Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. Today, she’s introducing you to the Japanese language, which she is not good at at all, but that makes her the perfect person to explain some things to you, since she has no discernible trappings of ego.
- Part 1 is here, where we learned about katakana, hiragana, kanji, and why we need all of them and just what exactly is going on here.
- Part 2 is here, where we learned about ring names, catch phrases, and fun things.
- This week in part 3, we’re covering vocabulary, grammar, and some more fun things! Ahoy!
A couple of frequently asked questions about Japanese:
Why is that commentator shouting “hai!” all the time? What is going on?!
Oh man, it’s called aizuchi and it’s how you politely listen in Japanese! By talking the whole time so your conversational partner knows you’re listening! I think it’s very strange! Fluentu has a good article on aizuchi.
Here is a father teaching his adorable child how to aizuchi, you’re welcome:
There are lots of general words you can use to show you’re paying attention — the commentators like “hai” (はい, “yes”), and Okada will そうですね (sou desu ne, “I see”) his way through an interview so hard you’ll wish he’d adopt a new phrase, any phrase, Okada honey please.
BONUS: here’s a cute gif of Shinsuke Nakamura sou desu ne-ing with his eyes shut.