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SUBMITTED BY: Kelly Nakawatase

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GRAMMAR: Present Perfect

EXAMPLE: I have never bought an AKB48 CD.

DATE ADDED: Jun 03, 2013

Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


30-50 min.

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OUTLINE: This game is based on the American drinking game, "Never have I ever..."



  • IHaveNever -attachment
  • Pennies or fake money
  • a really good JTE


  1. Students work in groups.
  2. Each student has 5 pennies (I really recommend using some kind of currency!)
  3. Determine the order by playing janken.
  4. Each student says, "I have never...." For example, A-san says, "I have never been to Fukuoka." One of the differences between Never Have I Ever and this game is that students are allowed to say something they have actually done. For example, "I have never been Japanese." I find that this makes it easier for them to create sentences and makes them want to create their own sentences.
  5. Following the "I have never been to Fukuoka" example above, students who have been to Fukuoka give A-san one of their pennies. If no one has been to Fukuoka, then A-san must give up one penny to the center of the desks, not to be used again.
  6. If a student runs out of pennies, they must earn them back by saying something like, "I have never been Japanese/cut my hair/slept, etc..."
  7. They continue this activity for a set amount of time. My JTE and I ran it for 15 minutes. The person with the most pennies from each group can either keep a penny if you have enough, or they can have a sticker.



  • If you don't have pennies, you can probably go to Daiso and buy some face 1man bills.


  • I ain't gonna lie, this activity is hard to explain. You have to explain the rules clearly to your JTE before you go into class, so that they can explain in Japanese. I did a demonstration with my JTE and he narrated while we were doing it. Then he had one group do a demonstration for the whole class. However, with the 3 classes I've done this activity with, it seems like they all enjoyed it. Even my sleeping students woke up to play this game.
  • On page 150 of Sunshine, there is a list of verbs and their translation. Have your students open to that page so they can create their own sentences.


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