movie!). We had a brief conversation about welfare for disabled people in Japan, which was very insightful. One of the students went on a secret spy mission to Austria and Slovenia, and brought back some really delicious chocolates that had Mozart’s face all over the packaging. It was really fun hearing about his trip and speculating what sort of work he had to do there, since he wouldn’t divulge any of the details. Thank you so much for coming to class! Really enjoyed this one. 🙂

2018.03.28 Wednesday: FT

13:00-14:00 | 1

14:00-15:00 | 2



G’day~ We started off with some morbid topics this afternoon. There was a train delay earlier today that was caused by an ‘accident’. We speculated that it probably was a suicide. We discussed the suicide rate in Japan and why it’s particularly high during the spring season. The next morbid topic was about serious illnesses and afflictions such as cancer and stroke. We shared our family history regarding those illnesses and how we have been affected by them so far. I remember laughing quite a lot with the student during the first hour so we probably talked about some non-morbid stuff as well!

In the next hour, we were joined by a student that neither of us had met before. It was her first time attending a Free Talking class, and she did super well! She mentioned she was a Japanese Art student, and showed us her gorgeous artworks. We spent a bit of time talking about her upcoming trip to Malta, where she will be spending 9 months learning English there. Super exciting stuff! We also talked about our favorite anime shows, and then we ended the class with a talk about the latest movies we have watched or are planning to watch.

Thank you so much for coming to class, and great job everyone!