Ooh - very possible, but I’m not positive she’s saying long hair - it could be 髪の毛?
I guess it could be, except that it says なげ rather than のけ… and I don’t know why it would do that. But it’s common in manga for an ending “ai” or “oi” sound to become “e”, and usually extended, like “e—”. I think that’s what happened here; ながい became なげー (just like すごい often becomes すげー).
How the heck do you get this thing to properly quote what you’re replying to? …Anyway…
方 = one
It works for me, is it correct?
Yeah, I think this is good enough. 方 pronounced ほう means “direction,” but it’s typically used to indicate which of two alternatives you’re talking about. 魚の方がいい = The direction of fish is good = I prefer fish (rather than whatever else we were considering). But I see how you could think of this as “the fish one is good” and it makes just as much sense.
When 方 is pronounced かた, it’s either a polite pronoun for “person,” or it means “way/method”. For example, 言い方 is always いいかた and means “way/manner of speaking.”
Which pronunciation is meant isn’t always so clear, though, so I’m especially glad for the furigana on this word!
Not quite, at least not in all cases, but you’re not far off. As others have alluded to, it’s like “the one that is more X”, so “the one who is furthest (of the set of sisters) from being pretty”. Its counterpart, より, is “the one that is less X”.
You’ll see this structure everywhere, and it’s often paired with a negative (or double-negative, probably for politeness reasons), so it’s a good thing for everyone to practice.
よつば says 「ど〜ぞ おあがりたまえ！！おまかいですが」. I’m pretty sure this is a jumble of misused polite language, but what phrases is she trying to say and what do they mean? I know どうぞ means please and is typically used for things like asking people to accept something from you. What are the other two?
I’m with you in believing that this is going to be a typical よつば mishmash!
I have no idea how it fits together, but the “Yotsubato! Volume One Vocabulary List”, which you can find a link for at the top of this thread, does a great job of breaking it down like this:
どーぞ is an informal form of どうぞ and, like you say, used to say "please, by all means"
あがりたまえ according to this list, is an informal form of 上がる/あがる, meaning “come on in” (informal!)
And then the list says おまかい is not a word, which is why Fuuka then repeats it, though the list suggests she may have meant こまかい (small), which strikes me as correct as many people will say apologetically “come in, come on in, though I’m afraid it’s very small”.
Like I say, all this comes from the Vocab List which you can find a link to at the top of this thread.
This morning I’m sitting here trying to get my head around 壊れてる
I guess this must be a passive form of 壊れる, ie, “to be broken” rather than “to break”.
So I looked around the net for how to form passives in Japanese, but can’t figure out how it was formed in this particular case.
Any pointers anyone?
And I love the visual jokes that sometimes happen as you turn the page!
Turning from page 81 to 82 is brilliant! Wouldn’t have worked at all if it was on the same page. Turning over and then getting that full half page image has such impact! So funny.
Just like the impact of turning from p.41 to p.42. Utterly brilliant!
Page 62, last panel, has me scratching my head a bit. Yotsuba calls out, あかなくなったー！
It’s clear from the context that this means basically “I’m stuck,” but what’s going on here linguistically? I believe this is 開かなく なった , literally “it has become not open.” Seems like a funny way to say it though. I mean, it was already not open… what’s new is that it can no longer be opened. I might expect some use of potential form here, but the negative potential (can’t open) is 開けない, and that doesn’t seem to be involved.