So the register operator exclaims 'wow!'and asks Amy if she understands what mummy is saying. Poor Amy thinks the register operator has been understanding the whole conversation and looks a little shocked. She pouts and says yes. And miraculously stops doing everything I was asking her not to do. This gives the register operator a chance to ask how I taught her English.
Just talking to her, the same way she learnt Japanese.
Hmmm.... I was thinking of buying that CD...
You know the one Ishikawa Ryo uses? You only listen 5 minutes a day and you can speak English....
Yes! What do you think?
This conversation always amuses me. I'm an English teacher. I teach right here in the village. That fact is quite well known. And yet I often seem to be asked my opinion on various English learning devices. Usually those promising maximum results for minimum effort.
If I have time I get on my soapbox and go on about a holistic approach to language learning, active learning versus passive, use it or lose it etc etc.
If I don't have time or think my kids will go nuts if I go through my "English learning takes effort" speech again I just smile and say:
"Oh, sorry, I have no idea- I haven't used it."
And as for Ishikawa Ryo? He's a pretty impressive golfer, a cute kid and has confidence in bags so I'm sure he'll go far. His English though?
There are no shortcuts!