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Rationale 論理的根拠

Rationale 論理的根拠

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天気: 雨 行事: 赤来中


Journal for 2005-8-22 Mon..
Weather: Rainy   Plan: Akagi JHS

This weekend was fun. I went hiking with some other ALTs. We climbed Mt. Mago-Sanbe and Mt. Ko-Sanbe. I continued studying for the Foreign Service Written Exam (FWSE) today. On my friend Steve's recommendation, I have started reading The Federalist Papers. They outline a rationale for radifing the U.S. Constitution.

Today's Kanji
Meaning (意味): summer heat, hot

Chinese Reading (音読み):
Reading Romaji 
Japanese Reading (訓読み):
Reading Romaji 
Vocabulary (単語):
Word Reading Romaji Translation 
暑気しょきshokiheat stroke
避暑ひしょhishogoing to a summer resort
残暑ざんしょzansholingering summer heat
猛暑もうしょmoushofierce heat

Trevor Lalish-Menagh
  • I was wondering... I sometimes see words that are often apparently nouns, let's use 避暑 as an example. I gather we don't have an exact English equivelant word, so we approximate it by describing the concept which, as in this case, sometimes involves verbs and particles. Do you then just use the Japanese word as a noun in sentence structures like: 「避暑が好きです」or 「避暑ことがありますか」, or is there some less trivial setup needed to drop these types of phrases into writing/conversation?

    Also, did you major in Japanese or is that something you just studied for a while and picked up more while in Japan? If you majored in it, where did you go and what kinds of classes did you wind up taking?
    • Well, it is easy to change a noun into a verb by adding する to it, but nouns can be used a lot of ways in Japanese, just like in English. The examples you stated sound fine to me.

      I minored in Japanese and did a year abroad in Japan, so I had a bit of knowledge before I was on JET. I recommend standard Japanese language courses, of course. Also if you can find a History of Japan class, I would recommend that. Phil. of Japan is also a good class, if it is available. Poli. Sci. and Soc. classes are also good. I took all those kinds of classes when I was studying.
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