Know the terms you’re teaching, English teachers

Teaching English in Japan
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English Teaching Terms

It’s important, when teaching English, that we know the proper term of the language ideas and concepts we are teaching. That said, without further ado, here’s Orango’s list of English Teaching Terms.

Letter(s) or a shortened word used instead of a full word or phrase.

Active Voice
In the active voice, the subject of the verb does the action (eg. They killed the President).

A word like big, red, easy, French etc. An adjective describes a noun or pronoun.

A word like slowly, quietly, well, often etc. An adverb shows how something (the verb) does what it is doing.

A word which means (almost) the oppposite as another.

The repetition of consonant sounds – usually at the beginning of words.

A raised comma used to denote either possession or contraction.

The “indefinite” articles are a and an. The “definite article” is the.

Auxiliary Verb
A verb that is used with a main verb. Be, do and have are auxiliary verbs. Can, may, must, should, might and would are modal auxiliary verbs.

A group of words containing a subject and its verb (for example: It was late when he arrived).

An over-used phrase or expression.

We use the comparative to compare one person(s) or thing(s) to another person(s) or thing(s).

A word used to connect words, phrases and clauses (for example: and, but, if).

Consonants are the letters of the alphabet which are not vowels.

Two vowel characters representing the sound of a single vowel.

Direct object
A noun or noun phrase representing the primary goal or the result of the action of its verb.

Figure of speech
Expressive use of language in non-literal form used for dramatic descriptive effect.

The role language plays to express ideas or attitudes.

An ‘ing’ ending verb which is used as a noun. The gerund can act as the subject or object of a main verb. E. g.: Studying is good for you.

Words with the same spelling but with different meanings.

A short horizontal mark used to connect words or syllables, or to divide words into parts.

A sequence of words which form a whole unit of meaning. A phrase, whose meaning is known and is not meant literally. (e.g. The tip of the iceberg. Pull your socks up).

Grammatical mood of a verb that is used when ordering, instructing, advising, encouraging and offering. The form is the same as the infinitive without to.

Indirect object
A grammatical object representing to whom or what the action (verb) was carried out upon. For example, “me” is the indirect object of the sentence “He gave me an apple”.

The basic form of a verb as in to work or work.

An utterance used in speech lacking a grammatical connection to the rest of the sentence. E.g. Drat! I forgot my watch.

The use of pitch in speech to create contrast and variation.

Intransitive verb
A verb that does not act on an object. For example, “lobby” is intransitive in the sentence “I lobby for a national ban on public smoking”.

Saying [or writing] one thing, whilst meaning the opposite.

The technical language of an occupation or group.

A figure of speech in which one thing is described in terms of another.

Modal Verb
An auxiliary verb like can, may, must etc that modifies the main verb and expresses possibility, probability etc. It is also called “modal auxiliary verb”.

A word like table, dog, teacher, America etc. A noun is the name of an object, concept, person or place. A “concrete noun” is something you can see or touch like a person or car. An “abstract noun” is something that you cannot see or touch like a decision or happiness. A “countable noun” is something that you can count (for example: bottle, song, dollar). An “uncountable noun” is something that you cannot count (for example: water, music, money).

In the active voice, a noun or its equivalent that receives the action of the verb. In the passive voice, a noun or its equivalent that does the action of the verb.

A word that sounds like the thing it describes.

A figure of speech which yokes two contradictory terms. For example, Absolutely maybe.

A figure of speech in which an apparent contradiction contains a truth. For example, Which is better, eternal happiness or a ham sandwich? It would appear that eternal happiness is better, but this is really not so! After all, nothing is better than eternal happiness, and a ham sandwich is certainly better than nothing. Therefore a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness.

The -ing and -ed forms of verbs. The -ing form is called the “present participle”. The -ed form is called the “past participle” .

Part of Speech
One of the eight classes of word in English – noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction and interjection.

Passive Voice
In the passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb (eg. The President was killed).

A group of words not containing a subject and its verb (eg. on the table, the girl in a red dress).

A class of grammatical forms used to denote more than one of some noun or pronoun.

A grammatical case that denotes ownership.

Each sentence contains (or implies) two parts: a subject and a predicate. The predicate is what is said about the subject.

A word which governs and typically precedes a noun or a pronoun. Prepositions of Direction are, To, On(to), In(to). Prepositions of Location are At, In, On.

A word like I, me, you, he, him, it etc. A pronoun replaces a noun.

Relative clause
A clause introduced by a relative pronoun; `who visits frequently’ is a relative clause in the sentence `John, who visits frequently, is ill’.

