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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

busy

It was hot and now it is cool. I took Lynettea out for her walkies and now she says I have to help her with her Japanese homework. She has to write a few sentences to read out, but she usually can't manage it and uses something I have written.
What a life!

JAPANESE

猫 = cat. neko
子猫 = kitten. koneko
Last year we were trying to do Chinese as well, but I think her brain is not capable of trying two languages.

CHINESE

猫 = cat. māo
小猫 = kitten. xiǎo māo

It is interesting how the words for cat look the same in Japanese and Chinese. The parts that add on to show 'kitten' are different.
子 = ko  the Japanese for 'child' 
小 = xiǎo  in Chinese and means 'small'
小 = ko in Japanese and means 'small'

We thought it was interesting that a kitten in Japanese is a child cat and in Chinese is a small cat.
I am busy and my brain is whirling.

2 comments:

meowmeowmans said...

We are glad it cooled off enough for you and Lynettea to have walkies, Sasha.

We are impressed that Lynettea is studying Japanese. It is a very hard language -- and those Kanji are very intricate!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

How cool that you are learning new languages, Sasha!