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Tourists in Australia

THIS HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED BY ANOTHER CLASS HERE

TODAY: article and audio

So what are tourists, in this case, Korean tourists, like?

Are they clean or messy? Stylish or unstylish? Polite or rude? Do they try to speak the local language and try the local cuisine (local food)?

Jason thought that Koreans were messy/untidy and littered alot. He also felt that, if they could, they would speak the local language but that they try and put up a barrier between themselves and locals.

Were you surprised by any of the 10 selections in the article?

Why would you/did you visit Australia? Why would you visit Korea?

PS. don’t ever mention the video below again! Ever!

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Home schooling - what do you think of it?

TODAY: article and audio

We’ve discussed what we would like to teach our children, but how would we like our children taught?

We outlined private schools, public schools, religion-based schools and home-schooling.

Included in this are same-sex/single sex and ‘co-ed’ (boys and girls) schools.

What type of school do you attend?

Did/Does a same-sex school make it more awkward around the opposite sex when you’re younger?

What about home-schooling? Do you think this type of learning could be effective? Why/why not?

What would you teach your kids?

For homework we were asked ‘what two things would you teach your children?’

So, what are the two most important things you would teach them? Yosuke suggested teaching manners and encouraging them to be sociable.

After all, it’s not what you know, but who you know!

Kyoung Suk suggested something slightly different: diligence and love.

What is ‘diligence’ though? Focus to a particular task and never giving up/perserverance are some of the ways Kyoung Suk wanted to apply this word to her children.

Why did you choose these? Did you parents encourage you to be like this? Are you like this?

We also discussed schooling. Did you attend a private school? Public school? Religious school? Was it ‘co-ed’ (boys and girls) or just single-sex (all boys or all girls)?

Yosuke suggested he would send his son to a ‘co-ed’ but not his daughter!

And would you consider home-schooling?

How would you discipline your child?

TODAY: audio and article

It seems like people are always complaining about how different today’s youth/Generation Y are.

The world is changing and so are our children, yet many parts of society are not changing with them.

In Britain this has become a big problem – so much that British schools are thinking of fining parents or sending them to jail if their children don’t come to school!

What were you like as a child? Well-behaved or badly-behaved?

What did your parents do to ‘discipline’ you? Did it work? Would you discipline your children another way?

And is the idea about fining or jailing parents a good one?

and Kyoung Suk, in NSW, it’s legal to ‘smack’ your child but illegal to hit them to try and cause injury. Hmmmmmmm.

Lachlan, the $1 kisser

TODAY: audio and article

Yes, it was Tamami’s last day, but we ended the week on a positive – free hugs and $1 kisses. Not to mention Jason and his girlfriend celebrated their 500 day anniversary. Congratulations!

It began with us discussing how to show emotion in your country.

In Korea and Japan we all agreed that people are very reluctant to hug or embrace. Some of us don’t even like to hold hands with our boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife.

So then, would you hug this guy?

and would you kiss Lachlan Christie in the picture at the top?

Is what he’s doing a bit weird? Why is it okay to hug a stranger but not kiss a stranger?

Homeless man Ken Johnson, who earns up to $400 a day

TODAY: audio and article

Yes, it’s true. Homeless man Ken Johnson earns up to $400 a day, just sitting outside Myer about a block from here. That’s potentially $2000 a week. Even on a bad day he reckons he will make $175 – $220. That’s a good day for just about any of our students!

Could a homeless person do this in your country?

What are attitudes like to homeless people in your country?

What about buskers – do many people busk in your country?

Could you busk? Could you go homeless, even for 24 hours? How would you eat? Where would you sleep? How would you get money? How would you clean yourself?

In response to the above question there were some hilarious answers! I’m impressed/horrified by some of these ideas.

Tamami had a clever idea – she would get a job as an innkeeper (someone who lives and works in a hotel/motel) at a Japanese hotel. Do you mean a ryokan?

Kyoung Sook said she would simply stay with a friend for a little while. Well that was easy.

