Well, I’ve put up the website with the first episode, and I think it looks really nice. All that’s left to do is convince Tony to help me create the content on a regular basis.
Here’s the concept and the reasoning behind it. Learning phrases is an important part of learning to speak a language. I find that in my mind I have a library of set phrases that I permutate into whatever I want to say. So that’s why we’re going to do phrases.
Why do silly, useless phrases? Because they’re fun, and language learning is too often the exact opposite of fun. But even if you’re learning to say something like “Please whack me in the head with a baseball bat,” you’re still learning grammar and vocabulary you’ll be able to use for real. Just not in the way we teach it.
To get started, we need your help in the form of suggestions for phrases we can teach. You can either write them here or go to the contact page at www.japlishpodcast.com and upload an MP3 we’ll play on the show.
I don’t know if this will succeed or not because it all depends on out willingness to stick with it, and unfortunately Tony inherited from me the tendency to not finish what he starts. But if it does, the idea is to offer the first two month’s worth of lessons for free, then maybe start charging (to support our video game habit).
Other phrases I’ve thought of:
- Stop picking my nose.
- I’d like to drink your bath water. (sure-fire pickup line)
- My favorite food is monkey brains.
- Oops, I pooped my pants again.
- Excuse me, I found this eyeball. Is it yours?
- I learned many magic tricks while I was in prison.
- When I grow up, I want to be a serial killer/garbage man/gas station attendant
- I made you a bracelet from my leg hairs. I hope you like it.
- I ate a rat for lunch.
- I haven’t showered in three months. Don’t I smell nice?
- Please stop licking my armpit. It tickles.