If you're tired of working in front of your konpyuta (kohn-pyooo-tahh; computer), take a trip to the yama (yah-mah; mountains) or the umi (oo-mee; sea). Your eyes need a change of pace, and the beautiful kumo (koo-moh; clouds), the tall ki (kee; trees), and a yotto (yoht-toh; sailboat) or two on the suiheisen (soo-ee-hehh-sehn; horizon) can provide a nice break.
In addition to admiring the scenery, you may want to go
Liifinq the Sportinq Life
Do you participate in or watch supotsu (soo-pohh-tsoo; sports)? Whether you suru (soo-roo; play) or miru (mee-roo; watch), sports probably take up some of your time.
Yakyu (yah-kyooo; baseball) and sakka (sahk-kahh; soccer) are the most popular sports in Japan, but people also enjoy other sports, such as
Sumo (soo-mohh; sumo wrestling) is the national sport in Japan. The object of sumo is to push your opponent out of a ring or to force any part of his body, other than the soles of his feet, to touch the ground. Believe it or not, many strong sumo wrestlers are from America! If you're interested in becoming a sumo wrestler in Japan, start overeating and gain at least 300 pounds!
Saynq "I Can"
To say that you "can" do something rather than that you "do" something, add a suffix (-eru or -rareru) to the verb. You need to do a little surgery to attach the suffix to the verb. Both the amount of surgery necessary and the suffix you add depend on the class of the verb.
The only necessary sound adjustment in this process is to change ts to t before adding -era. So the "can" form of the verb motsu (moh-tsoo; to hold) is moteru (moh-teh-roo; can hold), not motseru (moh-tseh-roo). Motsu isn't an irregular verb - it's just that tse (tseh) isn't an authentic Japanese sound, so it gets simplified to te (teh).
And I should tell you what happens to two of the major irregular verbs, sura (soo-roo; to do) and kuru (koo-roo; to come), in the "can" situation. The "can" form of the verb suru is dekiru (deh-kee-roo; can do), and the "can" form of the verb kuru is korareru (koh-rah-reh-roo; can come).
Now tell me what you can do and what your friends and family can do:
Using your Artistic latent Don't be afraid to express your kimochi (kee-moh-chee; feelings) and kangae (kahn-gah-eh; ideas) artistically. Use your sozoryoku (sohh-zohh-ryoh-koo; creativity). You can even use the same techniques that you used as a kodomo (koh-doh-moh; child).
Which of the following art forms interests you?
If you go to Japan, visit karucha senta (kah-roo-chahh sehn-tahh; cultural centers or cultural schools). You can observe classes in traditional Japanese arts like
Do you play a gakki (gahk-kee; musical instrument)? If you don't, try one of these gakki:
For different types of musical instruments, you use different verbs to mean "to play." For wind instruments, use the verb hiku (foo-koo). For a stringed instrument or a keyboard, use the verb hiku (hee-koo). Other instruments need specific verbs:
|rokku bando||rohk-koo bahn-doh||rock band|
|renshu sum [irr]||rehn-shooo soo-roo||to practice|
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