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:

(written by たにかわしゅんたろう)




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:



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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