Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 33)

Okay, this is it. This is the end of Lucky Star! I honestly didn’t want to do the opening theme but I said I would get back to it in Part 1. The reason I didn’t want to talk about this was because this is a semi-nonsense song and it’s a little bit like talking about the English language by reading a Snoop Dogg rap.

But a promise is a promise and now we’re going to get through this together, one last time, for old time’s sake.

曖昧3センチ そりゃぷにってことかい。 ちょっ!
らっぴんぐが制服…だぁぁ不利ってこたない ぷ。
がんばっちゃ、やっちゃっちゃ
そんときゃーっち&Release ぎョッ
汗(Fuu)汗(Fuu)の谷間に Darlin’ Darlin’ F R E E Z E!!

なんかだるー なんかでるー
あいしテるー あれ一個が違ってるんるー
なやみン坊ー 高鉄棒ー
美味しんぼー いいかげんにシナサイ

飛んでったアイツの火照るカラダって
所謂ふつーのおにゃのコ
驚いたあたしだけ? 豚骨ハリガネおかわりだだだ

BON-BON おうえん団
Let’s get! チェリーパイ
RAN-RAN かんげー会
Look up! せんせーしょん
はい! 存在感・・小惑星
ぶつかって溶けましたぼーぜん
大いに歌ってシレンジャー

もっていけ!
最後に笑っちゃうのはあたしのはず
セーラーふくだからです。結論
月曜日なのに!
機嫌悪いのどうするよ?
夏服がいいのです。かわいい

接近3ピクト するまでってちゅーちょだ やん
がんばって はりきって My Darlin’ Darlin’ P L E A S E!!

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曖昧3センチ そりゃぷにってことかい? ちょっ!
(Aimai san senchi sorya puni tte koto kai? Cho!)

曖昧 (aimai): Is a noun meaning vague or unclear. Here it’s modifying the following noun.

3センチ (san-senchi): is a noun meaning three centimeters. San is three. Senchi is a loanword noun meaning centimeters and can be used as a counter.

そりゃ (sorya): is a contraction of the words sore, a demonstrative pronoun meaning that thing. and wa, the topical particle.

ぷに (puni): seems to be a short form of the adverb puni puni ni, which means flexible or squishy or malleable. Or it can be a noun form of the adverbial phrase, making this a flexible thing.

って (tte): is either the casual topical particle or the casual quotative particle, neither of which makes much sense to have in this case. But what’s important is that we realize that it’s linking the phrase to the noun.

こと (koto): is a noun meaning thing.

かい (kai): is a casual interrogative particle, sometimes used for yes-no questions.

ちょっ (cho): is, to my understanding, just an exclamation with no meaning.

Translation: “A vague 3 centimeters, is that a flexible thing? Cho!”

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らっぴんぐが制服…だぁぁ不利ってこたない ぷ。
(Rappingu ga seifuku… daa furi tte kotanai pu.)

らっぴんぐ (rappingu): is a loanword noun meaning rapping.

が (ga): is the nominative particle, marking the subject of the sentence.

制服 (seifuku): is a noun meaning uniform, referring in this song to their sailor uniform they wear. There is an omitted particle here, probably the instrumental particle de.

だぁぁ (daaa): is an extension of the copula da.

不利 (furi): is a noun meaning disadvantage.

って (tte): is doing the same thing as before, whatever that is.

こたない  (kotanai): is a contraction of koto ga nai, meaning it is not a thing… Nai is the negative, present conjugation of the copula aru. We don’t always have to translate koto, due to it being very empty semantically and having a thing that… in one’s translation doesn’t sound natural.

ぷ (pu): is, to my understanding, just an exclamation with no meaning.

Translation: “Rapping [in] uniform…. isn’t a disadvantage, pu.”

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がんばっちゃ、やっちゃっちゃ
(Ganbaccha, yachaccha)

がんばっちゃ (ganbaccha): is a truncation of the contraction ganbaranakucha, which comes ganbaranakute wa, which is part of an expression that indicates that one must do something: Vnakute wa ikenai, not doing V, I cannot not proceed. The verb here is ganbaru, meaning to try one’s best or to persist.

やっちゃっちゃ (yacchaccha): is the same story as before, except that now the verb is yaru, meaning to do.

