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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fawlty Towers Week 4 ~ July 26 ~ Aug 1 /2011

This week we will continue the story and we will talk about "分子古文"again, greeting customers at a hotel, introductions, dating, and what some people do when they are nervous:

These types of introductions involve three people:
A: The introducer  (who knows both B and C)
B: Person 1 (knows A but not C)
C: Person 2 (knows A but not B)

A: Have you two met each other?
B: No, we haven't.
A: Ayako, this is William. William this is Ayako.
(B and C smile and shake hands.)
B: Nice to meet you Ayako.
C: Nice to meet you too, William.

After you have been introduced to someone,
It is polite to ask a few general questions to get acquainted.

For example:
B: Where are you from, William?
C: I'm from Washington.
B: Washington?  Which part?
C: Seattle.  You know Ichiro and the Mariners.  How about you, Ayako?
B: I’m from Chikuma City in Japan. It's near Nagano city.
C: How do you know Chris (A)?
B: We have been working together for 4 years now.

*When meeting someone for the first time, it is not appropriate to ask certain types of questions.
Do NOT ask:
A person's age
Birth date
Marital status

You may ask general questions:
How do you know Chris?  (the person who introduced us)
Are you a student/teacher at this school?
How long have you been in Japan for?
What do you do for a living?
How long have you been working for (company name)?

Colonel Hall, this is Mr. Twichin.
Mr. Twichin, this is Colonel Hall.
1. Have you met Colonel Hall?
No, I haven't.
Colonel Hall, this is Mr. Twichin.
Mr. Twichin, this is Colonel Hall.
2. Have you two met each other?
No, we haven't.
Colonel Hall, this is Mr. Twichin.
Mr. Twichin, this is Colonel Hall.
3. Have you two met each other?
Yes, we have.
Long time no see.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Peanut and the Businessman ~ July 2011

This week we will be watching a stoy about a peanut and a businessman.
We will use the video to continue teaching and practicing how to use:

There is / There are
a / the

Some conversation questions to think about before class are about:

1. Are there any good bars around here?
2. How often do you go to the bar?
3. Which bar do you usually go to?
4. Where is it?
5. Why do you like to go there?

6. Are you good at picking up girls/boys?
Why? / Why not?

We will also review how to use a number of prepositions:

At can show an inside location
Pattern:  at+ the + place

He was waiting in the room at the door.
He likes to sit in his room at the window facing the park.

Nouns commonly used with this pattern:
at the counter, at the desk, at the table, at the window

On shows physical support
Pattern 1: verb + on + noun

The child leaned on his father.
The children sat on small chairs.

Typical verbs :
Cling, hang, lean, lie, rest, sit, sleep, stand

Pattern 2: be + on + noun
The beads are on a string.
The popsicle is on a stick.

Into can show a division
Pattern 1: verb + noun + into + (number) + noun
She cut the pie into eight pieces.
He dropped the vase and it broke into a million pieces.

Typical verbs before into:
Arrange, break, cut, divide, separate

Typical nouns after into:
Bits, parts, pieces, slices, wedges

Pronunciation Practice
We will be doing some pronunciation practice and listening practice.
Can you catch whether the word you heard  contained an "a" or a "u", an "r" or an "l"?
Was it a "bug" or a "bag"?  Was it "warm" or "worm"?
Can you pronounce the words correctly?

Like vs Look vs Look Like
Be careful of these words.  Many people mix them up!

I like nuts.
Ayako looks happy.
Ayako looks like her mother.

The most common mistake that we hear a lot is: 
*Ayako looks like happy. ~ XXXXXXXX
We can't use an adjective after "looks like"

It should say:
*Ayako looks happy.
However, we can use an adjective after "looks".

Friday, July 15, 2011

Kids Class...New Words ~ July 15

We will be studying these new words in the baby classes on Saturday.
If you have time, please review with your son or daughter.
We will also be playing the ant games....
Good Lucks!

How about a Mameshiba Lesson ~ July 2011

This is a lesson from the elementary school kids class.  Do you want to try it and see?
Click on the video

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jaiko 4 ~ Notes from July 4 ~ July 11

Well, today I had a bit of free time so I made up some notes for Jaiko 4...
I think this lesson went pretty well and you all did a good job....
If you have time...Please review...See you sometime this week!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fan and Cooler Story ~ July 2 ~ July 9

It is a good time to start a summer story.  This family is at home and they don't have enough money for an air conditioner.  Here are some of the things that we will study.....

Family and Where you live:
How many people are there in your family?
Do you live in a house or in an apartment?
Where is your house / apartment?
How many rooms are there in your apartment / house?
Is it hot in your house / apartment?
Do you have a fan or a cooler in your room?

Have on = wear
Pattern 1: verb + on + noun
Kato has on pajamas.
The lady put on her new hat.

Pattern 2: verb + noun + on + noun
Kato has pajamas on.
The lady put her new hat on.

Common Verbs:
get, have, keep, put, try, wear

New Vocabulary from the story:

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Baby Class ~ This week...

Today we reviewed these words and played an Anpan man game.  It was a lot of fun and everyone did their best.  I was glad to see that all the kids are starting to remember and use the prepositions very well.
Keep up the good work.  If you have time, please practice these pages with your son or daughter at home.

Thanks again...And good luck!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Jaiko ~ June 28 ~ July 5

We will continue the story of Jaiko's life in junior and senior high school. 

Junior high school and High school
When you were in JHS, which subject did you enjoy studying the most?
Why did you enjoy studying ___________?

Which subject couldn't you stand?
Why couldn't you stand ___________?

She was so fast that she won easily.
She liked running so much that she joined the track and field team.

"ぶちぎり" ~ She had a huge lead when she crossed the finish line.

like + to + doushi
like + doushi + ing
She liked to run.
She liked running.

She liked to go running.
She like going running.

Remember: Combinations of go and (doumeshi) gerunds are generally used for (jiyu no jikan) leisure-time activities.

(We do not say *go working or *go studying)

Gerunds are often used in combinations after the verb go.
These combinations generally show leisure-time activities.
They are not used for sports, games, or work.
Here are some common go + gerund combinations:

go biking*
go boating
go bowling
go camping
go canoeing
go climbing
go cycling*
go dancing
go drinking
go driving*
go fishing
go golfing
go hiking
go hunting

go jogging
go riding*
go running
go sailing
go shopping
go sightseeing
go skateboarding
go skating
go skiing
go sky diving
go sledding
go surfing
go swimming
go trick-or-treating*

Do you eat breakfast in the morning?
How often do you eat breakfast?
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Do you agree?  Why or Why not?

Go swimming  / Go fishing
We use go ~ ing for a number of activities (especially sports).  For example, you can say: 

Go swimming        go sailing     go fishing     go climbing       
go skiing                  go jogging

*Also go shopping, go sightseeing

How often do you go swimming?
I would like to go skiing.
When did you last go shopping?
I have never been sailing.