Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The octopus is...

During one of my private English lessons, I made up a game for my students in which I show them a picture of an object and they try to make a sentence with the word. I showed a flash card with a picture of an octopus to the 7 year-old boy that I was teaching. I thought that he might need some prompting, and I began to think of some simple sentences in my mind that he could say; "The octopus is green", or "The octopus is big", or "The octopus is cute", etc. After a short pause, he blurted out, "The octopus is....yummy!"

I laughed because I thought about how Japanese see some things differently than I do.

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