(The increasingly less) Daily senryu thread

  1. パトカーが付いて来るよと子ははしゃぎ

ぱとかーがついてくるよとこははしゃぎ

“Ooo! A police car
is following us!” exclaims
my child, gleefully.

I feel you there.

Tangential personal anecdote

英語だよ!is a familiar phrase from my time in Japan. This has happened with (among others)
シトラス - citrus
ウルフ - wolf
ツイスト - twist,
and my personal favorite, ホン コール - えぇ? 本凍る???..oh, a PHONE CALL, Jesus,
and my confusion was always met with an insistent “英語だよ! 英語!”

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Outstanding 5-7-5. :clap: :clap: :clap: Well done.

I wonder if it was a child that announce the following or the spouse? I interpreted it as the spouse or other passenger saying it, and the child/children getting excited, but it totally works (probably better) with the children saying it, too.

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Ohh, it hadn’t even occurred to me to think of it that way, but you’re totally right, the と could apply to anyone in the car.

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ぱとかーがついてくるよとこははしゃぎ
“Wow! A police car / just to escort us!” squeals / my excited kid

Maybe the choice of the word “squeals” is overwrought, but it fits with the mood of 燥ぐ to get me to the all consuming 5-7-5 objective. Well, that’s my excuse…

:smiley: A classic attack of カタンギリス (Katakana English), wherein the English word is written down in kana and then pronounced in kana, causing the English speaking listener much consternation. The worst such confusion I had was with 「シドニー」 when I heard it the first time. :thinking: After a couple of attempts at getting through to me verbally, the speaker wrote it down in English and I was like, “She-doe-knee= Sydney? なるほどね!!” I was pushed into a deep meditative state as my mind went blank before he wrote it down. A very powerful koan, it was.

Then there’s the ホーム at the railway station…

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I am further edified and uplifted. :slightly_smiling_face:

The Japanese can sometimes seem so mysterious in their choice of words and names. Who else would think of saying「サボ」 for skipping classes? Not to mention the kind of nonsense phrases that adorn t-shirts… :upside_down_face: But, I suppose that’s also the charm of Japan…

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Sunday, May 15, 2022


Previous senryu

  1. パトカーが付いて来るよと子ははしゃぎ
    パトカーがついてくるよとこははしゃぎ
    Ooo! A police car / is following us!” exclaims / my child, gleefully.

Notes:

Current senryu challenge

Volume: various settings (not ”children”!)

  1. 乾杯のグラス持たされ三十分

Hints:

  • Another fairly straightforward poem to translate
  • Some people do like to hear themselves give a speech!

Remember to please use the spoiler tag with your translation attempts! Also, please include the reading in kana with your submission.


Everyone is encouraged to participate, no matter your level!

Online tools like dictionaries, sentence databases, and even AI translation engines are fair game and can be extremely helpful. Yomichan is particularly handy if you use the Chrome or Firefox browser.

Here are the links to the 356 Japanese originals (spoiler free) and to the the spreadsheet with all the upcoming senryu as well as the translations to date.

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TiL that this word has a fascinating history. Obviously, it’s a French word for Dutch footwear that came to Japan via English due to a French railway strike in 1910. Not sure why I didn’t intuit this immediately.

I’d heard the word before but it never dawned on me that “sabotage” and “slipshod” were at all related, much less “ciabatta”!

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Translation Attempt

  1. 乾杯のグラス持たされ三十分

かんぱいの・グラスもたされ・さんじゅっぷん

Time to do a toast
And then made to hold the glass
For thirty minutes

Honestly, the hardest part was trying for 5-7-5, and it’s almost always impossible to get the English split to mirror the Japanese one.

Although I suppose you do have to know a bit about how drinking culture works in Japan.

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I’m not sure why this senryu is in category children according to your post :thinking:.
I think your category is borked ^^

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Hello guys! I’ve been checking in to admire all of your hard work for a while. Thought I’d take a stab at this one :sparkles:

cheers! we raise a glass
made to hold it like that for
thirty odd minutes

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This was the part that was confusing me most about this one. I was like, “Are they…making toast speeches at some kid’s birthday?..Is a kid giving a long speech?”

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Whoops. Fixed.

Edited on the road this morning - just a cut-n-pasto.

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Welcome!

I’m so happy that people seem to be enjoying these as much as I am. :partying_face:

It’s not making it any easier to pick a winner, though, especially with the number that have even accomplished 5-7-5 in English recently!

I’m still going to try to select just a single translation every morning. I think it’s worth it for future readers of the complete list. Maintaining the links to each day’s discussion with all the entries makes me feel better about this decision.

Hopefully, I can just count the likes when there are two excellent submissions like this (so far).

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I just had an ad for this app show up, and it immediately reminded me of our 4/30 translation for 雑草の名前わかると抜きにくい!

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Your link for “this app” takes me to the 4/30 translation… I’m so curious to see what it is you’re talking about! :durtle_hello:

Whoops. Sorry. Now fixed.

Monday, May 16, 2022


Previous senryu

  1. 乾杯のグラス持たされ三十分
    かんぱいの・グラスもったされさん・じゅうぷん
    Cheers! we raise a glass / made to hold it like that for / thirty odd minutes

Notes:

  • Congrats to @Axazel :confetti_ball: (first win and a 5-7-5). Strong entry from @alo, too.
  • Apologies for goofing the category! I’m still chuckling.

Current senryu challenge

Volume: Husbands

  1. 帰りぎわとらなきゃよかったこの電話

Harder one today (at least for me). I’m unsure of my own translation. Then again, that’s usually the case!

Remember to please use the spoiler tag with your translation attempts! Also, please include the reading in kana with your submission.


Everyone is encouraged to participate, no matter your level!

Online tools like dictionaries, sentence databases, and even AI translation engines are fair game and can be extremely helpful. Yomichan is particularly handy if you use the Chrome or Firefox browser.

Here are the links to the 356 Japanese originals (spoiler free) and to the the spreadsheet with all the upcoming senryu as well as the translations to date.

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Okay, I got it! :+1: Now it does sound better and is indeed more ‘husband’ volume than a scary warning :sweat_smile:

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Here I go again! :sweat_smile:

My understanding is this:

I shouldn’t have picked up the phone which rang just when I was about to leave

I hope I’m onto something this time )

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That’s close but slightly different to my understanding (which likely means we are both wrong, of course :laughing: ).

Here’s how I parse it:

帰りぎわ - on the brink of returning home / as I was about to leave

とらなきゃ - equivalent to 取らないといけない = I must pick up

よかったこの - I think this means “(something) I was happy for” here. The の is important.

Future me: No it’s not, you idiot. It’s just the second half of the word この. Somehow my eyes just completely glossed over the こ. You were exactly right: 取らなきゃよかった means “I wish I hadn’t picked up” or, more precisely, “it would have been better if I hadn’t picked up.”

電話 - telephone call (in this case, the “something” above).

So I think it means something like “Fortunately, I received a phone call I had to take just I was about to return home.”

That is, I think the implication is he wasn’t looking forward to returning home.

As usual, I’m probably wrong, however!

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