The Japanese Tongue Twister "Sumomomomomomomomonouchi"

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Jul 29, 2015 11:09 Japanese essay
Today, I will introduce two Japanese tongue twisters.

The first one is "sumomo mo momo mo momo nouchi."

In Japan, "momo" means "peach," and "sumomo" means "prune."

So the tongue twister means "prunes and peaches are included in a kind of peach."

Since we don't use spaces between words (like すももももももももものうち), it's difficult to read it in Japanese.

The second one is "haha wa hahaha, haha no haha wa hahahaha to warau."

This means "mother laugh with saying "haha," and mother's mother laugh with saying "hahaha.""

If we write it only in Katakana, it will be "ハハハハハハハノハハハハハハとワラウ."

This may look like a cipher.