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A New Start - Japan Earthquake

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A New Start - Japan Earthquake

The Japanese school year starts in April. Therefore, it is the season to meet new friends and teachers. Because of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, many schools in the affected area are having a hard time opening for the new school year. There are some schools that are so badly damaged that they can no longer be used. Other schools were required to become temporary hospitals or shelters. At those schools, the children will have to share the space with people in need of shelter or medical attention. Also, many of the school grounds are being set aside for future temporary housing. However, many schools are trying to re-open sometime within April. I think it will be beneficial for the children to be with friends and to return to a normal routine as soon as possible.

Japanese Translation

新しいスタート

日本の学校は4月に新学期が始まります。この時期は、新しい友達や先生に出会う季節となります。3月11日に起きた地震と津波の影響によって、被災地の多くの学校は再開に困難をきたしています。あまりにひどい被害のため、使うことができない学校もあります。架設病院や避難所となっている学校もあります。そういった場所では、生徒たちは、避難者や病人たちとともに施設を共用することになります。学校の運動場が架設住宅の建設予定地となっているところもあります。それでも、ほとんどの学校では4月中に再開できるよう努力をしています。子供たちにとって、友達と一緒に過ごし、少しでも早く日常のリズムを取り戻すことは、とても大切なことだと思います。

Romaji Translation

Nihon no gakkou wa shigatsu ni shingakki ga hajimarimasu. Kono jiki wa, atarashii tomodachi ya sensei ni deau kisetsu to narimasu. San-gatsu juuichi-nichi ni okita jishin to tsunami no eikyou ni yotte, hisaichi no ooku no gakkou wa saikai ni konnan o kitashiteimasu. Amarini hidoi higai no tame, tsukau koto ga dekinai gakkou mo arimasu. Kasetsu byouin no hinanjo to natteiru gakkou mo arimasu. Sou itta basho dewa, seitotachi wa, hinansha ya byounintachi to tomo ni shisetsu o kyouyousuru koto ni narimasu. Gakkou no undoujou ga kasetsu juutaku no kensetsuchi to natteiru tokoro mo arimasu. Soredemo, hotondo no gakkou dewa shigatsujuu ni saikai dekiruyou doryoku o shiteimasu. Kodomotachi ni totte, tomodachi to isshoni sugoshi, sukoshidemo hayaku nichijou no rizumu o torimodosu koto wa, totemo taisetsuna koto da do omoimasu.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

The Japanese school year starts in April.

  • Nihon no gakkou wa shigatsu ni shingakki ga hajimarimasu.
  • にほんのがっこうは しがつに しんがっきがはじまります。
  • 日本の学校は4月に新学期が始まります。

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