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Monday, December 4, 2017

Trump and the Russian Investigation

For the classes that have been doing the Trump story.
This week I will try to continue to mix serious news stories with comedy stories.
In this week's lesson:
#1 ~ We continued our preposition review ... "of" + adjective
#2 ~ We compared and talked about "jealous of" vs "envious of"
#3 ~ We talked about health care and "houken"
Also...Obamacare Vs Trumpcare
#4 ~ We changed from serious to comedy and we saw our police officer researching and reserving a hotel room in Los Angeles.

If you have time, please review. See you next week.


Friday, August 11, 2017

New Games for Canadian Voice...Wani Wani Panic!!

Wani Wani Panic



Recently, I have been looking for... 
#1 ~ good games to make classes even more fun...
#2 ~ games that would work well to help teach certain grammar
points
#3 ~ games that young kids (3-5 years old) can play in class.


Found this game on an auction site and I was planning on using it with the younger kids.
I thought it was a little bit expensive but I bought it anyway.
As soon as it arrived I popped in my batteries, turned it on and was shocked to see nothing happen.
It is completely dead... Good-bye 5,000 yen...?
Well...There is still a bit of hope...
I am going to take it to the "Omocha Byouin" (Toy hospital) next month and see if they can fix it for me.
Keeping my fingers crossed.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Welcome back to Canadian Voice...
It was a very enjoyable and relaxing Golden Week but...it is time to get back to studying...
This week will continue to take a look at Premium Fridays, talk about Nokia and see why Shimura's family is angry with him...

Anyways...
Here are a few notes from next week's Premium Friday Story...
1.  What does Nokia specialize in?
*It specializes in cellular phones.
*It specializes in making cellular phones
                         
Alright now….
2.  Where is Nokia’s head office?
*It is in Finland




Sounds good now… 
1. Where in Finland is Nokia’s head office?
*The head office of Nokia is in Helsinki

Alright …Sounds good now….
How about number 2….
2.  Europe is one of the company’s major markets
3.  Sales in China are very high
4.  Ericsson is one of the main competitors
5. They have factories in ten different countries
6.  The company has more than 50,000 employees in the world.
7.  The Nokia 9100 is a very successful product
8.  Nokia has customers in at least 130 countries.



Sounds good now…
Last time…
When the boss of Nokia told the workers to go home, most of the workers except Shimura….
sounded happy...
3.  How did Shimura sound?
*He sounded …..
*He sounded sad
*He sounded exhausted
*He sounded disappointed

(Change picture #19 & #20)
#2 ~ “ochikondeiru”
*He sounded depressed
*He sounded down
*He sounded blue

(Change picture #21)
#1 ~ “gakkari shiteiru” ~ disappointed

Sounds good…and…
(Change picture #22)
While Shimura was sitting at his desk…
      4.  What was he thinking about?
*He was thinking about last night
*He was thinking about something that happened last night

OK…and if we take a look…
5.  Why doesn’t Shimura want to go home early?
*Because his family is irritated with him.
*Because his family is annoyed with him.

Or….
(Change picture #26)
We had a newer one…
6. Why doesn’t he want to go home?
*Because his family is disgusted with him
#1 ~ “kimochi ga warui” ~ disgusting
#2 ~ “mukatsuiteiru” ~ disgusted

Sounds good now…
If we take a look back to LAST NIGHT 
 (Change video #30)
What did Shimura’s wife say…
       7. What has he been looking forward to?(0:00~0:05)
                Look forward to + doushi + ing
                Look forward to + O + doushi + ing
*He has been looking forward to seeing his daughter
*He has been looking forward to his daughter coming back home

Alright now…
How about you…
      8.What are you looking forward to?
*I’m looking forward to____________

Sounds good…now…
We go back to Shimura and..
9.   How long has he been looking forward to her coming back?
*He has been looking forward to it for a few days.
*He has been looking forward to her coming back since a few days ago
*He has been looking forward to her coming back since several days before

Sounds good but…
      10.  When Shimura heard that…(0:05~0:09)
What did he pretend?
Pretend + to + doushi
Pretend + not + to + doushi
*He pretend not to be glad
*He pretended that he didn’t care
*He pretended that he wasn’t looking forward to her coming back home
*He pretended that he really wasn’t looking forward to ..

