After dinner on Friday, I had the opportunity to smoke at a Hookah Lounge with a couple Japanese friends. It sounds and looks much more incriminating than reality.
Yuka and Yuko ordered us peach flavored tobacco to smoke. The flavored tobacco had a very pleasant taste and odor.
As we smoked and finished our drinks, the ladies helped me with my Japanese phrases. My new favorite expression is “shoganai”. Pronounced show-ga-nigh. Shoganai means “oh, well” or “c’est la vie”. We also worked on a conversation to ask a person if their food is delicious.
“Oishi des ka” – is your food delicious?
“Hai, oishi des” – yes, this is delicious.
“Yokata” – I’m happy for you.
Who needs Rosetta Stone? A couple more Friday’s at the Hookah Lounge and I’ll be proficient in Japanese!