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Japan and the World Map

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Japan and the world map

私は世界地図を眺めるのが好きです。行ったことのない国のことを考えるのが好きだし、いつかそこに行けるといいなあと夢見たりします。初めて北アメリカに来たとき、日本が世界地図の右端にあるのを見てびっくりしました。とても変な感じがしたものです。私が見慣れた地図では、日本はいつも真ん中に位置していました。たぶん自国を世界地図の真ん中に位置づけるのは普通のことなのでしょう。世界はいろんな見方ができるのだなあと認識することができて興味深かったです。あなたの国の世界地図はどうですか。

Romaji Translation

Watashi wa sekai chizu o nagameru no ga suki desu. Itta koto no nai kuni no koto o kangaeru no ga suki dashi, itsuka soko ni ikeru to ii naa to yumemitari shimasu. Hajimete kita-amerika ni kita toki, nihon ga sekai chizu no migihashi ni aru no o mite bikkuri shimashita. Totemo henna kanji ga shita mono desu. Watashi ga minareta chizu dewa, nihon wa itsumo mannaka ni ichi shiteimashita. Tabun jikoku o sekai chizu no mannaka ni ichizukeru nowa futsuu no koto nano deshou. Sekai wa ironna mikata ga dekiru no da naa to ninshiki suru koto ga dekite kyoumibukakatta desu. Anata no kuni no sekai chizu wa dou desu ka.

English Translation

I like looking at the map of the world. I like thinking about the countries I've never been to and dream of visiting someday. The first time I came to North America, I was surprised to see that Japan is on the far right side of the map. It felt very strange. Japan is always located at the center of the map that I grew up with . It is probably common to place one's own country in the center of a world map. It was interesting to realize that the world can be seen in so many different ways. What is map of the world like in your country?

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I like looking at the map of the world.

  • Watashi wa sekaichizu o nagameru noga sukidesu.
  • わたしは せかいちずを ながめるのが すきです。
  • 私は世界地図を眺めるのが好きです。

Learn More

The Japanese word for "map" is "chizu". It is written with a combination of two kanji characters "chi" and "zu". Check out my Around the World with Katakana lessons to learn how to write the names of countries in katakana.

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