A group of words that express a thought. A sentence conveys a statement, question, exclamation or command. A sentence contains or implies a subject and a predicate. In simple terms, a sentence must contain a verb and (usually) a subject. A sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop (.), question mark (?) or exclamation mark (!).

A figure of speech in which one thing is directly likened to another.

The form of a pronoun or noun used to reference an object that occurs singly.

Informal, non-standard vocabulary.

Every sentence contains (or implies) two parts: a subject and a predicate. The subject is the main noun (or equivalent) in a sentence about which something is said.

We use the superlative to compare one person or thing with his whole group. E.g. Henrik Larsson was the greatest footballer in the world.

A word which means (almost) the same as another.

The arrangement of words to show relationships of meaning within a sentence.

The form of a verb that shows us when the action or state happens (past, present or future).

Transitive verb
A verb that can act upon an object. E.g. Jack opened the door slowly.

The last syllable of a word. “Ma” is the ultima of “ultima”

A word like (to) work, (to) love, (to) begin. A verb describes an action or state.

In English, the vowels are a, e, i, o, u (and sometimes y).

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Looking for online students in Japan? You’re not alone. With the pandemic going nowhere soon unfortunately, online teaching is more popular than ever. Living in Japan, where you could previously teach face to face lessons, is now more difficult than before, and if you’re teaching online students, you’re facing competition from teachers all over the world with an internet connection and a Skype or Zoom account.

But don’t despair. There’s also more students looking for teachers, and OrangoJapan favours teachers living in Japan, even if they are only teaching online at the moment.

What you do need however, if you’re serious about getting your profile noticed, is a video introduction. Something that shows the quality of your set-up and also lets the student see and hear you. Nothing elaborate, just a short, audible introduction.

Do it on your phone – it won’t take long and add it to your OrangoTeacher profile or send it to us at

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Are you an Osaka based teacher looking for students? At the moment, OrangoJapan / OrangoTeacher is looking for Osaka based teachers to sign up and offer their services as a language teacher. The situation with COVID-19 makes 1-1 teaching still quite testing, but establishing relationships via online teaching and then (when the virus becomes less prevalent) continuing that teacher student relationship in person is a great way to go.

We’ve had a few requests for kids teachers from Osaka, perhaps a result of schools closing due to the pandemic. Make sure that (if you’re willing to teach kids) your profile reflects this. Also, only teach lessons 1-1 if you feel completely comfortable doing so. We promote online lessons at OrangoJapan also, now more so than ever.

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Updating Your Teacher Profile – Forgotten Password?

It’s important to keep your teacher profile up to date, so students viewing from OrangoJapan know you are available to teach. Just log into your teaching profile and make any updates to your profile, including adding videos or images.

Also, we update the profile content regularly so remember to check all fields to ensure there aren’t any new ones not filled out.

Forgotten your Sign In Details?

It happens to us all, all the time, so the following is a guide to resetting your password. If you try following these steps, but you see something else from what’s shown here, please let us know via our contact form .

1. Request a New Password Link

Go to the log in page and beneath the log in button there is a link to get a new password. Click on the link.

Click the password link entered in red. It should take you here

2. Enter the Email Address you Signed in With

In the page you are directed to, enter the email address associated with your teaching profile.

Enter your email address that you registered with.

You should see that your email has been sent…

Step 3. Check your email account

You should receive a message from OrangoJapan ( This can take a few minutes or sometimes even longer. Wait around an hour max and make sure you refresh your browser screen when viewing emails.

Upon receiving it, click on the link presented in the email

Click on the link and it will take you to a new temporary password.

You should be directed to a screen which has a temporary password displayed. Copy this password and go back to the log in screen. Clicking on the link will take you to the log in screen

Step 4. Note Down Your Temporary Password

Step 5. Enter your email address and New Password

Enter the password you have just copied and your email address. You should then be logged into your account.

Step 6 (optional). Change your Password

Once logged into your account, if you want to change your password to something you can remember, click on the ‘update profile’ link.

At the very top of this page, click the link to change your password:

That should do it.

If you have any problems with the site or these steps don’t match what you get at your end, please get in touch with us via email or the contact form on the website and we’ll sort the problem out.


Looking for Online English Students?

Teach online language lessons.

Well you’re not alone. Language teachers all over Japan are looking for students to teach online. As a result of what’s happened to the world, students and teachers aren’t meeting up for lessons any more, and may not be for a wee while.