Alright and…
Why did he pretend not to care and…say “not really”
       11.  How did he feel?(0:05~0:09) (hazukashi)
*He felt embarrassed

And if Shimura was embarrassed…
How was it?  (hazukashiku saseru koto datta)
*It was embarrassing

Sounds good …now…While they were talking…
(Change video #32)
      12.  What will Shimura’s daughter notice? (0:00~0:02)
*She will notice that he changed his phone
*She will notice Shimura changed to a smart phone
*She will notice that he has a smart phone
*She will notice he changed his phone to a smart phone.
*She will notice that he changed his phone

And...
More to come in class...
Don't want to give you too many spoilers....
Study hard and see you next week...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Premium Fridays ...



1.  What is this?
*It’s a clock

OK…and…
2.       What kind of card is this? (Point)
*It’s a time card

And…Do you remember…
Before you start work…
3.       What do you do with a time card?
*You clock in
*You clock in with a time card
*You clock in with your time card

Sounds good…now…
After you clock in….you are “kinmujikan chu de aru”…in English, please
#1 ~ “kinmujikan chu de aru” ~ on the clock

So...
If you are “on the clock”….you are working
Clock = work time

Ok…now…
4.       “In” no hantai is “out”


5.       What are you supposed to do after work?
*You are supposed to clock out
*You are supposed to clock out with your time card

Alright…
How about over here…
6.       What is this ….in English, please
“Itsutsu no naka no hitotsu no kaisha”
#1 ~ *1 in 5 companies

Alright now…
There is another word for company…
#1 ~ Firm…


Alright …so then…
One more time…
7.       “Itsutsu no naka no hitotsu no kaisha”
#2 ~ *1 in 5 firms…

Alright …Sounds good…now…
At 1 in 5 firms…
8.       How much overtime do employees tend to clock a month?
*They tend to clock 80 hours
*They tend to clock 80 hours of overtime
*They tend to clock 80 hours of overtime each month


We saw this part last week…as well…
Since workers are so busy…
1.       What don’t they have time to do?
*They don’t have time to relieve stress
#1 ~ “stress hassan” ~ #1 ~ relieve stress
                                         #2 ~ Stress relief

OK…and…
2.       #1 ~ If you don’t have time to relieve stress…. “stress ga tamaru”
What is “stress ga tamaru” in English, please?
#2 ~ “stress ga tamaru” ~ #1 ~ Stress will build up

Sounds good…now…
If you don’t have time to relieve stress…
3.       How does YOUR body react?
*I feel down
*I get irritated
*I get irritable
*I get angry easily
*I get a stomach ache
*I have a pain in my shoulder
*I get frustrated
*I can’t concentrate
*I have no new symptoms

Sounds good…now…
4.       #1 ~ What did you do to relieve stress LAST WEEK?
*….to relieve stress…..
*I buy many things
*I sleep
*I played fetch with my dog
*I pet my dogs to relieve stress
*I relieved stress by petting my dogs

Overtime in Japan Video...


Alright…now…
Because of too much overtime…
Many Japanese people don’t have time to relieve stress…and so…
5.       What has Japan been having problems with? (Karoushi is OK)
*It has been having problems with “karoushi”
*Japan has been having problems with “karoushi”

Alright and…If we take a look over here…
6.       What is “Karoushi” in English? (0:00~0:04)

*It is death from overwork


Whew...Well there are a couple of notes from just the beginning of class....
and...Here is a worksheet that we used...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Irregular Verbs....Kakobunshi....Premium Fridays

Alright now...
This week..
#1 ~ We will review a couple of the irregular verbs
#2 ~ We will continue our story about Taro and Miki...
#3 ~ We will take a look and discuss Premium Fridays
#4 ~ There will be a little bit of listening practice from the textbook mixed into the lesson
#5 ~ We will finish the Taro and Miki Story

Here are a couple notes from this week's lesson...

Now…To help you memorize … or remember the irregular verbs…
We’ll do a little practice…. 

Now again….For these we need the
#1 ~ present
#2 ~ past
And…
#3 ~ kakobunshi
For each verb of these 12 verbs….

