Aided by books and ex-pats, Japanese learn to swear well in English
Broad has appointed himself a "swearing missionary," spreading not the Good Word but all the bad ones, inspired by
How to Use Fuck Correctly: 99 Phrases Using Fuck, Shit, Damn, and Hell that Schools Won’t Teach You that Should be Used with Care by Madsaki, released earlier this year in Japan. Reviewed in depth by Japansubculture, its contents demonstrate everything from convincing expletives to navigating confusing homographs such as the phrase "Oh, for fuck's sake."
For those uncertain of navigating Amazon Japan, the book can be ordered in America from Yesasia with a modest markup. At Kotaku, Brian Ashcraft reports that it provides detailed explanations and useful illustrations that help with context: "Which looks more enjoyable? The book that tells you how to say, 'I brush my teeth' or the one that teaches, 'fuck off?'"
"I tend to find Japanese people are very interested in swear words," writes Chris Broad, a British ex-pat living in Japan. "Despite hearing them in every song, movie and TV show, surprisingly they are never covered in the Japanese-English education sustyem."
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Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
Yes, yes there is. The ultraportable Twisty Glass Mini boasts all of the simplicity of its forebear, while fitting just a little bit better in your pocket.The Mini is perfect for casual smokers, and anyone who doesn’t have the patience or fine motor skill for rolling papers. This piece keeps the convenient design of its older […]
Learning to code is a perfect way to grow your technical sophistication, and open up a host of new career options. But since most “learn to code” initiatives focus heavily on web development, it can be tough to find good resources for general-purpose computer science outside of a 4-year degree program. To get a broad […]
While many newer smartphones boast decent water resistance, most of us are still stuck with the kind of handsets that need to spend the night in a bowl of rice when they get wet. If you want to enjoy your favorite podcasts in the shower but are holding out for your next phone upgrade, this […]