Unfiltered Story #32510

Unfiltered | October 14, 2016

(Except for one syllable which is just “n” every Japanese syllable ends in a vowel sound. When first learning English lots of students will add vowels to the end of English words. Since part of my job is demonstrating a natural English speaking accent, I’ve found a couple of ways to make humor out of some of these situations and teach the proper English pronunciation.)

*lesson about giving directions*

Student: Turn Right (said as rito.)

Me: Turn my right toe? (Point to foot and turn just the foot.) Migi ashi-yubi? (Right toe?)

*speech they give when they are ready for me to come*

Student: Please come to our class. (“Come” said as “komu” and sounding a lot like “come on”)

Me: Okay, let’s go.

Student: Let’s go.

Me: So. “Come” to “come on” wa chotto chigau imi. (Me in bad Japanese saying that those phrases have slightly different meanings.). “Come” wa “kuru”. “Come on” wa chotto mo genki. (Come on is a little more energetic). So “please come” wa “kite, kudasai”. “Come on” wa….

(And at that point I shout “Come on!” and sprint down the halls and up the stairs to class while they try to keep up. I usually tell the class difference to when we get there.)