But that doesn’t mean learning stops. Learning English with a native and qualified teacher really only requires a good internet connection these days. Students from all over the world can log on for an online lesson with a teacher. Great, but it also means there are so many teachers they can choose from. A lot of students looking at a lot of teachers.

So if you’re a skilled online language teacher, how do you get noticed? How do you get students?

Let find you students

Add OrangoTeacher, and OrangoJapan, we’re trying to work harder for teachers, to help them get students. Instead of just letting them add their teaching profile to our database of teachers in Japan, we’re trying to work with them and promote their skills and recommend them to students. We’re setting up what we call ‘Teacher Agents’ who are responsible for getting teachers English and other language students.

But so that we’re not recommending any dodgy old monkey to our students, our Teacher Agents want to get to know you a bit more, and see some evidence of your profile qualifications. So we’re asking for a quick online meeting and scanned copies of any any qualifications posted in the teacher profile. And a teacher Intro video to add to your profile. Once we’ve got this, we’ll mark you as a TRUSTED TEACHER and promote you as best we can.

So to become an OrangoJapan Trusted Teacher, please get in touch with us through the website and we can get the ball rolling.

Have fun teaching students in Japan and stay safe!

We’re Changing Things a Bit.

We want to work closer with teachers and work harder to get them students

Better Profiles, Teacher Focused = More Students

At the moment the way works is pretty straightforward. A teacher who is interested in teaching lessons to students adds their profile to the OrangoTeacher website. This profile then appears in the OrangoJapan website where students can view it. If a student sees a teacher they like, they pay 3000 Yen to sign up with the site and then contact the teacher, or as many teachers as they like.

But the system isn’t really working…

Sadly not. The issue we’re having is that there are loads of websites out there offering a similar service.

And lots and lots of teacher profiles for students to look at.

With there not being all that much to distinguish the teachers from the many many other teachers out there, it becomes very difficult to get the attention of potential students.

So we decided that we need to work closer with the teachers on OrangoTeacher; in fact, work for them. Kind of like their agent – responsible for getting them students.

Get to know then. Promote them and recommend them.

This probably means fewer teachers on our database, but the ones which are on there will be ones we know – have some kind of relationship with.

Teachers who we trust and are proud to display and associate with OrangoJapan.


So to be a ‘Trusted Teacher‘ we’ll ask you to provide some evidence of the qualifications you have listed in your profile as well as evidence of your legal residence status. We’ll also arrange a quick online meeting with you, to get to know you as well as make sure your English is as good as you say it is.

If your profile is fully filled out we’ll then mark you as an Orango Japan Trusted Teacher and put a big badge on your profile indicating this.

We’ll also do the following to ensure you get as many students as you can:

  • Assign you an Agent who’s responsible for getting you students
  • Promote your profile in our blogs and social media channels
  • Advertise your profile in external language websites
  • Give you access to our Zoom Room where you can teach online classes to the masses!
  • Recommend you to students directly
  • Give you access to student and employment noticeboards
  • Add subtitles and graphics to your video profile
  • Advise you on your profile and help it stand out


Due to the time and effort we’ll be putting into getting students for teachers, this will ultimately become a paid service for teachers. However in the beginning, we’re rolling this out as a free service. So to become a trusted teacher and get us working for you, please get in touch to start the process. Mail us at or use the contact form.

Looking forward to working with you….

Teach English to Japanese students online, from home…

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Unfortunately it seems like it’s going to be a wee while still, since normality is restored, if in fact, we ever get back to that same kind of normal.

It’s inevitable therefore that there will be a greater demand for online lessons, where teacher and student can carry out a lesson from the respective safety of their own homes. / are encouraging teachers and students to take online lessons and for teachers, here are a couple of tips to help you get students to teach online:

  • Add a video to your profile if you’ve not already. Students want to get an idea of what your video quality is like before they commit to a lesson. If your camera is pretty shabby and your sound quality is poor, it can off-putting for students. If you don’t have a decent web-cam, invest in one and upload your video introduction. It’s always been important when drawing students to your teacher profile, but more important than ever now.
  • Make sure you’re signed up with more than one video platform. Some students prefer Zoom, some Skype and some use Google Hangouts. If you’re flexible which one to use, it makes things easier for your student.
  • Accepts payments in a number of methods. Have an active PayPal and Line account so students can pay you with ease for a lesson.
  • Offer a free first lesson, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. It gives the student a good taste as to what your teaching style is like, and confidence in your video conferencing set up.

Most importantly however, stay safe.

Take care…