Study circles during the autumn 2021

The study circles will continue through the autumn! If you have not read about Nippoli study circles, you can find more detailed information here in English and here in Finnish.

The conversation circle:
– every Thursday, 19:00 (Finnish time) onwards on Zoom
– some questions and topics are prepared beforehand for you
– participants talk with each other in groups of 2 – 3 persons
– before dividing to groups, participants have some small talk
– in groups participants use Japanese
– in case of Japanese persons, learning Finnish/English is possible

The study circle:
– every Sunday, 18:00 onwards on Zoom
– participants prepare short word list of their liking every week before the circle
– participants discuss about the words they have collected with each other in groups of 2 – 3 persons
– before dividing to groups, participants have some small talk (in Finnish)
– in groups participants have used mainly Finnish, but some use also Japanese and English

The extra relaxed circle:
once in a while on Zoom
– Japanese persons join and talk with Nippoli members in small groups
– used language is preferably Japanese and topic is free
– after first talking 1h in determined groups, anyone can freely join to any group and talk as long as they want
– call time is decided with the Japanese joining and with the Nippoli members on Telegram

All study circles last 1-3 hours depending on you and your small group. You can get the Zoom links by joining our Telegram group chat or by contacting us directly. Invite link to the group chat is sent to your email when you join as a member.

You can also contact us via the Facebook or email: opintopiiri (ät) nippoli.fi.

The extra relaxed circle participants from the last time


Communications coordinator Pyry hosts the conversation circle, Kalle hosts the study circle and the extra relaxed circle.


Regards,
Kalle Lounela
Nippoli’s treasurer 2019 and 2020, current study circle representative

Study circles during the summer 2021

Nippoli has now arranged kanji oriented study circle on every consecutively Sunday for 1,5 years with just a short Christmas break. We have now also started a conversation oriented study circle on every Thursday.

The idea is to provide support and introduce new acquaintances to the members who are actively trying to learn the language. Especially now, when the current worldwide situation has made it hard to meet new people, the study group has provided a safe place to meet with other Japanese language students.

Your study background doesn’t matter – some are taking language courses, others are studying on their own. We have shared our study methods, exchange experiences and also more unrelated things like cooking tips.

The Sunday study circle is aimed to persons with Finnish skills, but the Thursday talking circle encourages using only Japanese, so other language skills aren’t needed. Anyone is warmly welcome to participate both or just the other study circle.

The conversation circle:
– every Thursday, 19:00 (Finnish time) onwards on Zoom
– some questions and topics are prepared beforehand for you
– participants talk with each other in groups of 2 – 3 persons
– before dividing to groups, participants have some small talk
– in groups participants use Japanese
– in case of Japanese persons, learning Finnish/English is possible

The study circle:
– every Sunday, 18:00 onwards on Zoom
– participants prepare short word list of their liking every week before the circle
– participants discuss about the words they have collected with each other in groups of 2 – 3 persons
– before dividing to groups, participants have some small talk (in Finnish)
– in groups participants have used mainly Finnish, but some use also Japanese and English

Both study circles lasts 1-2 hours depending on you and your small group. You can get the Zoom links by joining our Telegram group chat or by contacting us directly.

For more information, read the older post (in Finnish) about the Sunday study circle. You can contact us via the Telegram group chat, Facebook or email: opintopiiri (ät) nippoli.fi. Invite link to the group chat is sent to your email when you join as a member.

Summer is the best time of the year to hone your Japanese skills! Only checking out the circles is completely fine, we are always happy to share our study tips and hear yours.

Communications coordinator Pyry hosts the conversation circle, Kalle hosts the study circle.

Regards,
Kalle Lounela
Nippoli’s treasurer 2019 and 2020, current study circle representative

Learning to Go

Hello everyone! I´m sure many of you have heard about Go and wondered how it works, thinking to yourselves that you will someday learn the game. Well, today is the day! Welcome to a very basic Go guide!

The first thing is to figure out how to win and the comparisons of Go to chess won’t help. It is confusing to look at if you do not know what the goal is. The goal is to capture as large an area of the board as possible. Take a look at the following 3 pictures and try to guess which side won:

That´s right! The side with more area won! In the last game it is a bit harder to see, as it was a game against a real person, and they quit at that point (white won). Now, to learn the rules of the game, I would recommend watching the following videos, as it is much easier to teach the game when you can show the process piece by piece.

Go – Basic Rules:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PTXdR8hLlQ&ab_channel=Udacity

Go – Life & Death:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPMog4LAmvg&ab_channel=Udacity

After getting the basics down, I´d recommend starting to practice for real. Online-Go.com is a great site for practicing both against AI and real players. I would recommend you start with the easiest AI with a 9×9 board to get the hang of the game. And that´s really all you need! If you want to learn Go with your fellow Nippoli members, we have a virtual Go bootcamp coming up, the date of which you can vote on the Telegram chat now!

Congratulations, you are now ready to Go!

Online Go: https://online-go.com/