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    Hey! My 3年生 students are doing a lot of reading practice for next month's high school entrance exams.

    My JTE asked me to write something for them to read, and one of the vocabulary words is "pun" ('pun on words').
    [It came up b/c the assignment deals with Valentine's Day and it mentions the "Sweethearts" candy and how it also refers to a person's significant other, blahblahblah].

    I don't know any Japanese puns, though. The only one I know is 花より団子, which is more of a phrase. I'm not sure my JTE 100% understands, either, and so I want some examples to use.

    Does anybody have any? I'd really appreciate it!

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    アイム ソーリー

    髭剃り

    I'm sorry / hige sori (shave your beard)

    Not really a pun per se, but when I was over there two years ago I heard this from a kid at least once a week.

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    http://www.dajarenavi.net/
    just click a hiragana character on the left hand side and all the "puns" that start with that sound come up

    only japanese, but if you teacher asked for them, they can probably help if you cant read them.

    edit: that first link didnt seem to work
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    ps a good japanese equvilant to pun is ダジャレ i bet if you google it you can find some other sites.....地口 じぐち is almost the same
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    This song is fucking full of puns. It's older than I thought it was, so your students may not know it, but it got played to death when it first came out, and it still gets played in some supermarkets.
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    Yeah, it's really good stuff. For some reason, they bound it as a book, instead of on a roll. There's 190 pages, which is probably good for at least a few dozen shits.

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    Check out SMAP's music video for "Arigatou" (it's on youtube). All your students will know it.

    It uses the pun on "arigatou" = thank you and "ari ga tou" = ten ants. Which is why there are ants all over the video. :P
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    sake and sake (酒 鮭 - alcohol/salmon) are always used somehow.

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    You'd better call this lesson "Pun For Your Life"

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    I guess there's also the Japanese equivalent of u5in9 numb3rs 4 13tt3rs... 四六四九 for よろしく, for example.

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    Which state has the best teeth?
    どの州に一番いい歯がありますか?

    ハワイイ
    歯はいい

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    A pig and a horse had a race. Who won?
    とんかつ
    (pig win or breaded fried pork)
    "Like anyone with a sliver of honesty in them I believe what I find I believe when I wake up each morning."
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    for some reason they think repeated sounds are funny:

    for example:

    海豚いるか (iruka iruka)
    is there a dolphin?

    梅うめ (ume ume)
    the plum is delicious

    ..etc. i don't know how to search for these though, i don't know if they count as だじゃれ ... maybe

    an alt named hannah gets this one a lot, commenting on her lack of japanese skills:
    ハナさん話さん (hanasan hanasan)
    hannah doesn't speak

    this too:
    はなが高い (hana ga takai)
    hannah is tall
    OR
    her nose is big and gaijin的

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    These are some great ideas. My JTE likes them to and it helps him understand. Thanks so much, guys!<3

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    I learned one today:

    denwa ni denwa.

    Means like... I'm not answering the phone. -nwa is some negative impolite verb-ending, apparently.

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    aimu sorii - don't know about the beard one, but in a mix of japlish and japanese it means "I'm the Prime Minister". My kids think it's hysterical. Was also documented in today's Japan Times, which had a bunch of others, too. Unfortunately I gave it to another ALT. Tuesday's Japan Times has a section on colloquial expressions that's really worth getting.
    Then again, I can buy it from my local train station. Don't remember that when I lived in inaka!
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    i am not too far in the sticks but a lot further out than osaka,and the three closest stattions to me have the japan times and the english asahi shinbum available every day. just check it out, theres bound to be one some where
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