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Monthly Archives: February 2012
How Do I Teach the Difference Between Pants and Panties?
There are thousands of foreign loan words in the Japanese language, most of which derive from English. Even though they all resemble English words, the meanings are often changed upon entering Japanese. A shining example of this is the English … Continue reading
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Why Do Students Cringe When Balloons Are Popped In the Classroom?
This “fight or flight” mechanism is built into all humans, but is oddly absent from those in positions of power, making them better leaders and/or teachers. As teachers, popping balloons is as natural as using present perfect tense to describe … Continue reading
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How Do I Teach Present Progressive Future Meaning?
Present progressive is the grammar pattern used to express an event or state that is persisting, whether this be “sitting”, “talking”, “watching”, or any other verb. Progressive form can also extend to past, future, and perfect tenses, but the least … Continue reading
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How Do I Teach Taboo Numbers?
In most situations, Japan uses all of the numbers available. However, due to different readings being available for the numbers, some have additional meanings which mean “death” or “suffer”. This is a difficult concept that takes some explanation. The Japanese … Continue reading
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What Do I Do If My ESL Student Takes My Seat?
Imagine entering your car, only to find a stranger sitting in the driver’s seat. They don’t have keys, because it isn’t their car. They turn to you and smile, waiting for you to start the car and drive. This is … Continue reading
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