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Use “Jozu! (上手！)” throughout the ball challenge, especially when you or your child try and it just doesn’t sound right. You need to get your confidence up and keep it fun.
TELL EVERYONE, “GOOD JOB.”
TAKE TURNS TELLING EACH OTHER, “GOOD JOB,” UNTIL IT’S JUST TOO EASY.
Say to your family, “We are going to play with a ball while speaking Japanese. We don’t need to know any Japanese to do this.
“Because we are like little babies, talking for the first time, it’s okay if we don’t say things perfectly.
“No one would yell at a baby for saying, “waa waa” instead of water. We know that over time, the baby will say, ‘water.’
“We won’t correct each other. We will just listen to the audio, repeat, and do our best.
“Overtime, we will get better at this. We don’t need to start perfectly. We just need to have fun.
“Let’s practice telling each other, ‘Good job,’ in Japanese.
“First, we’ll hear how to say it in Japanese. We will repeat after she talks.”
Listen to the phrase and repeat after she talks.
Continue saying the phrase to each other until it becomes so easy!
Don’t worry about how your child (or you) pronounces the phrase. It will get better over time. Just replay the audio to help.
When someone forgets how to say the phrase, say, “Let’s play the phrase again. It’s okay to listen to it as many times as you want. There is no such thing as cheating here.”
When this becomes just so easy, go to the next step.