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09:10 pm: Ask me anything but song lyrics
I took the button parts and some fabric scraps to work this morning and made all the covered buttons during my free period. It was actually kind of fun picking out which sections of the design to cut out to get different color combinations.

My classes went so-so. The first- and third-year students were all zombies. I wonder what they were doing all weekend to get them so tired out...or maybe I don't want to know. The second-years were on the opposite end of the scale, chatting up a storm.

I was told yet again that the students want to be asked what to do for English club. So when we sat down for the club meeting, I asked...and they said "Solitaire." Yeah, right, like that's an English club activity. So, after further questioning, they came up with a game where I would say some kind of idiom or figure of speech in English, and the three (all that showed up) of them would compete to see who could figure out the correct meaning.

It went pretty well, and I think they had fun. At least, they asked me to think up more idioms for Thursday's meeting. But they kept asking me for lines from popular songs or English names of bands. ^_^; I had to keep telling them that I didn't know any. For one thing, I don't like most English music these days, so all the songs I know are old. For another, I could try to pick some English lyrics out of Japanese songs...but with a few exceptions, such lyrics make absolutely no sense. Take, for example, "I feel so all in secret life" from one of the Meitantei Conan opening theme songs.

Anyway, I have until Thursday to think up some good lines...

Side Note: I took some hot, spiced apple juice to work and shared a little with the teacher next to me, who asked me about it. She was polite when she tasted it, but she gave me a look like, "Why would you do such a thing to this poor apple juice? What did it ever do to you?"



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Date:November 1st, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
Heh! I tried to do this in my class last year, but it didn't work because my students were too shy to guess anything. Here's the list I gave them:

1. Couch potato
2. Wear your heart on your sleeve
3. Barking up the wrong tree
4. Jump the gun
5. Basket case
6. Tongue in cheek
7. Jump down someone’s throat
8. Pull someone’s leg
9. Straight from the horse’s mouth
10. Let the cat out of the bag
11. Drive someone up the wall
12. Cough up
13. Kick the bucket
14. All thumbs
15. Two left feet
16. Jump on the bandwagon
17. Bite off more than you can chew
18. With flying colors
19. Keep your eyes peeled
20. Beat around the bush
21. Bent out of shape
22. On your toes

As for song lyrics...what's the point? They usually either A. Mean just what they seem to or B. Are complete nonsense. You could always give them some They Might Be Giants lyrics. Let them figure THOSE out. Ahahahaha.

If they're really determined to do songs, have them bring in lyrics they don't understand and ask you what they mean.

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Date:November 2nd, 2004 12:26 am (UTC)
Woo, ideas! Thanks!

It was really fun when I did "Let's go for a spin," and I said it was something one might say in a car on a date. One of the girls guessed, "Let's have a dangerous love." ^_^

As for song lyrics...what's the point? They usually either A. Mean just what they seem to or B. Are complete nonsense.

<sigh> That's the problem. They tried giving me examples. They said, "Like Dragon Ash. It means...dragon...ash..."
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