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

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cookin' Prep

Zさん:"料理する、ありがとう!"
Bさん:「いいえ、いいえ。」
Zさん:"手伝わせてください。"
Bさん:「いいよ。トメトを切てください。私は玉ねぎを切ります。」
Zさん:"玉ねぎ? 寝ないで!"
Bさん:「。。。?」

Friday, March 22, 2019

Subaru

テレビ:"Love. It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru."

Zさん:"... well ... that and a particular cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

How Do You Like Them Bananas

Aさん:「あっ!バナナ。食べていい?」
Zさん:"どうぞ。"
Aさん:「ん。まだ熟していない。」
Zさん:"What? How dare you!  Those bananas bust their butts studying every afternoon after school!"
Aさん:「Yeah... that's true... and I would like to see them get into a good college. 」

Friday, March 8, 2019

Sounds Like a Flower

Aさん:「きれいな花ですね!」
Zさん:"... what a beautiful... nose?"
Aさん:「No, I meant "flower". In Japanese, the words for nose and flower are both pronounced "hana".」
Zさん:"... so... they're... 'hana-phones'? "
Aさん:「... what?... 」

Friday, March 1, 2019

Alaska

Aさん:「I was reading online about this guy who lives in Alaska.  After several blizzards, he was snowed in to his house, and could not get out for months.  He died because of ... well... cabin fever.」
Zさん:"Wow... so you're saying... vases are not only infectious, but also deadly?"
Aさん:「。。。」