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August 11, 2009

an awful listening mistake and questions that shouldn`t be asked …

Filed under: Life in Japan — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 3:08 am

when i first came to the land of the rising sun, i found it quite difficult to get my head around the sounds used in the japanese language.  mistakes were a plenty.  including listening mistakes.  hell, even stuff that may have come from english ends up completely different when it is adopted into japanese.

thank you became something like “sanku-ewe” …

imagine my surprise when i heard the japanese word for a g-string bikini … t-back.

of course – being STUPID i heard it as teabag.  and i could never bring myself to ask anyone why the japanese word for g-string bikini was teabag. it was … unanswerable.  i could not imagine how that name came about.   it was months before i had the chance to hear somebody say it again and realise my error …

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