2018.12.8 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking (F3)

Good evening! Tonight we practiced /b/ and /p/ pronunciation and listening skills.
In Free Talking we discussed the origin of the “power button”, public holidays in NZ and Japan, what students spent their New Year money on as children, and spam mail.
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2018.12.1 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking (F3)

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (5 students); Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (6 students); Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (7 students)

Hi everyone! In pronunciation class tonight we worked on /ck/ and /g/ phonemes, and tested each other’s ability to catch them correctly in sentences read aloud.
In F3 class tonight we discussed childhood games such as bull rush, knucklebones, and similar games and toys in Japan. We also “put on our tinfoil hats” to share conspiracy theories!

2018.11.24 Free Talking (F3)

Hi everyone! In F3 class tonight we played The Game of Life and AGO Q&A. Hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Stay warm, and see you next week!

2018.11.17 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking (F3)

Hi everyone! In pronunciation class tonight we read lists of similar and often mispronounced words to try and pick up on our weak spots. The hardest pairs seemed to be “brown / brawn” and “raw / law”.
In F3 class tonight we welcomed a trial student, and got to know him and introduced ourselves. A lot of good questions and answers in the group tonight. We talked about water polo, words that do not translate well, and how to describe our jobs in “two sentences”.

2018.11.3 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking (F3)

Tonight in Pronunciation class we used a card game called AGO Phonics to do a warming-up drill. The students read 3 words printed on a card, such as “tree; truck; trumpet”, and then they read just the digraph or blend on the card. In this case /tr/.

In Free Talking tonight we first talked about interesting, funny, or disappointing news stories. Some links to articles we discussed:

Shibuya Halloween 2018; Kiwis Claim Australian Island for New Zealand

We also talked about celebrities and other well known people who have some “X factor” about them that makes them very likeable, or respected. Usually not just good looks!

Thank you everyone for coming tonight, enjoy your Sunday!

2018.10.27 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking (F3)

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (3 students); Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (7 students); Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (7 students)

Tonight in Pronunciation class we used a card game called AGO Phonics to identify difficult to pronounce digraphs.

In Free Talking tonight we had a return to Monopoly, with a large group split in two, and some very clever deal makers for our monthly game night.

2018.10.20 Free Talking (F3)

Free Talking 16:30~17:20 (4 students); Free Talking 17:30~18:20 (5 students)

Before we kicked-off this year’s Halloween party,  in Free Talking tonight we discussed:

Things we find “daunting”, obligations in Japanese culture, and the difference between “a nosy Parker” and a “peeping Tom”.

2018.10.13 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking (F3)

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (3 students); Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (3 students); Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (6 students)

Tonight in Pronunciation class we practiced a variety of digraphs and also tried to complete a crossword. The students needed to “exercise their mouth muscles” to strengthen their L and R pronunciation

In Free Talking tonight, we discussed foods and products which originated in one country, but due to another place popularising them, became assossiated with that place instead. For example, Kiwifruit is famously “from New Zealand” but originated in China.

2018.9.29 Saturday Pronunciation Master; Free Talking

Pronunciation Master 17:00~17:50 (3 students); Free Talking 18:00~18:50 (4 students); Free Talking 19:00~19:50 (4 students)

Tonight in Pronunciation class we played pronunciation しりとり and practiced our [l].