Lesson 4: Ethnic Neighborhoods
Their tonkotsu ramen is a must!

I can give recommendations about ethnic neighborhoods.

INTRODUCE

Ethnic neighborhoods are areas where many residents and businesses have a different cultural background from the rest of the country. They are often great places for dining or shopping.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.

    1. Use absolutely have to to say that you highly recommend someone do something.

     

    You absolutely have to go there! You’ll love it.

     

     

    2. Use a must to say that you highly recommend something.

     

    Their sushi is a must! It’s the best in town.

     

     

    3. Use authentic to talk about something that’s made in the traditional or original way.

     

    That restaurant serves authentic Japanese food.

     

    II. Which of these foods would you recommend to a foreign friend? Use the expressions above.

    miso soup

    tempura

    sashimi

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When have is followed by to, /v/ is changed to /f/.
Phrase Example

have to

/ haf-tu /

You absolutely / haf-tu / visit the place.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Kenta is talking with his British coworker Ollie during their lunch break at work.

Ollie:

So how do you find London so far?

Kenta:

So far, so good! My girlfriend and I are really enjoying ourselves.

Ollie:

And the food is okay? (laughs) Some of our other foreign coworkers have complained about it a bit.

Kenta:

Well, the food is better than we expected, but to be honest, we really miss authentic Japanese food.

Ollie:

Why don’t you go to Ealing? There are lots of Japanese restaurants and shops there. You absolutely have to check out Tokyo’s Best Ramen. Their tonkotsu ramen is a must! It’s amazing.

Kenta:

So you like Japanese food?

Ollie:

Yeah. Actually, I like trying traditional food from all over the world. I sometimes go to Little Russia in Tottenham to eat real Russian food. Other times, I go to Chinatown for some genuine Chinese food. If you want to have authentic Indian food, there’s no place better than Little India.

Kenta:

Wow! I didn’t know there were so many ethnic neighborhoods in London. Thanks for the tips, Ollie.

TRIVIA

British food is famous for being bad, but do you know why? According to the BBC, it was actually highly praised 200 years ago, but because of two world wars, spices became hard to get and the British government had to ration food supplies. Many British cooks turned to boiling as their main method of cooking, which made the food taste boring and bland.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the underlined expressions used correctly? If not, correct the sentences.

  1. You absolutely have to try the new ride at the park. You’ll enjoy it.
  2. Their corn soup is a must! It doesn’t taste good at all.
  3. That restaurant serves authentic Thai food. It tastes different from the food in Thailand.

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences using your own information.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves authentic _____ food, you absolutely have to go to _____. I’m sure you’ll love their delicious dishes. Their _____ is a must. It’s really good! You absolutely have to try their _____ too.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You’re working abroad in a city with a Little Japan. Your British coworker is interested in trying authentic Japanese food. There are many Japanese restaurants in Little Japan, but not all of them are authentic. Give him/her some recommendations.

Today's Expressions

  • absolutely have to
  • a must
  • authentic
Japanese Restaurants in Little Japan

Sushi Town

Ichiban

Sushi City

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
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ETHNIC NEIGHBORHOODS IN JAPAN

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RECOMMENDATIONS

3

AUTHENTIC FOOD

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ETHNIC NEIGHBORHOODS IN JAPAN

  1. What are the most famous ethnic neighborhoods in Japan?
  2. Have you been to any of these ethnic neighborhoods?
  3. What are some interesting things to see and do in these ethnic neighborhoods?
  4. Which ethnic neighborhoods would you recommend to a tourist?

2RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Do you like giving recommendations to other people?
  2. When was the last time you gave someone a recommendation?
  3. Do you usually ask for recommendations when going to a place for the first time?
  4. Do you always trust recommendations from other people?

3AUTHENTIC FOOD

  1. Do you think that authentic food always tastes good?
  2. What was the best authentic food you’ve ever tasted?
  3. What was the worst authentic food you’ve ever tasted?
  4. Where do you usually go when you want to have authentic Chinese food?

FEEDBACK

I can give recommendations about ethnic neighborhoods.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

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    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

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