This blog is 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, March 30, 2018

Niece

Aさん:「Who was that on the phone?」
Zさん:"My niece.  She is going to some new tavern that is only for nieces.  She is going to a 姪子バー。
Aさん:「... Yeah... that's... not... what... that... is...」

Friday, March 23, 2018

A Particular Vegetable

Aさん:「Hey, you must be the new guy.  I'm A, and these are X and Z.」
Tom:"Nice to meet you. My name is Tom Aneggi."
Aさん:「*snicker* So, can I put you in a salad, or maybe in French soup.」
Xさん:「Or, could I deep fry rings of you, or maybe saute you over a steak.」
Tom:"Yeah, yeah, I've heard them all before."
Zさん:"Oh, oh... I got one. If I cut you, will I cry?"
Aさん:「。。。Dude, don't be weird。」
Tom:"... It's actually pretty clever..."

Friday, March 16, 2018

NCAA Basketball

Zさん:"It's that time of year, March Madness!"
Aさん:「You know it!  I have my bracket all set up.  This year I have Villanova to go all the way.」
Zさん:"Hey, me too! Go 'Nova!"

Cさん:「三月?狂気?ブラケット?。。。ナ・ニ・ソ・レ? 」

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Return of the Jedi

トルーパー:"Lord Vader, sorry to interrupt your... fight with your son..., but the shield around the Death Star has been turned off.  It appears that a bunch of furry stone age beings on Endor somehow over-powered our imperial troops."
ダース・ベイダー:"<mechanical respiration> So... 言い訳はEwok, eh?"
トルーパー:"... my lord?"
ダース・ベイダー:"Soon, you will appreciate the humor, of the dark side..."

Friday, March 2, 2018



Aさん:「あっ!だめじゃん!おばあちゃんは薬を飲むのを忘れちゃった!」
Zさん:"You know, I never quite understood why Japanese people use the verb 'to drink' to describe ingesting medicine in pill form.  It doesn't make sense to me."
Aさん:「Is English that much better, i.e. to 'take' medicine.  What, like to prom?」
Zさん:"... ha!... that's a funny mental image... an aspirin in a formal gown."
Aさん:「。。。well, if you'll excuse me, I have to get my grandma to drink a pill.」