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1The Sumida River and Tokyo Sky Tree
2The Event Calendar Funabashi
3Cherry Blossoms (Hanami)
4National Health Insurance and Overseas Medical Expenses
5 Funabashi Cleanup Day
6“ Koromo-Gae ” Seasonal change of clothing
7Japanese Cooking~Takenoko no Kinome-ae
8Japanese Expressions
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Japanese Expressions

 
 

We would like to introduce some words which have more than two different
meanings.

1) chotto

1. a little, a bit

  Eg.         Just a moment please.

( Chotto matte kudasai. ) 

                I will be late a little bit.

(Chotto okuremasu.)

2. He or she can convey to the questioner without hurting his or
her feelings that there is no necessity to inform him or her because
it is nothing important, as chotto implies.

  Eg.     Mr. A        “Where are you going? ”

     Ms. B         “Somewhere around the corner.”
                (Chotto sokomade.)

     
Mr. A         “What happened with you? “

       Ms. B      “Nothing in particular.
                (Chottto ne.)
 
3. somewhat difficult

   Eg.     It is difficult to repair this refrigerator.

This situation, chotto means “I cannot repair the refrigerator. “

2) nagareru

1. flow

        Eg. The river flows into the bay.

(Sono kawa wa ano wann ni nagareru.)

2. cancel

Eg.   The tomorrow’s party has been canceled.

(Asu no party wa nagareta.)

3) kekko

1. wonderful, nice, very good

Eg.    Thank you for a wonderful present.

(taihen kekko na present wo arigato-gozaimasu.)

2.    (1) No thank you

Eg.    Mr. A    “Would you like another cup of coffee?”

    Ms. B      “No thank you.” ( Kekko desu.)

 (2) OK

   Eg.      Mr. A     “Is it all right with you? “

     Ms. B      “OK” ( Kekko desu.)

Thus, “Kekko” has two opposite meanings. You should use it carefully.

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