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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…
|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.
ある日 aru hi—one day
本屋 hon ya—bookstore
探す sagasu—to search for
こと koto—thing [makes preceding verb into a noun phrase]
にしました ni shimashita—decided upon [from にする ni suru (to decide upon)]
出かけました dekakemashita—left [from 出かける dekakeru (to leave)]
一時間後 ichijikan go—one hour later
帰るとき kaeru toki—time to return (home)
駅のそば eki no soba—next to the station
英語 eigo—English language
そう言って sou itte—saying that…
ぼく boku—I; me (male language)
日本語 nihongo—Japanese language
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 kanji’s core meaning