Japanese Readers Series 2 - Chounan, Oheya wo Souji suru
For background/how to use this series, see the first post.
This time, we have a long blog post to read. There are lots of really funny blogs by moms in Japan. The top-rated ones often are full manga blogs or incorporate manga panels into a text blog post. This one is one of the latter. 子育て ("Raising Children") is the most popular blog category on Ameba.
|ある||to be (inanimate)||4306.64|
|言う||いう||to say, to tell||2503.41|
|できる||to be able to do||1949.53|
|みる||to look at||1163.23|
|～の前||～のまえ||in front of ~||614.09||compound, 前 is 614.09|
|出る||でる||to exit, to leave||553.51|
|入る||はいる||to enter, to start (metaphorical)||473.93|
|ひとつだけ||just one thing||457.67||compound, ひとつ is 457.67|
|やる||informal version of する||435.1|
|置く||おく||to leave something||189.56|
|生きる||いきる||to live, to be alive||177.18|
|こちら||this direction (polite)||169.02|
|初めての||はじめての||first (+ noun)||154.27||compound, 初めて is 154.27|
|父||ちち||father (out-group kinship term or abbreviation)||149.12|
|帰る||かえる||to go home||144.35|
|専門学校||せんもんがっこう||specialized vocational college||124.27||compound (専門 is 124.27 and 学校 is 237.36)|
|オレ||I, me (hyper mascline)||105.82|
|驚く||おどろく||to be surprised||92.77|
|しばらく||a little while||85.47|
|まるで||almost like, just like||84.42|
|日常||にちじょう||everyday, everyday life||75.89|
|嬉しそう||うれしそう||seems happy||69.07||inflected form, 嬉しい is 69.07|
|お母さん||おかあさん||mother (in-group kinship term)||61.1|
|大丈夫||だいじょうぶ||okay, all right||54.82|
|一番||いちばん||best, the most||50.94|
|ついに||at long last||49.95|
|おわり||おわり||the end of something||41.05|
|高３||こうさん||short for 高校三年生, third year in high school||37.44||shortened form, 高校 is 46.71 and 年生 is 37.44|
|やってくる||to come, to show up, to arrive||35.66|
|適当に||てきとうに||half-assed, the bare minimum you can get away with||31.98|
|楽しみ||たのしみ||looking forward to||27.89|
|～用||～よう||for the purpose of ~||26.15|
|まかせて||leave it to me!||24.72||inflected form, まかせる is 24.79|
|～のとこ||~'s place||23.64||compound, とこ is 23.64|
|格好||かっこう||costume, form, outfit||23.49|
|摂取||せっしゅ||intake, dietary intake||19.37|
|覗く||のぞく||to peek at||16.67|
|頼りになる||たよりになる||to be reliable||15.58||compound, 便り is 15.58|
|苦手||にがて||to hate, to have trouble dealing with||14.49|
|実家||じっか||one's parents' house||14.32|
|平気||へいき||okay, doing fine||14.22|
|汚部屋||おへや、おべや||dirty room||12.72||compound of 汚 (dirty, 汚い is 12.72) and 部屋 (frequency is 184.65)|
|わりと||relatively||12.07||compound, わり is 12.07|
|諦める||あきらめる||to give up||11.86|
|片付ける||かたづける||to tidy up||7.84|
|罪悪感||ざいあくかん||feeling guilty||5.08||compound, 罪悪 is 5.08|
|未知||みち||as yet unknown||4.09|
|漬ける||つける||to soak, to pickle||4.06|
|自由気ままに||じゆうきままに||freewheeling||3.69||自由 is 179.91 and 気まま is 3.69|
|思い立つ||おもいたつ||to decide to do, to take it into one's head to do||2.8|
|ばったり||suddenly, with a thud||2.59|
|一晩||ひとばん||one night, overnight||2.49|
|上達する||じょうたつする||to make progress||2.42|
|切り札||きりふだ||a trump card (literal and metaphorical)||1.09|
|ガサガサ||sound of something rustling/crinkling (like plastic bags)||0.27|
|よかったら||if you'd like||0|
|きゅっ||onomatopoeia for tying a knot||0|
|いざという時||いざというとき||when push comes to shove||0||idiom|
|こういう時||こういうとき||times like this||0||compound|
|ひょこ||onomatopoeia for peeking out from behind something||0|
|ド田舎||ドいなか||the middle of nowhere, really out in the boonies||0|
|ちょうどいい||just right (like Goldilocks)||0||phrase|
|西陽||にしはる||Nishiharu (proper name)||0|
- ている form
- compound sentences
- making requests
- verb + ても
- expressing an excess with も
- kinship terms
- past tense
- desire and suggestions
- expressing certainty
- potential forms
- non-but でも
- trying things
My Oldest Son Cleans His Dirty Room
This is the blog comic of a freewheeling 50-something mother about her daily life with her sons. One is a high school senior and one is a sophomore at vocational school.
If this is your first time here, you can read a little bit about my sons here.
Narration: My oldest son, who has been living in filth,
[A man who starts with the right outfit!]
Narration: started cleaning!
Even though he would only ever clean halfheartedly if I told him to do it... (He'd clean and I'd be like "Huh? You're done?") I tried coaxing him in various ways but it never worked. So I gave up, thinking he was just afflicted with an inability to clean.
Narration: Wow! Even though he would never do it no matter how many times I told him to...
SFX: rustle rustle
Narration: He's been (rarely?) influenced to tidy up by Papa Rea!
With just a talk from Papa Rea (although it did take 2-3 rounds of negotiation) my oldest son started actually, really cleaning as an oldest son should. When push comes to shove, Papa Rea becomes my trump card. He's really reliable at times like this.
For a while, he just cleaned silently, but after a little bit...
Son: Mom, there's something I need your help with.
Son: [It's something only you can do...]
Mom: Huh? What is it? What is it? [Leave it to me!]
Son: There's a dead moth in that cardboard box. Do something about it?
Son: [I-I'm going over here.]
Mom: [Ehhhh?] ...
Mom: He called me over because of a bug.
My kids hate moths the most.
When I was a kid, I hated moths the most, too. (Now, I'm okay as long as they're not too big). I wonder if I passed those genes on to them?
I wonder if he'll be okay living alone?
I hated cockroaches too, but when you live alone you just have to deal with it yourself! I realize now I've leveled up quite a bit.
I want him to hurry up and live alone and have some new experiences.
I took it in my head to go to Sachiopia Coffee today. I suddenly craved Hiraoka-san's croquettes...
Hiraoka-san's blog is over here (link).
These are the croquettes from Hiraoka-san's parents' house. You can really taste the ingredients.
This is the coffee-flavored "boondocks pudding." It wasn't too sweet, so it was just perfect, and didn't make me feel guilty for consuming too many calories.
This is the "Nishiharu Coffee" that was sold out last time so I couldn't get it. It's such a pretty color, just like iced tea.
It does taste like coffee, but it's refreshing so it kind of feels like iced tea when you drink it. Even if you don't like coffee, you could probably drink this.
It was delicious, so I tried making some gum syrup to make my own Nishiharu Coffee.
I'm going to leave it overnight. I'm looking forward to using it tomorrow!
Orange + rosemary + gum syrup
And then on my way home....as soon as I left the restaurant, I ran into a friend in front! I was very surprised! Here's an article about that friend.
My friend came!