Talking About Japan In English

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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:

1. A,an
2. After
3. Again
4. All
5. Almost
6. Also
7. Always
8. And
9. Because
10. Before
11. Big
12. But
13. (I) can
14. (I) come
15. Either/or
16. (I) find
17. First
18. For
19. Friend
20. From
21. (I) go
22. Good
23. Good-bye
24. Happy
25. (I) have
26. He
27. Hello
28. Here
29. How
30. I
31. (I) am
32. If
33. In
34. (I) know
35. Last
36. (I) like
37. Little
38. (I) love
39. (I) make
40. Many
41. One
42. More
43. Most
44. Much
45. My
46. New
47. No
48. Not
49. Now
50. Of
51. Often
52. On
53. One
54. Only
55. Or
56. Other
57. Our
58. Out
59. Over
60. People
61. Place
62. Please
63. Same
64. (I) see
65. She
66. So
67. Some
68. Sometimes
69. Still
70. Such
71. (I) tell
72. Thank you
73. That
74. The
75. Their
76. Them
77. Then
78. There is
79. They
80. Thing
81. (I) think
82. This
83. Time
84. To
85. Under
86. Up
87. Us
88. (I) use
89. Very
90. We
91. What
92. When
93. Where
94. Which
95. Who
96. Why
97. With
98. Yes
99. You
100. Your


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.
For teachers

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.
For Students

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.
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