April 28th Daily Reading ブラックジャックによろしく: Community Reading Exercise

I flagged my message to make it a wiki which it is now. You can now edit your link as you see fit.

@Naphthalene if you’d like to claim and share your knowledge it’d be a good time. Participation is low so I’d be a change from being by myself doing everything :disappointed_relieved:.

I’ve added page 21 in the first thread which covers F to J.

Claiming F.

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:rofl: fair enough. That being said, it’s simply the combination of multiple words. 食道 oesophagus is probably the least common in there, but you’d be surprised. 静脈 vein shows up often-ish as well, I lastly saw it in a light novel with gory details (no need to explain more I guess). 瘤 also appeared in the same book (with the meaning of bump rather than swelling, but still), interestingly :joy: it’s even included in a children song (well, without any kanji, obviously). 破裂 (rupture) is probably the most common of the bunch.

The subject が can also come after a nominalized verb, for instance. That’s technically a noun, but I feel it’s still good to keep that in mind. the “but” が can come after an i-adjective as well.

Sure, I’ll do a few.

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今 やる事はそれだけだ


ラシックス name of a drug
(利尿剤)(explaining to the non medical expert that that was the name of a diuretic drug)
で particule indicating method
尿量 volume of urine
を direct object particle
確保する (in て form) to maintain
手術記録 surgery notes/records
書いておいてくれ please write (ておく means to do something for later/ in preparation for something, くれ is a way to give an order)
今 now
やる to do (informal)
事 thing
は topic particle
それ that
だけ only
だ (copula)


Use ラシックス (a diuretic) to maintain his volume of urine and please write the surgery report. Right now, that’s all that can be done.

I do not know if ラシックス exists in the English speaking world, and I don’t know how to look that up anyway :sweat_smile:




出久根先生 Dr. Dekune
君 you
に particule indicating indirect object here
は contrastive particule (putting contrast with Dr. Saito’s situation)
他 other
患者 patient
紹介する to introduce


Dr. Dekune, I will introduce an other patient to you.

Sadly that interpretation lost the contrastive nuance of “I have other plans for you”, but I don’t really know how to work that into a natural sounding English sentence.



@YanagiPablo if you want, there’s also the translation summaries to be added in. Shannon liked it when the sentences were compiled next to each other to provide a general reading comprehension.



Doctor Saitou

First Unit:
You will be in charge of this patient’s…

☆受け持ち【うけもち】to be in charge of.

お(polite prefix)願いする
Lol, nevermind, the を was just to introduce a polite request.

《斎藤先生, 君『には』この患者『の』受け持ち『を』お願いする》
Doctor Saitou, you will be in charge of this patient please

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I looked it up. In English it’s called “Lasix” and it’s administrated for, among other things, liver diseases.

I find your commentary super instructive. Especially about くれ to give an order.

Claiming I


I had analyzed 食道静脈瘤破裂 here; but didn’t knew that 静脈瘤 is actually 静脈+瘤; bumped vein, indeed that makes a lot of sense.

I’m surprised at 食道 being the least common; as it was the only one I could understand/guess the most easily.

the “but” が can come after an i-adjective as well.

Oh, yes. Actually I think of them both (動詞 and 形容詞) as a same category… is there a word for them both ?

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Wait, why is that in a different thread? I’m having trouble following the organization of this group :sweat_smile:. Do you just carry over unfinished pages to the next thread?

That’s entirely based on my experience, not on frequency lists or anything. Your mileage may vary :slight_smile: And yes, the meaning is fairly straightforward from the kanji; those are the best kind of words (from a learner’s perspective :stuck_out_tongue:).

Not that I know of, but I’m not very versed in formal grammar, so that doesn’t mean such word does not exist.

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何 what
言ってる slurred 言っている to be saying
んだ slurred のだ adds emphasis
このくらい that much
研修医 doctor in training + 一人 one person -> one single doctor in training
で particle indicating mean/method
やる to do (informal)
の nominalization
は topic
どの … でも which(ever) …/ in any …
病院 hospital
常識 common sense
だ copula
ぞ emphasis (not super nice)


What (the heck) are you talking about?
Having a single doctor in training doing that much is common sense in any hospital.


Claiming I:



This is a typical sentence with an ellipsis which always throws me off. But this time I caught it with its pants down.

He’s talking to his teacher with the glasses and asks him:* (You) won’t be together with me?*

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Claiming K:

I’ve added p.22 to this first message so people have some more to do. If some reason we run out, I’d be nice/appreciated if the last person to claim a letter would upload the page that follows.

Well, K is just a repetition of what was already said:
You are in charge of this patient

Re: J:

Is 『ぞ』generally a particle which means s you’re being not very nice/very direct in your communication?


Hm, it’s “rough”, and roughness (especially in a work situation like here) would not be considered nice, but that’s context dependent. If you are a man talking to close male friends, it can be fine (but yes, it would be “direct” anyway)


Wait, why is that in a different thread?

