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Do you have any funny or embarrassing Japanese mistake stories? (Part 2) | Ichimon Japan 37

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Do you have any funny or embarrassing Japanese mistake stories?

Topics Discussed

  • How “sayonara” is not used in most situations when saying “goodbye” in Japanese
  • A mix up at a convenience store
  • Getting used to referring to people in the Japanese language
  • What exactly a rōtari is
  • Being asian
  • Dealing with people that want to speak English even when they’re English ability is poor
  • Mixing up yasui (cheap) with yasai)
  • The tricky situation that people with Asian features who are not fluent speakers of Japanese often find themselves in Japan
  • A peculiar usage of the term shikkari and shikkari shiro
  • And much more!

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Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode. All information is from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC.

  • Onigiri
    • おにぎり (n) (pol) onigiri; rice ball (often triangular, sometimes with a filling and wrapped in nori)
  • Rootari
    • ロータリ (n) traffic circle; circle; rotary; roundabout
  • Yasai
    • 野菜 【やさい】 (n,adj-no) vegetable
  • Yasui
    • 安い(P); 廉い 【やすい】 (adj-i) (1) cheap; inexpensive; (adj-i) (2) (安い only) calm; peaceful; quiet
  • Tsumetai
    • 冷たい 【つめたい(P); つべたい】 (adj-i) (1) (ant: 熱い・1) cold (to the touch); chilly; icy; freezing
  • Doobutsuen
    • 動物園 【どうぶつえん】 (n) zoo; zoological gardens
  • Daibutsu
    • 大仏 【だいぶつ】 (n) large statue of Buddha (trad. at least 4.8m high)
  • Shikkari
    • しっかり (adv,adv-to,vs) (1) (on-mim) tightly (holding on); firmly; securely; (adv,adv-to,vs) (2) (uk) (on-mim) strongly (built); solidly; sturdily; steadily; (adv,adv-to,vs) (3) (uk) (on-mim) properly; well; sufficiently; hard (working, etc.); fully; completely; (adv,adv-to,vs) (4) (uk) (on-mim) reliably; dependably; levelheadedly; shrewdly; wisely; cleverly
  • Shikkari shiro
    • しっかりしろ (exp) pull yourself together; get a grip; get a hold of yourself; come on
  • Ou
    • 負う 【おう】 (v5u,vt) (1) (See 背負う・1) to bear; to carry on one’s back; (v5u,vt) (2) to take responsibility for; to accept a duty; (v5u,vt) (3) to receive (wound); to incur (damage); to be injured; (v5u,vt) (4) to owe

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Is there something about Japan that confuses you? Is there something about Japanese culture that you would like to learn more about? Is there something in Japanese history that you would like us to explain? We’re always looking for new questions about Japan to answer, so if you have one, please send it to ichimon@japankyo.com.

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