kiru – to wear

November 6, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Verbs | 1 Comment

着る ( きる)

sounds like – “kill”

there is this ancient japanese legend about the “black jacket.” usually it’s found abandoned in a forest. when someone finds it, it always appears new, and very expensive. also depending on the time period (it has appeared all throughout history), it takes on the appearence of the most fashionable name of the period.

but, this jacket has a curse. if you wear it, it slowly takes control of your entire body. eventually, over the course of a couple weeks, it will controll you, like a puppet. then, it will slowly walk you out into the deep forest, then it will kill you! after, it will lie in wait for the next victim.

stay away from the black jacket, if you wear it it will kill.


kubi – neck (job)

November 6, 2007 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Nouns | 1 Comment

首 (くび)

sounds like – “cool bee”

sample story

where would all the cool bees hang out? would they hang out near a person’s feet? yeah…no. would they hang out near the arms? no way, thats where loser bees hang out. the only place that cool bees would every want to be seen is on the smooth neck. that way, they can drive their cool cars around and around, forever.

kubi has the meaning of job also. so if you say that someone’s neck has been cut, it means they have been fired.

heya – room

November 6, 2007 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment


sounds like “hay” (the kind horses eat)

this is a example of a “key sound” mnemonic (just made that up).  the point here is that you can’t go looking around for perfect mnemonics that sound exactly like something else. if you did that you would run out pretty quickly. you want to make a strong enough mental image (in this case, walking into your room and finding it stuffed full of HAY, and having some horses nudge you as they try to get past you and into the room) – that the “hay” leads you to “haya.” if you remember the hay, your brain will look for sounds that sound like “hay,” which you have put already into your head that could possibly mean “room” in japanese.

as long as you have “spoken” the word to yourself a few times (either out loud or mentally), your brain is probably going to recognize the hey keyword and shoot out “haya”. i’m sure you know what i mean, though i haven’t explained it very well.

room full of hay, keyword hay, japanese words that sound familiar to hay — heya — room.

soto – outside

November 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

外 ( そと)

– sounds like “sew toe”

in the future, mothers don’t let their children go out at night because of the “SEW TOE” gang. what do they do you ask? well, if they catch you out at night, they take you and sew your toes together. whenever you see a kid limping, you can be sure that he went out at night and had a unfortunate meeting with the “SEW TOE” gang. it’s sad really.

so don’t go out at night or the sew toe gang will get you.

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