Order in English and your coffee is free at Rosetta Stone’s Language Cafe


As part of a promotional campaign for the launch of its new ReFLEX language learning software, Rosetta Stone is opening a special limited-time-only cafe in a Shinjuku book store, giving customers the chance to use their English, and doling out free cups of coffee to those who can.

For just two days next week, visitors to Shinjuku’s Kinokuniya Shoten will be able to try out their English for free when the mock cafe opens its doors on the first floor of the store.

The Rosetta Stone Language Cafe is staffed entirely by native English speakers, meaning that Japanese hoping to grab a free cup of joe will be forced to steel their nerves and bust out their best English. And if they can’t? Well, it just so happens that a certain company has a new language learning program to help with that.

Visitors to the cafe will also be able to try out the company’s new ReFLEX software, which – with its focus on real-life scenarios and audio-visual cues – will come as quite a surprise to many Japanese whose English language education is heavily grammar-focused.

The company is hoping that this year’s language cafe will be as big a success as it was during a similar promotional event held last year, which saw long lines of people waiting their turn from the moment the doors opened. Whether they were there for the chance to practice their English or just for the free coffee, we’re still not sure…

The Rosetta Stone ReFLEX Language Cafe will be open from 1 ~ 7 p.m., Saturday Nov 24 and Sunday Nov 25.

Source: My Navi News


  • 4


    What a fun idea!

  • 3


    Can I roll up as a native english speaker and get free coffee?

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    Would be nice to tell us which days this is happening, but since there is a photo I'm assuming at least 1 day is completed?

  • 4


    Would be nice to tell us which days this is happening

    Looks like 11/24 and 25 according to the article.

    I may just check this out. I need to get some Japanese books.

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    Yes, but will they have to order coffee? Or will they get away with kohi? On par with ordering a building in Japanese when you want a beer.

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    Looks like 11/24 and 25 according to the article.

    JT likes to update the articles without telling anyone and making early commenters (your most loyal users) look like they can't read :)

    • Moderator

      The article was not updated. The dates were in the story from the very beginning.

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    Is this "Japanese Only"? Debito would have a fit

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    I'm amused that the sign is in English. Surely anyone competent enough to order a cup of java in English can probably read a simple line like, "Order your coffee in English and it is FREE!".

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    Brandon A English

    Kohi ga onegaishimasu!

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    gotta practice, "gimme some of that coffee java man!"

  • 1


    Yes, but will they have to order coffee? Or will they get away with kohi?


  • 0


    Wow! .......This gives me a great idea......I like it!

  • 1


    The entire office will learn to speak Japanese, whoever speaks to me in Japanese will get a raise and go with me to Japan, as a bonus...

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    There was an English school in Esaka in the early 90's which had a coffee shop on the first floor with young native English speakers working as waiters , it was open to anyone , but was originally planned so that the students could practise their English. It wasn't free though, but was still a good idea.

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