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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Eency Weency Spider ~ How to ...

This is how to do the hand movements for Eency Weency Spider...

As you sing the song...Try the hand movements...Good Luck!

Verb + ~ing or to... Elliot Final Lesson

Some students asked me to post the list of verbs for the homework...OK...Here you go!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Baby Class ... Eency Weency Spider

Practicing nursery rhymes with your children on a regular basis will help your child learn the rhythms of speech and intonation.
Nursery rhymes help your child learn how to place stress on certain words or phrases. As a parent, you can teach your child how to stress different parts of sentences.

For example, the nursery rhyme "Eency Weency Spider" reads "The eency weency spider climbed up the water spout" and later "down came the rain and washed the spider out." When you stress the last two or three words of the sentences, your child will begin to recognize speech patterns and language structure.
They will quickly learn that emphasis is used in every day language.

The movements and actions which go with the Itsy Bitsy Spider song will also help children to improve their manual dexterity.
Best is to try and see...Good Luck!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Devil Card ~ Jaiko 2 ~ June 22 ~ June 28

Well...Here we go .... We will start this week's lesson at the point where Jaiko has quit her ballet lessons and is eating a lot of greasy food.  She is about to put on a lot of weight....

This week will be looking at:
Page 5 ~ Blue New Interchange Text
be / get used のあとに、不定詞 (to do /to driveなど) を使うことはできない。
 *She is used to driving on the left.  [×She is used to drive]

be used to のtoは不定詞ではなく、前置詞である。従って、次のようにーing形を使わなければならない。
 *Frank is used to living alone. [×Frank is used to live]
   *Lisa had to get used to driving on the left. [×get used to drive]

I am used to doing と I used to do を混同しないように注意。
I am used to (doing).......は、「・・・・・・に慣れている」という意味である。
 *I am used to the weather in this country. (私はこの国の気候に慣れている)
 *I am used to driving on the left because I've lived in Japan for a long time.

I used to do......は、「かつてよく・・・・したものだが、今はもうしていない」を意味する。これは過去について述べる表現で現在の状況を表すには使えない。[×I am used to do]

 *I used to drive to work every day,but these days I usually ride my bike.
 *We used to live in a small,but naw we live in Los Angeles.

Did you used to have a nickname?
What was your nickname?
How did you get it?
Who used to call you __________?

Get used to something

Diets and Losing Weight
If you were Jaiko, how would you lose weight?
Have you ever been on a diet?
Have you ever been to a gym?
What kind of exercise did you do at the gym?
How much weight did you lose?

The Preposition ~ on
On?= wearing
Pattern 1: verb + on + noun
Nana has on a school uniform.
Ayako put on her new shirt.

Pattern 2:  verb + noun + on + noun
She put the ring on her finger.
He had a hat on his head.

Typical verbs:
Get, have, keep, try, put, wear

On?= can show behaviour towards something
     *The teacher is much too easy on the boys.
Pattern 1: be+ adjective + on + noun
*The boys were rough on Jaiko yesterday.

Typical nouns after on:
easy, hard, rough, soft, strict, tough
On?=can show membership in a group
Pattern 1: be+ on +the + noun
*Nanase is on the track and field team.
*I was on the tennis team.
*I am on the committee.

Typical nouns after on:
Board, committee, council, list, payroll, staff, team

On Phrasal Verb
pick on (non-seperable) ~ (いじめる)
That boy is a bully.  He always picks on everyone.
That teacher likes the boys but picks on the girls.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Elliot ~ June 21 ~ June 27 /2011

We will continue the story of Elliot.  This week, he will get jealous of Raoul and he will discover that his wife is cheating on him.  Poor guy!

Have done something / Have someone do something
Of course this recently learned grammar will appear a few times in the story.
She is having Raoul teach her English.
She is having English taught to her.

Elliot had his friends spy on Alison.
Elliot had Alison spied on.

