Last week one of my one-on-one students arrived 30 minutes late for a two-lesson block on Saturday morning. He was still wearing his suit from the night before and told me that he was out with “the boss” all night and hadn’t made it home yet. So I decided it was opportunity time and started with “The Restaurant” routine. We all know how that one goes, but he and I spent an entire 90 minutes on it this time and I’d like to share our adaptation. When all was said and done, it went something like this: “It’s the end of the fiscal year so last night I celebrated with my colleagues. We met at 7:00 at Akasakamitsuke Station in Tokyo. First we went to a sushi restaurant and sat down at the counter. The chef approached us and we ordered beer, wine, and sushi. Next we went to another bar, drank some bourbon and sang karaoke. My wife tried calling my mobile phone, but the battery was dead, so I was in big trouble. Then we went to Roppongi and drank brandy at a small bar. The last stop was to a ramen shop. We ate ramen, gyoza, and drank more beer! Finally we caught a cab to Shinjuku and checked into a capsule hotel. I woke up at 9:00, caught the train, and arrived at Smith’s Hashimoto at 10:30. My wife waits angrily at home…” And his “one point” was “He’s walking with his tail between his legs.” Both of us had a good laugh throughout.
Al Bartle says
That’s a great one! It was a good way to pick up on the situation and make it into a fun lesson. I know how your student feels by the way. I met some students for yakitori, went to small bar, played drums with a local band, missed my last train, sung Karaoke with the students until after 3:00 a.m., slept in my school and was in the “doghouse” from the next morning.
No doubt you had alot of fun and you must be congratulated on being able to keep your student awake and an interested participant in the lesson.
Maybe you should join them next time but you’d better make it on a Saturday night.
Students DO say the darndest things. It’s great you have so much fun with your student, I do too!
Edward, SSE Ohtsu