It might be easier to learn a language as a child, but Japanese is a little different. It’s notoriously one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn, even for kids growing up in Japan. One of the biggest difficulties is learning all of the different Japanese characters, known as kanji. Students are meant to learn about 1,000 kanji in school, but it’s not an easy task. Poop Kanji Drills (うんこ漢字ドリル) has found the secret to teaching kids kanji: poop.
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Poop Kanji Drills has turned out to be one of the best-selling books of the year, and it’s probably because Japanese seem to be a bit less shy about discussing and joking about feces than many Western countries. After all, it’s the country from which the children’s classic Everyone Poops hails.
Poop Kanji Drills walks students through 1,006 kanji characters, each example having to do with poop. A yellow, mustachioed poop named Professor Poop guides students through their educational journey, which is not at all disgusting since yellow feces could be indicative of a gallbladder disorder. Also, he looks like a lemon flavored cupcake. That’s equally gross.
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Still, the examples are funny and seem to go over well with the Japanese youth. These examples include clever inclusions of poop, such as, “I was sleepy but then I pooped and my head started to work.” Honestly, that’s not unrelatable.
There are over 50,000 kanji characters, but Japanese adults need to learn about 2,000 to be literate. If learning kanji by way of poop jokes is the best way to learn, who am I to argue? My best wishes to the Japanese youth, and I am looking forward to getting drinks with the next generation of Japanese people. Pick your copy up here, it might make a good gag gift…or a completely serious one.
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