News from our May 14, 2017 Meeting!
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 May 14, 2017


Dear Hibiki no Kai and Echo Society Members,



   Information Notes  



  21日    AM  第7学習室 PM  視聴覚室    ダグさん・キムさん・富部さん
  28日    AM  第7学習室 PM  第2学習室    ダグさん・杉本さん・キムさん・富部さん (告原さん?)
    4日    AM  視聴覚室   PM  視聴覚室  ダグさん・キムさん・富部さん
  11日    AM  視聴覚室   PM  視聴覚室  ダグさん・
  18日    AM  第2学習室  PM  第5学習室  ダグさん・
  25日    AM  第2学習室  PM  第2学習室  ダグさん・

会 計:
教室の予約: 石川さん  7月まで予約済みです。
プロジェクターとパソコン2台の申請: 野路さん 5月、6月も予約済みです。
ポスター掲示の申請: 鶴巻さん 
ドネーション集め: 大森さん 
ニュースレター作成: 杉村 ダグさんが助けてくれています。
メーリングリストの追加: 杉村 
出席簿、入会申込、の作成: 野路さん
案内リーフレット、名簿、ポスターの作成: 杉村

● Facebook ひびきの会のグループ へどうぞ!

● ひびきの会の教室が、変更になったり中止になるときは、メールでお知らせしています。

● 返信メールを送る場合は、全員に宛てたメールなのか、個人に宛てたメールなのかを書いてください。
  English Class   
Today’s teachers and participants: Doug lerner, Masanori Tatsui, Motoyasu Uki, Katsuyo Sudo, Yuko Ishikawa, Yuriko Yamada, Takahide Kira (and Taka's helper), Akie Omori, Yoshie Takamizawa, Yoshio Hirano, YoshioKuno, Takato Hase, Keiko Tsurumaki, Rumiko Takase, Kayoko Wakashio, Yoshihiko Tokioka, Yuko Murakami and Sanae Sugimura.

English and Japanese

We can usually just add this additional information – together with the appropriate preposition – to the end of the sentence after the object. For example, to define the location where Taro saw Noriko, we could use the preposition “at” and insert it after “Noriko” (the object of the verb “saw”):

Taro saw Noriko at the library.

It can also go at the beginning of the sentence:

At the library, Taro saw Noriko.

Either way, the “at” is essential to understanding what role the library plays. Without it, we don’t know if Taro saw Noriko at the library, in front of the library, on his way to the library, or while he was thinking about what he would do when he got to the library. The role needs to be defined.

Defining roles in Japanese

In Japanese, just as we did with the topic and the object, we define the roles of additional elements using particles. The Japanese version of the above diagram looks like this:

How different roles are defined in Japanese sentences


Zoom with Rosalie and Myles from New York.

We talked about hot springs (onsen).

Today is Mother's Day


Good morning!
My given name is .......
My family name is .......
My nickname is .......   /   I have no nickname.
I am from ......                       
I live in .......
      I live in Hachioji, Tokyo.
My hobbies are........  /   My hobby is.......
     My hobby is having books read to me by volunteers.
     My hobby is listen to music.
     My hobby is going to onsen.
My personality is ............
     My personality is serious.   My personality is happy.
     My personality is depressed.   My personality is optimistic.
     My personality is pessimistic.    My personality is humorous.
     My personality is irreverent.
Nice to meet you!
Everyday conversations

Taking a Vacation

Today's humor

Bad Design examples. Also this Mother's Day "black humor" joke.
A few people laughed slightly.


   English song Karaoke

                      "Lemon Tree"  by Peter, Paul and Mary


L O B S T E R 



 Computer Workshop 
Today’s teachers and participants: Doug Lerner, Toyoko Tsugehara, Atsumi Sugimoto, Shingo Fube, Masanori Tatsui, Motoyasu Uki, Masatoshi Mitsui, Yoshihiko Tokioka, Akie Omori, Yoshio Kuno, Masae Kashiwagi, Yuko Murakami, Tomoko Nagasawa and Sanae Sugimura.



Accidental Kill Switch

See you !


 Walt's video and  photos
  Faces of Japan, Walt's video:

 New Hibiki home page        

 You can look at records of Hibiki’s past (from 2007). 過去の記録を見ることができます。

Aloha, I am writing to hopefully find a pen pal in Japan that can read and write English well enough to communicate with me through email.  I am a blind 50-year old Japanese-American guy living in Hawaii, and am a volunteer Braille, cooking and ukulele teacher at a local vocational rehabilitation center for the blind.  I am hoping to learn Japanese and to one day go on a sake and onsen tour in Japan.  If anyone is interested in corresponding , could you please forward my name and email address to them? Warm Mahalo.






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