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Cut-Tongue Sparrow Part 1

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むかしむかし mukashi mukashi A long time ago
あるところに aru tokoro ni Some place
おじいさん ojiisan An old man
to and
おばあさん obaasan An old woman
が いました ga imashita existed (いる)
とても totemo very
こころの優しい人 kokoro no yasashi hito a very nice person
ga but
たいそう taisou A lot
いじわる ijiwaru mean, bullying
hito person

1羽 ichi wa one bird (羽 is the counter for birds)
suzume sparrow
大切に taisetsu ni carefully
飼っていました katte imashita owned (a pet)
毎日、毎日 mainichi, mainichi every day, day after day
まるで marude it is just as if, just like
自分の子供 jibun no kodomo One’s own child
のように no you ni just like
世話をしていました sewa o shiteimashita took care of

ある日 aru hi one day
出かけている間 dekaketeiru aida While out
洗濯 sentaku washing clothes
に使おう ni tsukaou used for the purpose of (washing)
用意 youi prepare
のり nori starch
すっかり sukkari totally
全部 zenbu all, every bit
なめてしまった namete shimatta licked it up [なめる]
大変 taihen very
怒りました okorimashita became angry
捕まえて tsukamaete caught
この舌 kono shita this tongue
そんな悪いこと sonna warui koto such a bad thing
悪いことをしたんだね waruikoto o shitan da ne Did a bad thing, didn’t you?
切ってしまおう kitte shimaou I’m going to cut it
といって to itte saying that…
むりやり muriyari by force

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