Translation: “You have to do your best, you have to do it.”

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そんときゃーっち&Release ぎョッ
(Son tokyaacchi [and release] gyo)

そん (son): is a contraction of sono, the demonstrative adjective meaning that.

ときゃーっち (tokyacchi): is a contraction of toki kyacchiToki is a noun meaning time. When it is being modified it refers to when the modifying phrase happens. So we can translate this as when that happens. There is an omitted particle here, probably waKyacchi is the loanword noun meaning catch, as one would catch a ball.

ぎョッ (gyo):  is, to my understanding, just an exclamation with no meaning.

Translation: “When that happens, [we] catch and release, gyo.”

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汗(Fuu)汗(Fuu)の谷間に Darlin’ Darlin’ F R E E Z E!!
(Ase (Fuu) Ase (Fuu) no taniai ni Darlin’ Darlin’ F R E E Z E!!)

汗 (ase): is a noun meaning sweat.

の (no): is the genitive particle, indicating that the noun phrase is part of or owned by the following phrase. “X no Y” often is translated as “Y of X;” and even when it doesn’t it’ll give you a good idea of what’s going on.

谷間 (taniai): is a noun meaning valley.

に (ni): is the dative particle, indicating the location of the action.

Translation: Darlin’ Darlin’ Freeze in the valley of [my] sweat!

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なんかだるー なんかでるー
(Nanka daruu nanka deruu)

なんか (nanka): is a suffix meaning or something like that. This is connected to the previous statement.

だるー (daruu): is an enlongated form of the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective darui, meaning tired.

なんか (nanka): is a pronoun meaning something. There is an omitted ga here.

でる (deru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to come out or to come forth.

Translation: “…or something like that, I’m tired, something is coming out.”

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あいしテるー あれ一個が違ってるんるー
(Aiashiteru – are ikkou ga chigatteru-n ruu)

あいしてる (aishiteru): is an expression meaning I love you, coming from the noun ai, meaning love, and the truncated affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the verb suru, meaning to do. The truncated form is the normal V[te] iru with the /i/ dropped.

あれ (are): is an interjection expression confusion or surprise.

一個 (ikko): is a noun meaning one small thing, coming from ichi, meaning one and the counter suffix kocounting small items.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

違ってるん (chigatteru-n): is the truncated affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the verb chigau, same as with aishiteru; and the n is a substantivizing suffixChigau means to be different.

るー (ruu): seems to be an addition added just to make this verse and the previous rhyme.

Translation: “I love you. What? One small part is different.”

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なやみン坊ー 高鉄棒ー
(nayamin-bouu koutetsubouu)

なやみン坊ー (nayamin-bouu): is the noun nayami, meaning troubles or problems and a truncation of nai, which we saw before, and the suffix bou, meaning boy. This is supposed to be a boy that has no problems, as in a tame boy. The extra /u/ is just a music thing.

高鉄棒ー (koutetsubouu): is the noun tetsubou, meaning iron bar, or a gymnastics bar and the prefix kou, meaning high. So this is the high bar.

Translation: “Tame boy, high bar.”

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美味しんぼー いいかげんにシナサイ
(Oishinboo iikagen ni shinasai)

美味しんぼー (oishinboo): is the name of a manga Oishinbo, which is about gourmet food and is called in English The Gourmet. Again, the lengthening of the vowel is a musical thing.

いいかげんにシナサイ (Iikagen ni shinasai): is an expression equivalent to English’s cut it out! Iikagen is a noun meaning irresponsible. Ni is the adverbial suffix; and shinasai is the negative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to do. So this means one does not act irresponsibly. This is said in response to the singer finding other words that are similar but with small differences.

Translation: “The Gourmet Cut it out already!”

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飛んでったアイツの火照るカラダって
(Tondetta aitsu no hoteru kara tte)

飛んでった (tondeitta): is the truncated form of the verb tonde itta, which is the Te-form, or gerund, of the verb to fly, working adverbially, and the affirmative, past conjugation of the verb iku, meaning to go. So this is went flying.

アイツ (aitsu): is a colloquial demonstrative pronoun meaning that person.

の (no): is the attributive from the copula da.

