Nate英会話Lab 023:ROLEPLAY-京都で舞子を探す(HELPING A FOREIGNER FIND A GEISHA)

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————SHOW NOTES: HELPING A FOREIGNER FIND A GEISHA—————

 

(SHOW NOTES ON NATE’S BLOG: nateenglishlab.com/p23)

 

=====INTRO=====

 

AYA’S LAST WEEKEND:

 

A christmas wreath

 

squirrel

 

I wanted to hang it on my door

 

front door

 

the front door at your house, you hang the christmas wreath

 

real christmas tree

 

plant

 

pine tree’s branches and leaves

 

how long does it take?

 

only one hour and a half

 

your mom is a teacher

 

so much pressure on me!

 

=====MACHIKAIWA=====

no notes….. :(:(:( maybe later?!?!?!

=====SETSUMEI TIME=====

 

1) Are you sightseeing here in Japan?

 

most foreigners

you can tell by looking at them

 

if you see someone, and they look like they are sightseeing…

 

my experience in Japan, is, like, the Japanese person starts talking to me, and they say…

 

not even hello

 

it’s the first….start the conversation

 

phrase we Japanese know

 

want to help

 

keep talking with you

 

a foreigner talks to you…

 

FOREIGNER: where is the station?

JAPANESE PERSON: ok, go straight, go left, and the station is right there.

FOREIGNER: thank you.

JAPANESE PERSON: are you sightseeing here in Japan?

FOREIGNER: oh, yes, I am.

JAPANESE PERSON:

 

where are you going to?

what are your plans…?

where are you going today?

what do you want to see?

 

ask me a question about sightseeing

 

did you go to….yet?

 

ice breaker

 

Business suit

 

I look like a business man or maybe an English teacher.

 

Are you here on business?

Are you working here in Japan?

 

Are you on business?

 

business trip

 

exactly

 

It’s a little difficult to continue

 

they don’t want, a, small talk

 

go straight to the station

 

we don’t need to talk too much

 

So, Let’s practice starting a conversation…

 

So I’m at the table, eating at the izakaya. And Aya, you are at the next table. And you want to start a conversation. What do you say?

 

you scared me.

 

hello

 

it looks very good

 

the staff recommended…you…

 

—-

 

Let’s switch.

 

You are Japanese

 

we are at a restaurant

 

I want to start a conversation

 

oh, hello.

hello.

how’s your cheeseburger?

it’s delicious, but it’s too big for me

oh, it’s too big?

yeah

are you sightseeing here in America?

oh yes, it’s the first time to be here.

 

situation is very important

 

talk about what I’m doing or what I’m having

 

where are you from?

Cheeseburger Paradise.

 

so, the, how to talk to and keep talking with a, like, a stranger, maybe say “hi” and talk about (a) situational thing

 

in Japan, the situation with a foreigner is usually sightseeing

 

2)

 

Maybe you can see Geisha XXX

Maybe you can see a Geisha there OK

 

ANSWER: There’s a chance you can see one there.

 

What’s the percent?

 

less than 50%

 

very small chance

yeah…

 

there’s no chance

  1. there’s no chance I’m giong to become a professional baseball player

 

small chance

  1. there’s a small chance I’m going to become a professional golfer…It’s a lie….

there’s no chance I’m going to become a professional golfer!LOL

 

  1. there’s a small chance I’m going to win the lottery

 

big chance

  1. this year, Lady Gaga is going on a World Tour. There’s a big chance she will come to Tokyo.

 

so my students, sometimes, they can’t go to the lesson.

 

OH NATE, THERE’S A CHANCE I CAN’T COME TO NEXT LESSON.

 

high five

 

pleaseee!!!!!!!

 

but a good phrase

 

ok, let’s change “maybe” to “there’s a chance”

 

switch

 

maybe it will rain this weekend

there’s a chance it will rain this weekend

 

maybe i will be able to meet ken watanabe

there’s a chance ill be able to meet ken watanabe

 

have you met him?

why not?

in the movie, yes…

 

did you shake his hand?

3-D

3-D movie!

 

3)

 

are you ok? XXX

 

ANSWER: does that sound good to you?

 

ok, so, i thought of two situations.

 

hey Aya, let’s go eat kushikatsu, then after that….

 

rub Billikens head

 

Does that sound good to you?

 

Tennoji Tower —Tsutenkaku Tower

 

we are talking about a plan

 

I feel like eating ramen tonight. Does that sound good to you?

Nah, I don’t like spicy food, so I want to eat tonkatsu ramen

Let’s go separately then….

 

There’s a kind of alcohol that is really strong. Does that sound good to you?

That doesn’t sound very good to me.

 

and remember…

 

not very (adj)

=

amari

 

=====TOP 3 ANSWERS=====

 

1) Are you sightseeing here in Japan?

2) There’s a chance you can see one there.

3) Does that sound good to you?

 

====OUTRO====

 

congratulations

 

what are you doing this weekend?

 

I have a reunion of primary school

 

Wow, primary school reunion…

 

primary school=elementary school

 

have fun!

 

This weekend, man, I’m going to probably….

 

that’s kind of sad

 

no, i should have a plan. I’ll go hiking or….

 

you should go to Mino.

 

you can see …beautiful autumn leaves…

 

but, there’s a big chance I will watch suberanai hanashi at my house while i eat ice cream in my boxers

 

either way is good.

 

====EXTRA===

 

NATE’S LAST WEEKEND:

 

I watched a pretty good dvd, a movie.

 

what’s the title?

 

In Japanese, it’s called “All you need is kill”

 

Tom Cruise

Emily Blunt

 

it’s a really interesting, like, kind of sci-fi, alien, like war movie…there’s a lot of killing and fighting.

 

It’s like they go back into (the) time.

 

He keeps living the same day, like over and over…

 

The same day, over and over and over…

 

It’s kind of complicated.

 

Of course it’s about time, so it has to be…

 

basically, they try to kill some aliens, to save the earth

 

It’s based on the Japanese comic

 

I heard that before…

 

I’m going to check later.

 

It has a happy ending.

 

In english, it’s “the edge of tomorrow”

 

edge

 

like, the edge of the table…

 

It means, like, almost the end.

 

This movie, the character, he does the same day over and over and over…

 

So he dies, then he goes back…

 

This situation, where the character lives the same day, over and over and over…

 

There’s another movie with this same situation.

 

Groundhog Day

 

It’s a really good comedy movie.

 

And the character lives the same day over and over…

 

Don’t worry about groundhog or groundhog day, it’s just the movie title

 

And all American people, ….

 

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music credits:

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