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  • lanquage pronunciation struggle

    One of the guys in our koi club can't pronounce Utsuri. the closest he comes to it is "oots-cheery".

    I was thinking about using it as a mystery writers name in a column in our club's newsletter. ( presently i use my name but under the header
    "Bubbles from the bottom of the Pond". -think Beno would work on Carp?)

    Was wondering if anyone else out there has seen the humor in a lost translation and would share the chuckle. ( we can't have serious stuff
    exclusively on the board-or should we?)

    Boy what I'd give to be celebrating the 4th with mike T....huli-huli chicken on the grill no less! with really fresh pinneapple!!
    Dick Benbow
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    Dick

    Not a koi specific but have you seen the movie 'Lost in Translation'?

    I think the film perhaps overated but i felt an affinity with it.

    Anyone thats spent time in Japan will i am sure get what i mean!!

    I love the scene at the photo shoot!!

    Mark
    Mark Gardner

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    • #3

      never heard of it! think i could find it at the rental place? who starred in it and how long ago was it? let me know Mark.....sounds interesting
      Dick Benbow

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      • #4

        Bill Murray and Scarlet Johanson (sp?)

        It was up at this years oscars, just out on DVD over this side of pond.

        http://www.lost-in-translation.com/
        Mark Gardner

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        • #5

          fags vs cigarettes.

          Not really a translation problem but a living example of two nations divided by a common language.

          In 1975 I took a vaction with two friends to Florida. One of them and myself decided to quit smoking at the start of the trip.

          We lasted about 3 days and we were in a bar with two girls in a hotel on Collins ave, Miami when we decided to relent.

          Seeking advice, my friend asked his female companion in good British English "Do they sell fags here?"

          The bartender, who we later found out was clearly aware of this English term, boomed out "You guys want fags!" which promptly got the attention of the entire bar.

          To which I replied innocentlly, "Yeah, we haven't had one in three days and we're getting desperate".

          After extracting the maximum amout of laughter from the situation the barman produced a pack of cigarettes and asked (loudly) "Is this what you mean?"

          rgds Bern
          South East Koi Club

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          • #6

            Bern in an earlier post I sai I beleived you compete in the states with their last comedian standing contest. the preceeding story just synched it!

            Thank-you for sharing that, it was priceless!



            Mark, Thanks for the DVD information, murray is a funny guy and I could imagine it woulkd be well worth the investment. I'll look it up and find it "this side of the pond"
            Dick Benbow

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            • #7

              I was once in a British Book shop just about noon. The sales woman walked up to us and said "goodmorning" We had been in there for about 20 minutes so it seemed a bit ood, but OK, I replied "Good morning" back and went on looking she walked behind us and restated her previous phrase "good morning"

              "Yeah I know... Good morning, thank you!"

              This Happened about three more time with me becoming ever more confused as to what this woman wanted until she finally added "We are about to close for lunch"
              "Why didn't you say that in the first place instead of the constant greating?"

              "Not civilized" was her reply.
              B.Scott
              Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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              • #8

                The Brits are a VERY polite people! When in Japan with a group of them, I never fail to hear, at least once - one will say to our Japanese host in a nervous, self conscious but polite way---" DOMO, DOMO very much" ! JR

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                • #9

                  Thank-you Scott, thank-you JR! I have been enjoying the humor shared here! it's been fun! hope there is still some more out there....
                  Dick Benbow

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                  • #10

                    Dick:

                    As you know, "Arigato gaimasu", means Thank You in Nihon-go, while "do itashimashite" means "You're welcome"...

                    When I first moved to Japan, I had trouble saying "do itashimashite" so one of my Japanese friends told me to say "Don't touch my mustace" really fast and softly...either it worked, or the Japanese were too polite to correct me... :shock:

                    Another memory from Japan...The Japanese have a way with the English Language...for instance, one brand of toilet paper is called "Fanny Wipes"... :lol:

                    Aloha! Mike

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                    • #11

                      Mike,
                      I knew when i saw your name posted that the comments were going to be good.
                      But mike you diddn't have a mustache!
                      Dick Benbow

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                      • #12

                        Dick:

                        You and the rest of the board are going to be sorry that you stirred my dormant memories:

                        When driving in Japan, one sure way to tell when the driver of another car is an American, just back from home leave, is to watch him make a left turn...The windshield wipers will go on, that's because the Japanese drive on the left side of the street so the turn signal and windshield wiper actuator handles are reversed...The Japanese also seem to know this, because when they see a car with the windshield wipers on, on a sunny day, they know the dummy is about to turn and they all slow down... :lol:

                        As my sons say, "Enough Already" Aloha! Mike

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                        • #13

                          Driving on the "wrong" side is a treat, isn't it? In the UK I would tend to attempt to open the car door, every time I tried to shift gears. It wasn't too hard as long as there was traffic to follow. It went to a whole different level of difficultly whan driving on the streets late at night when nobody was about!
                          B.Scott
                          Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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                          • #14

                            Thank-you Mike and scott! Great stories! I can relate to the right hand drive ( I never drove all the years I was in Japan). My son bought a mini cooper in the Uk and had it stripped and rebuilt from the ground up.
                            When he got it home to Seattle he naturally offered to give me a ride.
                            Felt odd to sit in the drivers seat as a passenger with nothing in the way of pedals or steering wheel. After he shirted out of second at 60 mph and into third i was ready to get out and walk back home!
                            Dick Benbow

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                            • #15

                              Dick:

                              When were you in Japan? Did we ever meet there? Your comment "But Mike you didn't have a mustace when you were in Japan" has me going...I actually had to look at some pictures to see if I did or not...

                              Hopefully if we did meet, I wasn't making a complete A** of myself as is usually the case...

                              Aloha! Mike

                              Scott: I really like your Avatar, what ever the hell that is, I think everyone should have to post thier picture so we have a better feel of who we're conversing with..

                              Aloha! Mike

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