For background/how to use this series, see the first post.Here's a semi-short thing from a kids' website. I'm trying to find some more beginner-friendly reading selections, since new learners usually get stuck with really boring materials. I marked this one as "intermediate" because it has some low-frequency vocab and a couple of more advanced grammar points, but I encourage beginners to jump right in and engage even if this one seems a bit out of reach. It has a lot of juicy grammar in such a small excerpt!
|もの||item, object, thing||2321.65|
|できる||to be able to||1949.53|
|見る||みる||to look at||1163.23|
|お家||おうち||the house, the home||648.01|
|出る||でる||to come out||553.51|
|よぶ||to call (something by a certain name)||300.46|
|出す||だす||to put out, to express||268.08|
|少しずつ||すこしずつ||a little bit (at a time)||250.04||compound, frequency for 少し is 250.04|
|含む||ふくむ||to contain, to include||199.89|
|あまり||not very much||130.65|
|かなり||quite a bit||130.65|
|裏||うら||back, behind (something)||48.72|
|流す||ながす||to pour, to let flow||47.7|
|塗る||ぬる||to coat, to paint||29.18|
|おすすめする||to recommend||18.14||compound, おすすめ is 18.14|
|溜まる||たまる||to build up, to accumulate||4.43|
|反る||そる||to bend, to curve||4.13|
|挿す||さす||to put into, to insert||2.18|
|押し流す||おしながす||to wash away, to carry away||1.06|
|つまり||in other words||0.89|
|など||and such, etc.||0||not in corpus, but pretty frequent|
- past tense
- adjectival noun phrases
- relative clause の
- defining and describing
- passive forms
- compound sentences
- giving/receiving verbs
Why Does Eye Mucus Exist?
Image upper left: Always clean
Image upper right: lachrymal gland
Person cleaning: Let's wash out all that dust and other stuff!
Image bottom left: Eye mucus (dust)
Where your eye curves inward, there's an area that expresses an oily, sticky kind of liquid.
This liquid is always coming out a little bit at a time. Behind your eyelids expands what's called the "conjunctiva." When the back of your eyelid is coated with this liquid and then you blink, it makes it so your eyelid can move smoothly. In other words, it's much like the oil used to lubricate machinery. This sticky liquid that builds up in your eye and gets washed away by tears is called eye mucus.
To Household Members:
Healthy people do not produce much eye mucus. If you have quite a bit of eye mucus coming out, it could be a sign of infection, so we recommend that you see an eye doctor.