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, April 27, 2018

Necco Wafers

Aさん:「I was talking to my dad, and he said that when he was a kid, his favorite candy was something called Necco Wafers.」
Zさん:"Would those be wafers made by, for, or from... 猫...?"
Aさん:「Dude... Ew...」

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apple Talk

Zさん:"ね、ね、I have a riddle for you."
Aさん:「Sure, why not.」
Zさん:"What language do apples speak?"
Aさん:「I don't know, what language do apples speak?」
Zさん:"りん語"
Aさん:「。。。」

ミスタースパーコル:"Mmm... talking apples."

Friday, April 13, 2018

歌ったことがある

僕 - boku - I
君- kimi - you
男 - otoko - man
女 - onna - woman
心 - kokoro - heart
胸 - mune - chest
ため息 - tame-iki - sigh
夢 - yume - dream
涙 - namida - tears
声 - koe - voice
愛 - ai - love
恋 - koi - also love... but more selfish
花束 - hanataba - bouquet of flowers

Zさん:"Don't be intimidated by the kanji in Japanese karaoke song lyrics.  You'd be surprised how often J-POP lyrics repeat. If you learn these few kanji here, you are 90% of the way there."


Friday, April 6, 2018

NCAA Basketball II

Zさん:"Nova is the NCAA Basketball Champion!"
Aさん:「Nova 勝った!ワーイ!ワーイ!」
Cさん:「... the English language school?」