火照る (hoteru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to burn or to be glowing.

カラダ (karada): is a noun meaning body.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

Translation: “The glowing body that is that person that went flying.”

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所謂ふつうのおにゃのコ
(Iwayuru futsuu no onya no ko)

所謂 (iwayuru): an adverb meaning what one would call…

ふつう (futsuu): is a noun meaning ordinary or normal, as in normative.

の (no): is the attributive from of the copula da.

おにゃのコ (onya no ko): is a palatalized version of onna no ko, which is the noun onna, meaning woman, the attributive from of the copula da, and ko, a noun meaning child. So this is a child that is a woman, i.e. a girl.

Translation: “[Is she] what one would call an ordinary girl[?]”

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驚いたあたしだけ? 豚骨ハリガネおかわりだだだ
(Odoroita atashi dake? Tonkotsu harigane okawari da da da)

驚いた (odoroita): is the affirmative, past conjugation of the verb odoroku, meaning to be surprised.

あたし (atashi): is a feminine and colloquial form of the first person singular pronoun.

だけ (dake): is a suffix meaning only.

豚骨 (tonkotsu): is a dish made with pork bone.

ハリガネ (harigane): seems to be a colloquial term for tender. Hari is a word meaning resistancega is the nominative particle; and ne seems to be a variation on nai, so it has no resistance, i.e. it’s tender.

おかわり (okawari): is a noun meaning a second helping.

だだだ (da da da): is just the copula three times.

Translation: “[Am I] the only one who was surprised? [It] is a second helping of tender tonkotsu.”

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BON-BON おうえん団
(BON-BON Ouen-dan)

おうえん団 (ouen-dan): Is the noun ouen, meaning reinforcement or assistance and the suffix dan, referring to a quad or body of people who do a task. Here we will translate it as cheer team. An ouen-dan is a Japanese equivalent to male cheerleading, which involve black uniforms, white gloves, and headbands. They do these sharp movements in sync and make interesting formations. Go look it up.

Translation: “BON-BON cheer team”

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Let’s get! チェリーパイ
(Let’s get! Cherii pai)

チェリーパイ (cherii pai): is a loanword noun meaning cherry pie, coming from cherii and pai. You can do the math.

Translation: “Let’s get! Cherry Pie”

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RAN-RAN かんげー会
(RAN-RAN Kangeekai)

かんげー会 (kangee-kai): is a variation on the noun kangei-kai. Kangei is a noun meaning welcome and the suffix kai refers to a gathering. This means welcome party.

Translation: “RAN-RAN Welcome Party”

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Look up! せんせーしょん
(Look up! senseeshon)

せんせーしょん (senseeshon): is a loanword noun meaning sensation.

Translation: “Look up! Sensation.”

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はい! 存在感・・小惑星
(Hai! Sonkaikan.. Shouwakusei)

はい (hai): is an interjection expressing affirmation or confirmation.

存在感 (sonkaikan): is a noun meaning one’s presence. There may be an omitted ga here.

小惑星 (shouwakusei): is a noun meaning asteroid, literally small planet.

Translation: “Yes! [Your] presence [is] an asteroid”

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ぶつかって溶けましたぼーぜん
(Butsukatte tokemashita boozen)

ぶつかって (butsukatte): is the Te-form, or the gerund, of the verb butsukaru, meaning to collide. The Te-form is allowing us to connect actions.

溶けました (tokemashita): is the polite, affirmative, past conjugation of the verb tokeru, meaning to melt.

ぼーぜん (boozen): is an adverb meaning dumbfounded or in a daze.

Translation: “[You] collided and melted in a daze.” or “[You] collided and melted; [and I am] in a daze.”

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大いに歌ってシレンジャー
(Ooi-ni utatte shirenjaa)

大いに (ooi-ni): is an adverb meaning greatly or largely; and in this context it will mean loudly.

歌って (uwatte): is the Te-form of the verb utau, meaning to sing. This Te-form is the imperative.

シレンジャー (shirenjaa): is apparently a loanword noun meaning ranger. What would make more sense to me, even if it contradicted everyone else, would be for shi to be the suffix marking a non-exhaustive list of reasons and then ranger being its own thing. Then one could say that “I am in a daze, because you sing loudly ranger, as opposed to “sing loudly, ranger.” But I’ll just leave that open as a possibility.

