Easy Japanese Reading – My Day

Yesterday, I wrote this:




So, now let’s break it down.  (As always, I’m just a student of Japanese, so I make no guarantees of grammatical perfection.)

今週はとても忙しい – This week is very busy or, I suppose, this week I am very busy.  Japanese is kind of flexible that way

でも毎日運動する – but, every day I exercise

自転しに乗りたい – I want to ride my bike – notice the tai ending on the verb.  There’s the wanting.  (As an I aside, I could have said 乗りたがる, which would mean the same thing, but I’ve known the tai form longer, so I used that instead.)

でも寒い – but it’s cold.  And it is.  Way to cold to be outside riding around in those bike shorts…

何をする?- What will I do? – Of course, this could also be what am I doing, since the same tense can be present or future in Japanese, but, if I had wanted to say what am I doing I would have said 何をしている.  Also, since I am using more casual Japanese here, I used ? instead of か.  If I wanted to be more formal, I could have said 何をしますか。

フィットネスセンターへ行って – I will go to the fitness center – That conglomeration of kana at the beginning of the sentence is just a transliteration of fitness center which is what they call it at my school instead of a gym.  Notice the use of the て form, since I am following it up with another verb

スピンバイクに乗る – I will ride the spin bike.

スピンバイクに乗るのが好きじゃない – I don’t like riding a spin bike.  In this sentence we get スピンバイクに乗るのが, where the の turns the phrase バイクに乗る into a noun which I can then follow up with が making this noun phrase the subject of my sentence

退屈だ – It is boring.  Well, it is.

そしてフィットネスセンターはいつも暑く – and the fitness center is always hot and the adjective ends with く because I am following it up with more…

よく込んでいる – and often crowded.  The and isn’t actually in the sentence, but it is implied by the く ending of the previous adjective (I hope!).

道に自転車に乗るのが大好きだ – I like riding my bike in the street. Again we have the creation of a noun phrase with the use of the handy の

毎日日本語を勉強する – I study Japanese every day

今日、3課を終わって – today, I will finish Chapter 3 and again we have the て form indicating that other verbs will follow

3課の文法を復習して – I will review the grammar from Chapter 3

4課の語彙を勉強する – and I will study the vocabulary from Chapter 4

明日4課の宿題を始める – Tomorrow, I will start the Chapter 4 homework

今夜、時間があれば – tonight, if there is time – note the use of the conditional tense, which brings in the idea of when or if

日本語の本を読む – I will read a book in Japanese

あの。。。読むこと試みる – well…I will try to read it  After all, let’s be honest

読むのはちょっと難しい – reading is a little difficult

程なく会議に出席なければならない – soon, I have to go to a meeting.  I think this is the first time I have ever actually used the word 出席する which means to attend a meeting.  Also, we have the なければならない form, meaning to have to do something

あとで細菌培養をしなければならない – After that, I have to cultivate some bacteria.  Yes, that’s the kind of job I have.

(私は微生物学の教師だ。)- I am a microbiology teacher.  Of course, using 教師 instead of 先生, since I am referring to myself.

会議に出席するのが好きじゃない – I don’t like going to meetings.  Yeah, that’s not really relevant, but it’s true.

Once I started breaking this down, it seemed longer than I had realized.  I suppose that’s a good thing for me, though maybe not so good for someone else who is trying to slog through it.

As I right this, it’s lunchtime, so I’m going to have lunch.



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