Mineral Water For Dummies

It’s Friday morning in Japanese class, and I’m staring at the water bottle on my desk. Do those characters on the label really promise to transport me to heaven, even though I’m currently mired in the teacher’s lengthy explanation of how to use the character 気 in twenty subtly different ways?

Putting on my “No, really, I’m using the Japanese dictionary app not checking Facebook” face, I fumble around trying various readings until my dictionary finally delivers 天然.

Ahahahaha! Best. Definition. Ever.

Oh no. Busted.

“No, sensei, I was laughing at something in the dictionary.”

If disbelief had a face, that would be it.

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