It’s really difficult to translate. Seriously, it’s not as easy as most people think. My niece is going to a fan party this coming Sunday. Her favorite voice actor is coming to the Animation Exhibition and I helped her to get one of the popular tickets which sold out in two minutes, so she can see her idol in person and get his signature. This week she asked me to write a fan letter in Japanese to her idol. he asked me to write a fan letter in Japanese. How about in English, I asked. No, she insisted the letter has to be in Japanese.
She finished writing it yesterday. Before I started to translated, I checked some Japanese websites about how to write a fan letter. Then I pick some useful phrases. After that I started to write it in Japanese. I found it was a bit different from what my niece wanted to express. I was tired, so I just put it away.
I wasn’t sure if my Japanese was good enough to write a fan letter in Japanese, so I told my niece that I would also write an English version and put it in the card, just in case I didn’t say it well in Japanese. This afternoon, I spent no more than five minutes to finish the letter in English. It wasn’t really not that difficult.
However, tonight when I started to write the Japanese version again, I spent like two hours or so. In the end, I just tried to express my niece’s words instead of what I intended to change to make it more … correct? For translation it’s more important to translate what the writer want to say instead of what the translator think would be better. This is a strange sentence, but I’m too lazy to correct it.
Anyway, just like that, I decided to translate whatever my niece wants to say instead of what I thought would be the right thing to say. While I was translating, I realized how bad my Japanese was. A lot of words I know how to say, but I cannot write them down and I don’t even know a good Japanese dictionary with a lot of examples.
Just like most people, I asked Google Translation’s help, but I would check the usage see if it was really the word I was looking for and check the examples and copy the usage. I tried to use easy, simple sentence patterns with some very common words to finish the letter. Perhaps the grammar wasn’t all correct, but I am sure the voice actor will understand what my niece is trying to say to him.
Perhaps I should start to write something in Japanese as well. It’s just I’m very bad at typing Japanese. I really find the way I use to write the letter is useful. That’s what I do when I have to write in English and I just applied it in Japanese. I’ve learned the basic Japanese sentence patterns and it’s not difficult if I can apply some of them and write a simple sentence. Most of my sentences are simple sentence, very few compound or complex sentences. But I think that’s enough if I am just learning it for fun for travel. Actually, it’s more fun to watch Japanese animations or dramas when you know the language knowing what it’s trying to say than just watching the translation. Hmm, just like how I write this.
Some students asked me if I had to translate Chinese to English then write it down or speak it out. No, I don’t have to, most of the time. I guess because I’m used to thinking in English and know the sentence patterns well. Sometimes I just found myself thinking in English with no reason. Practice makes perfect. Of course my English isn’t perfect, and I make mistakes from tie to time. However, it’s not difficult for me to write in English to express what I want to say.
Oh my goodness! It took me forever to write the short paragraph above. I tried to type it but in the end, I use voice to write down those words and made some adjustment. What I tried to say was: Although my Japanese is pretty bad, I would like to practice a little bit. Yesterday after I took medicine, I was still not able to sleep. I probably call Apple or leave a message at their page to ask about something which I totally forgot. I probably did that while I was sleeping. Today I got call from Apple, I picked up the phone and then hang up. It’s so embarrassing.
E Phonics 自然發音 常用五百字
br / br / bring 帶，broken 破碎的，brain 大腦，break 打破 ay tea, pea
cr / kr / credit 信用，cry 哭泣，crash 當機，crowded 擁擠的 down
dr / dr / drive 開車，dry 乾的，draw 畫畫，drop 掉落 law low
fr / fr / from 從…，friend 朋友，fruit 水果，fresh 新鮮的 fry frog
gr / gr / great 很棒的，group 團體，green 綠色的，grab 捉 support group
pr / pr / practice 練習，press 壓，prize 獎項，proof 證據 push 推 pull 拉
tr / tr / try 嘗試，true 真的，treat 請客，trouble 麻煩 white trash 白人垃圾
F 不定代名詞 one, some, any
1 one, ones
One person I find very difficult is Peter.
I’m making a sandwich. Would you like one?
My car is the white one outside.
illiterate 文盲 computer illiterate 電腦文盲/非常不擅長電腦
ones 當代表前面說過的複數名詞時可以用 ones。
A: Look at these earrings. They’re nice.
B: Which ones?
A: The red ones.
B: But I like the yellow ones better.
2 some 一些, any 任何
some 跟 any 可以放在複數名詞與不可數名詞前當形容詞，也可以當代替可數名詞與不可數名詞。
a some 多用在肯定句中
I have some money.
我有一些錢。 I have 500 dollars. some book (X) any book (X)
There are some birds in the tree.
b some 可以用在請求 (request) 與提供 (offer) 別人東西時的問句 (希望對方回答 yes 時)
Could I have some water, please?
Would you like some water?
Could you lend me some money?
c any 多用在否定與疑問句中
I don’t have any money.
Do you have any money?
A: What do you want for lunch, Mary?
B: Let’s make some / any pasta.
A: Good idea. We have some / any pasta.
B: Let’s see. We have some / any carrots. We don’t have some/any tomatoes.
A: OK, I can get some / any at the store. What else?
B: Do we have some / any cheese?
A: No, we don’t have some / any. I can get some/any.
1 some 2 some 3 some 4 any 5 some 6 any 7 any 8 some
G Personal Pronouns人稱代名詞
I myself prefer golf to tennis.
He did the laundry himself.
I hurt myself when I fell down.
He’s angry with himself.
Help yourself to some more coffee. Make yourself home. 不要客氣，自己來。
I don’t live myself. I share an apartment with three friends.
I live myself. I live on my own. I live alone.
1 May’s children are too young to look after _______________.
2 An elephant hurt ______________ when it tired to get out of the zoo yesterday.
3 I couldn’t borrow my mother’s car last night because she was using it _________.
4 I don’t need any help. I can take care of ______________.
5 Mr. Lee fell down and hurt _____________ when he was running for a bus.
6 Would you all like to help _____________ to sandwiches and cakes?
7 Sue and I didn’t really enjoy _____________ at the club last night.
1 themselves 2 itself 3 herself 4 myself 5 himself 6 yourselves 7 ourselves