Get ready, set, go!

ichi ni tsuite, youi, don!
Get ready, set, go!

位置 ichi place, placement, your mark
用意 youi ready, prepare
ドン don the sound of a gun fire

一位 ichi i - first place [I]
意見 iken - opinion [B]
専用 sen you - exclusive use [B]
意味 imi - meaning [B]
注意 chuui - warning [B]
用心棒 you jin bou - a body guard [I]



ichi ni tsuite, youi, DONGURI!
On your marks, get set, ACORN!

  • どんぐり donguri - acorn Instead of ドン! we replace it with どんぐり which means an (oak) acorn. Has the same sound starting out.

A True Story

Once, I was the announcer for a race between Japanese students and some English teachers. As the runners lined up, I shouted, "ichi ni tsuite...", and everyone got in position. Then, I shouted, "youi..." and everyone prepared to begin the race. But when I yelled, "DONGURI" the foreigners all took off with precision and speed, but the Japanese took one step and then fell to the ground laughing! I still feel a little guilty for that. Sorry guys.

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