Adjectives in Japanese and English are grammatically quite similar. While there are two kinds of adjectives in Japanese and only one kind in English, this doesn't seem to affect students learning English.


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  • Find good pictures online that show clear distinguishing characteristics of opposites. Funny and shocking pictures get a good reaction from the students. For example for Cute and Gross I used Hello Kitty and one of the Alien monsters from the Simpsons. Print and laminate the two pictures onto one B4 size sheet. When introducing Cute fold the laminated page in half so the students can only see Kitty (easier if the less shocking picture is on the bottom of the B4 sheet). Ask the students if she is cute a few times and then let the folded half of the B4 laminated page POP up. The laminate will make it springy. Yell out Gross!! Gross!! Gross!! and make funny faces. This works well with all the vocabulary. Even showing a picture of Few and letting a picture of Many POP-up gets a good reaction from students (I used cows for this comparison and the students thought a picture of many cows was hilarious).

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