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Azumi’s Easy Japanese Small Talk🎙 #429 Over 40 nations pledge to phase out coal power

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【N4】#429 : 🇯🇵日本語でNews web easyを読む #「石炭せきたんを燃もやして電気でんきをつくるのをやめる」日本にっぽんは参加さんかしない


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あなたの国はCOP26に参加しましたか?Did your country join it?

Make a sentence with today’s word


picture of coffee and some muffins

I have a language partner whom practice with me twice a week for 2 hours session. And they brought me a cake today! It was touched.

I was taught ‘Happy birthday’ in German is ‘Alles Gute’ and ‘Congrats’ is not used for birthday. Although I do know that ‘Congrats’ is not used for birthday in English, still I was confused because in Japan we just use ‘congrats’ for not only celebration but also birthday. It is because Japanese ‘Congrats’ just means cherishing ‘愛でる’ it, and it can apply a wide range of situations.


「誕生日おめでとう」はドイツ語だと「Alles Gute」なんですが、いわゆる「Herzelich Glückwunsch」という言葉が通常お祝いに使われるのでどうして誕生日には使わないのか不思議に思いました。でも考えてみれば英語も、「Congrats」は誕生日には使わないことに気がついたわけです。ちなみにどうして疑問に思ったかというと日本語ではお正月のようなお祝いも誕生日のようなお祝いも「おめでとう」なので、混乱してしまったわけです。これは「でる」という動詞から派生した言葉で、愛でるだけなのでいろんな場面で使うことが可能というわけなんです。

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