Notwithstanding how English is sold in Japan, it's not your teacher's job to entertain you, or to fill empty hours when you don't know what to do with yourself. It's true that learning English can be and possibly even should be fun, and you're allowed to think of your teacher as a host/ess. However, if you accept that learning a language requires blood, sweat and tears as well as laughter, you know what?, you just might actually improve.
If you've spent a fortune on English lessons mainly because it's a better hobby than "cleaning my room", OK, we'll pretend to teach and you'll pretend to learn.
When you arrive late with the excuse "sorry for late", don't be surprised when your teacher looks slightly disgruntled. It's not because we’re angry that you kept us waiting. Our school pays us whether you arrive or not. We really don't mind if you don't.
It's not a good idea to have a lesson very early on a Saturday or Sunday morning when you’re still recovering from the previous night's izakaya session. So is your teacher.
Neither is it a good idea to book the last two lessons on a Saturday or Sunday. Your teacher will inevitably be gatvol after 8 to 10 lessons of not exactly scintillating small talk.
Do not assume that your teacher is American.
Do not assume that your blond, blue-eyed teacher is a Christian.
Please don't attempt to educate your teacher about Christianity, Judaism or Islam. The chances are truly minuscule that you know more about these religions than your teacher, even if said teacher is an atheist.
Do not assume that your teacher is able to spell correctly, write well or understand grammar. Use it, yes. Understand its DNA, no.
I'm not saying the TOEIC test is useless. I am saying it's deeply flawed.
Oh, all right, it's useless.
Do not, I repeat do NOT, come to class when you're very sick. Don't wear your mask. Don't take off your mask. STAY. AT. HOME. The classrooms are small and stuffy, and we're stuck in there with a sick sniffing coughing hawking person, and we hate it.
Sometimes the teacher says "well done" because it really was well done. Sometimes the teacher says "well done" because the truth would be unpalatable and all is fair in love and war.
Do not be surprised if your teacher has no insight into Japan. Do not be surprised if that insight exceeds yours.
Do not assume that your teacher is in Japan for only one year to have sex with as many Japanese women as possible.
Actually, as far as that previous one is concerned, maybe …
PS: Also, he might prefer guys.
Do not use the phrase "we Japanese". I have neither the blog space nor the mental energy to explain why. Just don't. Rather come to class early on a Saturday, with Ebola, and ask the teacher to explain the vocative case as used in the King James Bible, or the difference between "Bless thou the LORD" and "Bless ye the LORD", and while we're at it, please note the capital letters and that British English prefers the comma outside the quotation marks if it's not a full sentence.