What are "Gaijins"?

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What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Hatori » Sun 01.21.2007 10:22 pm

I have no idea what this is and everybody keeps on mentioning "gaijins". What is that? From the clues I've taken, I'm assuming it's a foreigner that wants to go to Japan or something like that.
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by richvh » Sun 01.21.2007 10:26 pm

A gaijin is an outsider. It's also the shortened form of gaikokujin, foreigner. Has nothing to do with whether someone wants to go to Japan or not.
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by chikara » Sun 01.21.2007 10:51 pm

Hatori wrote:
I have no idea what this is and everybody keeps on mentioning "gaijins". What is that? From the clues I've taken, I'm assuming it's a foreigner that wants to go to Japan or something like that.

外人 【がいじん】 (n) person who does not know how to use a dictionary; person who has a very annoying avatar (P) ;)
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Harisenbon » Sun 01.21.2007 11:51 pm

chikara wrote:
外人 【がいじん】 (n) person who does not know how to use a dictionary; person who has a very annoying avatar (P) ;)


We really need to update the Jim Breen dictionary with that.
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Tajoumaru » Mon 01.22.2007 12:11 am

Gaijin = バター臭い.

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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by chikara » Mon 01.22.2007 12:25 am

Tajoumaru wrote:
Gaijin = バター臭い.

That reminds me of that thread a few months back, Do the Japanese like cheese? :o
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Mike Cash » Mon 01.22.2007 6:42 am

The best answer to the question appeared in the movie "Mr. Baseball".
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Kagemaru » Mon 01.22.2007 10:46 am

Hatori wrote:
From the clues I've taken


Look out Columbo...

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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by AJBryant » Mon 01.22.2007 1:28 pm

The best answer to the question appeared in the movie "Mr. Baseball".


Good Lord, I thought I was the only one who's seen that movie. ;)


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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Matsumoto_hideto » Mon 01.22.2007 6:05 pm

Most of the ppl on this forum are "gaijins"
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by aKuMu » Mon 01.22.2007 6:20 pm

Everyone is.

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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Dehitay » Mon 01.22.2007 7:42 pm

aKuMu wrote:
Everyone is.


What about Makoto who was born and raised on this forum? He's a native, isn't he?
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Harisenbon » Mon 01.22.2007 8:05 pm

Dehitay wrote:
What about Makoto who was born and raised on this forum? He's a native, isn't he?


It's a little known fact, but you can actually be naturalized to TJP.

Unfortunately, you then have to be called a TJPian for the rest of your life. ;)
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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by Hatori » Tue 01.23.2007 12:32 am

richvh wrote:
A gaijin is an outsider. It's also the shortened form of gaikokujin, foreigner. Has nothing to do with whether someone wants to go to Japan or not.


I was close! :D Thanks for the help everybody!

chikara wrote:
外人 【がいじん】 (n) person who does not know how to use a dictionary; person who has a very annoying avatar (P) ;)


How is it annoying?! It's not flashy! lol!! Plus, I'm terrible and using dictionaries (Yes, I know. It never works. Even when I go to [url]dictionary.com[/url]!!

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Hatori wrote:
From the clues I've taken


Look out Columbo...


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RE: What are "Gaijins"?

Post by chikara » Tue 01.23.2007 1:09 am

Hatori wrote:.....How is it annoying?! It's not flashy!

Something about your avatar makes me want to give the person in it a 上段突き.

Hatori wrote:
...... my parents are 53... they're ancient!!

:o

I guess for an immature child like yourself 53 must seem ancient ;)
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