Saturday, January 05, 2013
I guess it's not only the Japanese who have problems with the "R" sound.
This reminds me of a story too. I lived in Japan for about 2 years around 1977 (I was in the military) and we used to go to different Japanese bars. Some of the names for the bars were weird to me, but I'm sure names for our bars here in the USA would be weird to them too. Anyway, one bar I used to go to with my friends was called "Garrows" but I never saw the name in English, it was always in Japanese Konji script. The walls inside the bar were painted with pictures of prisoners in the black and white stripped suits, prison bars, hangman nooses, etc. It was just a nice place to go, have a drink and maybe dance a little.
Fast forward to the 90's, one day out of the blue I had an epiphany. That bar was NOT called the Garrows, it was called the Gallows. The Japanese people cannot pronounce "r" very well of course and we being the 'intelligent' people that we were, pronounced it the same way and thought of it that way too.
Just when you think you have a handle on life, it gives you a smack down! Apparently I was not as smart as I thought. I still laugh at myself over this when I think about it.