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Monthly Archives: January 2012
How Do I Explain the Difference Between “Ride” and “Drive”?
Teaching the difference between “ride” and “drive” is initially simple; “drive” has many different uses outside of operating a vehicle. However, practicing all of these additional uses can create confusion in the classroom, as there is no similarity between them. … Continue reading
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How Do I Convince My Student That “Sand” and “Sandwich” Are Not the Same Thing?
Due mainly to katakana being used to represent foreign loan-words, foreign words take on many extra syllables when represented in Japanese. Something like “personal computer”, which has 6 syllables, would become “pasonaru conpyuutaa”, which contains 7 syllables. 6 is a … Continue reading
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How Do I Teach Polite Requests?
Occasionally you will encounter a student so rude that they could be mistaken for a Frenchman. France is famous all over world for it’s inventive cuisine and unsurpassed rudeness, but some of that rudeness derives from misappropriate English language use. … Continue reading
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How Do I Stop Students From Saying “I Am Reaching Orgasm To The Store”?
In English, reaching orgasm is expressed by many phrases – “Bingo”, “Yahtzee”, “Team Rocket is blasting off again”, etc. However, none are more common than “I am coming”. In Japanese, it is expressed by saying “I go”(行く). There are many … Continue reading
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