Skit: Strange Restaurant
Students prepare a restaurant skit in groups of 3. The skit takes place at a small Japanese restaurant called じゃあね. The waiter/waitress is new and makes a lot of mistakes taking orders, which is annoying to the customers.
- The customer may be in a particular emotional state such as cranky, sad, happy, or tired.
- The customer maybe fussy, impatient or demanding.
- The customer complains that there is something in their food, such as むし(insect), or there is a ゴキブリ(cockroach) in the restaurant.
- Teachers can use this scenario to introduce Japanese customs. Water and a hand towel (おてふき) are usually brought to the table on arrival at a restaurant.
- This conversation can be extended by commenting on food with おいしいですね, ごちそうさま, and by asking for the bill withいくらですか。
- This restaurant role-play uses a variety of language functions, such as welcoming customers, taking orders, ordering meals, offering, thanking… Students can practice these functions in different situations. For example, the customer goes to the chemist to buy medicine for a sore throat.
- Suggested language:のどのくすりをください。のどがいたい。むねがいたい。
When your skit is ready, why not enter it into the Japan Foundation Video Matsuri Contest! Check the details by using the url below.
Please read the article “Developing Your Own Skits”
Created by Himiko Negishi-Wood, Shingo Usami and Cathy Jonak. (2003 Mar)