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Japanese Graded Reader L0 - 猫のノン?

Postby celticflower » Thu 09.24.2015 9:59 pm

Hello,

I need some help please. I'm reading the Japanese Graded Reader Level 0, Volume 1, Book 3, p. 14, and I don't know what the ノン means in 猫のノン (ねこ の のん). Overall it’s 2 cats meowing in reply to the neighbour wishing them a good day, but why the のノン bit?

Text on the page:
隣の田中さんが、言います。「いってらっしゃい」
猫のノンが、言います。「ニャーオ」


Hiragana/Katakana
となり の たなか さん が、いいます。「いってらっしゃい」
ねこ の ノン が、いいます。「ニャーオ」

Partial Translation Attempt:
The neighbour, Mrs Tanaka, says "Have a good day".
The cats _____ say meow!?

It's doesn’t appear to be a counter for cats/animals, and Jisho and Aedict dictionaries say it's a prefix, e.g. nonstop, non-alcoholic etc., but that doesn’t seem to fit here. I can’t figure it out :?

Thank you for your time!

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Re: Japanese Graded Reader L0 - 猫のノン?

Postby bunalz3 » Mon 10.05.2015 3:36 am

It's most likely the name of the cat.
The の particle usage in this situation follows the previous example (tonari no Tanaka).

Sorry, I don't know how to further explain it. Here's another example of such usage (http://www.japaneseprofessor.com/lesson ... rticle-no/):

One last use of no that we'll look at here is where it is used to show one's relationship to a particular person.

ともだちの トム(とむ)さん ... tomodachi no Tomu-san ... my friend Tom (Tom, who is my friend)
あねの リサ(りさ)............ ane no Lisa .................. my older sister Lisa (Lisa, who is my older sister)
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Re: Japanese Graded Reader L0 - 猫のノン?

Postby celticflower » Mon 10.05.2015 5:37 pm

Hello,

I don't think it's a name as there are 2 cats, but maybe it's a similar principle and to show that they are specifically the neighbours cats rather than random cats on the street?

I'll have a look at the link as soon as I can. Thank you bunalz3, I appreciate the reply :)

Edit: I found a black and what cat on the internet called ノンちゃん, and after another look at the picture in the book, only one cat is actually meowing, so I think you cracked it! :dance:

白黒猫のノン
http://ameblo.jp/sennariya2000/entry-11988944203.html

I used the Japanese text from the book as a search term in Google to see what came up amongst the Japanese site results and found the cat this time.

Thanks again!

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