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English Audio Request

izayoi
94 Words / 1 Recordings / 4 Comments
Note to recorder:

I'd be glad if you could speak a little slowly.

I say this as someone who is half Japanese and should know how to articulate a nation's mind-set. But even I find it hard to define
"gaman," a unique mix of endurance and self-abnegation that practically all people I spoke to in the disaster zone used to describe their situations.
Or what about "shoganai,"which is often translated too simply as "There's nothing you can do"? That's not quite right. The fatalism implied in the phrase denotes not just a helplessness at life's vagaries but also a calm determination to overcome what cannot be controlled.

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kohlrak
Aug. 18, 2013

Because in some places the spelling was strange, and also because i've never heard "vagaries" nor "abnegation" before, I ended up speaking really, really slowly. I managed to find some quiet time, after all.

I'm curious, though. With しょうがない, i expected it included the meaning of "頑張らない." For example, "しゃあないので、気にせんとくわ."

izayoi
Aug. 18, 2013

Thanks for taking the time and trouble to record this! Also, I'm very happy with the speed you spoke at because I'm really bad at listening English. (^^;
Yes, you're right. "しょうがない" often means "give up 頑張る", but I think it basically means "it's fruitless/meaningless to do something, so I'd better give it up". Therefore, in the context of the above text, I suppose it means "it's fruitless to cry over what we've lost, so we'd better just 頑張る without crying.^^
By the way, your Osaka dialect is very good. 大阪弁、めっちゃ上手いやん。

kohlrak
Aug. 19, 2013

Eh, my osakan's terrible, i think, but thank you anyway. But in the case you describe, it then means the same a "there's nothing you can do." We say this to suggest that someone "move on."

kohlrak
Aug. 19, 2013

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