By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

In my early days here, there was a teacher who had studied Japanese for a year at ICU in Tokyo. He was intent on mastering the language and studied very hard, often trying to practice it with the English Conversation students at the school we were teaching at.


He noticed that I often shortened words and thought that was great. He especially picked up on how I would answer questions about travel by omitting the Japanese word for train or bus, as in “the Midosuji” instead of saying “the Midosuji Subway”; or sometimes replacing it with the word “line” as in “Dedo Line”, instead of saying the “Dedo Bus Line.”


One day, he came to me and said, “What’s wrong with my Japanese? I tried the same trick that you use and dropped the word for train and my junior college student burst out laughing!”


I asked him to elaborate and it seemed that his female student had asked him how he came to the language school. His apartment was near the Hankai Streetcar Line, which was also popularly called the “Chin-chin (due to the sound of the streetcar) Train.


It was then that I cracked up laughing. When he’d eliminated the word “Train”, he’d left the word, which in colloquial Japanese when used by itself, meant “male member.”


He’d basically told the student that he used his member to get to school!












By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)


English books published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers