Three tongue twisters

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niwatori.jpgSumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi.
Plum and peach are both in the peach family.

This tongue twister turns around the word momo which means peach. Sumomo is a plum and all those extra mo are roughly equivalent to 'and' and 'also.'

Niwa no niwa ni wa, niwa no niwatori wa niwaka ni wani wo tabeta.
In Mr. Niwa's garden, two chickens suddenly ate a crocodile.

The key word here is niwa which means garden. Niwatori is a chicken, niwa means two chickens, niwaka ni means suddenly and wani is a crocodile. All the extra ni and wa are particles that emphasis the preceding words or give them a location, sort of like 'in the.'

There is another "niwa" tongue twister that I can't say:

Uraniwa niwa niwa niwa niwa niwa niwatori ga iru.
There are two chickens in the back yard and two in the front yard.

Uraniwa is the backyard. I can't figure out which of the niwa are 'two', 'in the' and 'garden.' Ack!

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"Uraniwa niwa niwa niwa niwa niwa niwatori ga iru."

I think it works like this: Uraniwa ni wa niwa, (in the back garden, two (birds)), niwa ni wa niwa (in the garden, two (birds)) niwadori ga iru. (chickens are there)

Mizuno-san told me another one. "Tonari no kyaku wa yoko kaki kuu kyaku da." The customer next to me eats a lot of persimmons.

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You need to warn us guijin not to attempt to say such things without having a tongue splint handy... I think I broken myself! :)

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