Today was an interesting day for me, here at Smith’s Eikaiwa Kamishinjoスミス英会話上新庄校. Everywhere I went people seemed to be speaking English. I was walking down the street toward the local grocery store, Kansai Super関西スーパー, which the locals call Kansu, when a woman starting talking to herself, clearly studying English and practicing basic English from cue cards. She said out loud, “ How are you?” So I decided to reply and ask her how she was. She giggled and muttered and sputtered and said thank you. We both smiled and I gave her a business card. It’s always good to have them on you b/c you never know what a walk to the store will bring!
But it didn’t end there. I decided to dry my clothes at the laundry matt, which turned out to be a good decision, not only because it’s raining out, but because I noticed a girl waiting for her laundry and studying English. She was studying for the interview part of the Eiken 英検, an English Proficiency test that was held last weekend. I saw her book and asked her, in English, if she’d written the test. She responded and we had a short conversation in English about how she did. I gave her my card.
And then, to top it all off, I found a 100 yen coin, which is the equivalent of a dollar for anyone who doesn’t know Japanese currency. Like I said, maybe it’s my lucky day! Maybe one or both of them will join!