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Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

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Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby keith712 » Thu 05.11.2006 8:48 pm

has anybody figured out what furio igureshiasu means? or is it nonsense!
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RE: Chapter 3

Postby Paul De Stefano » Thu 05.11.2006 8:51 pm

I haven't started the story but my guess is that it is Julio Iglesias the Spanish crooner.
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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby keith712 » Thu 05.11.2006 8:56 pm

thanks Paul... I would never have gotten that in a million years!!!
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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby coco » Thu 05.11.2006 9:04 pm

yes, as Paul-san says, Julio Iglesias=フリオ・イグレシアス.
in early 80's( around '83-84, I guess)フリオ's sound became popular even in Japan. A famous Japanese pop singer covered his songs.
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RE: Julio - First sentence

Postby Paul De Stefano » Sun 05.14.2006 1:36 pm

The syntax of the first sentence has me more intimidated than the ferocious sea turtles. I think that the basic structure revolves around ては. On page 461 of "A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar" by Makino and Tsutsui, ては is defined as a conjunction which presents an action/state as a topic about which a negative comment is given.

It occurs in 手だては and 残されては. Is あとでは in the first phrase also a variant of ては? Or is it just the subject of いなかった.

I translate the first sentence like this:

What remains when mosquito incense is taken by deception and even more so when hands defend against bodily attack by loggerhead sea turtles is not one shred of being that is spared.

How close am I? Please help.
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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby richvh » Sun 05.14.2006 1:45 pm

The あとでは is 後では.
"After the mosquito incense sticks disappeared, there was nothing left to defend us from the attacks of the sea turtle."
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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby keith712 » Fri 05.19.2006 7:38 pm

Rich, thanks for the help with that first sentence... I was struggling just like Paul... do you think instead of the mosquito incense disappearing it could be that (they) where talked/cajoled out of the mosquito incense?

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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby richvh » Fri 05.19.2006 8:38 pm

I don't think so, since from what comes later, I don't think they were talking to the sea turtle. The verb is defined as "take by stealth", but I just don't know what the author is implying there.
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RE: 一体 with negative verb form

Postby Paul De Stefano » Tue 05.23.2006 8:21 pm

I understand that 一体 can be an adverb with the meaning of a superlative such as "What on earth" and "really?" But what does it mean when it is used with the negative verb form 残らず?

The sentence of dialogue is:
でも蚊取線香は一体残らず海亀に盗まれてしまったわ。

Which I translate as:
But the mosquito incense was completely snatched up by the loggerheads and not one piece remains.

Is the 残らず and the しまった somewhat redundant?

Please help.
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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby coco » Tue 05.23.2006 10:15 pm

こんにちは。 Paulさん

「でも香取線香は一本残らず海亀に盗まれてしまったわ」

○一本 いっぽん
×一体 いったい

Now, I bet you can understand without trouble.
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RE: 一体 

Postby Paul De Stefano » Tue 05.23.2006 10:26 pm

Coco-san,

Thank you. As a native English speaker I never think of counters such as ほん. Now I can understand that the incense is stick-shaped, that is, long and thin.
In my childhood, at the New Jersey shore, the mosquito incense was spiral shaped so that one lit the outer circumference and it would continue to burn in ever smaller circles until it reached the stand in the center.

Again, thank you so much.
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RE: 一本 − いっぽん

Postby Paul De Stefano » Tue 05.23.2006 10:37 pm

As I attempted to type the correct reading into a vocabulary list, I realized that I had misread the kanji from the beginning. I apologize for my mistake. Since one learns from mistakes, I have learned that misreading in Japanese, as in English, often occurs from assumptions of context that are incorrect.

Thank you again.
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RE: Chapter 3 - Furio Igureshiasu

Postby coco » Wed 05.24.2006 12:27 am

As materials of 蚊取り線香, seeds of pyrethrum were imported in 1886 from USA first time.
I also wonder why we use 本 for 蚊取り線香, because it shaps like this ( I guess it would be same shape as "spiral shaped" .. right? )
http://www.kincho.co.jp/kaisha/japanese ... story.html
But originally, incense have been using for Buddhism ceremonies. Commonly its shapes are suitable to be counted by 本 like a pencil. Actually until 1895, 蚊取り線香 had also straight shapes. So I guess we still use 本 as counter words for 蚊取り線香. (... some may use as counter 個, I think.) 


http://www.ens.ne.jp/~a-in/kigen2.html
here, you can see how tree 木 became 本. 一 is the mark of root of tree.
体 is a simplified of 體. 體 means " many/ plenty 骨 are connected orderly".

As you say, we can learn lot of things even from small mistake. Please do not hesitate asking.
I hope my Engrish doesn't confuse you. :p
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