Translation: “Sing loudly, ranger”

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もっていけ!
(Motte-ike)

もっていけ (motte-ike): is the strong imperative conjugation of motte-iku, which is the Te-form of motsu, meaning to carry, and the verb meaning to go, and together meaning to take.

Translation: “Take [it]!”

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最後に笑っちゃうのはあたしのはず
(Saigo ni wacchau no wa atashi no hazu.)

最後に (saigo-ni): is an adverb meaning last, coming from the noun saigo, meaning last and the adverbial suffix ni.

笑っちゃう (wacchau): is just like the set of verbs we saw at the beginning that translated to have to X, this time using the verb warau, meaning to laugh.

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da.

は (wa): is the topical particle.

あたし (atashi): is a feminine and colloquial form of the first person singular pronoun.

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da.

はず (hazu): is a dependent noun meaning supposed to where what is supposed to be is the verb phrase that modifies it.

Translation: “It’s supposed to be that I am the one that has to laugh in the end.”

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セーラーふくだからです。結論
(Seeraafuku da kara desu ketsuron)

セーラー (seeraa): is a loanword noun meaning sailor. This is modifying the following noun adjectivally.

ふく (fuku): is a noun meaning clothes or sometimes suit.

だ (da): is the copula.

から (kara): is a conjunction meaning because.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

結論 (ketsuron): is a noun meaning conclusion.

Translation: “Because of my sailor suit. [That’s the] conclusion.“

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月曜日なのに!
(Getsuyoubi na no ni!)

月曜日 (getsuyoubi): is a noun meaning Monday.

なのに (na no ni): is an adverbial conjunction expression meaning even though.

Translation: “Even though it’s Monday!”

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機嫌悪いのどうするよ?
(Kigen warui no dou suru yo?)

機嫌 (kigen): is a noun meaning mood. There is an omitted ga here.

悪い (warui): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective meaning bad.

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da. There is an omitted wa here.

どう (dou): is an interrogative adverb meaning how?

する (suru): is the affirmative, present of the verb meaning to do. Dou suru means what to do?

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

Translation: “[With] a bad mood, what to do?”

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夏服がいいのです。かわいい
(Natsu-fuku ga ii no desu. Kawaii)

夏服  (natsu-fuku): is a noun meaning summer suit. Natsu means summer. And we already know fuku.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

いい (ii): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective meaning good.

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

かわいい (kawaii): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective meaning cute.

Translation: “A summer suit [would be] good. [It] is cute.”

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接近3ピクト するまでってちゅーちょだ やん
(Sekkin san-pikuto suru made tte chuucho da yan)

接近 (sekkin): is a noun meaning getting close.

3ピクト (san-pikuto): is a noun meaning three pictures. Pikuto here is serving as a counter suffix.

する (suru): is the same as before.

まで (made): is a post position meaning until.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

ちゅーちょ (chuucho): is a noun meaning indecision.

だ  (da): is the copula.

やん (yan): is an expression with no meaning, unless it’s a take on the English phrase Yeah!

Translation: “[There] is indecision until one gets close to 3 pictures.”

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がんばって はりきって My Darlin’ Darlin’ P L E A S E!!
(Ganbatte harikitte My Darlin’ Darlin’ P L E A S E!! )

がんばって (ganbatte): is the Te-form of ganbaru, the verb we saw before meaning to try one’s best. The Te-form is functioning as an imperative.

はりきって (harikitte): is the Te-form of the verb harikiru, meaning to be excited or to be in high spirits.

Translation: “Try your best, be excited My Darlin’ Darlin’ P L E A S E!!”

