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Vocab Lists

Here is a list of the language that I managed to teach during my 3 years at Primary Schools in Tamagawa, Ehime. Each class  had either 1 or 2 lessons per month. Not all of the children learnt all the language, but most of them learnt most of it!

The easiest language to teach is of course nouns. However a more effective approach is to teach useful question words and various associated answers. This not only  broadens the kids' communication skils, it allows them to choose the language they want to learn and are not forced into a set series of pre-determined answers.

You will also note that many of the categories have Genki English Songs associated with them. The reason is that using the songs is the quickest and most effective way to teach, and review, the language in the limited time available!
 

Colours
What's your favourite?
red (aka)
orange (orenji)
yellow (kiiro)
green (midori)
blue (ao)
brown (chairo)
Black (kuro)
White (shiro)
Gold (kin iro)
Silver (gin iro)

Colours song
Directions
Left (hidari)
Right (migi)
forward (mae ni)
back (ushiro ni)
up (ue ni)
down (shita ni)
stop (tomaru, yameru)
go (iku)


Left and right song

How are you?
I'm happy (ureshii desu)
I'm great (sugoi genki desu!)
I'm good (genki desu yo)
I'm OK (daijyoubu)

I'm hungry (onaka ga suita)
I'm tired (tukareta, nemutai)
I'm cold (samui!)
I'm hot (atui)
I'm sad (kanashii)

How are you? song

Sports
What sports do you play?
Baseball (yakyuu)
running (hashiru)
tennis (tenisu)
volleyball (bare)
swimming (oyogu)
kendo (kendo)
karate (karate)
basketball (basuketto)
skiing (sukii)
football (sakkaa)
fishing (tsuri)
Fruits
What's this?
It's a ...
pineapple (painappuru)
banana (banana)
Water Melon (suika)
cherry (sakurambo)
apple (ringo)
lemon (remon)
grape (gureipu, budo)
kiwi fruit (kiui)
pear (you nashi)
strawberry (ichigo)

Fruit Market song
Christmas 
Bell (kane)
Candle (rousoku)
Santa Claus, Father Xmas (santa san)
Stocking (kurisumasu no kutushita?)
Present (purezento)
Christmas Tree (kurisumasu tsurii)
Angel (tenshi)
Snowman (yuki daruma)
Reindeer (tonakai)
Weather

What's the weather like? (tenki wa dou)

It's rainy (ame ga futteiru)
It's cloudy (kumori)
It's windy (kaze ga tsuyoi)
It's snowy(yuki ga futteiru)
It's sunny (hare)
It's fine (hare)
It's hot (atsui)
It's a beautiful day (nihonbare)

Weather song

Adjectives
AS "How are you?"+

new (atarashii)
Expensive ((nedan ga) takai)
Fast (hayai)
Fun (tanoshii)
Nice (umai)
Cute (kawaii)
Big (dekai)
Heavy (omoi)
Transport
Train (densha)
Truck (torakku)
Mountain bike (maunten baiku)
Plane (hikouki)
helicopter (herikoputaa)
Ship (fune)
Balloon (fuusen)
Car (kuruma)
Summer things
Fan (uchiwa)
Festival (matsuri)
Summer (natsu)
Ice (koori)
Fireworks (hanabi)
Dolphin (iruka)
Cicada (semi)
Countries
Where are you from?

Japan (nippon)
Britain (eikoku)
England (ingurando)
Scotland (sukottorando)
Wales (ueiruzu)
Northern Ireland (kita airurando)
America (beikoku)
Canada (kanada)
Australia (oosutoraria)
New Zealand (nyuuzeerando)
Korea (kankoku)
China (chuugoku)

Where are you from? song

Animals
Dragon (ryuu)
monkey (saru)
Rabbit (usagi)
tiger (tora)
dog (inu)
cat (neko)
peacock (kujyaku)
frog (kaeru)
Lion (raion)
snake (hebi)
koala (koala)
dinosaur (kyouryuu)
ostrich (dachou)
shark (same)
penguin (pengin)
cow (ushi)
horse (uma)
sea horse (tatunootoshigo!)
Jelly fish (kurage)
Star fish (hitode)
sea lion (ashika)
fly (jae)
dragonfly (tonbo)
Butterfly (chocho)
Hamster (hamusutaa)
bird (tori)
sheep (hituji)
fish (sakana)
crab (kani)
horse (uma)
Food
Do you like?
Rice (gohan)
chocolate (chokoreito)
tea (kocha)
curry (karei raisu)
Ice cream (aisu kuriimu)
Birthday cake (tanjyoubi keiki)
Jelly (zeri)
Noodle (ramen, udon)
bread (pan)
sushi (sushi)
Sandwich (sandouichi)
pumpkin (kabocha)
mushroom (kinoko)
potato (jyagaimo)
tomato (tomato)
(Green )Peppar (piiman)
Onion (tamanegi)
Cheese (chiizu)
My holiday pictures
Sea (umi)
Jungle (janguru)
Sky (sora)
Mountain (yama)
Snake (hebi)
Island (shima)
Beach (hama)
Fish (sakana)
Lizard (tookage)
Sunset (higure)
Elephant (zou)

This is a special set of vocab, where I used real photgraphs of my travels to illustrate a culture point. Each picture then became a normal "picture card"

Where are you going? song 
Classroom things
Teacher (sensei)
Book (hon)
TV (terebi)
Computer (pasokon)
Telephone (denwa)
Pencil (enpitu)
Bag (kaban)
Broom (houki)
Clock (tokei)
Pen (pen)
Coloured pencils (iro enpitu)
Fan (senpuuki)

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