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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Those Fun-Loving Japanese.

Don't get me wrong, out of all the places in the world the country I would most like to visit is Japan, but I can't help worrying about them when I see segments of their game shows! In this particular show, the point is NOT TO LAUGH. If you get caught laughing, they beat you on the buttocks with a rather frightening looking cane!
In this episode, they have to refrain from giggling at people who struggle with the English language, and I could have EASILY refrained from laughing at that for so many reasons, not the least of which is that the average reading skills of the 9th graders I help teach is about the 4th grade level in one class in particular. That includes both kids who are and are not identified as having special needs.

3 comments:

Realm Of Dreams said...

In America in the 80s there was a Game Show called Make Me Laugh where the idea was that Stand Up Comics would try to make the contestant laugh and if the Contestant could refrain for 60 seconds the would win Money... not get beaten by a cane. Sad thing is the Contestants would often lose... not to a funny joke, but to a fart noise or silly face...

humble simpleton said...

lol @ ten ten eight, ten ten nine, ten ten ten.
He'd better switch from english to french:
60 = soisante
70 = soisante-dix = sixty ten
74 = soisante-quatorze = sixty fourteen
78 = soisante-dix-huit = sixty ten eight
80 = quatre-vingt = four twentys
90 = quatre-vingt-dix = four twentys ten
92 = quatre-vingt-douze = four twentys twelve
99 = quatre-vingt-dix-neuf = four twentys ten nine
Combinator's dream...

TeacherLady said...

I always hated counting in French...