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According to simplyfired.com, one guy got fired for eating left-over pizza. I know it's wrong to eat someoen's food without asking, but it's it just crazy? It's just a piece of pizza. When I read the story first, I thought it was a joke, but it seems like a true stroy.

Now, let's learn a Japanese word for joke:

joudan (or johdan, jodan)
じょうだん
冗談

Meaning:

a joke

Pronunciation:

This word is easy to pronounce. Say, "Jaw done" quickly without splitting the two words. Yeah, that's it. Don't overemphasize either of the words, as Westerners tend to do so. Well, "Joe done" may sound close to "joudan" also.

Tips:

Here are some useful phrases:

joudan wo iu
じょうだんをいう
冗談を言う
(to tell a joke)

Honno joudan-dayo.
ほんのじょうだんだよ。
ほんの冗談だよ。
(I'm just joking.)

Joudan deshou! (or desho!)
じょうだんでしょう!
冗談でしょう!
(You must be joking!)



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