Thursday, July 23, 2009

Countdown to the Tenjin Matsuri #3...

Next Saturday, July 25th, is the Tenjin Matsuri, one of the biggest and most popular summer festivals in Osaka. We’ve decided to help you countdown to the festival by teaching you how to say a different festival-related word in English every day. Today’s word is…

3) Kakigori = Snow Cone

A snow cone versus a kakigori
Most dictionaries translate kakigori as “shaved ice.” While this is basically correct, it isn’t a term often used by native speakers of English. However, if a native speaker of English hears “snow cone,” they imagine something very similar to Japanese kakigori.

In North America, there is a famous product called Slurpee. Slurpees are more like drinks, and are usually based on soda flavors. If you’re talking to North Americans, and they don’t understand snow cone, try saying, “It’s like a Slurpee.” I’m sure they’ll understand exactly what you mean!

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