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Words Worth Memorizing

曖昧 (aimai): vague
センチ (senchi): centimeters (counter)
こと (koto): thing
制服 (seifuku): uniform
不利 (furi): disadvantage
ない (nai): negative, present of the copula “aru.”
がんばる (ganbaru): to try one’s best, to persist
やる (yaru): to do
とき (toki): time
汗 (ase): sweat
谷間 (taniai): valley
だるい (darui): tired
でる (deru): to come out
あいしてる (aishiteru): I love you
あれ (are): What? (interjection)
違う (chigau): to be different
なやみ (nayami): problem, trouble
坊 (bou): boy (suffix)
いいかげんにしなさい (iikagen ni shinasai): Cut it out! (expression)
飛ぶ (tobu): to fly
行く (iku): to go
カラダ (karada): body
所謂 (iwayuru): so to speak
ふつう (futsuu): ordinary, normal
おんなのこ (onna no ko): girl
驚く (odoroku): to be surprised
かんげい会 (kangei-kai): welcome party
 存在感 (sonzaikan): one’s presence
小惑星 (shouwakusei): asteroid
大いに (ooki-ni): large; great
歌う (utau): to sing
もっていく (motteiku): to take
最後 (saigo): last
笑う (warau): to laugh
はず (hazu): supposed to be
結論 (ketsuron): conclusion
月曜日 (getsuyoubi): Monday
機嫌 (kigen): mood
悪い (warui): bad
いい (ii): good
かわいい (kawaii): cute
する (suru): to do
まで (made): until
ちゅうちょ (chuucho): indecision
だ (da): to be (copula)
はりきる  (harikiru): to be excited, to be in high spirits

Okay, that’s it. We’re done. Thank you all so much.

Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 32)

Please remember that the Words Worth Memorizing section is sequential with Part 30 and 31, so check those out if there’s a big word that you seem to not be able to find!

Anyway, as always, I ask that you give me a moment to look over everything, tweak as I need to, report my findings; and then we can have a wonderful conversation about anything I missed.

つかさ:四人でカラオケって珍しいよね。
みゆき:私はこういうところには滅多に来ませんから。
こなた:ほらほら二時間しかないんだから、みんなじゃんじゃん歌って。
かがみ:そんなに張り切らなくても、時間はあるわよ。
みゆき:なんかこうドキドキしますね。
つかさ:すごく楽しいよ。歌うと気分がすっきりするし。
かがみ:あれ?カタログは?
つかさ:カタログ?
かがみ:うん。カタログよ。
みゆき:カタログですか?
かがみ:あーほら 曲の番号書いてあるやつ。
つかさ:あー これ?
かがみ:はい
こなた:じゃ、私から行くよ。
かがみ:って、はやっ!うわっ!三曲も入れてるし。
こなた:じゃんじゃん入れないともったいないじゃん。
こなた:あ、あ、あ いや、テステステス。
かがみ:何だよ? この曲…
こなた:宇宙鉄人キョーダイン。やっぱ最初はこれでしょ!
かがみ:全然知らん…
つかさ:こなちゃん、がんばって~
かがみ:こなた! 音大きいっ!
かがみ:音下げてって!何でこんなの知ってるんだ、こいつは…

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つかさ:四人でカラオケって珍しいよね。
(Tsukasa: Yotari de karaoke tte mezurashii yo ne.)

四人 (yotari): is a noun meaning four people. Yo is the Japanese lexeme for four and tari is the counter suffix for person.

で (de): is the instrumental particle, indicating the means with which something happens.

カラオケ (karaoke): is a noun meaning karaoke, unsurprisingly.

って (tte): is casual topical particle.

珍しい (mezurashii): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present, meaning rare.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

ね (ne): is the softening/dubitative ending particle.

Translation: “Karaoke with four people is rare, isn’t it?”

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みゆき:私はこういうところには滅多に来ませんから。
(Miyuki: Watashi wa kouiu tokoro ni wa metta-ni kimasen kara.)

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence.

こういう (kouiu): is a verbal expression meaning like this, coming from kou, meaning this such thing and iu, meaning to say.

ところ (tokoro): is a noun meaning place.

には (ni wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence.

滅多に (metta-ni): is an adverb meaning seldom.

来ません (kimasen): is the polite, negative, present conjugation of the verb kuru, meaning to come.

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning because. We do not get the second phrase, but will get it later.

Translation: “Because I seldom come to places like this.”

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こなた:ほらほら二時間しかないんだから、みんなじゃんじゃん歌って。
(Konata: Hora hora nijikan-shika nai-n da kara, minna jan-jan utte.)

ほらほら (hora-hora): is a very versatile interjection. It expresses wanting to rouse someone’s attention. So it often translates to hey! or look! Here it is being said twice, but means the same thing.

