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In November 1999, Maru-chan, a teenage girl from Japan, went to Austin, Texas, the United States, and spent a month with a host family. Although Maru-chan's English was very limited, the host family liked her very much because she was amiable, polite, and thoughtful.

Maru-chan was scheduled to return to Japan at the end of November, so Jenn, the host mother, wanted to do something special for Maru-chan's first Thanksgiving Day experience in the U.S. Then, Jenn thought it would be nice if she could introduce Maru-chan to her parents in Dallas. So, the family decided to take her to the grandparents' home for Thanksgiving dinner.

At the dinner table on Thanksgiving evening, Maru-chan and the whole family prayed, and then began to eat turkey. The dinner table was filled with laughter, and every thing seemed perfect. But the one word Maru-chan said threw the whole family into an uproar. They couldn't believe what they'd just heard:

"Oh, shit!"

Maru-chan repeatedly said this word after tasting each dish, but when she noticed Jenn's furious face, she finally realized she must have said something wrong...

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Well, the Japanese word "oishii," which sounds a lot like the English slang "oh shit," is the word you are going to learn this time.

oishii
おいしい
美味しい

Meaning:

tasty

Pronunciation:

Try to pronounce each vowel clearly. This word "oishii" has four syllables: "o-i-shi-i." The "oi" sounds similar to "oy" as in oyster, and the "shii" sounds like she.

Tips:

Here are some useful phrases:

totemo oishii とてもおいしい
とても美味しい
(very tasty; delicious)

oishii pan
おいしいパン
美味しいパン
(tasty bread)

Sushi wa totemo oisii desu.
すしはとてもおいしいです。
寿司はとても美味しいです。
(Sushi is delicious.)



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