Masa Wed 02 November 2016 - 22:29
Hi! How are you? I'm interested in your profile. we can learn together our native languages! why don' we talk?
Lisa Mon 07 November 2016 - 23:00
Hi! Sorry for the late response - I would definitely like to start a language exchange! Seems we have similar interests.
Masa Tue 08 November 2016 - 13:23
Great! we should be friends and start a language exchange! How did you come to Japan and live here?
Lisa Mon 14 November 2016 - 16:51
Because my hometown is sister-cities with Himeji, the Himeji Board of Education apparently prefers to hire English
teachers from my city (Phoenix). I wanted to study more Japanese and I like teaching
languages, so I decided to come to Himeji as an English teacher.
How did you start to study English? And why did you decide to become
an English teacher?
Masa Thu 17 November 2016 - 21:53
I see. So you are what is called ALT, aren't you? Seems you have good enough
Japanese to communicate with. Do you have some chances to use Japanese in
I'm so interested in your hometown. I have heard of Phoenix, but I don't know much.
There're too many cities in the U.S. you know so what's the character of your city?
I mean, what kind of people are there in your city? What kind of places to visit do
Masa Thu 17 November 2016 - 22:12
since I was in elementary school, I like foreign cultures like music, movies and language.
Especially about the U.S. and Australia. And I also liked learning English.
I think learning foreign language is hard you know, but full of fun because you
can communicate with totally different people from your culture.
After having graduated my university, I filmed some independent movies for
2 years in Tokyo.
And 2 yeas ago, suddenly I thought it would be good to be an English teacher,
and now I am.
Lisa Sat 19 November 2016 - 17:23
Yes, I am currently an ALT at a middle school. Sometimes I visit an elementary school
during the week, but I mostly teach at the middle school. Most of my coworkers do not
speak English in the office, so I have to speak Japanese. And thank you! Your
English is phenomenal.
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona state, and it is famous for various sports teams,
lots of ethnic diversity, and diverse foods - especially Mexican food. It's also a desert,
so it's usually very hot during the summers, and warm during spring & fall. Arizona is
famous for the Grand Canyon, which is about 4-5 hours away from Phoenix.
Lisa Sat 19 November 2016 - 17:37
Learning a foreign language is definitely incredibly difficult, but rewarding because,
as you said, the new people you can meet and the new things you can do.
What kind of movies and music do you like?
Your work in Tokyo sounds fascinating! What was your role? Were you a director?
Are you from Tokyo originally or Himeji? Also, do you enjoy your work as an English
By the way, I am open to using Line to chat instead if you'd prefer. It's easier than
using this website. And would you like to continue sending messages in both English
and Japanese, or take turns - like, use English in one message then Japanese
in the next?
Masa Sun 20 November 2016 - 19:03
OK, so it would be good for your learning Japanese that you have to speak
Japanese in your office, isn't it?
Thank you, actually I feel my English has to be more improved,
so let's talk a lot! Of course also in Japanese.
Oh, great! Grand Canyon is where I've always wanted to go!
I'm dying to go there once in my lifetime.
"Rewarding" nearly means a kind of worthwhile.
That's "やる価値がある" or "やりがいのある" in Japanese, I think.
I like Jazz and Hip-hop especially like Norah Jones, Robert Glasper, Pete Rock, Notorious B.I.G,
Tribe called quest and so on. My most favorite movies are, "Goodwill Hunting",
"Before sunset", "Ocean's 11". You have to watch them! Well, anyway I like anything
that is called music or movie. How about you?
My experience in Tokyo was invaluable you know. I've shot a movie in Thailand
for a month. I was a director and also an actor. But our organization was totally
independent, so we couldn't make money though. That was the problem. haha
I'm originally from Himeji, growing up here till I graduated from my univ.
Now well, I enjoy my job , it's a sort of tough work though. What's your background?
Sounds fantastic! LINE would be absolutely better. You can find me by ID "○○○○"
OK, great! Why don't we try to use English in one message then Japanese in the next?