2010年10月27日水曜日

trick or huh?

I as teaching one of my favourite classes- a group of 6-7 year olds who have been with me since they were 3-4 and are just all so darn cute. Anyway, this week it is all Halloween themed classes and we were playing Halloween bingo. If the kids got a bingo they raised their hand, said 'trick or treat' and got a Halloween sticker. Small incentive big excitement trust me. I play bingo until everyone's card is complete so there's a lot of bingoes going around and the choruses of trick or treat' were pretty constant.

During all this I heard the door open. You can't actually see the door from the classroom but it's all the same room. When my boss comes into the school he always calls out to let me know it's him and not a visitor, parent, random salesman etc.. Most of the time he calls out 'It's me.' But sometimes he will call out something to do with what I'm teaching. 'Can you see something green?' or 'Does it start with A?' or whatever. So when I heard the door open and I called out 'hello?' and the answer was 'trick or treat' I replied in kind and continued teaching. After about 15 seconds there was another call 'trick or treat?' That seemed a little odd... A couple of the kids were interested, too and peeked around the divider to see the door. Big wide eyed faces turned to me 'It's not R-sensei!' 'Hmm? Is it K-sensei (R's wife)? It didn't sound like a woman's voice but maybe she has a cold...?

Even wider eyes- 'Nooooo!'
I picked my way carefully between all the kids and their bingo cards and made it to the door to see a calm but slightly impatient looking man in a uniform.

Holding a package.

He looked relieved to see me and repeated:

'takkyuubin'

Ohhhhh!!!

Not trick or treat, takkyuubin! (courier)

I apologised, signed for the delivery and tried to explain the mistake but I don't think Japanese men of a certain age really get Halloween...

And I think I have done a bit too much of it this week to make that mistake!

3 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

How funny! : )

Jo Tomooka さんのコメント...

Gotta love the similarities between the Japanese and English language! I must say I am about Halloweened out... and I still have 4 Halloween classes and 2 Halloween parties to go. Considering we don't even celebrate it in NZ I feel like I am now an expert!
I just made your cream stew for dinner tonight... tasting pretty good. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
My verificatioin word for this comment is "treaked" - very appropriate!

Vicky さんのコメント...

Cute!

I haven't done any Halloween yet, I'm saving it up for one big bash on Sunday, with 89 kids coming so far! Eeek!

(My word verification is "Tringwoo"!