Tuesday, 8 July, 2008

Japanese For U 101 - lesson 1:

Japanese For U 101, lesson 1:

Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchiduke Wo

その - "sono" - that/those
花 - "hana" - flower(s)
花びら - "hanabira" - (flower) petal(s) 
に - "ni" - to/for/on (particle indicating direction or location)
くちづけ- "kuchiduke" - kiss(es) (noun)
を - "o" (the 'w' is silent) - a/the (particle indicating object being acted upon)

Word for word translation: "those petals for, a kiss"
Hence: "A Kiss for the Petals".

This phrasing seemed to be the best to me in terms of retaining some amount of poeticness and subtlety. Still, do note that "kisses" would be just as accurate, as well as "to" or "on" rather than "for". Also, 'kuchiduke' seems to be an older, less often used word, likely used for poetic effect. (The most common word for 'kiss' is キス - "kisu" - a loanword from English.)

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Blogger BLonDDyKe said...

wow u self-study *me too sorta* i'm learning on a game called "my japanese Coach" it's fun i learn alot *still*.

cool blog keep up the good work

13 February, 2009 5:58 PM  

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