Besides me, there were five women who regularly get together, four from Japan and one from China, who lives here now.
It turned out to be a very interesting afternoon. They each had prepared an introduction in English for me and I gave them my brief introduction spiel in Japanese. With the help of three electronic dictionaries, they talked with me in English throughout the lunch. They frequently lapsed into Japanese, with everyone talking at once, but someone would always remind them to speak in English.
It was a very entertaining luncheon and I laughed a lot even though I didn’t always know what was going on. They were amazed I could eat with chopsticks, something I hear frequently. I was amazed by all the interesting things they do. In addition to studying English, they are also learning Chinese. Individually they are a gourmet cook, a piano student, a hula dancer; they do gardening, cross stitch, shibori, stained glass, and oil painting. I look forward to hosting them in my home soon.