For many tourists, a visit to Japan isn’t complete without visiting a few shrines and temples. They may ask a lot of questions about them, so knowing how to answer those questions is very important!
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
Go over the expressions with your tutor and fill in the blanks.
1. When someone tends to do something, they are likely to do it often.
Students tend to go there to pray for their exams.
I tend to _____ when I’m bored.
2. A good luck charm is an object that people believe will bring them good luck.
The shrine sells different kinds of good luck charms.
I (believe / don’t believe) in good luck charms because _____.
3. To be for something means that it’s used for a special purpose.
This bracelet is for happiness in life.
If I were to buy a good luck charm, it would be for _____.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ goo-dluck /
I have lots of / goo-dluck / charms.
Kelsie is listening to a voicemail from Mami.
Foreigners who come to Japan often can’t tell the difference between temples and shrines. The simplest way to explain it is to say that temples usually have statues of Buddha and graves, while shrines have torii gates.
STEP A EXERCISE
Fill in the blanks using the expressions in the box. Some expressions may be used more than once, and the form of some expressions may need to be changed.
Last week, a friend took me to a temple for the first time. I learned that people _____ go there to pray for their ancestors. While I was there, I bought a kenko omamori and a gakugyō-jōju. Kenko omamori _____ and gakugyō-jōju _____. There were a lot of other _____ too. I almost bought one of each! I _____ buy everything I want when I have money. Thankfully, I didn’t have much cash on me that day.
STEP B EXERCISE
Rephrase the sentences using the expressions in parentheses. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
ex. (be for something) It helps you stay in good health.
→ It’s for good health.
- (tend to) People often hold weddings in shrines or churches.
- (a good luck charm) I bought an omamori for my car.
- (tend to) People usually wash their hands at purification fountains at shrines.
- (be for something) My friend said this good luck charm can help me have a happy marriage.
- (tend to) People usually light incense inside temples in Japan.
Your best friend is in Kyoto for a vacation. He/She left you a voicemail about it. Listen to the voicemail. Then, talk about it with your foreign coworker who’s also going on vacation to Kyoto soon.
- tend to
- a good luck charm
- be for something
Discuss your ideas.
GOOD LUCK CHARMS
3GOOD LUCK CHARMS
I can listen to and understand someone talking about shrines and temples.
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