He was so ______ that he __________
so ~ that … 構文の意味は、「あまりに(大変)~なので…」です。
so ~ that … 構文の~には形容詞や副詞、…の部分にはthatは接続詞なので節(1つの主語と動詞の組からなる文)がきます。

以下のso ~ that … 構文をみてみましょう。
I am so tired that I can't walk. 「私は、大変疲れているので歩けません。」
Elliot was so jealous that he squeezed the bottle and water came out.
Elliot was so jealous that his hands were shaking.
Elliot was so jealous that he ripped off his moustache.

*Like hell / as hell
It hurt so much.
It hurt a lot.
It hurt like hell.
like hell = "すごく”~combine this with verbs
as hell= "すごく”~combine this with adjectives

So / Too / Either / Neither
We will review and continue to use this recently learned grammar
Alison's English level has progressed.
So has mine.
Mine has, too.

On?= can show a consequence to another person
Pattern:  verb + on + noun
We were on vacation and my brother got sick on us.
Please don't fall asleep on me.  I want you to keep me company.
I will tell on you to the teacher.

Typical verbs used with this pattern:
die, cheat, faint, fall asleep, get sick, rat, tattle, tell

Divorce and cheating
If your husband cheated on you, what would you do?
What percentage of Americans get divorced?
Is the divorce rate in Japan higher or lower than in America?
Why do people get divorced?
Which prefecture has the highest divorce rate?

And more.....!
Good Luck!

Here is the link to youtube for Raoul's love song....

Monday, June 20, 2011

How to Do the Months song ~ From the Baby Class

If you have time, please practice with your son or daughter.
If you are still not sure how to do it, I found an example on youtube. 
Please check here.

This looks like it might be a kindergarten class in America....But....I could be wrong.
Good Luck!

Friday, June 17, 2011

So / Too / Either / Neither ~ June 2011

Page 81 of the textbook ~ So, too, neither, either

In this section we will practice expressing positive and negative opinions.  I will introduce ways to show agreement when using the adverbs so and too in positive responses and neither and either in negative responses. Don't worry, this section can be tricky for Japanese students.....We will practice over the next few weeks.

*"I am single." "So am I. / I am, too."
*"I can go out this weekend."  "So can I. / I can, too"
*"I like natto." "So do I. / I do, too"
*"I will get married this year!"  "So will I! / I will, too!"
*"I am not married." "Neither am I. / I am not either."
*"I can't go out this weekend."  "Neither can I. / I can't either."
*"I don't like natto." "Neither do I. / I don't either."
*"I will get married this year!"  "So will I! / I will, too!"

*"I'm not American." "You aren't?  I am." 
*"I like to eat tofu."  "Do you really?  I don't."
*"I can ski really well."  "Can you? I can't"
*"I have lived in Canada."  "Have you?  I haven't"
*"I am going to go to the gym tonight." "Are you?  I am not."

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Devil Card 5 "Jaiko" June 14 ~ June 20

Today we started this week's story about how Jaiko got so fat.  We will watch and talk about a girl who likes to eat.  We will also look at:

Page 81 of the textbook ~ So. too, neither, either

*"I'm tired." "So am I."  (I'm tired,too.) (疲れた-私も疲れた)
*"I never read newspapers."  "Neither do I." (= I never read newspapers either.)

*Chris doesn't have a car, and neither does William.

*I passed the Eiken pre 1st grade exam ,and so did Ayako.  [ X so Ayako did]

neitherの代わりに not either を使うこともできる。
*"I don't have any money." "Neither do I." = "I don't either."

Verb + to + どうし
Learn + to + どうし
She learned to dance.

Decide + to + どうし
She decided to quit ballet.

What are some of the benefits of studying ballet?
What could be a negative result of doing too much ballet?

Worry / Worry about
What is something that you worry about?

Have to / Don't have to

*You don't have to come tomorrow.
*You don't have to worry.
*You don't have to worry about what you eat.
*You don't have to worry about your weight.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Devil Card 4 ~ June 7 ~ June 13

We will go back into the "Devil Card" story and see Nobi.  He is still walking around looking for a way to get money.

Comic Books
Do you like comic books?
What is your favourite comic book?
What is it about?
Why do you like it?

I  wonder if...(...かな・かしら・だろうか)
I wonder if there is something in the closet.
I wonder if Chris has time on Monday.
I wonder if you will come to class next week.
I wonder if he will do his homework.

Get + adjective = a change in condition or state
It is warm.                          I am engaged.                        I am thin.
It is getting cooler.              I am getting married.               I am gettting fat.
It is cool.                            I am married.                         I am fat.

On?=inside surface location
on the floor
on the wall
on the stairs
on the window
on the ceiling
on the 1st floor
on the 2nd floor

Have to (~しなければならない)/
Don't have to (~しなくてもいい)
What do you have?
What do you have to do?
I have to go back home. (家にかえらなければならない)
I don' t have to go back home.  (家にかえらなくてもいい)

You have to run away. (あなたはにげなければならない)
You don't have to run away. (あなたはにげなくてもいい)
You don't have to worry. (あなたはしんぱいしなくてもいい)

For the 1st time in a long time (ひさしぶりに)
I spoke in English for the 1st time in a long time.
I met my boyfriend for the 1st time in a long time.
I had a date for the 1st time in a long time.

For the 1st time in a week (いっしゅうかんぶりに)
I spoke in English for the 1st time in a week.
I met my boyfriend for the 1st time in a week.
I had a date for the 1st time in a week.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kids class Vocabulary Practice ~ June 2011

Here is some easy practice for the kids from the mother-kids classes.  Have your son or daughter connect the dots from 1-12.  Have them say the months of  the year out loud as they go.

Don't just connect the dots! 

January ~ February ~ March ~ April ~ May ~ June ~ July ~ August ~ September ~ October ~ November ~ December.

When they are finished, please ask them "What is this?"
They should answe in a complete sentence "It is a _______."
Good luck!

Can you do all 10!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

This Week 4 ~ June 7 ~ June 13 / 2011

We will continue the "Elliot section" this week.  He will bump into the butler on the 1st floor but he can't communicate with him.  He will also learn a little bit more about his new life.  And maybe he will realize that money can't buy love or happiness.

Have something done / Have someone do something:
We will review this new grammar from last week and use it to talk about what Elliot's staff do at his house.
eg.  He has his breakfast made every morning.
      He has the butler make his breakfast every morning.
      He has his trees pruned.
      He has the gardener prune his tree.

When did you start studying English?
How long have you been studying English for?
Why have you continued studying English?
What is the hardest thing about English for you?
In the future do you think that English will become the global language?

Listening Practice:
We will do the listening practice on page 99 of the textbook
We will listen to a couple "take a stroll down memory lane" (むかしい を なつかしく おもいだだす)

And much more....Good Luck!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Kids Class...Birthday Song & How old are you?

First please sing the "Birthday song" with your son or daughter. 
Next ask them "When is your birthday?"
For the younger kids only the month will be OK for now.
For example:  "January"

Then ask them "How old are you?"
They should answer in a full sentence:
For example:  "I am ______ years old.

After they have answered ....Please sing the song together....using their name and their age.

*We will also be putting the verbs and the months together. 

Good Luck!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Have something Done Practice..."Elliot" story

A student asked me some questions about this grammar so, I made a worksheet for it and it will be included in the "Elliot" story.   If you have time please try the worksheet.  I can check it before or after class.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Devil Card 3" ~ May 31 ~ June 6

We will review and continue the story about the fire.  The fire has spread from the garden to the house.
The grandfather has called the fire department and is waiting for them to arrive.

Here are just a few questions that you should think about before you come to class:

How often does the garbage truck come to your area?
When does it come?  (on what days?)
What kind of garbage can you throw away on those days?
Burnable and unburnable garbage...

Fire Safety
Do you have any smoke alarms in your house?  Where are they?
If there is a fire do you have an escape plan?
Where is the local fire department?