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アメリカのワシントン州は、天気がさむくになっています。毎朝つうじょうあめです。スープやシチュウをつくっています。サラダ、パン、デザートもていきょうしています。夫がしごとから帰った時、かれは、さむくぬれていてあつい食事が好きです。かれは、鶏肉のシチュウが大好きです。
I'm Canadian, but プーチンが苦手です!A poutine restaurant is called a poutinerie.
アメリカには、プーチンのようなりょうりがあります。チリチーズフライと言います。チリは、にくとまめのスパイシーなシチューです。フライをお皿の上におきます。フライの上にチリをそそぎます。チリの上にたくさんのチイズをふりかける。人気のあるりょうりです。ハンバーガーレストランでちゅうもんすることができます。さむくてくうふくであれば、そのりょりが大好きです。
Does everyone know Poutine? No not Putin,the Russian President.
It is a Canadian National Dish. It started in Quebec and became very popular.
Canadian are craving for poutine. To tell you the truth, I have not tried it yet.
It is just frech fries and cheese curd and covered with brown gravy. Looks messy and
not appitizing for me but Canadians love Poutine.

皆さんはプーティンって知ってますか。いいえ、ロシアの大統領のプーチンではありません。
カナダの国民食といわれてます。ケベック州で生まれてとても人気になりました。
カナダ人はプーティンが大好きです。でも実をいうと私はまだ食べたことはありません。
どんなものかと言うとフライドポテトにチーズ、それにグレービーをかけたもので、見た目が悪く
あまり食欲をそそりません。でもカナダ人はプーティンに首ったけ。


Fall is the best season for eating!日本は今、秋(あき)です。秋はおいしい食べ物がたくさんあります。日本人はこの季節(きせつ)を「食欲(しょくよく)の秋」と呼(よ)びます。みなさんの”食欲をそそる”ものはなんですか。
荒木先生、小生が生まれたアメリカでは、誰もウサギが見えなくて、男の顔が見える、と言っています。日本の伝説(中国由来)のウサギは以前に聞いたが、杵では薬ではなく、お餅をついている、という話でした。同じ日本でも地方によって違いますか。今夜曇っていなかったら、お月見してみます。。。恋人の手を握りながら。
アライ先生、ご確認、ありがとうございます。集くを覚えておきます。
今日は9月24日。中秋の名月といって、月におそなえ物をして、お月見(つきみ)をする日です。十五夜(じゅうごや)とも呼ばれています。ふつう、この日は満月(まんげつ)のことが多いですが、今年は満月の前日です。おそなえ物はお月見のだんごや、今年収穫(しゅうかく)した野菜(やさい)などです。日本では月にはうさぎがいて、杵(きね)をついて薬を作っていると言われています。中国から来たお話だそうです。みなさんはお月見をしますか。あなたの国では月を見るとどんな生き物や、物が見えますか。https://youtu.be/qlu1Ty9SdVE
The word 'Suddenly' remind me of The Beatles song 'Yesterday'.     Suddenly I'm not a half a man I used to be   There's a shadow hanging over me   Oh yesterday came suddenly.I have seen a lot of Japanese translation of this song but seldom seen a good translation. Some examples of translation are;1. 今まで僕は中途半端じゃなかったけど  突然僕を暗い闇でおそったんだぁ  その昨日が突然やってきんだ2.突然に僕は以前の半分以下の人間になってしまったよ  影が僕につきまとう  昨日は突然やってきた3.突然僕は昔と全然違う人間みたいに  影に覆われているんだ  Oh 突然やってきたのさThese Japanese translation are done by Japanese people. Yet they don't make sense as a Japanese sentence. Just recently I found the translation which make sense as a Japanese sentence. This person doesn't translate suddenly as 突然  yesterday as 昨日 and shadow as 影、闇。 Here is the much better translation.なんの前触れもなく  昔の自分とは比べものにならない つまらない人間になってしまった  辛い気持ちがずっと消えない  別れる時がいきなりやってきたから    モデレーターに通知する  [/font][/size][/font][/size]
教えてくれてありがとうございました!勉強します。
進之介さんはすごいですね。正解です。「集く」は「すだく」と読みます。これは虫が多く集まって鳴いていることを言います。虫が1匹の時は「鳴く」でいいと思います。
[quote author=Masahiro Arai link=topic=37.msg130#msg130 date=1536894478]虫が集まって鳴く(鳴いている)ことを「集く」といいます。日本人でも若い人は知らない言葉かもしれません。「集く」を読める人いますか。'集く' means insects are chirping together.Young Japanese people may not know the word '集く'.Does anyone can read this kanji?[/quote]アライ先生「集く」は「すだく」と読みますか。勉強になりました。多謝! 例えば、虫が一匹だけ鳴いている場合でも集くを利用しますか。宜しくお願い致します。進之介
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Drinking my way to Japanese conversation? ... in a totally responsible manner.
For the last eight years or so I’ve been living in a small Swiss village: more cows than inhabitants, lot of nature and zero entertainment. Naturally, one starts drinking to fight the boredom. Well, at least it’s quite natural given my Russian background. In Russia drinking is considered to be a social activity—hence you need at least two people to drink in a socially acceptable manner (or drink responsibly). It’s however quite difficult to find a reliable drinking partner in a small village overcrowded with hard-working Swiss farmers and their milk cows…

One day I had to attend a—I can’t remember exactly what it is called, but it was one these brain-washing, team-building things every company nowadays tortures their employees with. We started with a short introduction round—name, hobby, etc. Of course, everybody had model hobbies like hiking or reading or reading while hiking.

Everyone except this one Japanese guy, who said without any false modesty: “My hobby is drinking.”

So, he and I started drinking together. Regularly. Meaning almost every day. But in a totally responsible manner.

One thing led to another—or, to be more precise, drinking together led to cultural exchange—or, to be absolutely precise, he started drinking Russian vodka and I started learning Japanese. It was fun, but I wasn’t really making much progress in Japanese, although I was (and still am) quite committed to learning the language. Maybe I wasn’t focused enough though…

Thanks to Nihongo-Pro I discovered that one can learn Japanese without drinking! What a mind-blowing experience! Well, to be honest, with Araki-sensei we quite often talk about food and drinks, but so far we have managed to remain sober.

The most amazing thing though is that online Japanese lessons with Araki-sensei actually, really help. Before my first lesson I was, let’s say, a bit concerned whether I’d be able to understand anything, but right from the first minutes, Araki-sensei involved me in a conversation I couldn’t even imagine I was capable of. But by means of some voodoo magic (or maybe due to Araki-sensei’s experience?) all of a sudden I realized that I can be quite talkative, even in Japanese.

It has been almost a year since our first lesson. The only disadvantage of online lessons I have discovered so far is that one can’t drink together with the teacher. But collaboration technology and tools are rapidly improving, so I’m pretty sure the day will come when Araki-sensei and I will have an online Japanese class while drinking. Of course, in a totally responsible manner.

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