Nov 28, 2008
A So^ desu ka?
When I was a kid, I can remember trying to make fun of oriental people by pulling back on my eyes so they appeared slanted and saying," Ah so desu ka". It wasn't until I lived in Japan that I realized that Japanese kids also make fun of westerners by pointing out that we have big noses and round eyes. It turns out that that there really is a phrase, "A so^ desu ka?". It means, "Is that so?" In this instance so seems to mean the same thing in both English and Japanese.
あ そう です か？a so^ desu ka? - Is that so?
so^ = so
So^, is a cool little word because it seems we can use it the same way in both Japanese and English.