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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Today I learnt 2 things;

that the Hokey Pokey is very difficult to do while holding a microphone and that putting your bottom in and shaking it all about isn't as universally funny as I thought it was.

To to those who don't know, the Hokey Pokey is a dance you do with kids that follows putting body parts "in" and "out" of a circle, and "shaking them all about".

Now when you do this in Australia, when it comes the the part where you put your "bottom" in, without fail, they roll on the floor laughing and you are lucky if you can get them to stop laughing within the next 10 minutes.

As a teacher in Romania, I played this with my students, and they also rolled on the floor in fits of laughter at shaking their bottoms all about. These students barely spoke a word of English therefore I know that there was no need for language to interpret "bottom" to make this funny.

Now today.

I played the game with 60 Japanese kids ranging from 5 to 10 (the same age group that I did it with in Romania). And not one of them laughed. Not one of them made a reaction any differently to shaking their arms or legs or head all about. And as I said above, I believe that an understanding of spoken language is not essential in making this activity funny.

And I am most perplexed! Is it a cultural difference between Japan (perhaps Asia as a whole) and Australia/Europe (do I assume America as well?) in finding certain body parts funny? Is it just not amusing to waggle your rear end if you are a Japanese child? In general I found their excitement for this song/dance to be very low when I am used to kids getting fully into it (sometimes I've had to stop kids because I was worried they'd hurt themselves they were shaking their heads about so violently).

Can anyone shed any light on this for me, please smile


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LazyAngel
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Posted:I don't know: I think in China they'd be laughing, but they're very different to the Japanese: If you want to find out what body parts are funny I suggest playing 'simon says'

Have you tried tongues? ( in the sticking out sense of course, not sticking in... oh, I'll just shut up now redface)


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:ubblol ubblol ubblol Chinese girls look out for lazy angel! wink

I flare my nostrils at my host sister and she absolutely loses it! ubblol

wish i'd thought of Simon Says before today! bugger! I'm not sure when I'll next get to play with kids (other than my host sisters but you can't really play a game of Simon Says with only two - winner is too easily decided! especially when their English ability clearly favours the 9 year old over the 5 year old! ubblol )


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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LazyAngel
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Posted:if you need more ideas for games pm me: I've got loads!

also take a look at http://genkienglish.net/start.htm
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and for the record, I have an English girlfriend to whom I'm extremely loyal! ubbangel


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Oooh! back in England??? Does that mean I have a fellow ex-pat (ok, so im not an ex-pat this year,but i was last year) i can bitch and whinge and complain to about missing other halfs back home? bounce2

cheers for the kids games, but i'm not here teaching (I miss teaching frown )


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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LazyAngel
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Posted:yep I'll PM you my MSN

not teaching? well if you need some games whatever, let me know! Although most of mine are english centred


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:nope, i'm studying my little "bottom" (*gigglegigglegiggle*) off studying 2 semesters worth of japanese in 2 months! eek

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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LazyAngel
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Posted:eek wow!

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Posted:Ya know...I can't say as I remember ever seeing many Japanese folks doing a rump-shake so, maybe they just don't get the concept? shrug

And...What if the Hokey-Pokey IS what it's all about?


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jo_rhymes
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Posted:Rouge, maybe the japanese kids are just killjoys? ubblol

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Pogo69
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Posted:*shakes head*

u should`ve done it in a panda suit...


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Birgit
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Posted:that's China, not Japan, Pogo!! Maybe a "Hello Kitty" outfit with a wiggling cat tail would've worked?

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Pogo69
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Posted:nope... I know which country we`re talking about... and I *definitely* meant a panda suit... *nods* yup yup... panda suit...

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sai13
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Posted:i can honestly say i don't remember putting bottoms in when playing the hokey cokey (as i've always known it as)... sure it's not just you? biggrin

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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Ah! But if you had shaked your bottoms all about, would you have laughed? tongue

Birgit, Pogo is making Jackass references tongue


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Birgit
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Posted:ah, sorry... me and my lack of knowledge of popular culture, eh? wink

Am kind of fixed on Hello Kitty at the moment, though, a friend's comment has got me thinking about starting my own product line, "Cute Fury". Possibly with a gothy/emo dressed Hello Kitty, alternatively with an evil fluffy bunnyrabbit.


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:oh i only know its a jackass reference cos he had told me previously! ubblol

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Posted: Written by: Birgit


Am kind of fixed on Hello Kitty at the moment




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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:That is Wrong-cubed

Yet oddly fetching...


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:1) I'm going to have nightmares for weeks.

2) Some people need to be put down.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Birgit
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Posted:ubblol Oh dear. Though not quite as bad as that picture of the Hoff naked (except for that puppy sitting where a puppy shouldn't sit) that almost made me delete Jo on myspace! I wanted to click "delete" as a reflex, and just realised in time that it said "delete friend"...

Still. Ridiculing Lord Vader?!? Jon, if Rougie puts you down, can I have your drum? tongue


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LazyAngel
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Posted:ubblol it takes a special kind of geek to put so much effort into putting two cultural icons into one horribly mishapen bag

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jo_rhymes
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Posted:spank Birgit! how could the hoff make you want to delete me?!
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Posted:Rougie wouldn't put me down. Not her ever-faithful poiratical admirer. wink

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Birgit
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Posted: Written by: 87wt2gxq7


Rougie wouldn't put me down. Not her ever-faithful poiratical admirer. wink



ah well. In that case, I'll have to resort to my toxicologist skills (or just let you live and get my own djembe at some point).

Oh, did you get to read my cosmo conspiracy? bounce


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Posted: Written by: Birgit


ah well. In that case, I'll have to resort to my toxicologist skills (or just let you live and get my own djembe at some point).


I'd advise that. Mine is sucky anyway with the big lip which means you can't lay the drum on the floor and sit on it..


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Oh, did you get to read my cosmo conspiracy? bounce


yeek! not yet. been up to my eyebrows in coursework and am likely to be till the end of the week :-/


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:I think i'm just going to see how this eventuates tongue

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Birgit
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Posted:Coursework? Boo frown I should be looking at my gene lists, but I'm confused. It's getting too mathematical for my little brain frown

how what eventuates? confused


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:toxicology vs my piratical admirer ubblol

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Birgit
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Posted:it would be fun. Thanks to a very helpful German newspaper, I know where to get Polonium from completely legally. Though the use of it would still be illegal, and I suppose announcing on a board that I'm a toxicologist and know where to get Polonium from wouldn't help.

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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:ubblol interpol are watching you no wink

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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