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Four English loanwords that slip me up in Japanese:

"Juice" (ジュース): Any beverage that does not contain alcohol or tea (with the exception of milk). Orange juice is juice. Coca Cola, Pocari Sweat, and melon soda are also juice. Dairy-based soft drinks such as Calpis are, somehow, juice. Sometimes, bewilderingly, oolong tea is juice.

"Buckets" (バケツ): Bucket. As in, a bucket. As in, "there is a buckets in your entry hall", to which I should not confusedly respond with a correction that, no, there's only one.

"Propose" (プロポーズ): To ask someone to marry you. You cannot "propose" anything else, such as, for example, a schedule change or an Easter egg hunting event. At least not without getting the hairy eyeball.

"Napkin" (ナプキン): Of the feminine variety. Do not ask your waitress for a napkin. Do not tell your fellow diners that you're going to go grab some paper napkins. Trust me. Just don't.

That is all. :D


Date: 2008-03-17 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, man...on the second day of lessons, I asked my Japanese tutor, a very sweet old lady, if she could please hand me a napkin because I had spilled (tea). I can't articulate the sheer hilarity of her subsequent look of horror and embarrassment. Priceless. XD


Date: 2008-03-17 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, lordy, lordy. XDDD Last week I embarrassed myself in front of four coworkers by asking where the napkins were at a curry restaurant. I know better, I just keep forgetting...!

Date: 2008-03-17 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
same thing happened to me in Australia. i asked for a napkin and the waitress blinked fiercely at me, and then replied, "Oh! A servillete?"

and i felt foolish. XD;;;;

Date: 2008-03-18 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh god, there are so many of these I don't even know where to begin.
エレキ for electric guitar certainly annoys me, but I know there are much worse things that just aren't coming to mind right now.

Date: 2008-03-18 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, I didn't know the napkin one.

バケツ has always bothered me. -___-;;

Date: 2008-03-27 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi there! I found your journal through the [ profile] colossi community. I'm working on an Ico cosplay and saw pictures of yours, which are positively the best Ico cosplay pictures I have seen so far, and I also noticed we were both from (roughly) the same area. I enjoyed reading what entries you have public. I lived in Japan for 4 months but since it was such a short visit and because my Japanese isn't that amazing, I feel like I missed out on a lot of culture. So, I find your entries insightful, and I thought I'd leave a note to say hi so I'm not just some random creepy person friending your journal. Hi! :3

Date: 2009-04-08 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks for the lovely advice ;) lol! I could just imagine myself asking for a napkin though.
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