1.       “okiru” ~ wake up ~ woke up ~ woken up
2.       “kangaeru” ~ think ~ thought ~ thought
3.       “erabu” ~ choose ~ chose ~ chosen
4.       “taosu” ~ beat ~ beat ~ beaten
5.       “hajimaru” ~ begin ~ began ~ begun
6.       “kamu” ~ bite ~ bit ~ bitten
7.       “okane ga kakaru” ~ cost ~ cost ~ cost
8.       “ochiru” ~ fall ~ fell ~ fallen
9.       “kaze ga fuku no fuku” ~ blow ~ blew ~ blown
10.   “motte kuru” ~ bring ~ brought ~ brought
11.   “oshieru” ~ teach ~ taught ~ taught
12.   “horu” ~ dig ~ dug ~ dug


1.       What is “overtime” in Japanese?
#1 ~ “zangyou” ~ overtime
#2 ~ “hataraki sugi” ~ overwork
#3 ~ “genkai” ~ limit


Alright now…
Besides Taro’s regular 40 hours…
2.       How much overtime does he tend to work a week?
*He tends to work 20 hours
*He tends to work 20 hours of overtime
*He tends to work 20 hours of overtime a week

Sounds good…now…
Recently …
The Japanese Government has tried to limit overtime…
And…
5.       How many hours will the government try to limit overtime to?
*It will try to limit overtime to 100 hours
*It will try to limit overtime to 100 hours a month
*They will try to limit the amount of overtime to 100 hours a month

What do you think?
6.       Is 100 hours of overtime still too much?
*Yes, it is.

Alright then…
What do you think?
7.       What SHOULD the maximum overtime be?
*It should be half
*It should be under 2 hours a day
*It should be 10 hours a week.
*It should be 1 hour a day max

Sounds good….now….
There is a 2nd problem in Japan….
If people are always working…
8.       What aren’t they doing?
*They aren’t using money
*They aren’t spending money

Sounds good….
And…If Japanese people don’t spend money…
9.       What is that bad for?
*It is bad for the economy.
*It is bad for the Japanese economy.

Alright now…
The Japanese government has a plan…
If we take a look at this news clip…
What will this announcer say…
10.   What does the government want Japanese people to do?
The government wants Japanese people to…
*It wants Japanese people to work less and spend more…
#1 ~ work less
#2 ~ spend more
        Spend more money

Sounds good…now…
One second…Another quick vocabulary check…
#1 ~ “encourage” ~ hagemasu
                                 Susumeru
                                 Encourage + O + to + doushi
#2 ~ “hajimaru” x3 ~ #1 ~ begin
                                     #2 ~ Start
                                     #3 ~ Launch
#3 ~ “takameru” ~ boost


Alright now…
Taro can finally meet Miki at the Italian restaurant today because…
11.   What has the Japanese government recently launched?
*It has launched the Premium Friday
*It has launched the Premium Friday campaign
           
And…
12.   What does this new campaign encourage Japanese people to do?
Encourages + O + to + doushi
*It encourages people to leave offices early
*It encourages people to leave their offices early
*it encourages people to leave work early
*It encourages people to go home early

Sounds good and…If we listen a little bit more…
13.   When can people leave the office early? 
*People can leave work early on the last Friday of the month
*People can leave work early on the last Friday of every month
*People can leave work early on the last Friday of each month

Alright and…
How about the time…
14.   What time can they leave the office? (0:07~0:08)
*They can leave the office at 3:00
*They can leave the office around 3:00

The campaign encourages people to leave their offices earlier…

Sounds good…now…
What do you think?
15.   What can people do with the extra time?
*They can drink
*They can travel
*They can see a movie
*They can do their hobbies
*They can rest

Sounds good…and…If we take a quick look…
16.   What does the government hope that people will spend more money on? (3 things)
The government hopes that people will spend more on
#1 ~ shopping
#2 ~ dining out / eating out
#3 ~ taking a trip

17.   What could the spending help boost?
*It could help the economy
*It could boost the economy
*It could help boost the economy

Alright and…If we take a look…
19.   How long has the government run this program for?
*It has run it for 1 month
*It has run it since February 24th

OK...Well...I hope you have time to study ...Good luck and see you in class....Good night....ZZZZZzzzzz.....

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Did you.... Have you ... Have you ever...

A number of students were having trouble with "kanryouke" and so...I decided to review it in a number of classes....

