December 23, 2008

Trashcan in Japanese

Gomi ごみ - trash

hako 箱 - box

gomi ごみ + hako = gomibako = trashbox

we say trashcan they say trashbox

December 19, 2008

Step by Step Japanese translation lesson

Gyara de kotowararete shimatta n desu

Gyara - guarantee
de - at (occurrence at, where the action takes place - particle)
kotowaru - to reject, refuse, decline, dismiss

Now we take the verb of the sentence kotowaru and say that this verb was done unto me with the verb kotowaru in Base I + reru so that adding the polite desu to a compounded grammar of
base I + reru + shimau
kotowarareru or the in base TE to form the extension to the completely verb grammar of shimau in past tense or shimatta so that we have

kotowararete + shimatta + no desu.

In the past tense, the Japanes verb shimau becomes shimatta using the TA form
Shimmatta n' desu is an abbreviation of shimmatta no desu which makes it an emphatic. " ...has been completely done unto me"

Here are my translations:

1. Due to the guarantee, I have been (utterly) completely refused

2. I was denied by the guarantee.

It has been completely determined by the guarantee for me. Which sorta sucks.

The "sorta suck" part, is in the "shimatta n desu" part because it leaves a negative impression that it wasn't a good thing and that it was utterly done to me (bad thing)

The grammar pattern that we can extract for future use is for this phrase,"
I have been completely verbed upon

Japanese Adjectives –

Japanese Adjectives –
Grammar construction for –
It seems like adjective

It seems like its tasty
They seem happy
She seems vexed.
He seems

followed by NI, descriptive nouns become adverbs
A descriptive noun is a word that gives more detail or describes the noun to which it is attachedin question.
D.N. + SO^ DESU = seems like adjective

Kawaiso^ ni = pitifully, shamefully.

Shiawase so^ na = happily, seemingly happy

Seems to have this form adjective + So^ na
Isogashiiso^ na furi o shite
忙しいそう な 振り を して...– He feigns to be busy
(He is faking like he is busy.)

Kawai可愛いis the d.n. for cute. Intesified with the so marker and it becomes a different word.