1. weezygeezy's Avatar
    It's a shirt that has many signs or icons on the shirt depicting time, bathroom, bank, help, etc, etc. It's one of those shirts that come in handy when you go to another country and aren't fluent in the language. I've seen it a long time ago but have no idea what it is called so, I don't even know what to google search it as... Someone help, please!!! I want to get it before I go to japan in two weeks.

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    04-04-09 01:34 AM
  2. squish101's Avatar
    To even think of doing such a thing, I feel that this is an insult to the Japanese and some other countries where English is not their native language.
    The Japanese are some of the nicest people in the world and its language is a beauty. Personally I can't imagine myself putting on such a stupid T-shirt cuz I'll definitely look like a dumb jackass wearing one.I would advise you to pick up an english-japanese translation book for reference.
    For a start check out what I've got below:

    bathroom - yoku****su, furoba, basuruumu
    blood bank - ketsueki ginkoo
    piggy bank - butagata chokinbako
    alarm (bank, store, etc.) - keihoo
    passbook (bank) - yokin tsuuchoo
    bank (river) - kishi
    bank manager - ginkoo shihainin
    bank (institution) - ginkoo
    bank clerk - ginkooin
    bank account - yokin kooza
    help please, help me - tasukete kudasai
    help wanted, job vacancy - kyuujin
    help - tasukemasu (tasukeru), tasuke
    Help ! (urgent call for assistance) - tasukete!
    help (in domestic tasks) - tetsudaimasu (tetsudau), tetsudai shimasu (suru)
    how long, about how much? - dono gurai
    How much is it? - ikura desu ka
    about how much/long - dono gurai
    left - hidari
    turn left - hidari ni magarimasu (magaru)
    demand as in a right - yookyuu, yookyuu shimasu (suru)
    abdicate (right, responsibility) - hooki shimasu (suru)
    correct, right - tadashii, seikaku
    just right - choodo ii
    Is it all right? May I? - ii desu ka, yoroshii desu ka
    It's all right. It's safe/fine - daijoobu desu
    got it right! got it correct! - atatta
    all right - daijoobu
    (right) angle - chokkaku
    on the dot, right on time - jikandoori
    (turn) right - migi ni magarimasu (magaru)
    turn right migi ni magarimasu (magaru)
    slow to understand right away - pinto konai
    safe, all right - anzen, daijoobu
    right (as in rights) - kenri
    right hand - migite
    right side - migigawa right
    (as in correct) - tadashii
    right away - sugu
    right (as in right hand) - migi
    straight ahead - massugu
    behind (rear end) - oshiri
    behind (at the back) - ushiro
    (fall) behind - okuremasu (okureru)
    abide, stay behind - nokorimasu (nokoru)
    things left behind unintentionally - wasuremono
    stay behind - nokorimasu (nokoru)
    slow, tardy, delay, fall behind - okuremasu (okureru), osoku narimasu (naru)
    rear, behind - ushiro
    discount, reduction - waribiki, disukaunto, nebiki
    how long, about how much? - dono gurai
    (How) much (is it?) - ikura desu ka
    (How) old (are you?) - nansai desu ka
    how many (people)? - nannin
    how many (vehicles)? - nandai
    how many (flat things)? - nanmai
    how many months?, how long?- nankagetsu
    how many years?, how long? - nannen
    how many hours?, how long - nanjikan
    how many? - ikutsu
    how many (books)? - nansatsu
    how many (small animals or fish)? - nanbiki
    how many (long, cylindrical)? - nanbon
    How should it be said? - doo iimashooka, dono yoo ni iimashooka
    How much is it? - ikura desu ka
    How are you? How are you doing? - ogenki desuka, ikaga desu ka, doo desu ka
    how many days, how long? what date? - nannichi
    How come? - doo****e, naze
    How do you do? - hajimema****e
    how many cupfuls? - nanbai
    about how much/long - dono gurai
    Is it all right? May I? - ii desu ka, yoroshii desu ka
    I'm glad to meet you, nice to meet you - doozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu, hajimema****e (how do you do.)
    0 - rei [rei]
    1 - iti [ichi]
    2 - ni [ni]
    3 - san [san]
    4 - si/yon [si/yon]
    5 - go [go]
    6 - roku [roku]
    7 - siti/nan [sichi/nana]
    8 - hati [hachi]
    9 - ku/kyuu [ku/kju:]
    10 - zyuu [ju:]
    I am dumb, stupid - Watashi atama ga warui, baka, aho

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    Last edited by squish101; 04-04-09 at 05:32 AM.
    04-04-09 04:26 AM
  3. weezygeezy's Avatar
    Personally, I think for me to hack up the Japanese language will be a worst insult. I tried reading the books but I don't know if I am pronouncing the words correctly...
    04-04-09 09:18 AM
  4. squish101's Avatar
    You shouldn't be worrying about insulting the lang with mispronounciation. Its the effort that counts and I'm sure they'll feel a whole lot respected when they look and hear you trying to learn their language, trying to converse in their language, irregardless of correct or incorrect pronounciation on your part. They'll appreciate you even more this way. I mean there is nothing to lose. You get to learn an additional asian language on top of your mother-tongue language which you have grasp(you're asian?) even if all you mastered was saying hi in japanese. It sure beats wearing your shirt. Just my two cents worth.

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    Last edited by squish101; 04-04-09 at 01:55 PM.
    04-04-09 12:03 PM
  5. BergerKing's Avatar
    The biggest tricks in the language isn't the consonant sounds, its the vowels. A is Ahh, e is hard A, I is ee or hard E. So Abe is ahbay, mate is mahtay, Yokosuka is yo-koos-kah, Mitsuko would be Meets-ko, and so forth. Oh, and most 'r's have.a 'd' pronunciation. Do-mo ahdigato, thank you very much. (Domo arigato)

    If a good ol' boy from Texas can do it, you can too. Believe in yourself!

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    04-04-09 03:24 PM
  6. ginya-san's Avatar
    I took two semesters of Japanese and let me tell you the book was useless because there's no way to understand how to even come close to saying things so they'd get a hint at what your saying with out help. I think the shirt is kind of a dumb idea but I'd deffinatly invest in rosetta stone or lessons way in advance of a trip but that's me.

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    04-04-09 08:06 PM
  7. sodakitty's Avatar
    Instead of the shirt, they have books that are very similar. They have foods, places, things, ideas, etc etc etc that you can just point to if you're having trouble making yourself understood or can't remember a word or the like.
    Much less insulting than wearing a shirt like that.

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    04-04-09 09:38 PM
  8. squish101's Avatar
    If a good ol' boy from Texas can do it, you can too. Believe in yourself!

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    Way to go cowboy

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    04-04-09 11:38 PM
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