金曜日, 12月 17, 2004


    Another mini quiz from the book 漢字学習ステップ:

Here are your choices. Change these into kanji and choose the appropriate one to complete each 4-character expression.


1) 一挙 (  )
2) 空前 (  )
3) 責任 (  )
4) 無為 (  )
5) 白砂 (  )
6)(  )無尽
7)(  )楼閣
8)(  )環視
9)(  )異夢
10)(  )流行

Answers, and my English translation for each 4-character expression, are in the next post.

Further into the book 西の魔女が死んだ: The main character, Mai, is a young girl. Her mother is half-Japanese, and her grandmother is British (!) Her grandmother is the "West Witch" of the title. The book is very easy to read. Recommended if you like reading books about little girls and their grandmothers. When asked "Why did you decide to come to Japan, Grandma?" the Witch of the West says that her grandfather came to Japan during the Meiji period, and he returned praising Japanese people for their good manners and other positive qualites, so she always thought she wanted to go there when she grew up. She later became an English teacher in Japan, met a Japanese man who was also a teacher, and fell in love. Aw.
    I realized just now that "Witch of the West," which I thought was a reference to the "Wicked Witch of the West" in "The Wizard of Oz", also must mean witch from a Western country.


  • At 12:15 午前, Blogger Matt said…

    I bought the book and am reading it too so that I can actually talk about a book with someone for once. Didn't the way she described the wild strawberries as gems remind you of the number mines in Phantom Tollbooth?



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