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Summer Vacation Homework

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Summer Vacation Homework

In Japan, most children go back to school on September 1st, but September is not the beginning of the school year. The Japanese school year starts in April and ends in March. There is about a five-week vacation in summer. Children are usually given some homework to do during this time. The common homework for elementary school children is "enikki (a diary with drawings)," and "dokusho kansoubun (to write an opinion or impression of a book that you read)." Also, there is often, "jiyuu kenkyuu (open research - sometimes it is hard to choose a topic)." I remember two of my "jiyuu kenkyuu" were an observation of the growth of morning glory and of the moon's waxing and waning. I always enjoyed summer vacation, but I also looked forward going back to school and seeing my friends in September.

Japanese Translation

夏休みの宿題

日本では、ほとんどの子供たちが9月1日に学校に戻りますが、9月は新しい学期の始まりではありません。日本の学校は4月に始まり、3月に終わります。夏には5週間ほどの休みがあります。子供たちにはこの休みのために、普通いくつかの宿題が出されます。小学生の一般的な夏休みの宿題といえば、絵日記や読書感想文があげられます。自由研究(何をしようか困ることが多いものです)もよくある宿題のひとつです。私は、朝顔の成長の観察、月の満ち欠けの観測などの自由研究をしたことを覚えています。私にとって夏休みはいつもとても楽しいものでしたが、9月には、学校に戻って友達に会えることも楽しみでした。

Romaji Translation

Nihon dewa, hotondono kodomotachi ga kugatsu tsuitachi ni gakkou ni modorimasu ga, kugatsu wa atarashii gakki no hajimari dewa arimasen. Nihon no gakkou wa shigatsu ni hajimari, sangatsu ni owarimasu. Natsu niwa goshuukan hodo no yasumi ga arimasu. Kodomotachi niwa kono yasumi no tameni, futsuu ikutsukano shukudai ga dasaremasu. Shougakusei no ippantekina natsuyasumi no shukudai to ieba, enikki ya dokusho kansoubun ga ageraremasu. Jiyuu kenkyuu (nani o shiyou ka komaru koto ga ooi mono desu) mo yoku aru shukudai no hitotsu desu. Watashi wa, asagao no seichou no kansatsu, tsuki no michikake no kansoku nado no jiyuu kenkyuu o shita koto o oboete imasu. Watashi ni totte natsu yasumi wa itsumo totemo tanoshii mono deshita ga, kugatsu niwa, gakkou ni modotte tomodachi ni aeru koto mo tanoshimi deshita.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

There is about a five-week vacation in summer.

  • Natsu niwa goshuukan hodo no yasumi ga arimasu.
  • なつには ごしゅうかんほどの やすみが あります。
  • 夏には5週間ほどの休みがあります。

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