Cut-Tongue Sparrow Part 4

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案内 an nai Guide
雀に案内されて suzume ni annai sarete To be guided by the sparrow
家の中へ入った ie no naka e haitta Gone inside the house
兄弟 kyoudai Brothers (and sisters)
ya And
家族 kazoku Family
友達 tomodachi Friends
兄弟や家族、友達から kyoudai ya kazoku , tomodachi kara From the brothers, family, and friends.
大歓迎 dai kan gei A big welcome
うけました ukemashita Received (a big welcome)
おいしい oishii Delicious
お料理 oryouri Food (polite)
とても楽しい totemo tanoshii Very fun
踊り odori Dance
大喜び oo yorokobi Great fun
過ごしていました sugoshiteimashita Spent (time)
ga But
もう日も暮れる mou hi mo kureru Already the sun is setting
そろそろ soro soro Soon
帰ることにしよう kaeru koto ni shiyou I’m leaving.
といいました to iimashita Said

雀たち suzume tachi Sparrows (plural)
せっかく sekkaku Went to all that trouble
せっかく来てくださったのですから sekkaku kite kudasatta no desu kara Since you came especially to visit here
今夜 kon ya Tonight
ここに koko ni Here
おとまりください o tomari kudasai Stay (polite)
と引き止めました to hiki tomemashita Said while trying to stop him (from leaving)
でも demo But
いやいや iya iya No, no
待っている matteiru Waiting
今日は帰ります kyou wa kaerimasu I’m leaving today
また、遊びにきますよ mata, asobi ni kimasu yo I’ll come again to visit (play)

そうですか sou desu ka Is that so
それは残念です sore wa zannen desu That’s too bad
おみやげ omiyage Souvenir, parting gift
お持ちいたしましょう omochi itashimashou Take with you


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