August 12th, 2009

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Japanese language & etiquette in Deutschland

EDIT: We're back! To my husband's relief, I took y'all's advice and didn't try to speak any Japanese, but I kept an ear out for what the employees (all of Asian descent) were speaking. Though some spoke Japanese amongst themselves, others -- our teppanyaki chef, for example -- only spoke German to everyone.

I was a little surprised to hear my German husband breaking into English whenever things got confusing. :)

I never did get to look at any teppanyaki ettiquette before we went, but I don't think we made asses of ourselves. We smelled burning hair coming from our neighbors at one point, though. D:
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Why didn't I think to ask y'all earlier? In about 18 hours I have a dinner reservation at a very fancy, pricy, internationally-oriented Japanese restaurant in Frankfurt, which specializes in sushi and teppanyaki. I'm nervous.

The waitresses seem to be more comfortable with English than German, but I can't be sure. They were really short with me on my last visit and on the phone. Is this normal? Any hints on finding out which language my waitress prefers to use?

Is it awkward and dumb of me to say 'konichiwa' and 'domo arigato' to the waitresses, or cute?

I'll be at a teppanyaki table. If anyone can give me a quick link for etiquette before I head out, I'd appreciate it! I need sleep more than research at this point. :)

TIA!
Baba Yaga

Question for the candy loving linguaphiles

So my son (6 yrs) asked me tonight if there's a difference between suckers and lollipops. I said that they were both words for the same thing, but my husband disagreed. He said that a sucker is a ball/sphere shaped candy on a stick and a lollipop is the flat, disc shaped candy on a stick. I'm wondering if the two words are specific or if it's regional or what. He's from St. Louis, MO (Dogtown, if it makes a difference) and I'm from a combination of Colorado and Kansas City, MO.

So, do you use sucker and lollipop interchangeably, only use one of the terms for either shape of candy on a stick, or do you use each only for a specific shape? Also, what region shaped your speech patterns?
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Name these kanji

In an ongoing attempt to teach myself some Japanese, I'm challenging myself by trying to see if I can translate a fan-comic from Japanese to English. I think I've done a pretty good job of identifying most of the kanji; however, due to the limits of the resolution and my unfamiliarity with most kanji, there are a few I'm not making any headway deciphering. I'd be grateful if anyone could help me out.

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Thanks in advance!