A joke from Eijiro

I just got back from vacation, and I still have a lot of work to do! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting.

Anyway, here is a cute joke from Eijiro:

One day, a mother mouse and her child were taking their daily stroll when, out of the blue, they were cornered by a cat. Keeping calm, the mother mouse yelled out “Woof! Woof!” Startled, the cat ran off in fear.

The mother mouse then hugged her child and said, “Now you can see why it’s so important to learn a foreign language.”

Do you understand it? I love it!

You can read the joke in Japanese and listen to it at www.eijiro.jp — Eijiro is the source for the popular dictionary at ALC, so it’s very good!

7 thoughts on “A joke from Eijiro”

  1. Hi, Ei! Well, I think the joke is supposed to be the same in Japanese and English. There’s no pun on “wan wan,” just the idea that the mouse is speaking in dog “language” to the cat, who’s scared of it.

    (But I bet you could write a joke based on “one one” somehow…)

  2. Clarissa,

    Just stumbled across your blog through Twitter. I like what you’ve put together here, and will be a frequent visitor. Liked the story, too.

    Good luck with finishing your Master’s Degree. That’s the next step for me!


  3. Thanks for the comment, Chris–that reminded me that I need to update my About Me page! I finished that degree last year.

    I hope you’ll check out my teaching blog, too! (talktotheclouds.com) I’ll check out your website, and see you on Twitter!

  4. Hi,Clarissa.
    Long ago I read the Chinese version of the joke. I like this joke very much.But I never expected that Japanese has “Wan Wan” or “One One” for “Woof!Woof!”. Coincidentally, my native language Chinese also uses “One One” or “Wang Wang” to imitate the dog’s barking.
    I like this simple but interesting joke.

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