Classroom Japanese: Zurui!

狡い (ずるい /ZURUI) adj. Unfair. 

Or, more precisely, “No fair!” Heard most often when playing a game. “Teacher, he got three cards! No fair!” Sometimes my little Justice Kids, who have to make sure everything is perfectly fair, overuse this word. I make it a goal to organize activities so that no kid can cry, “Zurui!” at any point. It’s totally fair, kid. Them’s the rules of the game!

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