Category Archives: Japanese Language

Magic words

Unusual noises attract attention.  New words seem especially important; they are valuable weapons in my 35-year-old war against being misunderstood.

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Failing to communicate: An encounter in a Kyoto bar

Warning:  This long post starts as a ramble, then degenerates into a stumble through wilderness, before tailing off, ignoring its long departed audience to talk to itself for a few minutes.

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Yappari, I`m ( )

Whenever anybody starts a sentence with yappari, I take guard.  An argument could be about to start. 

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