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

Looking for Fractalsmith Games? Sorry, but Ed Siewert, the creative force behind Fractalsmith has decided to focus his efforts on making cheesy Japanese puns instead of cheesy computer games.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Shopping List

Zさん:"Hey, I'm heading to the supermarket, need anything?"
Aさん:「えーと。アイスとグレープ。」
Zさん:"わかった。こうりとぶどう。"
Aさん:「。。。」

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Dos of the Deities

Zさん:"ね、ね、I have a riddle for you."
Aさん:「Ok, shoot.」
Zさん:"What do you call the hair of the paper god?"
Aさん:「I don't know, what do you call the hair of the paper god?」
Zさん:"紙の神の髪の毛。"
Aさん:「... I would find that humorous if it weren't for the borderline Shinto blasphemy.」


Friday, January 6, 2017

Need A Break

Aさん and Zさん are driving in a car and it stops suddenly.

Zさん:"Whoa! The car in front of us stopped and we almost crashed into it.  Luckily, your car has those new computer sensors and could stop automatically."
Aさん:「Not exactly.  I just stepped on the breaks in time. 」
Zさん:"... no, I think the car stopped automatically. 車がとまる。"
Aさん:「I disagree.  私は車をとめる。」
Zさん:"You say とめる and I say とまる."
Aさん:「I say とめる and you say とまる.」
Zさん:"とめる"
Aさん:「とまる」
Zさん:"とめる"
Aさん:「とまる」
Zさん:"レツコールザホールシングオフ。"
Aさん:「。。。What?」