Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Engrish: Fab Candy and Product Names

Engrish: Fabulous Candy and Product Names

Everybody be Gettin "CRUNKY"- EXCELLENT
When you need a compliment of your Crunk~

Macadamia as the King of Nuts. Most Valuable.
By Meiji Foods

When "Creep" is not just for the guy who stole your underwear, Creamy-Powder has now been truly condensed to "CREAP"
By Morinaga Foods

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Funny Tiel

Cutie Cockatiel's Ma Name!

From Youtube Video at:

This is what cockatiels do when they want to be misted, get clean, or take a bath :D

Enjoy the random birdie!

Truth in Advertising: McDonalds

Tee Hee

Halloween Class Ideas

Pre Halloween Week Decorations!
It's holiday time at my school in Japan!

I've been invited and given the freedom to get as involved as I want at my school next week!

I'm inviting the children to come dressed in costumes. Some may show in costume, some may not. I may keep some ears and impromptu costumes. Good thing I have small classes! Four kids is the maximum size!

Here are some good FREE websites for Halloween Activity ideas:


Disney Family Fun.com

Enchanted Learning (Not all Content Free)

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Back Seat (Story for Discussion)

The Back Seat

One night a woman went out for drinks with her girlfriends. She left the bar fairly late at night, got in her car and onto the deserted highway. She noticed a lone pair of headlights in her rear-view mirror, approaching at a pace just slightly quicker than hers. As the car pulled up behind her she glanced and saw the turn signal on-- the car was going to pass-- when suddenly it swerved back behind her, pulled up dangerously close to her tailgate and brights flashed.

Now she was getting nervous. The lights dimmed for a moment and then the brights came back on and the car behind her surged forward. The frightened woman struggled to keep her eyes on the road and fought the urge to look at the car behind her. Finally, her exit approached but the car continued to follow, flashing the brights periodically.

Through every stoplight and turn, it followed her until she pulled into her driveway. She figured her only hope was to make a mad dash into the house and call the police. As she flew from the car, so did the driver of the car behind her-- and he screamed, "Lock the door and call the police! Call 911!"

When the police arrived the horrible truth was finally revealed to the woman. The man in the car had been trying to save her. As he pulled up behind her and his headlights illuminated her car, he saw the sihouette of a man with a butcher knife rising up from the back seat to stab her, so he flashed his brights and the figure crouched back down.

What's the moral of the story?

Image source doobybrain.com

Story source: unknown, but I think maybe it came from Dave's ESL or similar website.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Salmon in Curried Celery Sauce

Tastes similar to Panda express. Naughty, but pretty nice.
Beef, Pork, Tofu, or Chicken could be nicely substituted.

1-stalk celery, keep leafy top
2-1 hunk salmon, cut into bite size pieces
3-1/4 small onion
4- Just enough flour to coat the salmon chunks

1 tsp mashed garlic, 1 tsp mashed ginger
Salt, Pepper
3 tbsp vinegar (any kind)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp curry powder spices (turmeric, curcumin, fenugreek, fennel--your desired mix)

1) Powder the salmon chunks and fill a pan with 1 cm of oil to tolerate med-high heat.
Grill until the salmon skin is crispy, or the meat is cooked through.

2) Drain oil. Reserve meat to the side.
Lightly cook the seasonings and celery in the same frypan and drizzle over the cooked meat.

I accidentally added the sauce ingredients to the meat, and the result came out ok. But it would look nicer if the sauce is made separately.

Engrish: Mood of Cleopatra Bath

I really enjoy bath salts, anywhere in the world.

This one happened to have some fun Engrish.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cooking: Takoyaki

Max and I taught ourselves how to make takoyaki! It went well!

Hakuna Matata

Shared from a sharing on a friend's facebook:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

ESL With Young Learners

That's pretty much what I do with the little ones. I try to change up the names and also incorporate storytime. Really high level students can already basically read and we practice activities that mimic spelling. They're capable of so much, it's just a matter of finding out what level the little ones are at, I feel. It's still really new to me but I think I'm doing basically the same as the guy in the video. :D

Other Helpful Sites About ESL for Young Learners:

ESL Songs and Activity Ideas: Great gathering of Resource
They are selling CDs but there are many free and helpful resources on the website.

