“See you later, alligator!” “After a while, crocodile!”

Alligators and crocodiles are both called “wani” in Japanese. Alligators live in the U.S. and China, while crocodiles live all over the world. One way to tell them apart is to look at their noses. An alligator’s nose is wider than a crocodile’s.

“See you later, alligator” is a fun way to say goodbye to a friend. It rhymes, because the “er” in “later” sounds the same as the “or” in “alligator”. The friend answers, “After a while, crocodile,” because the “ile” sound at the end of “while” and “crocodile” is the same.