Because it was some pages before, but it is the same word (that is why I recognized it immediately).

Do you just carry over unfinished pages to the next thread?

It sometimes happen also.
I myself prefer to just leave on the original, after all it isn’t much important if the reading and analysis is done on a different day than the one in the thread title.
I am not as fast as others, but I like to look all the aspects of the texts (even “off-frame” texts: text in the landscape, chapter titles, etc.)

(動詞 and 形容詞) as a same category… is there a word for them both ?

Could 活用語 be understood in that sense ? (I seems 活用詞 doesn’t exist) (活用 (かつよう) : 1. practical use, 2. conjugation, inflection)


Is 『ぞ』generally a particle

@Shannon-8 hosted some reading threads about クレヨンちゃん, 九歳の男児. All the small history titles (supposedly told by that character) ended in ゾ …

Actually, despite the simplicity of the stories, and the very small amount of kana, it was a hard thing to read; due to the big amount of contractions, ellipsis, child-speak and lack of particles.


Claiming L:





And so on that day/today it was my responsibility to become in charge of an in-patient


Today I became in charge for the responsibility of an in-patient

There isn’t much analysis to be done here either. It’s all pretty straightforward I think.

As so today it was my responsibility to be in charge of an in-patient for the first time

I feel like to be responsible and to be in charge is redundant but oh well, I didn’t write it.

Nevermind, it’s ‘officially’, not be responsible.

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Well, there is (はじ)めて : for the first time; and 正式(せいしき)『に』, officially.

Also, you already know it maybe, but for others: 入院 = hospitalization (lit. entry into a hospital); the antonym is 退院 (たいいん), leaving a hospital


(You) won’t be together with me?

I wonder… is he asking about “the teacher” not being with him,
or about “出久根先生” (Dr Dekune, the other student that was summoned together with Saitou), not being with him ?

Saitou asks that just after Professor 白鳥 (/!\ irregular reading しとり) told Dekune that for him it will be another different assignement.

Then, Shiratori replies with … 研修医一人で … “one single intern”.

So I think 僕と一緒じたいんですか is rather “(He, Dekune) won’t be together with me?”


That’s the most reasonable to assume, considering that they were just talking about Dekune.
It’s possible to bypass the problem by turning the sentence as “(We) won’t be together?” :stuck_out_tongue:


Claiming M:



I’ll delve into the details a bit further this time, I might’ve rushed a bit last time although from the get go I think it means “My life purpose is to protect that person’s life” but let’s see if my intuition is right.


I was pretty much on the money. I thought 使命(しめい) was ‘life purpose’ because he’s been having an existential crisis but actually it means mission.

My mission is to safeguard/protect this old man’s life

Since I was the person who claimed the last letter, I’ve uploaded the next page. Letters N to Q inclusively are now available.


@YanagiPablo, I am pleased to see that, on the “Reading” sub-board of this “Japanese Language” forum, there is a Book Club dedicated to クレヨンしんちゃん, Vol.1, that one manga of which I actually own a physical copy! They are REALLY NICE, and do 6 pages per week. (Whispering: I can let you share my relevant pages each week if you would like to join us! Let me know, then I delete this comment; so plz don’t quote me on this, just reply)

FWIW, I REALLY LIKE how they do the “Book Clubs” here… They pre-announce the book so that you can purchase a legal copy, and then you read portions together; often with an ongoing vocabulary reference spreadsheet.

@Zizka, wow!! I really like the Interpretation recap with the Japanese sentence right next to it!! Perhaps I will be able to build vocabulary here without expensive written notes! Those are great for retention review, IMHO.

Running away now… Boss is coming!!!

Coming back to say: Thank you, @Naphthalene, for your insightful comments on my summary attempt from last night. Much appreciated! I need to go back through tonight and absorb.



I got a little more time, so here goes “N”



昨日 自宅で倒れ意識不明この病院へ運びこまれた

  • 自宅【ジ・タク】: I know お宅 is respectful language for “your house” (and the origin of the term “otaku”); so I supposed this mean “own house”, and guessed the reading.
  • 倒れ【たお・れ】: collapse
  • 意識【イ・シキ】: consciousness
  • 不明【フ・メイ】: unclear, obscure, ignorance (不=negation, 明=bright); both together 意識不明 = unconscious
  • 運び込む (はこびこむ) : to carry on; here in passive (~む->~まれる)+past form (~れる->~れた)

The meaning is quite straightforward;
however, grammatically, I think there is a verb omitted here;

自宅で is the place of the action, “at (his) own house”, but the verb is obviously not 運びこまれた.

Maybe 自宅で倒れ意識不明に倒れて ? but that would be too redundant and the verb has been omitted ?

I don’t exactly understand why 倒れ is before 意識不明 …

Or maybe it is an attribute of it? : (自宅で倒れ)->意識不明


Kaneko Toshio, 75 years old"

昨日 自宅で倒れ意識不明この病院へ運びこまれた
Yesterday, he fell unconscious at his home and has been carried to this hospital