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The following is a true story. Clay had just arrived in Japan (way back in 1998) and, while exploring the area, he got lost...


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ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฒใ€ใใ‚Œใ„ใ•ใ‚“ใ€€ใฏใ€€ใปใ‚“ใ‚„ใ€€ใ‚’ใ€€ใ•ใŒใ™ ใ“ใจใ€€ใซใ€€ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

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ใ‚ใฑใƒผใจใ€€ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€€ใ˜ใฆใ‚“ใ—ใ‚ƒใ€€ใงใ€€ใงใ‹ใ‘ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ„ใกใ˜ใ‹ใ‚“ใ”ใ€ใปใ‚“ใ‚„ใ€€ใ‚’ใ€€ใฟใคใ‘ใพใ—ใŸใ€€ใŒใ€ใ‹ใˆใ‚‹ใ€€ใจใใ€€ใซใ€€ใพใ„ใ”ใ€€ใซใ€€ใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฑใƒผใจใ€€ใฏใ€ใˆใใ€€ใฎใ€€ใใฐใ€€ใงใ™ใ€‚

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ใ€Œใ™ใฟใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€ใˆใใ€€ใฏใ€ใฉใ“ใ€€ใงใ™ใ€€ใ‹๏ผŸใ€ใใ‚Œใ„ใ•ใ‚“ใ€€ใฏใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€€
ใŠใฐใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ใ€€ใซใ€€ใใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใ€Œใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ•ใ„๏ผใˆใ„ใ”ใ€€ใฏใ€€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ€

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ใŠใฐใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ใ€€ใฏใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใฆใ€€ใ•ใฃใ•ใจใ€€ใ„ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใ€Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใผใใ€ใซใปใ‚“ใ”ใ€€ใงใ€€ใใใพใ—ใŸใƒปใƒปใƒปใ€‚ใ€

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Cultural Note

Most people in Japan love to meet foreigners and practice English, but as you can tell from this story, some people are more reticent. As you may also get from the story, non-English speaking foreigners are often frustrated by the common Japanese belief that all foreigners speak English. Should you ever find yourself in a similar predicament as Clay, try asking younger people. They tend to speak more English and enjoy speaking to foreigners more.

Vocabulary

ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ—ฅ aru hiโ€”one day

ๆœฌๅฑ‹ hon yaโ€”bookstore

ๆŽขใ™ sagasuโ€”to search for

ใ“ใจ kotoโ€”thing [makes preceding verb into a noun phrase]

ใซใ—ใพใ—ใŸ ni shimashitaโ€”decided upon [from ใซใ™ใ‚‹ ni suru (to decide upon)]

ใ‚ขใƒ‘ใƒผใƒˆ apa-toโ€”apartment

่‡ช่ปข่ปŠ jitenshaโ€”bicycle

ๅ‡บใ‹ใ‘ใพใ—ใŸ dekakemashitaโ€”left [from ๅ‡บใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ dekakeru (to leave)]

ไธ€ๆ™‚้–“ๅพŒ ichijikan goโ€”one hour later

ๅธฐใ‚‹ใจใ kaeru tokiโ€”time to return (home)

่ฟทๅญ maigoโ€”lost

้ง…ใฎใใฐ eki no sobaโ€”next to the station

่žใใพใ—ใŸ kikimashitaโ€”asked

่‹ฑ่ชž eigoโ€”English language

ใใ†่จ€ใฃใฆ sou itteโ€”saying thatโ€ฆ

ใ•ใฃใ•ใจ sassatoโ€”quickly

ใผใ bokuโ€”I; me (male language)

ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž nihongoโ€”Japanese language


Kanji

On reading: pronunciation of the kanji taken or inspired by the original Chinese pronunciation

Kun reading: pronunciation based on the native Japanese sound of a word with the kanjiโ€™s core meaning

โ€‹

ๆ—ฅ

ใƒ‹ใƒใƒปใ‚ธใƒ„ใƒปใฒใƒป~ใณใƒป~ใ‹

day; sun; Japan; counter for days

ๆœฌ

ใƒ›ใƒณใƒปใ‚‚ใจ

book; origin

ๅฑ‹

ใ‚ชใ‚ฏใƒปใ‚„

roof; house

ๆŽข

ใ‚ฟใƒณใƒปใ•ใใ‚‹ใƒปใ•ใŒใ™

grope; search; look for

่ปŠ

ใ‚ทใƒฃใƒปใใ‚‹ใพ

car

ไธ€

ใ‚คใƒใƒปใ‚คใƒ„ใƒปใฒใจ~ใƒปใฒใจใค

one

ๆ™‚

ใ‚ธใƒปใจใ

time; hour

้–“

ใ‚ซใƒณใƒปใ‚ฑใƒณใƒปใ‚ใ„ใ ใƒปใพใƒปใ‚ใ„

interval; space

่ฆ‹

ใ‚ฑใƒณใƒปใฟใ‚‹ใƒปใฟใˆใ‚‹ใƒปใฟใ›ใ‚‹

see; idea; opinion

ๅธฐ

ใ‚ญใƒปใ‹ใˆใ‚‹ใƒปใ‹ใˆใ™ใƒปใŠใใ‚‹ใƒปใจใคใ

homecoming; arrive at

้ง…

ใ‚จใ‚ญ

station

่‹ฑ

ใ‚จใ‚คใƒปใฏใชใถใ•

England; English; hero

่ชž

ใ‚ดใƒปใ‹ใŸใ‚‹ใƒปใ‹ใŸใ‚‰ใ†

word; speech; language


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