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Zakennayo!: The Real Japanese You Were Never Taught in School
One doesn't have to be Jewish to recognize the words which have made their way into every fold of popular language: Chutzpah, Mensch, Tokhes, Mishmash, Nudge, Shtick, Schmaltzy, Schlep, Icky, and so on. Then there are phrases whose meaning and syntax are borrowed from Yiddish: "bite your tongue," "drop dead," "enough already', and "excuse the expression." This hilarious, ...more
Published November 1st 1995 by Plume
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I can't say I learned very much from this book that I didn't already know. There's even less that is much use for a minivan-driving father of two. Ten years ago I could have had a ton of fun with this book. The direct style is a welcome relief from the sanctimonious cultural propaganda found in most Japanese textbooks. It's kind of a pity it only uses roman script, as anyone using these expressions has probably learned their way around some kana. Still, it's a fun read to pass away an hour or ...more