Now here’s where it gets a little silly: Jason said he would sleep in a park and use newspapers as blankets. Not too bad.

and Yosuke? Well he said he would get arrested for shoplifting and live in jail! In jail? Man, are you serious? Clever idea but it’s not the nicest place in there!

confusion

Wow….. this is such a commonly asked question. And boy can it be confusing. But with practice, these things become (mostly) automatic.

That said, these will take LOTS of practice, so hope this helps:

1 – We use a or an the first time we mention something. When we mention it again, we use the.

eg. I saw a beautiful vase in an antique shop a few days ago. When I went back to the shop yesterday the vase wasn’t there any more!

2 – We do not use the:

a) when we talk about people or things in general eg. Dogs make very good pets.

b) with the names of people and countries eg. American people eat a lot of fast food.

c) with many place names

eg. Continents – Asia, Africa Countries – South Korea, Australia Cities – Seoul, Sydney Lakes – Lake Griffin Mountains – Mount Fuji

Roads/Streets – Oxford Street Island – Jeju Island, Hamilton Island

3 – We use the:

a) with some place names:

eg. Oceans and seas the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea Rivers – the River Danube, the Nile River Mountain ranges – the Himalayas, the Alps

Countries which are republics or unions – the United Kingdom (the UK), the United Arab Emirates (the UAE) Regions the Middle East

b) with superlatives eg. the longest river in the world

c) when there is only one of something eg. the Sun, the Earth, the Moon, the sky, the Pope

4) Other phrases with the:

at the bottom, at the top / in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north / in the centre, in the middle / in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening / on the left, on the right / on the coast, on the border

5) Other phrases without the:

at home, at school, at university, at work / at night / in bed, in hospital, in jail / on holiday


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  • Tourist Habits revisited
    THIS HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED BY ANOTHER CLASS HERE TODAY: article and audio So what are tourists, in this case, Korean tourists, like? Are they clean or messy? Stylish or unstylish? Polite or rude? Do they try to speak the local language and try the local cuisine (local food)? Jason thought that Koreans were messy/untidy […]
  • Parenting – how would you teach your children?
    TODAY: article and audio We’ve discussed what we would like to teach our children, but how would we like our children taught? We outlined private schools, public schools, religion-based schools and home-schooling. Included in this are same-sex/single sex and ‘co-ed’ (boys and girls) schools. What type of school do you attend? Did/Does a same-sex school […] […]
  • Parenting – what would you teach your children?
    For homework we were asked ‘what two things would you teach your children?’ So, what are the two most important things you would teach them? Yosuke suggested teaching manners and encouraging them to be sociable. After all, it’s not what you know, but who you know! Kyoung Suk suggested something slightly different: diligence and love. […]
  • Parenting: how would you discipline your child?
    TODAY: audio and article It seems like people are always complaining about how different today’s youth/Generation Y are. The world is changing and so are our children, yet many parts of society are not changing with them. In Britain this has become a big problem – so much that British schools are thinking of fining […]
  • Free hugs and $1 kisses
    TODAY: audio and article Yes, it was Tamami’s last day, but we ended the week on a positive – free hugs and $1 kisses. Not to mention Jason and his girlfriend celebrated their 500 day anniversary. Congratulations! It began with us discussing how to show emotion in your country. In Korea and Japan we all […]
  • What?! Homeless people make more than we do??
    TODAY: audio and article Yes, it’s true. Homeless man Ken Johnson earns up to $400 a day, just sitting outside Myer about a block from here. That’s potentially $2000 a week. Even on a bad day he reckons he will make $175 – $220. That’s a good day for just about any of our students! […]
  • PLACES TO VISIT – Bertoni Casalinga and Uchi Lounge
    Tamami can’t stop talking about this place, so I thought I might as well mention Bertoni Casalinga , which serves a heap of delicious Italian food on Kent St in the CBD. I’ll have to try one of those paninis Tamomi 🙂 Uchi Lounge happens to be where one of our students Kazuki works. Apparently […]
  • Is class an issue in Australia?
    THIS TOPIC HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED HERE Article and Audio With Andrew and Hans on Friday night we looked into the attitudes Australian’s adopt when they’re overseas. Click the link above for a more in depth look at a discussion of Australian stereotypes including ‘bogans’ and ‘mullets’ – that’s a fine example in the picture […]