March 1998 – email3

This email speaks for itself.

From: Gary Ploski
3/5/98 23:17
Subject: 1st graders in JPN To: EVERYONE IN MY ADDRESS BOOK

These 1st graders did a fantastic job…but some of the stuff they wrote comes across hullariously!

        I received this email and… well, take a guess, your looking at it now. You WILL laugh! It doesn’t matter if you have or have not taught in JPN or even been to JPN. Just remember one thing. THE STUDENTS THAT WROTE ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL THINGS ARE FROM —– JAPAN.

AnninJapan wrote: Dear Gary,

        Thought you might like to see what TODAY was like at school.  Hope you Enjoy.

        I just finished grading 200 student papers for the written portion of the 1st year final examinations.  We have been practicing writing REAL letters to my students in America, and the teacher thought it would be a great idea for the students to also write a pretend letter to America for their final.  She let me correct all the spelling errors, sentence structure etc. etc. etc.

        I noticed as I was plodding away at the 200 papers that some of the kids were writing hysterical things.  Most of the funny stuff is only funny in English and the kids have no clue that their small spelling mistakes and sentence structure made me laugh out loud.  I decided to write down every “GEM” I came across and I am passing them along to you. I am not making these up.  I have not changed a word of what the students wrote!  A final note before you read these.  The overall letters were amazing and I couldn’t have been happier with their writing.  They did a fantastic job for 1st graders!!!!!!!!!!! Here they are?..

How many friends do you have? I have well, two hundred. -Hiromi

This class has 39 students. They are all from Japan. -Kazutaka

I belong to the tennis crab. -Takumi

Do you like food?  I like cake. -Haruna

What’s a name? -Yuka

I can speak Japanese very well. -Masanori

I can only speak English. -Kanako

I have one brother. He have a girlfriend He is very happy. -Kumi

I eat rice very fast. -Makoto

Do you know “the Ann”? -Masato

Please be my friend. I don’t know your face, but I like you. -Chika

You don’t know me, but we are friends.  -Hirotaku

Do you clean your room every day? I don’t clean your room every day. -Akira

What do you usually do after school? I play dare doll. -Masayoshi

Now two personal favorites amongst the entire bunch were

Do you like Ann? I like Ann very much. -Nazomi

Do you like this test? I don’t like this test. -Madoka


You know you laughed!

“I can only speak English.” Gotta love it! Written by a Student going to school in JPN. : ) hope you enjoyed as much as I did.

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