Everything ESL.net

ESL Songs and Ideas for Young Learners
Good for ideas but the sitemaster is promoting her book and CD

Rong-Chang.com, ESL, EFL For Children
Curriculum Guidance Website:
This site gives some insight into subjects typically covered in Kindergarten curriculum. See how your classes' curriculum measures up to what is typically taught in kindergartens. For when you're running out of ideas, want to check progress of your students at your school, or design a curriculum.

Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum Guidance Website

Words of Wisdom on the Role of Educators and Early-Childhood Educators in Students' Lives

ESL: Why Games, Stories, and Movement Activities Work

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Malia Earns her Flight Wings (Desk Apple)

I think the previous teacher wrote "Bai Bai" Actually...
And then the little black marker was a student writing...
Then I wrote (Heart) you too!

I must say, before I left the U.S. I was pondering what other jobs might be open to a Japanese speaking person with a lot of people-experience through teaching. One job I considered was Japanese speaking flight attendant for Delta. That may have been exciting, but I decided I would rather have something a little more settled that would still allow me to be in touch with Japan and seeing the world (or Japan, at least) rather than just the world's airports in the world's biggest cities.

I'm very happy with my decision.

My work started at long last, just over one week ago. (Although I came to Japan 3 weeks ago) So far so good. Funds are tight but the necessities of life are pretty affordable. I should be able to start saving in no time if I stop train-traveling around, which I find is my biggest expense.

I work at a casual small-business language school, not a chain or corporation. I'm not an ALT. So my experience is different than other bloggers out there. I'm very happy. Of course, no place is perfect, but I've found myself an excellent fit. I get to see all ages and all personalities, every one of my students is so different- there is never a dull moment at my school. I'm on my feet all day. I don't get the vacations of ALTs, or the down time in the teacher's room... And even though although maybe one day I would still like the immersion into a Japanese school, but for now I am ever grateful to my school and to the city I'm living in. It was good to me in high school when I was an exchange student and it is good to me now when I am working-same city! I'm going out with one of my host family's tonight. Their ages are very close to mine... maybe 10 years old. Only 5-7 years older than my husband. We're in the same age group. Even though I'm ineikaiwa it's not corporate. Like I said, it's a small business and exchanges with my boss and co-workers are warm. We're paid fairly and it's good to be working with happy people.

For the first week I was training under the teacher who's leaving. Since I have experience with returnee students, middle, high, college, and adult students I was able to start out in those classes on my own from the beginning. All they require is patience and skill in moving from subject to subject and keeping the students talking (and knowing when to nix the Teacher Talking Time... because Teacher already knows English ;) ) All that ended yesterday when I took the reigns and did six classes or so... all age ranges. It was just fine. First week was a lot of planning and going to school early and staying late, but I think I've more or less got the hang of it. Just need to expand my repetoire of games for the kiddos. Usually we spend the last 5 minutes of our classes playing a game to leave them with a positive memory of English class.

Anyway, one of my little girls wrote "Bai bai" to the last teacher and "Malia-Teacher" on the white board in front of our school. It was a d'aww moment and my first little kiddo note about me. The picture is in the blog.


Monday, October 3, 2011

The Hook (Story for Discussion)

The Hook

(Source unknown, but probably an ESL resource website)

A teenage boy drove his date to a dark and deserted Lovers' Lane for a make-out session. After turning on the radio for mood music, he leaned over and began kissing the girl.

A short while later, the music suddenly stopped and an announcers voice came on, warning in an urgent tone that a convicted murderer had just escaped from the state insane asylum,--which happened to be located not far from Lovers' Lane--and that anyone who noticed a strange man lurking about with a hook in place of his right hand should immediately report his whereabouts to the police.

The girl became frightened and asked to be taken home. The boy, feeling bold, locked all the doors instead and, assuring his date they would be safe, attempted to kiss her again. She became frantic and pushed him away, insisting that they leave. Relenting, the boy peevishly jerked the car into gear and spun its wheels as he pulled out of the parking space.

When they arrived at the girl's house she got out of the car, and, reaching to close the door, began to scream uncontrollably. The boy ran to her side to see what was wrong and there, dangling from the door handle, was a bloody hook.

What is the moral of the story?


I'm not sure what to think of this story, I found this going through the ESL resources at the school I'm teaching at. Hm. Probably from Dave's ESL cafe or something... I'd love to give the original author credit though.