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Genki English Newsletter July 2006

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1. Samurai Hats Janken
2. The Ice Cream Song
3. Online arcade: North, South, East, West
4. New Good Morning, Adjective & Transport Cards
5. And Finally...


It's just about the Summer holidays, but here are a few great activities to finish off the term...

1. Samurai Hats Janken

This is a great game sent in by Genki English reader Hasan Ahmet.

1. Get the kids to make origami Samurai hats ( e.g. http://www.cs.uu.nl/~hansb/d.origami/traditional/hat.html)
2. The kids draw a picture from today's theme ( e.g. feelings, favourite ice cream flavours or family members) on their hat.
3. Give each kid 5 chips ( all schools have boxes of chips lying around somewhere)
4. Start the stopwatch ( just to give a touch of tension)
5. They practise today's conversation and answer with whatever is on their hat. e.g. "What's your favourite flavour?" "I like apple!" etc,
6. Then they Rock, Paper, Scissors.
7. The loser gives the winner a chip.
8. AND... they exchange hats so have to answer with something different next time!
9. The person at the end with the most chips is the winner.

You can read Hasan's full description of how to play the game on the site at:


This month's other new games include:


Thanks to everyone for sending in their ideas, and if you have any of your own, be sure to share them at:


2. The Ice Cream Song

It's Summer, the kids are hot, so what better theme for a song than ice cream flavours. This song has some fantastic new artwork done by my cousin James that is almost guaranteed to cool you down and looks almost good enough to eat.

The really cool thing about this song is that it cures the problem of kids saying things like "I like dog" or "I like cat" ( i.e. without the "s"), because in this song the answers to the question "What's your favourite flavour?" ( or "favorite flavor" if you like, both are on the mini cards ) are all in the singular i.e. "I like lemon", "I like cherry" meaning "I like cherry flavour". It sounds tricky, but try it out in class and the next time someone ( even a teacher ) leaves off an "s" at the end of an "I like + animal" all the kids will go "oooo" you like that flavour???


3. Online arcade: North, South, East, West

The new game on the Genki English Online Games Arcade is North, South, East & West. It's actually the same game that is on the Genki Japan site for learning Japanese, but now you can get the kids to practise it for homework or in the computer room if you're in school:


4. New Good Morning, Adjective & Transport Cards

I've also got some new A4 picture cards for you, these ones have all been jazzed up and come complete with very nice sets of colour mini cards & classroom posters:

Good Morning ( greetings ) http://genkienglish.net/greetings.htm
Adjectives Part 2 ( http://genkienglish.net/morequestions.htm )
Transport ( http://genkienglish.net/transport.htm )

5. And finally...

The worksheets for the High School / Adult songs proved popular in last month's newsletter, so I've done a few more for
*If you had a million dollars
*Have you ever?
*Dream Holiday

If your kids are still into the World Cup ( or even just football in general), don't forget the new Football MP3 song:

Plus of course there are lots of new updates coming up over the next few days and weeks so be sure to check back soon.

Be genki,


Richard J. Graham
The Easy way to Teach.
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."
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