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GRAMMAR: Object Compliments

EXAMPLE: We call Florida the Sunshine State.

DATE ADDED: Nov 25, 2011


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


15-30 min.

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Brief Outline: Students learn the nicknames of places and things and review what they know about Japan.


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Detailed Explanation:

  1. Try some warm-up examples: What do you call him? (Show Picture of Bowser from the Mario games. In Japan, he is called Kuppa.) Translate into Japanese: "People call Japan the land of the rising sun."
  2. Introduce the nicknames for places in your country. For example, in America, states have nicknames. "We call California the Golden State." Here are some examples:
    • Arizona – The Grand Canyon State
    • California – The Golden State
    • Florida – The Sunshine State
    • Georgia – The Peach State
    • Texas – The Lone Star State
    • New York – The Empire (帝国) State
  3. Hand out the worksheet and do the Japanese version with Japanese prefectures.
  4. Try the Shortened Word Game. Use the phrases, "What do you call ~ in Japan?" and "We call it ~ in Japan." It's a listening practice for the original English word:
    • Starbucks (Sta-ba)
    • Family Mart (Fami-ma)
    • Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei)
    • Koukougakkou (Koko)
    • Animation (Anime)
    • Department Store (Depato)
    • Convenience Store (Konbini)
    • Family Computer (Famikon)
    • Keitai Denwa (Keitai)
    • Pocket Monster (Pokemon)
    • Brad Pitt (Burapi)
    • Leonardo DiCaprio (Dikapuri)
    • Takuya Kimura (Kimutaku)
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger (Shuwa-chan)
    • No good (NG)

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