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

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Friday, October 28, 2016


Zさん:"I'm confused."
Aさん:「About what?」
Zさん:"So... the Japanese word for 'wine glass' is ワインラス, right?  But the Japanese word for 'glass window pane' is 窓ラス. What gives?"
Aさん:「Well... just think of it this way: wine is ッド。」
Zさん:"Huh... ok... I'll drink to that."

Friday, October 21, 2016


Zさん:"Hey man, good to see you."
ロナルド:"Same here.  So... where are we meeting the girls anyway?"
ロナルド:"Yeah, I am hoping to kiss-a-10 today."
Zさん:"Alright, alright, settle down."

Friday, October 14, 2016


Zさん:"Hi, what's your name?"
女:"Sue Becky."
Zさん:"Um... ok... if you think you should tell me your name."

Saturday, October 8, 2016


Zさん:"What does the Japanese word あきらか mean?"
Aさん:「Isn't it obvious?」
Zさん:"... no it's not, that's why I'm asking."
Aさん:「...yes is it, I'm trying to tell you.」
Zさん:"Forget it."
Aさん:「... you'd have to learn it first.」