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

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Friday, October 27, 2017

。。。の巻き

Bさん:「Everything on the menu at this restaurant looks great.  Let's start with an appetizer.  Craving anything in particular?」
Zさん:"エート。腹巻食べたい。"
Bさん:「。。。I've heard of people wearing those on their tummies for warmth, but I don't think eating one would have the same effect.」
Zさん:"。。。巻き。。。うるさい。"

Friday, October 20, 2017

ジョブの名前

Zさん:"Bさん、こんにちは!"
Bさん:「こんにちは!元気ですか?」
Zさん:"元気だよ。Bさん, this is my friend, Tatsu.  He works for クロネコヤマト。"
Bさん:「Hi, Tatsu.」
Tatsuさん:「Yes, exactly.」

Friday, October 13, 2017

At the Carnival

Zさん:"Hey, I'm getting hungry.  Let's stop somewhere to get a bite to eat."
Aさん:「Yeah, I agree.  アメリカンドッグを食べたい。」
Zさん:"Wait... what?!? You mean like a golden retriever or a beagle?  What is wrong with you, that's evil!"
Aさん:「... 『 アメリカンドッグ』means 'corn dog'.」
Zさん:"... oh... yeah... I knew that... corn dogs are evil, what with the cholesterol and all..."

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mt. Fuji

Bさん:「あっ!みて!富士山が見えます。きれいですね。」
Zさん:"You know, as much as Japanese people revere Mt Fuji, you would think they would use the term 富士様."
Bさん:「。。。whatever you say, Z三。」