The hundred most common words
Tony Buzan, in his book 'Using your Memory', points out that just 100 words comprise 50% of all words used in conversation in a language. Learning this core 100 words gets you a long way towards being able to speak in that language, albeit at a basic level. The 100 basic words used in conversation are shown below:
|13. (I) can
14. (I) come
| 15. Either/or
|16. (I) find
|21. (I) go
25. (I) have
31. (I) am
|34. (I) know
36. (I) like
38. (I) love
|39. (I) make
64. (I) see
|71. (I) tell
72. Thank you
78. There is
81. (I) think
88. (I) use
Here are a few pointers
for both teachers and students
|Talking is fun when we talk about what we know and love.
Talking About Japan In English is a collection of 21 topics with on-line support material. Talking About Japan In English is designed for Japanese students studying English, but others may find the 21 units informative and fun.
All 21 topics have been tested for Japanese university classes. Based on actual class experience spanning twenty years of teaching English in Japan, this material has proven effective.
Keep things light.
Joy, spontaneity, camaraderie among the students goes further than tightly restricted planning.
Keep in mind, students need to find the class fun, intellectually stimulating (though not argumentative) and preferably not too intrusive to an already hectic schedule.
||I find, when I take teaching too seriously, I lose my audience.
Few students see a pressing need to master a foreign language. They'd like to, but... they must distribute their energy carefully to maintain their busy schedule... And, for many students, language learning just isn't a priority.
Making friends is the goal.
When we meet a foreigner in our home town, or when we travel for fun or work, friendly communication is important.
With a bit of preparation, many Japanese people can express enough to have a good time.
For starters, be prepared. Here is a simple way to be ready with your English.
||Choose five favorite topics, one for every finger on your hand.
Practice talking about these five topics until you are an expert. Funny stories, fun details, interesting opinions, each time lengthening how long you can talk on each topic.
Knowing five unique topics will make conversation easier. You can handle any job interview with English. Feeling confident with a hand full of language skill, making new friends will come easy.
Begin, slow but steady. Choose a favorite topic and chat from the heart.