"There's Some Ginger." This blog is one gaijin's attempt to learn Japanese through mnemonics, puns, and general linguistic absurdity.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

A Rose's Nourishment by Any Other Name

Zさん:"That's a beautiful flower arrangement!"
Bさん:「Thank you!」
Zさん:"So what is that liquid you are pouring on the flowers?"
Bさん:「It's a special solution that has the exact nutrients the flowers need.」
Zさん:"So... it's はなみず。"
Bさん: 「... seriously? ...」

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Oy Vey!

男:"Are you ready for Passover?"
女:"Not quite, I have more food shopping to do."

Zさん:"... I think that woman is a Jew."
ドナルド:"Nah, she's a 七, or 八 tops."
Zさん:"Dude, Uncool! What is wrong with you!"

Friday, April 5, 2019

マンジャ、マンジャ

Aさん:「あっ、Zさん、ひさしぶり!元気ですか?」
Zさん:"元気だよ!」
Aさん:「ネェネェ、最近、Zさんは旅行しましたでしょう。」
Zさん:"そうだよ。イタリアのリゾート。"

ミスタースパーコル:「Mmm... Italian Risotto...」

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cookin' Prep

Zさん:"料理する、ありがとう!"
Bさん:「いいえ、いいえ。」
Zさん:"手伝わせてください。"
Bさん:「いいよ。トメトを切てください。私は玉ねぎを切ります。」
Zさん:"玉ねぎ? 寝ないで!"
Bさん:「。。。?」

Friday, March 22, 2019

Subaru

テレビ:"Love. It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru."

Zさん:"... well ... that and a particular cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

How Do You Like Them Bananas

Aさん:「あっ!バナナ。食べていい?」
Zさん:"どうぞ。"
Aさん:「ん。まだ熟していない。」
Zさん:"What? How dare you!  Those bananas bust their butts studying every afternoon after school!"
Aさん:「Yeah... that's true... and I would like to see them get into a good college. 」

Friday, March 8, 2019

Sounds Like a Flower

Aさん:「きれいな花ですね!」
Zさん:"... what a beautiful... nose?"
Aさん:「No, I meant "flower". In Japanese, the words for nose and flower are both pronounced "hana".」
Zさん:"... so... they're... 'hana-phones'? "
Aさん:「... what?... 」