Choose a word below which you know the meaning of in both English and Japanese. All of them have slightly or very different meanings. Explain the two meanings without saying the word. Can your partner guess which word you are talking about?
|Useful phrases for contrasting
The meanings in English and Japanese are completely different/ almost completely different/ very different/ fairly different/ fairly similar/ very similar/ only slightly different/ almost the same/ basically the same.
The main/ biggest/ most important difference between… and… is…
In English it means… In contrast/ whereas/ but/ while/ whilst…
accent anime April Fool babysitter
bargain bike billiards BS
cameraman charming cider claim
cloak consent cosplay Christian name
cunning depart diary driveway
dubbing escape even father
film flooring freshman front
gorgeous handle hibachi hip
hostess Indian jar jumper
kilo kiosk knob lift
lip lorry machine mail
man to man manicure mansion memo
mood(y) mushroom nine one one open car
pill pine pitcher potato
reform rinse rucksack rugger
salaryman scarf seal service
share sign sister smart
sofa spell (n) stamp stove
style super surf (n) sweet potato
Swiss talent tenant terrace
text Thai tobacco trainer(s)
Ask about anything above which you can’t understand.
Contrasting language presentation
Without looking above, brainstorm suitable words into the gaps below. Words not on the previous page might also be possible.
The meanings in English and Japanese are ______________________________different.
The meanings in English and Japanese are _______________________________similar.
The meanings in English and Japanese are _____________________________the same.
The __________________________________________difference between… and… is…
In English it means… ___________________________________ in Japanese it means…
Check with the previous page. Other answers might be possible.
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