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Lesson 4: Home Remedies
I accidentally cut myself on a metal clip.

I can give casual instructions for a home remedy.

INTRODUCE

Home remedies are important because they can serve as alternative treatments for some illnesses.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

cut oneself

burn oneself

hurt oneself

scratch oneself on [thing]

hit oneself with [thing]

treat oneself

II. Which of the things above did you do recently?

III. Practice reading the words.

/ʌ/

/æ/

cut

cat

but

bat

bud

bad

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use reflexive pronouns when the subject and object of a sentence are the same.

SINGULAR

 I

myself

you

yourself

he

himself

she

herself

it

itself

PLURAL

we

ourselves

you

yourselves

they

themselves

  • I burned myself while cooking.
  • You might hurt yourself if you fall down.
  • He looked at himself in the mirror.
  • We prepared ourselves for the bad news.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Sho is talking to his Australian coworker Maya.

Sho:

Hey, Maya. Do you have a band-aid?

Maya:

Yeah, here you go. What’s it for?

Sho:

Oh, it’s for my finger. I accidentally cut myself on a metal clip.

Maya:

That sounds painful. If you want, I can also give you some papaya cream to put on the cut. It can help the pain.

Sho:

That would be great. Thanks.

Maya:

No problem. … By the way, Sho, you look a little tired. Are you okay?

Sho:

Actually, I’m having a hard time falling asleep at night. I was thinking of buying some sleeping pills at the drugstore after work today.

Maya:

Oh, I don’t recommend taking medicine. I had the same problem before, but I treated myself with a home remedy. Drinking a mug of warm milk with honey before bed worked for me. You should try it.

Sho:

Okay, I’ll give it a try. I really need a good night’s sleep. Thanks, Maya.

TRIVIA

Papaya cream is a must-have item in many Australians’ medicine cabinets. Like its name suggests, it’s made from papaya fruit. In addition to small cuts, papaya cream is also used for burns, sunburns, and bug bites.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Choose the correct reflexive pronoun.

1. I hit _____ on a wooden chair.

  • herself
  • himself
  • myself

 

2. The animal scratched _____ on a tree.

  • itself
  • yourself
  • myself

 

3. Annie burned _____ while making dinner.

  • yourself
  • ourselves
  • herself

 

4. Tom and Tracy are really enjoying _____.

  • themselves
  • yourselves
  • ourselves

 

5. He cut _____ with a sharp knife.

  • myself
  • himself
  • itself

STEP B EXERCISE

Make sentences using the pictures and words.

ex. burn / while cooking

She burned herself while cooking.

1. hurt

2. hit / with a hammer

3. enjoy / in the snow

4. clean

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You and your foreign friend are on vacation abroad. This morning, your friend woke up with a sore throat, but there are no drugstores nearby.


Tell your friend to try some home remedies.

Today's grammar tip

  • reflexive pronouns

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

HOME REMEDIES

2

HOME REMEDIES VS MODERN MEDICINE

3

TREATING MINOR INJURIES

1

HOME REMEDIES

  1. What are the most common home remedies in Japan?
  2. Are they effective?
  3. What’s the strangest home remedy that you know?
  4. Do you think older people are more likely than younger people to use home remedies?

2HOME REMEDIES VS MODERN MEDICINE

  1. Which is more effective, modern medicine or home remedies?
  2. What illnesses cannot be treated with home remedies?
  3. Are there illnesses that cannot be treated with modern medicine?
  4. Have you tried using a home remedy while taking medicine?

3TREATING MINOR INJURIES

  1. When you have a cut, do you always use a band-aid?
  2. How do you treat minor burns?
  3. What do you do when you have a bug bite?
  4. Should people go to the hospital for minor injuries?

FEEDBACK

I can give casual instructions for a home remedy.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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