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Genki English Newsletter April 2007

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1. Balloon Body Parts + Chocolate Monster Game
2. Pera Pera Candy - On sale soon
3. Learn English with Fairy Tales
4. And finally


Welcome to the Spring holidays. Hopefully you'll have a few days to enjoy the nice weather in amongst all the chaos! Here are a few ideas to help you out.

1. Balloon Body Parts + Chocolate Monster Games

Here's a very simple game sent in by reader Justin Dart.

1. Put the kids in groups.
2. Each group makes a circle.
3. Each group gets a balloon.
4. The teacher shouts out a body part.
5. The groups have to keep their balloon in the air using only the body part the teacher said.
6. When they touch the balloon they have to say the body part.
7. Whoever keeps the balloon in the air longest is the winner.
8. The winners choose the next body part.
9. Repeat from 5.

Dead easy but a fun game for the end of term.

You can also try last month's Disaster Movie game, but as a Chocolate Monster variation with the Genki English Easter Picture book.
1. Put the picture book pages on the board.
2. On the back of each is a number. On the back of two of them is a "Chocolate Monster".
3. One team asks "Look in the grass. Is it in the grass?" etc.
4. Look on the back, the team gets that many Easter eggs.
5. But if the Chocolate Monster is there he eats all the Easter eggs ( points) they've collected so far!

You can find the printable version of the picture book at:


2. Pera Pera Candy

"Pera pera" is Japanese for "fluent" and this year we're very proud to announce our latest product: "Pera Pera Candy".

Tired of learning languages? Want a quick fix that really works? Try the new "Pera Pera Candy" and in no time you'll be speaking fluent English, or Japanese or even Swahili! Full details are on the website:


3. English Through Fairy Stories

bWhen it comes to reading, most adult learners are quite advanced. But everyone is always looking for new things to read that are just their level. Of course it also has to be something that's fun to read.

So I've just put up a new section on the the site with lots and lots of famous English stories such as Snow White, Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and also a few Aesop's Fables.

It works great whether your students are in China, Brazil, Germany or anywhere really.

But if your students are in Japan there's also a Japanese page with a dictionary built in, you simple move over a word you don't know and an instant translation appears. I'm amazed at how fast it let's Japanese learners whiz through the stories, it's almost as fast as I read them myself.

Select the "Learn English" link from the menu on the left side of the GenkiEnglish.com website.

4. And finally ...

If you're in Fukuoka on April 8th I'm going to be doing a few games and ideas at the ACET teachers meeting. It's Easter Day, but if you are free, please pop along.

It costs 1,000 yen for the afternoon starting from 13:30 till 16:30.
I'll probably be hanging around for a coffee afterwards if you want a chat.

Place: Fukuoka City Gender Equality Promotion Center AMIKAS http://www.amikas.or.jp/english/english2.html
Just outside the Takamiya Train Station. Take the local Nishitetsu train from Tenjin.

After that I'll be back in Europe for a while then back to Japan for the Summer workshops. The last half of August is fully booked, but if your school would like me to do their Summer workshop the beginning of August still has some space.

Remember the Pera Pera Candy...

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
The Genki way to Teach.
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