26 March 2011 § 1 Comment
At my work, I teach mostly these things called “free time lessons”. They are forty minute lessons, within anywhere from one to four students. They’re often one-on-one. We have lessons to follow for them, but students can opt to have “free talk” instead, in which they just take the forty minutes to have some conversation with a native English speaker. Today, I had a “free talk” with a nice man, probably in his late fifties, maybe his sixties. Here is a snippet of the conversation, as I can remember it.
Student: So how many people are in your family?
Emi: Well when everyone on my dad’s side gets together, around fifty! My grandparents had eight children, so there’s a lot of us. [I say a bit more about my family, including my mom’s side, etc.]
Student: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Emi: An older brother. He’s a nurse. [I said more than this, but whatever]
Student: How old are you?
Emi: I’m 24.
Student: What does your father do?
Emi: (hmm, what a curious student) Umm he’s into horticulture. Used to do photography.
Student: Do you have a boyfriend?
Emi: (uncomfortable laugh) no, I’ve always known I wanted to come to Japan, didn’t bother with one!
Student: I have two sons.
Emi: (???) Oh yeah..?
Student: My oldest son is twenty-five. He’s starting a new job in April. He doesn’t have a girlfriend.
Emi: (Oh boy) Ah.. how old is he?
Student: He’s 25. Close to your age!
[Student tells me more about his son, and then seeing that our forty minutes it up, I politely say goodbye]