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You Nippon-o-philes will get a kick out of this.

In 1996, my brother Bryan who lived (and loved) in Japan e-mailed me this Japanese lesson a few days before my first trip (of many) to the land of the rising sun:

"...You better brush up on your lingo so you can get around and we can have some fun. Here is some survival Japanese:

[Remember to pronounce all vowels like Italian with no inflections]

-Lesson 1-

Situation: At a scat party

Do you wanna take a dump? = Unchi shtai deska?

No thank you. I already took one. = Kekkoh dess. Moh shimashta.

Would you prefer to take a leak? = Oshikko no hoh o shitai deska?

Yes, I'd like to very much. = Ehh. Soh shtai.

Next time, let's take a dump together. = Kondo, isshoni unchi shimashoh.

Yes, let's. I'm looking forward to it. = Ii ne.(sounds good). Tanoshimi dess.

Get back to me soon. We will work on lesson two after you master the above."

As you can tell my brother is a pretty sick ticket, but I guess the acorn never falls far from the oak tree!


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Benjos I have known! A work in progress by Al Shuman

Posted by dlucier at Monday, Mar-07-2005 05:14 AM
The world is still awaiting the promised book from Al Shuman (FEP-1971). He became an afcionado of street-side toilets while living and working in Japan. The title is to be "Benjos I have known!" We are waiting, Alfred.

Great Stuff, Robin!

Posted by dlucier at Saturday, Jan-26-2008 03:37 AM
Doesn't get any better than this!

Dave Lucier (FEP-1968)
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