Gummy Grandma Christmas!

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A friend shared this really hilarious meme to me, and I just had to share it here.

Oh the things that can happen when you don’t know the language!

Gummies? Grandma? In Tokyo? During Christmas?

It’s funny that I see a number of people asking about this sentence, because apparently it never gets subbed in animes. Or TV shows. Because… Why would they?

Here’s what the sentence actually sounds like:

この番組はご覧のスポンサーの提供でお送りします。

Kono bangumi wa goran no suponsaa no teikyou de okuri shimasu.

What does it mean? Very simple. It just means:

This program is brought to you by the following sponsors.

No wonder no one bothers to translate it huh?

 

Let’s break down the sentence into the individual components.

この (kono) – this

番組 (ばんぐみ, bangumi) – program

は (wa) – particle, ‘is’ in this case

ご覧 (ごらん, goran) – look, see. (polite form)

の (no) – particle, indicates possession

スポンサー (suponsaa) – sponsor

の (no) – particle, indicates possession

提供 (ていきょう, teikyou) – sponsoring, as in the verb

で (de) – particle, indicating the flow of action

お送りします。- sent (polite form)

Why the word ‘see’? Because after the message, a slew of sponsor logos and names are displayed as a white overlay on the TV.

 

So now you know. Whenever you hear that message, grandma isn’t sending you gummies bears from Tokyo for Christmas.

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