Although karaoke started in Japan, it has spread all over the world in different forms. It’s good to know how to explain to your foreign friends what authentic Japanese-style karaoke is like!
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
Go over the expressions with your tutor and choose T for true or F for false.
1. To sing/dance/cry one’s heart out means to sing/dance/cry very enthusiastically or intensely.
She loves to sing her heart out when she’s alone at home.
Q: I’ve never danced my heart out. ( T / F )
2. When someone goes wild, it means that he/she behaves in a very excited or uncontrolled manner.
The fans went wild when the band’s vocalist came on stage.
Q: My friends and I go wild at karaoke. ( T / F )
3. When someone sings off-key, it means that he/she does not hit the right notes.
It hurt my ears when I heard Eddie sing off-key.
Q: I have friends who always sing off-key. ( T / F )
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ dan-shuhr /
You should go to the party and / dan-shuhr / heart out.
Catherine is trying to comfort Saori, who got some really bad news from her husband.
(sobs) Naoki just broke the news to me last night—he’s going to be transferred to Fukuoka next month!
What? Does this mean you’re all moving to Fukuoka?
That’s what we argued about. He said we should start preparing to move there as soon as possible, but I told him we can’t go with him.
(gasps) Why not?
Well, Aoi-chan is going to start preschool soon. We were lucky to get her in one of the best preschools in Tokyo. If we move to Fukuoka, she’ll be put on a waiting list again. I doubt she’d be able to start until next year!
What did Naoki say?
He really wanted us to all stay together. I understand how he feels, but I told him that we need to put Aoi-chan first. In the end, he agreed to move to Fukuoka alone and come back to Tokyo one weekend a month or so.
Wow, that’s really tough… (sighs) Hey, I have an idea… Let’s go to karaoke.
What? No way! I’m not in the mood to sing.
Saori, it’s the perfect time for karaoke! You can sing your heart out. That’s the best way to release stress! You can go wild and sing or dance to any song you want. Besides, no one will hear you but Aoi-chan and me, so you don’t have to worry about being off-key.
Hey! (laughs) You’re the one who’s always off-key!
Many words like karaoke originally came from Japanese but are now in English dictionaries. The meaning of these words remains more or less the same, but the pronunciation is often very different from the original Japanese. Here are some examples:
- karaoke [carry-OH-key]
- sumo [SOO-moh]
- emoji [ih-MOH-jee]
- karate [kuh-RAH-tee] (or in American English: [kuh-RAH-dee])
STEP A EXERCISE
Rephrase the sentences 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.
- She cried so hard when her boyfriend broke up with her.
- Everyone got very excited when the DJ played that song.
- His friends laughed at him because he couldn’t hit the right notes.
- Little kids love to dance with all their energy when they hear a song they like.
STEP B EXERCISE
Complete the speech using your own information.
I (often / sometimes / rarely) go to karaoke. I think that it’s _____ to sing your heart out. I usually go (alone / with _____) because I feel like going wild in front of other people is _____. My favorite song to sing at karaoke is _____. I think I sound great when I sing it! I’m a little off-key when I sing _____, though, so I rarely choose to do that song.
It’s your foreign friend’s first time to visit Japan. You want to invite him/her to karaoke. Tell your friend about Japanese karaoke and convince him/her to go.
- sing/dance/cry one’s heart out
- go wild
Discuss your ideas.
I can talk about karaoke.
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 speak logically and at length