Mixed Bathing in Japan 2 – 混浴

Continuing with the mixed bathing theme, this time we’re taking a look at some light-hearted surveys into couples who visited an onsen together. Read what they had to say!

First up though, here’s another example of an advertisement:


このりょかん、 たかかった でしょ?

This ryokan was expensive, wasn’t it?

And also:


じつは はんがく いか だった なんて、 いえない

(I can’t tell her that I actually got it for even less than half price…)

Some clever little marketing tricks being used here, as well as some fine Japanese. In the first phrase, we have a very simple sentence. The でしょ? part at the end is the shortened form of でしょう and in this case means ‘right?’ It’s often used this way in casual speech at the end of a sentence to ask a question that one thinks they know the answer to. Here then. the lovely lady is asking us (presumably a guy) if the ryokan was expensive, implying that it probably was and we must be loaded. Gold digger? Hmm…

The second phrase is a little harder. 実は means ‘actually’ and is used like this at the beginning of a sentence when one is going to break some news or tell the truth (etc.) It has a trailing feeling to it, like the … at the end of sentences. ‘Actually, I…’ だったなんて combines the casual form of でした with なんて. なんて shows emotion or emphasis, adding some punch the preceding words. Here it’s ‘lower than half price’ – by adding なんて we might change the sentence to ‘even less than half price’ – really emphasising that the price was low.

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10 Responses to Gakuu. Studying with Real Japanese

  1. Sabrina September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    This is pretty cool! Right now I’m studying on Textfugu which is great! I belive Gakuu can be really helpul too. What I like most is that its for pre-intermediate to advanced level students. So you can’t say its the same thing over and over again… students can actually improve their knowledge here. Thank you very much for creating this site. Have a nice day :)

    • Gakuranman September 30, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for your comment :).

      That’s definitely our aim. I love Textfugu for beginners and really getting students a solid grounding in the language, but afterwards (and even while) studying the basics, it can really help to encounter raw Japanese material. You don’t have to understand everything at first, but feeling challenged and picking up little bits here and there that are extra to your learning the basics helps expand your mind. Let me know if you have any more questions! More demonstration material will be up soon! We are currently having a special launch sale price for early adopters, so check out the pricing page if interested :).

      • Sabrina September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

        Thanks for your reply. :) Unfortunately I’m even still miles away from the intermediate level. But I’ll definetly return to Gakuu when I get to this point. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the extra demonstration material. :) Keep up the good work.

        • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

          Sure thing :). Let me know if you have any other questions or suggestions for things you’d like to see on Gakuu!

  2. missingno15 October 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    When I looked at this, I first thought to myself, “aw hell no, gakuranman is doing the same thing as koichi…even the website layout is similar”. But then I realized “it’s aimed at pre-intermediate to advanced level students” which is perfect for my situation right now because I now really want to excel way past beginner. So basically, Gakuu really complements Textfugu. Can’t wait for more lessons to see how this is gonna be like so I can decide if its worth getting.

    • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey there! Thanks for dropping by :). No way – Koichi and I are buds. I’ve always loved teaching the more advanced stuff so it worked out perfectly. I’ll be adding more stuff in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

      • Lee Aloy October 23, 2016 at 5:20 am #


        I am sorry to ask this silly question. Are you Japanese?
        am hoping to find a Japanese friends here please shot me an email:

        • Michael January 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

          Not Japanese myself, but living here over 10 years now :).

  3. DumbOtaku (percent20) October 3, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    This is really cool. I am glad to see more online content going beyond just teaching hirigana and katakana. That is what I try to do on my blog, but with to little consistency. Glad to see an expert do it, btw already a signed-up paid member now. :)

    • Gakuranman October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Glad to have you man! Look forward to hearing any suggestions you have for the site and future lessons :)

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