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December 15, 2003

For the Gaijin Who Has Everything

In her Saturday 'Japan Lite' column in the Japan Times, Amy Chavez suggested some Christmas gifts for the above mentioned foreigner in Japan. Her first idea, a "questioning machine" - as opposed to answering machine - for your telephone combined with a toll number, seemed almost plausible as a means of making some extra cash from Japanese callers who want to practice their speaking. Reading on, however, the article is obviously not meant to be taken so seriously. Unless you feel there really is a need for machine that translates aizuchi, "those sometimes confusing signals Japanese people use when communicating, such as sucking in air through the teeth or the long, drawn-out 'sooooooooooo desu ne.'"
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