Want to learn Japanese, English and other languages in Tokyo while having fun?
The 80’s Cafe is a Community cafe, situated in the heart of Akihabara. Entirely dedicated to learning languages, this space has been created to enable everyone to learn languages in a cosy and relaxing way.
Every day of the week you can attend a language class :
Japanese, French, Chinese, English, and recently Korean and German.
The inscription is only 500 yen, and every drink on the menu is 300 yen!
These classes are generally held on weekdays from 19:30 to 21:30, and sometimes on weekend. Teachers are volunteers who are professional teachers, and created their own funny method to help you learn languages!
My first step in this Cafe was my first time going by myself to an event in Japan, I had just arrived Tokyo three weeks before and was looking for a way to learn and practice my Japanese.
While I was overly anxious, the owner Wada-san immediately helped me to feel at ease, as well as the people already here, visibly regulars students from the classes.
This day was particular, they were holding an “Okonomiyaki party”.
The owner is from Hiroshima and showed us how to cook Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki ~
Free bonus cooking lesson!
Are these real classes?
This is not a school, neither a regular Cafe:
The place only opens its doors during the classes sessions.
Each student participate freely whenever he wants, so the student’s faces and number may change every time.
You don’t have to make a subscription as in school, but just to confirm your presence on the meetup application.
Also, there won’t be a test or any sort of evaluation.
Each lesson is based on a theme, and follow the teacher’s methods. But it’s always taught in a way for you to speak, play, and have a good time!
I’ve went to both Japanese and french class which share a similar method.
Let me give you an idea of the contents:
How does it work?
First, take a seat comfortably and order the drink of your choice:)
You will be then grouped at a table with students of your level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
I’ve participated to the French lessons many times, as assistant volunteer, and the lesson always starts with a little pronunciation exercise.
The teacher, Ludovic, teach us pronunciation rules and make us practice a list of words.
This is generally a funny chaos because you must know how French isn’t the easiest language… Especially for Japanese speakers!
After this little training you’ll be asked to choose what you want to study:
- Study reading and comprehension: you’ll be working on a handout with some texts and exercices.
- Study grammar: your handout will have exercices exclusively about grammar.
- Work on your listening/speaking skills and join the free conversation table.
At each group table, a native speaker is here to help and guide you.
Third and last part: a collaborative game using french words!
Teachers always try to innovate and come up with some new entertaining games.
For example last time we played to a sort of “Indian poker”: you choose a character or object’s name (write it on a paper that you put face down on your forehead) and people have to question you in french to find what it is.
Each language class is different but always keep roughly the same schema, providing this part of entertainment while seriously keep you studying the language.
This place feels like a second home where you can relax while studying and meeting new friends.
I can only recommend it wholeheartedly!
1 Chome-21-4 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0041, Japan