二時間 (nijikan): is a noun meaning two hours, coming from ni, meaning two (Chinese pronunciation) and jikan, indicating a timespan.

しか (shika): is a suffix indicating that the noun is not satisfactory. This normally gets translated as only.

ない (nai): is the negative, present conjugation of the copula aru. X shika nai translates to To have only X.

ん (n): is a substantivizing ending suffix, making the whole verb phrase syntactically a noun.

だ (da): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the copula.

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning because.

みんな (minna): is a noun meaning everybody.

じゃんじゃん (jan-jan): is an onomatopoetic adverb meaning nonstop.

歌って (utette): is the Te-form of the verb utau, meaning to sing. Here the Te-form is used as an imperative.

Translation: “Hey! Hey! Because we only have two hours, everybody sing nonstop!”

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かがみ:そんなに張り切らなくても、時間はあるわよ。
(Kagami: Sonna-ni harikiranakute mo、jikan wa aru wa yo.)

そんなに (sonna-ni): is an adverb meaning like that, coming from sonna, meaning such and the adverbial suffix ni.

張り切らなくても (harikiranakute mo): is the negative Te-form of the verb harikiru, meaning to be in high spirits or to be excited. This is a truncation of the expression [neg]V[te] mo ii, meaning Even not V-ing is good, which is effectively prohibitive.

時間 (jikan): is a noun meaning time or a timespan.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence. Though in English there exists no topical phrase, so often, when the topic and omitted subject are the same, the topical phrase gets translated as the subject. This, however, should not be a default.

ある (aru): is the affirmative present conjugation of the copula. Here we will translate it as to have.

わ (wa): is an effeminate ending suffix.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

Translation: “Don’t be excited like that, we have time.”

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みゆき:なんかこうドキドキしますね。
(Miyuki: Nanka kou doki-doki shimasu ne.)

なんか (nanka): is a pronoun meaning something. This is modifying kou adjectivally.

こう (kou): is the kou we saw before, meaning in this way or like this. There is a missing particle here, probably ga or wa.

ドキドキ (doki-doki): is an onomatopoetic noun meaning nervous.

します (shimasu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the verb suru. Dokidoki suru means to get nervous. We will translate this as future tense, because it will help us not have to alter words; and because the present tense in Japanese is actually present/future, or imperfective.

ね (ne): is the dubitative/softening ending particle.

Translation: “Something like this will get me nervous.”

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つかさ:すごく楽しいよ。歌うと気分がすっきりするし。
(Tsukasa: Sugoku tanoshii yo. Utau to kibun ga sukkiri suru shi.)

すごく(sugoku): is an adverb meaning very or really.

楽しい (tanoshii): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present, meaning fun.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

歌う (utau): is the affirmative present conjugation of the verb meaning to sing.

と (to): is a conditional conjunction.

気分 (kibun): is a noun meaning mood.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

すっきり (sukkiri): is an adverb meaning refreshed.

する (suru): is the present, affirmative conjugation of the verb meaning to do. Sukkiri suru means to feel refreshed.

し (shi): is a conjunction or suffix marking a set of phrases that make up a non-exhaustive list. Sometimes it is just one thing on the list, sometimes many. Both are okay.

Translation: [This] is really fun. When you sing, your mood feels refreshed.”

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かがみ:あれ?カタログは?
(Kagami: Are? Katarogu wa?)

あれ (are): is an interjection indicating confusion.

カタログ (katarogu): is a loanword noun meaning catalog.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence. We aren’t given the rest of the sentence, but context will tell us that they’re looking for it.

Translation: “Huh? [Where’s] the catalog?”

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つかさ:カタログ?
(Tsukasa: Katarogu?)

カタログ (katarogu): is a loanword noun meaning catalog.

Translation: “The catalog?”

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かがみ:うん。カタログよ。
(Kagami: Un. Kataroku yo.)

うん (un): is an interjection expression confirmation.

カタログ (katarogu): is a loanword noun meaning catalog.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

Translation: “Yeah, the catalogue.”

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みゆき:カタログですか?
(Miyuki: Kataroku desu ka?)

