右目右耳右耳右目 A Japanese Tongue-Twister [61/365]


(みぎ)
“migi”
right


(め)
“me”
eye


(みみ)
“mimi”
ear

These form the components for one of the first Japanese tongue-twisters I ever learned:

右目右耳右耳右目
(みぎめみぎみみみぎみみみぎめ)
“migi me migi mimi migi mimi migi me”
right eye, right ear, right ear, right eye

I find it helps me remember “right” in Japanese. When I think of the tongue-twister, my right hand twitches as if to start doing the actions which go with it (pointing to the right eye and right ear).

左右
さゆう
“sayū”
left and right


(ひだり)
“hidari”
left

When I twitch my left hand I want to say:

左利き
(ひだりきき)
“hidari kiki”
left-handed


I am left-handed!


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