Solo Karaoke Booths Now Open in Japan

January 5, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. chain (n.) 
[cheyn]  – a group of businesses (such as stores, restaurants, or hotels) that have the same name and basic appearance and sell the same products or services
Example: McDonald’s is one of the most common fast food chains worldwide.

2. peculiar  (adj.) [pi-kyool-yer] – unusual or strange
Example:  Since he got sick since last week, my pet’s behavior has been peculiar.

3. self-consciousness (n.) [self-kon-shuhs] – embarrassment caused by the feeling that the people around you criticizes you
Example: Some employees cannot work comfortably because of self-consciousness.

4. lyrics (n.)  [lir-iks] – the words of a song
Example: The lyrics of the song have a good and heartfelt meaning.

5. project (v .) [pruh-jekt]  – to cause an image to be displayed on a surface (usually a screen)
Example: The graph of the sales report needs to be projected on the screen during the meeting.

Read the text below.

A nationwide karaoke chain has recently opened karaoke booths in Tokyo for those who want to sing solo.

The idea may seem peculiar since karaoke is meant to be enjoyed by groups of people. However, this new kind of karaoke—known in English as 1Kara—allows the user to practice their karaoke abilities without facing too much embarrassment and self-consciousness.

The new karaoke rooms contain a chair, a microphone, headphones, and a small screen where the lyrics are projected. The booths also offer free alcoholic beverage to their customers. Each room is priced at about 600 yen per hour from 10:00am to 6:00pm, then between 6:00pm to 6:00am, cost peaks to around 1200 yen per hour. Special packages priced at 2,600 yen are also available from 12:00mn to 5:00am.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What do you think is more enjoyable, singing alone or singing with friends in karaoke rooms? Why or why not?
·         Can you think of other hobbies which are more enjoyable when done alone?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think some people get embarrassed or self-conscious when in front of other people?
·         What are the things you do to overcome self-consciousness?

January 5, 2012