カタログ (katarogu): is a loanword noun meaning catalog.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da. We do not get the subject of this sentence, but context will tell us it is nani, or what?

か (ka): is the interrogative ending particle.

Translation: “[What’s] a catalogue” or “The catalogue?”

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かがみ:あーほら。曲の番号書いてあるやつ。
(Kagami: Aa hora. Kyoku no bangou kaite-aru yatsu.)

あー (aa): is a longer form of a, an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

ほら (hora): is a very versatile interjection. It expresses wanting to rouse someone’s attention. So it often translates to hey! or look! Here we will not translate it as such because it’s meant to get Miyuki’s mind jogging. Like to get her to remember what it should look like. So it is similar to you know?

曲 (kyoku): is a noun meaning track, like the songs on a CD.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

番号 (bangou): is a noun meaning number. There is an omitted wo here.

書いてある (kaite-aru): is the Te-form of the verb kaku, meaning to write and aru, which are a special construction that indicates that something has been bought into a certain state and left as such. Here what we’re talking about is numbers being written in a catalogue.

やつ (yatsu): is a colloquial noun meaning thing.

Translation: “Ah, [it’s] the thing where the track numbers are written, you know?”

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つかさ:あー これ?
(Tsukasa: Aa kore?)

あー (aa): is a longer form of “a,” an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

これ (kore): is a demonstrative pronoun meaning this.

Translation: “Oh, this?”

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かがみ:はい
(Kagami: Hai)

はい (hai): is an interjection of affirmation, equivalent to English’s Yes.

Translation: “Yes.”

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こなた:じゃ、私から行くよ。
(Konata: Ja, watashi kara iku yo.)

じゃ (ja): is an interjection, a contraction of de wa, and carrying the same meaning as it does as an interjection.

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we.

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning from, by which we mean that the order of people singing starts with her. So we will translate it as “I V first.”

行く (iku): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to go or to proceed. We will translate this as future.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle. Iku yo is often said to mean let’s get started.

Translation: “Well then, I will go first.”

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かがみ:って、はやっ!うわっ! もう三曲も入れてるし。
(Kagami: tte, haya! uwa! Mou san-kyoku ireteru shi.)

って (tte): is the casual topical particle, taking as its topic the fact that Konata seems ready to sing.

はやっ (haya): is the truncated form of hayai, the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective meaning fast.

うわっ (uwa): is in an interjection expressing strong surprise.

もう (mou): is an adverb meaning already.

三曲 (sankyoku): is a noun meaning three tracks. It’s made up of san, meaning three, and the counter suffix kyoku, referring to an amount of songs. (It’s both a noun and a counter suffix.) There is an omitted wo here.

も (mo): is the secondary suffix meaning too or even. When next to counters its implication is that that number is a lot. It’s quite the opposite from “shika…nai.”

入れてる (ireteru): is the truncated affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the verb ireru, meaning to put in. The normal present progressive is “V[te] + iru,” with that iru being the copula. In the truncated form, the /i/ drops out.

し (shi): is a conjunction or suffix marking a set of phrases that make up a non-exhaustive list. Sometimes it is just one thing on the list, sometimes many. Both are okay.

Translation: “[You’re] fast! Woah! You’re putting in three songs already…”

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こなた:じゃんじゃん入れないともったいないじゃん。
(Konata: Jan-jan irenai to mottai nai ja-n.)

じゃんじゃん( jan-jan): is an onomatopoetic adverb meaning nonstop.

入れない (irenai): is the negative, present conjugation of the verb ireru, which we just saw.

と (to): is the conditional conjunction.

もったいない (mottainai): is a verbal expression meaning wasteful.

じゃん (jan): is the truncated from of ja nai, with ja being the contraction of de wa, now functioning as a topical particle, and nai, the negative affirmative conjugation of the verb aru. Here, as it is in many places, it is being used rhetorically and is equivalent to the ending particle ne.

Translation: “If you don’t put [them] in nonstop, it is wasteful, isn’t it?”

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こなた:あ、あ、あ いや、テステステス。
(Konata: A, A, A, iya, tesu-tesu-tesu.)

In this part, Konata is testing the microphone settings.

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

いや (iya): is an interjection expressing negation or displeasure. In this case it’s the latter.

