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01 November 2004 @ 11:08 pm
Japanese engrish students III  
One of my high-level students told me a few days ago that L~arc~en~ciel means "rainbow" in French. I had no idea!! =^__^= The things that you learn in an english class full of japanese students!! ^__^ (this was voice room, actually)

Today I had two voice classes in a row (voice is a class period where a teacher sits in a room with students and talks with them about any subject), which is really unusual, so I decided to give my students (who were all really high level) a real challenge. I printed off a poem that I've always enjoyed,

Ode to My Spellchecker

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.

Eye ran this poem threw it.
Your sure real glad two no.
Its very polished in its weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a blessing.
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays comes posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checkers
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if were laks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
There are know faults with in my cite,
Of none eye am a wear.

Now spelling does not phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too please.

, and had them read it out loud and help me correct the mistakes so that the poem made sense. It was a big hit and REALLY difficult. <3 They all had so many ideas and for the most part were able to pick apart where the words were spelled wrong. I had them guess what the unfamiliar vocabulary was too. It was a lot of fun and the tme went by so fast!! <3

Funny phrases from the last few days include:
"She has body of nice shape" (when a student was trying to describe what they thought of a famous actress)
A group of students trying to pronounce "anenome". It went something like this: "aneeeenahmeee, anonymyyy, enenenmeeeo" (I had asked them to tell me the plot of a movie they liked, and one of them chose Finding Nemo)
"May I confirm your order?" (one student was trying to ask another, who was supposed to be the US president, what his duties were for the day... it was sooo fast-food)
I asked some students to get me a bucket of steam and striped paint from the supply room (in a reading), and they couldn't understand why it was funny, until I explained it. ^^;;; Me:headdesk. They were high level (lvl 3), too.
(A male student talking about his wife) "He wanted me to go shopping for suitcases" He/she is mixed up so often ^^;;; I asked him if his wife was a man and he laughed really hard. XDD The students all have good senses of humor at least. ^^

So now I have only one day off, tomorrow, and I'll probably spend it inside and cleaning/drawing/watching anime/movies. ^^ Sucky sucky one day off, but the 3-day weekend later on will be a nice reward. It was a slow day and I had good students, so it was worth it anyway. ^_^

Wow, my end of probation is coming up at the end of the month. *crosses fingers* Here's to hoping that I do well and my probation is ended! I have an observation coming up on Thursday so I'll know after that whether or not to worry. This job is so easy that it bores me sometimes, but that's alright. It's worth it to live in Japan. I'm actually growing to like my job, though I think that's because I'm finding certain students that I really enjoy talking to, and making friends with my coworkers. ^^ I also am making friends in Japan in general which makes me happy. Much <3 to Eda, Nicole, Winnie, and Andrew. ^__^ Happy happy. <3 to those of you that I have yet to meet too, it will happen!
Current Mood: bouncy
Deedeedala on November 1st, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Hahaha, your classroom stories make me wanna do that program even more. What fun XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 1st, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Hehee, well I can definitely say this about it, it's worth the experience. I like it here, and although I may not stay here forever (90% sure I won't), I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. ^^
DAC, the curious little catboy_dac_ on November 1st, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
Jason did "Mary had a little lamb" in that style before in FoxTrot. I always find that stuff amusing. ;P And these classroom stories of yours are always good. ;3
Meminakochan43 on November 1st, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
You know what I was wondering... do they do Halloween?? Or is it just a US thing
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 1st, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
Not really. They do have costumes in some of the stores, but they really only dress up if they're going to a party. It's not just a US thing, (Australia and England does it too), but it's not really celebrated here.
Meminakochan43 on November 1st, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yea I forgot about England.... my sister(when she lived there) gave Halloween parties all the time.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on November 2nd, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
LOL, I had a level 4 student say "don't touch children the fire place" the other day. I was like.. Umm..
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 2nd, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
LOL XDDD They're so amusing, aren't they? XDD