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Old 2004-10-04, 23:50   Link #1
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looking for some advice on conversationwith japanese

So I'm tutoring Japanese Foreign Exchange Students in casual conversation. They've been in america for 1-3 months. Anyways, I'm looking for topics to talk about or rather ideas. The goal is to make them talk so they can start to think in English. If they are humorous ideas, it would have to be something they would understand. It would be particular helpful if it has to do with the japanese culture.. you know, topics that stimulate conversation.Anyone have any ideas?

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their lives casual stuff: age, family etc
General observations about differences in
about the holidays holidays

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Old 2004-10-05, 00:16   Link #2
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World War 2 is always a winner.
Also hot with Germans and Italians.
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Old 2004-10-05, 00:23   Link #3
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World War 2 is always a winner.
Also hot with Germans and Italians.
I gotta agree with Lexander here. Everyone enjoys talking about World War II.
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Old 2004-10-05, 00:30   Link #4
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I like to travel so talking about where other people had gone on vacation - and the better restaurants, sights, and such - was always a plus on this end. Since they're exchange students, they might be interested in seeing the sights while they are in the country. Some good but relatively unknown places would be good, IMHO.
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I gotta agree with Lexander here. Everyone enjoys talking about World War II.
Exept my grandfather ..

Lets talk about milk.

And Romance. Ooooh yeah romance.
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Old 2004-10-05, 00:34   Link #6
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I was pretty serious when I entered this thread...and then I saw Lexander's post.
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Old 2004-10-05, 00:40   Link #7
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Conversation topics discussed so far...
their lives casual stuff: age, family etc
General observations about differences in
about the holidays holidays
What about entertainment or sports? I know baseball is really big in Japan, so maybe you can help them relate to that.

Also, try to get them to understand how life in America is. Like what people do in their daily lives and such. Popular "after school/work" hang out spots, ect.

I'd say anime, but that would probably scare em off.
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Old 2004-10-05, 01:21   Link #8
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I was pretty serious when I entered this thread...and then I saw Lexander's post.
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On that note ... I'm going to get serious
You know ... I'm actually going to recommend staying away from a conversation revolving around Japanese culture.
If I went to Japan as an exchange student I would want to know about their culture and their hobbies. It would bore me if I had to sit there and go through a conversation about San Francisco that i have with my friends anyway.

But if you must ... try something hip happenin' like Jrock. Get as much Gackt and Dir en Grey as possible before the next meeting. Listen to it. Pretend you like it.
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Old 2004-10-05, 23:21   Link #9
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what about assignments? Things i can give them to heighten their communication skills. I was thinking about making a mock aim conversation and using tons of commonly "slured words"
kind of like how katakana was formed...
nekkutai necktie
nekulasu necklace why is one neck have a stopper in between the ne and ku...
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Following in the spirit of the first two answers (Which were great), I'd suggest some exposure to other languages, like teaching them how to say "Nnjīng D Tshā"

Mind you, I'm studying to be a linguist, so languages are like, instant interest for me.
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Old 2004-10-06, 19:00   Link #11
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Um, if it's a girl, we like to talk about purikura, fashion, music, etc!!
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