Lesson 4: Recap

Hey guys, thanks for coming out tonight and participating in a great lesson! As a quick review, here’s what we covered today:

First, we read a poem about たいこ, a type of Japanese drum. Here is a really badass video of people drumming on their たいこ:

And here’s the text of the poem:

たいこ
(written by たにかわしゅんたろう)

どんどんどん
どんどこどん
どこどんどん
どどんこどん

どどどんどん
どこどんどん
どどんこどん
どこどこどん
どこどこどこどこ
たいこたたいて

どんどんどんどん
どこへいく

This poem is full of delicious たいこ onomatopoeia. (Onomatopoeia is called ぎおんご in Japanese, just so you know.)


Next, we learned the first three rows of katakana: アイウエオカキクケコサシスセソ. Make sure you practice these and don’t forget them before our next class! Here are a few awesome words that use only these characters:

ウサギ: rabbit
スズキ: sea bass
イカ: squid
シーソー: see-saw
アーサー: Arthur
アイス: ice cream
アジア: Asia


Finally, we worked on grammar exercises, questions, and casual speech. Remember that, なの can be a good casual replacement for ですか, and だ (or nothing at all, if a girl is talking) can replace です, as in the following pair of conversations:

Formal:
-チェルシーさん、がくせいですか?
-はい、がくせいですよ!

Casual:
-チェルシーさん、がくせいなの?
-うん、がくせいよ!

Also, a minor note: in casual speech, if a sentence ends in an adjective ending in ーい, like おいしい (yummy), you can’t use なの or だ. You can use a final の or nothing at all to ask a question (おいしいの?おいしい?), and to make a statement, just use the adjective itself, though feel free to add a sentence-ending particle like よ or ね (おいしい。おいしいよ!おいしいね。).


Great job today. In the next post, I’ll go over the homework I assigned last time.

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    Posted by Jhey on 20.12.15 at 7:59 am

    What excellent ideas! I love the way the kids tghuhot hard about how to stage the photos, then used their acting skills and creativity to enhance them. The onomatopoeic words worked very well.

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