Bento Chat is great opportunity to practice Japanese conversation with others.
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I had a lot of fun at the party. It was nice to meet and talk to other students. The staff were very friendly and the activities were enjoyable. Thank you for a great time.
It was such a lovely and easygoing experience! I had the chance to get to know new people, eat wonderful and traditional Japanese food, and explore a new part of the town that would have otherwise stayed unexplored! Thanks Coto!
Hi! Thank you very much for your feedback! We are happy to hear that you had a good time with us! Looking forward to seeing you again!2020年01月09日
The party was well organized and the activities were fun. I really liked mingling with the volunteers. They were great fun to talk to. The all-you-can-drink was a bargain.
To improve the event, I wouldn't mind paying a bit more (3,500-4,000 yen) for upscale food and drink. And how about a pub quiz type event with teams? Half the questions in Japanese and the other half in English. with a prize for the winning team?
I'm both slightly drunk and typing this on my phone so some mistakes may result. そして英語で書いてしまって申し訳ございません。m(_ _)m
The language exchange aspect of the evening was a great idea, as it gave me the chance to speak in English with non-native speakers and to help them out a little in the same the way as the Bento Chat volunteers help us non-native Japanese speakers.
The format was well done, and it was a good idea to limit the time we had to speak with our partners. The prompt sheet was a nice touch (even if I completely failed to make use of it) and I'm certain that it was useful to other people.
My one extremely trivial feedback is that if I had known that actual food (the very nice sandwiches, sushi and finger food) was coming, then I would have eaten far fewer of those extremely tasty chocolate biscuit an snacks). Which is a very long winded way of saying that a warning at the start that actual food was going to be provided would have been appreciated. With that said, I was very grateful that sake was available, even though I drank far too much and my darling wife is complaining that I am 酒臭い. T_T
Lastly, props to Rob for the 伝言 game. Despite being absolutely atrocious at it it was great fun, and my sincere apologies to Team B for my ineptitude. Unfortunately I missed out on the chance to try the English version where I would have seen if I was any better in my native language, but next time for sure! :)
Lalith-san, thank you very much for taking part and giving such nice feedback to us. We are happy that you enjoyed the event. We are sorry for not telling everybody about the timing of the food. We will take you feedback onboard going forward. We look forward to seeing you at the next event! --Coto staff
Lalith, thanks for coming and I’m glad you enjoyed the telephone game; hopefully you learnt a little Japanese from it! --Rob2019年12月13日
I loved the way that Coto staff showed us around Kagurazaka area. They gave me a map, so I can go again with my friends when I want to explore on our own.
It was great to hear about different people's backgrounds and experiences. I had many opportunities to speak Japanese. Although I'm a beginner, everyone was very patient and was listening intently to each other.
It was my first time to taste udonsuki. The thick udon is delicious and would be a perfect dish in the cold weather. The restaurant looks fancy, so I wouldn't go on my own. But thanks to Coto, now I know a nice restaurant in Tokyo!
Overall, it was a wonderful experience for me and I'd definitely tell everyone about the lunch tour.
Thank you very much for your feedback!
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our lunch tour.
Hope to see you again in our event!2019年12月05日
I appreciate that Coto Academy is providing this FREE Chat Hour staffed with volunteers. I have been to three chat hours. My experience has been mixed.
The first chat hour, I was grouped with an advanced student, a beginner student, and a volunteer. I found that the advanced student basically took up all the time away from everyone and dominated the session. The advanced student constantly talked and did not care what the beginners had to say. The volunteer would ask me (or the other beginner) a question. I would answer after formulating the sentence. And then the volunteer would ask another question. As I formulated another sentence, the advanced student would interrupt and talk for another ten minutes. I noticed the same thing happened to the other beginner. I recorded this session. I reviewed the recording and noticed the advanced student talked for about 90% of the time.
My second chat hour was very good. There was no advance student at our table to distract the volunteer.
My third chat hour was also good for the same reason, but there was a group of advanced students sitting at our table about three feet away my group. They had their own volunteer so this was not a problem, except that they were very loud. At times it was difficult to hear my volunteer speak.
I think that everything depends on whether the group attending these sessions are big or small. Also, Coto might start thinking about segregating advanced students from beginner students by session, perhaps one week have a chat hour with beginners, and the next week have a chat hour with advanced students. It seems that volunteers are easily distracted by the advanced students and at times neglect the beginners. I still would recommend that beginners attend a chat hour because there is a slight chance they might have a good experience.
Thank you very much for your feedback and for recommending our bento chat to beginner students. Feedback like this helps us to improve our event experiences and we greatly appreciated it.
We hope that you join us again for another bento chat so that we can put this feedback into practice.
Thank you again!2019年11月25日
Whilst I enjoyed myself a great deal, it might be an idea to try and group students by approximate ability to allow them to talk at the full range of their abilities, without needing to worry if their fellow student(s) will be able to understand/follow the conversation.
It would also mean that the native-level teacher/volunteer will not get a false impression of the group's average level, based on the student they speak with first.
Finally, to minimise the chance that students who join multiple events will have the same kinds of conversations over and over again, a theme or topic for each lunch event could be chosen in advance? I appreciate that doing so may make the lunch events less casual and more like a formal learning event, so I understand if Coto has no plan to change this aspect.
Whilst I have given feedback regarding areas of improvement, please let me say once again that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I am grateful for the opportunity to practice speaking, and certainly intend to join Bento Chat Hour events in the future. Thank you! :D
Hi Lalith san,
Thank you very much for joining Bento Chat Hour event and giving us your very helpful feedback and advice!
Based on your advice, we will do our best to improve our Bento Chat Hour event.
Learning from students about their needs is so helpful to us in being able to improve. We are looking forward to seeing you in Bento Chat Hour events again soon!2019年11月07日
A great night
Enjoyed the lunch tour and learning about the neighborhood. It was also an opportunity to practice Japanese with teachers and other students.