Go animalistic!

@sol_cee (11225)
Japan
June 12, 2017 3:05am CST
My Japanese coworkers have several business functions outside the office. They come and go anytime of the day, so to speak. One of them, who is more confident to use her English skills, always says the usual ‘See you later’ instead of the polite Japanese phrase. I taught her how to say ‘See you later, alligator’ to lighten up the mood. She perfected it in no time and since then, leaves me a crisp ‘See you later, alligator’ every morning before she walks out of the office with a bouncing gait. When I thought she’s ripe for another expression, I taught her how to use ‘See you in a while, crocodile’ to which she warmed up instantly. I guess she found her purpose in life and that is to use these expressions with me, depending on her mood. This morning though, something happened. With a confident smile, she bid goodbye to everyone and said, ‘See you, alligator!’ Then there was awkward silence. Lol Photo is from Google
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@hereandthere (19475)
• Philippines
12 Jun
what is the traditional japanese phrase? does it translate to goodbye or see you later?
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
They say 'Ittekimasu'. It means I'll leave now but I'll come back later. Or something like that.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
13 Jun
@Lupita234 vengo ahora!
@AliCanary (1577)
21 Jul
You can say "ato de", which means "later", but I think that's pretty informal, not necessarily appropriate for a business setting.
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@LadyDuck (102531)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
Oh my goodness, I hate both phrases, you should teach her something nicer to say.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
That was meant to be for just the two of us. Oh well...
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@LadyDuck (102531)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
@sol_cee It seems she liked so much that she is using and abusing.
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@nomus24g (14088)
• India
12 Jun
you are sooooooo naughty....
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
lol Am i?
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@nomus24g (14088)
• India
12 Jun
@sol_cee no no...u r just an angel
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
@nomus24g lighten up! Lol
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@Nawsheen (22916)
• Mauritius
12 Jun
Haha that's hilarious you are such a funny teacher
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
13 Jun
It was a shake-my-head kind of moment. Lol
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@ilocosboy (21852)
• Philippines
12 Jun
Well she should change her of always saying that, that's not good always.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
I don't mind as long as she phrases it correctly.
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• Philippines
12 Jun
Nothing's wrong with the phrases actually. It's just using the fun side.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
My point exactly as long as she doesn't call me an alligator. Lol
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@1hopefulman (16222)
• Canada
12 Jun
You have all become alligators? What are you drinking? What is the polite Japanese phrase?
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@1hopefulman (16222)
• Canada
12 Jun
@Lupita234 That must be it!
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
13 Jun
It's a big jungle out there. Lol
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@Micmac (6220)
13 Jun
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@rebelann (26212)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jun
Dad always said "After while crocodile" ....... hmmm, seeing it written I can tell it makes no sense. Hey, what can I say, dad was a texan. In HS I had a friend whose mom was Japanese. This lady never could pronounce the Rs and no matter how hard Koko tried to teach her to pronounce it she just could not.
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@rebelann (26212)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jun
I guess @Lupita234
@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
13 Jun
Oh yeah that's a keen observation. I just let them remember ARIGATOU has an R. Lol
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@rebelann (26212)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jun
I wish I had thought of that @sol_cee I knew a lot of kids who were half Japanese when I was in school and all their mom's had the same problem. Come to think of it they only spoke English IF they had to which was usually when their hubbies were home.
@allen0187 (20515)
• Philippines
12 Jun
You should teach her some 'light' curse words. That would be so much fun.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
12 Jun
Then I lose my reputation. Lol
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@allen0187 (20515)
• Philippines
12 Jun
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@manasamanu (3755)
• Bangalore, India
12 Jun
Doesn't that feel awkward when she says it everytime.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
13 Jun
I don't mind. She's practicing another language, that's what matters. :)
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• Bangalore, India
13 Jun
@sol_cee Yeah but you could teach her some thing good
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
14 Jun
@manasamanu depends on your idea of 'good'. :)
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@salonga (27753)
• Philippines
20 Jun
Hahaha, you are a good teacher ha!
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
24 Jul
Wait, there's more. lol
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@salonga (27753)
• Philippines
26 Jul
@responsiveme (11914)
• India
13 Jun
In a while crocodile...Now you need to teach the response to the rest in the swamp
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
14 Jun
Swamp. Lol
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• India
14 Jun
@sol_cee in a good way...Swamp has water and cool in the hot summers
@just4him (75442)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
I've shortened it up even more with a friend of mine - later gator.
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@just4him (75442)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun
@Lupita234 I think it's common everywhere. I've heard it all my life.
@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
13 Jun
I'll teach her that. :)
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@MGjhaud (20847)
• Philippines
12 Jun
haha nice one!
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@MGjhaud (20847)
• Philippines
13 Jun
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@AliCanary (1577)
21 Jul
Oops! Well, awkward silence is a pretty common occurance in Japanese culture, lol
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
24 Jul
Of course you know! lol
@bluesa (8119)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
13 Jun
Haha! @sol_cee , she just plum went and left out the "later". I love those expressions
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
14 Jun
An integral part of the expression. Lol
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@silvermist (13898)
• India
13 Jun
That was very naughty of you.You should have told her that the phrases were meant for just the two of you.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
14 Jun
It's the confidence. Lol
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@JustBhem (10613)
• Philippines
13 Jun
What about, "I don't care, call the care bears!" Lol.
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@sol_cee (11225)
• Japan
14 Jun
Cute.
@JudyEv (88027)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
Haha. It is best if both sides know these idioms isn't it?
@cahaya1983 (5986)
• Malaysia
3 Jul
Haha that's so funny! I wonder what would've happened if you had replied "Okay, crocodile!" afterwards