Friday, June 15, 2018

Old Cat

Aさん:「So, yeah, my cat was very old, and she had cancer, and her life was miserable, so we decided to 安楽死 。」
Zさん:"... unlucky she indeed."
Aさん:「... Why is it that the brazenly inconsiderate mnemonic devices are the most effective?」

Friday, June 8, 2018

Two Sides

Zさん:”Being bilingual can be tricky.  For example, take the word カラオケ。If you pronounce it ‘kala-o-k’, Americans will think you are a pompous jerk.  If you pronounce it ‘Carry-Okee’ Japanese people will think you are an inarticulate clod.”
Aさん:「You can’t win, dude, just shut up and sing.」

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Poem

Bさん:「Did you get a chance to read my poem?」
Zさん:"Yes。。。 いいかんじ。"
Bさん:「Really? It gave you good feelings?」
Zさん:"...sure... the thought might have crossed my mind that you have exquisite Chinese character penmanship... but ... sure..."

Friday, May 25, 2018

Have Your Cake

Zさん:"Would you like to hear a riddle?"
Aさん:「You do realize these are bad puns and not riddles... but ok.」
Zさん:"What do you call a Japanese person who makes a mess eating cake?”
Aさん:「I don't know, what?」
Zさん:"クラムジー.  Get it? With an 'r'? "
Aさん:「No, no, yeah, I got it.」

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Officially Bilingual

Zさん:"... so anyway, I was thinking that, as far as US presidents go so far, Barack Obama is the second to last, making him the... the... なんでしょうか。。。"
Aさん:「Congratulations!  You are an English speaker, and you could not remember an English term, and you expressed that fact using a Japanese phrase.  You are officially bilingual! ... and the word you are thinking of, by the way, is 'penultimate'.」
Zさん:"... um... なるほど。"
Aさん:「You did it again!」

Friday, May 11, 2018

Bob Hope

Zさん:"Hey, was Bob Hope a renowned liar?"
Aさん:「Why would you ask that?  Bob Hope was awesome.」
Zさん:"Yeah, but I saw this picture of him in front of a crowd of army guys, and behind him was a huge sign, in capital letters reading: 'USO'"

Friday, May 4, 2018


Zさん:"Ever notice how the kanji for rain (ame 雨) has 4 rain drops and the kanji for umbrella (kasa 傘) has four people? The hot dog / bun folks could learn a thing or two."