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06:53 pm: The darndest things
I was buried under an avalanche of papers to grade today, because all of my students simultaneously had writing assignments. As always, it's amazing to see what they come up with.

I just loved the points this student found important to describe:
My mother is good at cooking but she can't eat cheeses.

This student will fit right in at a Michigan high school, I'm sure:
I hear that you love sushi. So I will take you a very nice sushi restaurant. Maguro is so hot! Maguro has 3 types, Akami, chutoro, otoro. Akami is the cheepest of the 3 types. But it is so goooood, and otoro is very expensive. But it is OMG!!! You must be like it. Everybody going crazy.

In one of my senior classes, the textbook unit is about invitations and parties, so I planned a lesson in which the students have a competition. Half the students were designated as "inviters" and half as "refusers." They had to plan out what kinds of arguments or excuses they would say either to invite someone to a party (or other event) or to refuse (as politely as possible) to attend. Then they paired up, and tried to continue inviting/refusing until one side conceded. We then had some of the pairs demonstrate in front of the class.


Pair 1
Inviter: I want you to come to my Christmas party. There will be a lot of food.

Refuser: I'm sorry to tell you, but I can't come. I'm Buddhist.

Inviter: 0_0

Pair 2
Inviter: Please come with me to a concert. It's a band popular in the USA.

Refuser: I'm sorry, I can't.

Inviter: The tickets are only 1000 yen ($10).

Refuser: I wish I could.

Inviter: I'll treat you.

Refuser: Okay.

Pair 3
Inviter: I'd like to invite you to my birthday party. It's on Sunday afternoon. Don't bring any presents. I don't need anything but you.

Refuser: Maybe I will have a headache on Sunday.

Inviter: ;_;

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From:basicblack
Date:May 17th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
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Maybe I will have a headache on Sunday.

I like that one. Nice and open-ended. Maybe I'll be there, but just so you know I might have a headache. We'll have to see on the day. ^__^
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From:tv_elf
Date:May 17th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
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I need to remember that one next time a certain friend wants to go see a movie.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 17th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
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Maguro is so hot!
That is seriously the funniest thing ever.

Pair 3 is so sad. It's angsty slash! How can you turn down I don't need anything but you? I'm crying over here.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 17th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
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It's angsty slash! How can you turn down I don't need anything but you?

One of the team-teachers was cracking up over how the invitation sounded like a love confession. She said the same thing about "how can you turn that down?"

There was one pair that really hammed it up. The inviter was trying everything she could think of, but the refuser kept getting more and more outrageous...she was in a car accident and was confined to a hospital for half a year under the care of a strict doctor. (The inviter offered to push her wheelchair to the concert for her...)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 17th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
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That's great! My students never come up with fun stuff like that. (Well, there were the guys who were going to the horse race and betting on the horse named after me, but I wasn't exactly happy about that one.)
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