It helps to know the differences of a country’s regions so that you can better experience the places when you visit them.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. Use be known for something to say that a place, person, or business is famous for that thing.
Kobe is known for its beef.
2. Use somewhere dialect to refer to a certain region’s variation of a language.
Yui speaks Kansai dialect because she’s from Osaka.
3. Use someone’s/somewhere’s bread and butter to say that something is a person’s or region’s source of income.
Seafood is Hokkaido’s bread and butter.
II. Which region are you from? Use the expressions above to talk about your region.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
bread and butter
/bred n’ buh-ter/
It’s our / bred n’ buh-ter /.
Yuko and Charlie are back in Japan. They’re chatting at a café.
In Japan, there’s one famous noodle manufacturer that sells different broth for East Japan and West Japan. The seasoning for their East Japan broth is a little spicier, while the one for their West Japan broth has a lighter flavor. The color of the seasoning packet is also different.
STEP A EXERCISE
Complete the photo captions using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
@AnthonyParker: It’s a perfect time to visit Hokkaido! Many people come here in winter because it __________.
@HitomiSuzuki: Harvest time! Most of my city’s income is from agriculture. It’s _____.
@SakuraShimomata: Visiting Aomori. I just asked a local for directions but had no idea what he said! Does anyone have an app that can translate _____ to standard Japanese? lol
STEP B EXERCISE
Rephrase the underlined sentences using the expressions from the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
Hi! I’m Michiko. I live in Toyama. It’s famous for its traditional festivals and historic villages. You’ve heard of Shirakawa-go, right? Well, that’s in Gifu, but we have a village like it too! Toyama’s main income comes from agriculture and manufacturing. Our rice and fish are kitokito! Do you know that word? It means “fresh and delicious” in the Hokuriku style of Japanese.
Your foreign friend is going to Kyushu. He/She wanted to know about it before going there, so he/she asked you for some information. Watch a video on a travel blog. Then, tell your friend about it.
- be known for something
- somewhere dialect
- someone’s/somewhere’s bread and butter
Discuss your ideas.
REGIONS OF JAPAN
EAST VS WEST
2REGIONS OF JAPAN
3EAST VS WEST
I can listen to and understand an explanation of a region.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation