9/29/2006

カマキリとがまごおり | Mantis and Gamagori

Now with English! Sorry, I was rushed earlier. I also lost my original post and had to start over, which further killed my desire to write a lot. I seem to have made a lot of typos in my Japanese as well. Tsk.

昨日はだんだんよくなった。

Yesterday gradually became a good day.

午後に、外の階段の上に座って、日本語を教える本を読みだした。二週間ぐらい前に、友達が貸してくれたのに、読む時間と読むエネルギーが昨日までなかった。成語の本だけど、面白くて、自然に日本語で話すのにとても役に立つと思う。

During the afternoon, I sat outside at the top my stairs and read a book on Japanese. Mikawa Ossan let me borrow it a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't had the time and the energy to crack it open yet. It's a book about Japanese idioms and set expressions. It's useful for being able to speak naturally.

読み終えた時、階段の下の段へ見て、カマキリが見えた。でも見たことがなかったから、どんな虫か、わからなかった。アメリカにもカマキリがいるのに、ヒューストンにはあまりいないと思う。(だから、今まで見たことがなかったね。)とても面白いと思った。僕が見ている時、カマキリは止まって、それから振り返った。僕はびっくりしたよ。頭だけが動いただから。

When I was done reading, I glanced toward the bottom of the stairs and saw a praying mantis on one of the steps. But I've never seen one before and didn't know what kind of bug it was. (I suspected, of course.) They exist in America too, but you don't see them in Houston. It was quite interesting. While I watched it, the mantis stopped and craned its neck all the way back so that it was staring right at me. It surprised me and had a fairly dramatic feel to it, since only its head moved.

こういうようだった:

It was like this:



「僕を・・・見てるか。」面白かった。10分後、部屋へ帰って、カメラを持って戻って、写真を撮った

"Are you ... looking at me?" Interesting. After ten minutes of watching it, I noticed that it was going to park itself on the railing for a while, so I ran to get my (borrowed) digital camera and took some photos.

昨夜、エリが電話してくれて、「蒲郡へドライブしよう!」と言った。いいよ。近い本屋で会って、ドライブを始めた。すごく楽しかった。いろいろ話したり、笑ったりしていた。絵里が車の操作がちょっとこわくても、とてもよかった。でも蒲郡へ行ったのに、海が全然見えなかった!じゃ、もう一回行かないと。仕方がないぞ!でも、ありがとう。

Yesterday evening, I got a phone call from Eri. "Let's drive to Gamagori!" she said. Heck yeah! We met at a nearby bookstore and headed down south. I had a great time. We talked and laughed about a lot of stuff. Even though Eri's driving is a bit frightening, it was fun. But even though we went down to Gamagori, we didn't get to see the ocean. Well, we'll just have to do again, won't we? There's no choice! But thanks, Eri.

土曜日の晩、一緒に「Monsters, Inc.」を見る予定だ。絵里は見たことがない!それはいけないね~。絵里が「Monsters, Inc.」が好きなはずだよ。センスがあれば・・・。ハハ!

Saturday, we're going to watch Monsters, Inc. together. Eri hasn't seen it! That's not cool at all. I'm sure she'll like it. If she has any sense ... Ha!



終わり。
I'm out.

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