Here are a couple notes from class this week...

#1 ~ “~shimashita ka? X2” …in English, please…
                                          *Did you…
                                          *Have you….



OK...now…Remember:
     “Did you”…. a finished past action or experience
     “Have you”…Please think of an action…that happens….
                             Between a time and now

#2 ~ “~shita koto ga arimasu ka?” …in English, please…
                                          *Have you ever….
                                          *Have you ever done…

Alright and...
Here are a couple of questions from this week's lesson..

1.       “Konya yushoku ni nani wo tsukurimasu ka” …in English, please…
*What will you make for dinner tonight?

Alright ….Sounds good… and…


2.      What will you make for dinner tonight?
      "Mada kangaeteinai"
#1 ~ I haven’t thought about it yet.
#2 ~ I haven’t thought about what to make yet

Sounds good or…
How about this one…?
 "Mada kimeteinai"
#23~ I haven’t decided yet

Alright …next....


3.       What is “~shita koto ga arimasu ka?” …in English, please…
*Have you ever….
*Have you ever done…

Sounds good now…for…
 “Have you ever…”

We go further back into the past...
Like… …   #1 ~ “umareta toki kara…ima made”
                    #2 ~ “jinsei…ima made”

And for this pattern, too…. you just need to add a “kakobunshi” …again…
                                  Have you ever + Kakobunshi

Alright now…
I KNOW many of you might NOT BE interested in Star Wars...but...
I think Star Wars is a good example for how to use “kanryoke” and so…
4.       When was the new movie released?
*It was released on December 16, 2016
*It was released in December
*It was released in 2016
*It was released in December 2016
......

Option…#1…
“Atarashi Star Wars no eiga wo mimashita ka?”
#1 ~ Did you see the new Star Wars movie?

Or…
Option…#2…
#2 ~ Have you seen the new Star Wars movie yet?
        Have you ever seen the new Star Wars movie? X (too new)

And…by the way…
5.       Have you seen it?
*No, I haven’t.

OK…and…
6.       Why didn’t you watch it?
*Because ............

OK…no problem…
Now….If we take a look at the original movie……
7.       When was it released?
*It was released in 1977
*It was released 40 years ago.

Alright now…
This movie is pretty old and so…
#1 ~ “~mita koto ga arimasu ka” …is definitely OK...

OK…so then…Question…

#1 ~ “Star Wars wo mita koto ga arimasu ka”
*Have you ever seen it?
*Have you ever seen the original Star Wars movie?

Sounds good…but…
“Mimashita ka is also OK?”
#2 ~ Did you see the original Star Wars movie?
#3 ~ Have you seen the original Star Wars movie? (maybe you watched it recently??)

Sounds good…now...all 3 patterns were OK...
#1 ~Jinsei ima made
 #2 ~ Past
#3 ~ ?? time up to now

Alright now…next question…
8.       How many Star Wars movies have there been so far?
*There have been 8 movies
*There have been 8 Star Wars movies
*There have been 8 Star Wars movies so far

OK…now…
9.       How many of the 8 Star Wars movies have you seen?
                 #1 ~ *I have never seen a Star Wars movie
                 #2 ~ *I have seen none of them
                 #3 ~ *I haven’t seen any of them yet
                         *I haven’t seen all of them yet.
                         *I have seen 1 Star Wars movie so far

Alright now…
Another reason to use “have” for Star Wars is…
The story is continuing…and new movies are coming soon…

OK…now…Recently….
10.   How has the Disney Company been getting? 
*It has been getting bigger
*It has been getting bigger and bigger

And…
11.   What 2 big companies has Disney bought?
*Disney has bought Star Wars and Marvel

Sounds good…now…
If we take a look over here..
12.   How much did Disney buy Star Wars for?
*It bought Star Wars for 4 billion dollars

OK…and…
13.   How much is that in yen?

And…If we take a look…down here…at the date
14.   How long has Disney owned Star Wars for?
*Disney has owned Star Wars for 4 years
*Disney has owned Star Wars since October 30, 2012

And…If we take a look…
Since Disney bought Star Wars in 2012…
15.   How many movies have they made?
*They have made 2 movies
*They have made 2 new movies

Well there are just a couple of notes....
Hope that they help or helped....
See you in class....
Study Hard...

CHRIS....