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Momoko: Is it good?
Paulo: Oh, yes! Please try it.
(and other insane Japanese textbook doodles from Twitter user 茶んた).

Please don't stop until you've seen the happy shark.
posted by JHarris (15 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

 
These are pretty adorable.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:52 AM on October 4, 2013


This is excellent!

(I'm getting the little squares too, and my computer is set up for reading Japanese, so I'm not sure what's up with that.)
posted by Jeanne at 3:57 AM on October 4, 2013


Oh, god, New Crown. I've been forced to use that mindless drivel in class before. It's good to know that at least one person got some enjoyment out of easily the worst textbook I've ever used in an EFL class. Gah.

The hammer murder is a nice touch.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:09 AM on October 4, 2013


Actually I was struck by how much better the original artwork is in the Japanese textbook compared to that in my own kids' textbooks.
posted by jabah at 5:24 AM on October 4, 2013


Okay -- the squares are part of a silly (maybe stupid) effect I was going for, to repeat the letters in the dialogue at the top of the first image using LARGE AND EASY TO READ characters, in the manner of language textbooks. The symbols are Unicode mathematical symbol versions of ordinary letters. The words say:

Momoko: Is it good?
Paulo: Oh, yes! Please try it.

A couple years ago when I did my admittedly-gonzo Unicode post, I discovered that if you have any font installed on your system that can render Unicode characters, that browsers will typically steal characters from it to display them even if they are not supported in the font used for the rest of the text... but on mobile Safari, which doesn't typically have many fonts, you might not have a suitable one available, and Chrome doesn't perform this check at all. So, you aren't missing much.

I got a message from taz pretty soon after I posted it, saying the post had been flagged and asking what was up, and I told him pretty much what I said here, and said it was okay to change the letters to ordinary ones. He didn't do it, so I guess it wasn't a priority? It still doesn't matter to me if they're changed later, it was a silly idea.
posted by JHarris at 5:30 AM on October 4, 2013


[Sorry, fixed now! For some reason my mefi mail wasn't being forwarded to my gmail; I've made the edit (and deleted a couple of the comments about it).]
posted by taz at 5:44 AM on October 4, 2013


taz has fixed it now. For the record, this is what the post used to look like:
Momoko: 𝙸𝚜 𝚒𝚝 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍?
Paulo: 𝙾𝚑, 𝚢𝚎𝚜! 𝙿𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚒𝚝.
(and other insane Japanese textbook doodles from Twitter user 茶んた).
posted by JHarris at 5:44 AM on October 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


(I do like how the letters look, if you have the right font installed. Firefox on an install of Windows 8 with basic fonts has no trouble with it.)
posted by JHarris at 5:45 AM on October 4, 2013


If I had seen this in one of my school textbooks, it would have made my year.
posted by Gordafarin at 5:53 AM on October 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


there's this page, too

which has perhaps the cleverest one of all
posted by pyramid termite at 6:12 AM on October 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


These are great, JHarris. Thanks!
posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels at 8:18 AM on October 4, 2013


Actually I was struck by how much better the original artwork is in the Japanese textbook compared to that in my own kids' textbooks.

Unfortunately, it reminded me of the ACE characters in the workbooks ("PACEs") used by the Depressing Christian Private School I went to.
posted by JHarris at 9:01 AM on October 4, 2013


The plate-face-hurling family is ruining my life. Thanks a *lot.*
posted by Mooseli at 11:22 AM on October 4, 2013


Holy shit, I got to the Attack on Titan on and nearly died laughing.
posted by ShawnStruck at 3:08 PM on October 4, 2013


Wow, those are fantastic! I did a bit of that back in the day, but this is really something else. Thanks.
posted by Cycloptichorn at 4:45 PM on October 4, 2013


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