テステステス (tesu-tesu-tesu): is a loaned expression meaning test-test-test as one says into a microphone.

Translation: “Oh, oh, oh, no, test, test, test.”

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かがみ:何だよ? この曲…
(Kagami: Nan da yo! Kono kyoku…)

何 (nan): is an interrogative pronoun meaning what?

だ (da): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the copula.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

この (kono): is a demonstrative adjective meaning this.

曲 (kyoku): is a noun meaning track. This noun phrase has been displaced; and the ga has been omitted.

Translation: “What is this track?”

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こなた:宇宙鉄人キョーダイン。やっぱ最初はこれでしょ!
(Konata: Uchuu tetsujin kyoudain. Yappa saikin wa kore desho!)

宇宙 (uchuu): is a noun meaning outer space.

鉄人 (tetsujin): is a noun meaning strongman. Uchuujin (宇宙人) means alien; and this is a play on that.

キョーダイン (kyoudain): is a made up word. It seems to be a play on “kyoudai,” meaning older and younger brother with an extra /n/ for the sake of style, perhaps like the /z/ substituting /s/ in English. Uchuu Tetsujin Kyoudain was an old Japanese show from the 70′s.

やっぱ  (yappa): is an adverb meaning absolutely.

最初 (saisho): is a noun meaning the beginning or the start.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence.

これ (kore): is a demonstrative pronoun meaning this.

でしょ (desho): is a verbal expression meaning it seems, but here it comes closer to the meaning right?

Translation: “The Outer Space Strongmen Brotherz. This is absolutely the beginning [song], right?!” (as in ‘We should totally start karaoke with this song.’)

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かがみ:全然知らん…
(Kagami: zenzen shiran…)

全然 (zenzen): is an adverb meaning absolutely.

知らん (shiran): is the truncated form of the negative, present conjugation of the verb shiru, meaning to know. So it would normally be shiranai and the /ai/ dropped off.

Translation: “I absolutely don’t know [this].”

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つかさ:こなちゃん、がんばって~
(Tsukasa: Kona-chan, ganbattee)

こなちゃん (Kona-chan): is Konata’s nickname with the intimate suffix chan. Chan is used between girls and by adults towards small children and by people towards their pets. Anime sometimes leads you to think that chan is used for all girls by everyone, but that is not the case.

がんばって (ganbatte): is the Te-form of the verb ganbaru, meaning to persist or to do one’s best. The Te-form is serving as an imperative.

Translation: “Do your best, Konata!”

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かがみ:こなた! 音大きいっ!
(Kagami: Konata! Oto ookii!)

こなた (Konata): is Konata.

音 (oto): is a noun meaning sound. There is an omitted ga here.

大きいっ (ookii): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective meaning great or big. In this context, it means loud. Also, don’t mind the “っ”’s because all they mean is that the last vowel is pronounced short; but it has no semantic weight.

Translation: “Konata! The sound is loud!”

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かがみ:音下げてって!何でこんなの知ってるんだ、こいつは…
(Kagami: Oto sagete tte! Nande konata no shitteru-n da, koitsu wa…)

音 (oto): is a noun meaning sound. There is an omitted wo here.

下げて (sagete): is the Te-form of the verb meaning to lower. The Te-form is functioning as an imperative.

って (tte): is the casual emphatic ending particle.

何で (nande): is an interrogative adverb meaning why.

こんな (konna): is a demonstrative adjective meaning this such or like this.

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

知ってる (shitteru): is the truncated affirmative, present progressive conjugation of shiru, meaning to know.

ん (n): is a substantivizing ending suffix, making the whole verb phrase syntactically a noun.

だ (da): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the copula.

こいつ (koitsu): is a colloquial pronoun meaning this person.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence. This noun phrase has been displaced to the right of the verb.

Translation: “Lower the sound! Why it is that this girl knows a thing like this?”

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Words Worth Memorizing

四人 (yotari): four people
カラオケ (karaoke): karaoke
珍しい (mezurashii): rare
こういう (kouiu): like this
滅多に (metta-ni): rarely
みんな (minna): everybody
じゃんじゃん (jan-jan): nonstop
歌う (utau): to sing
そんなに (sonna ni): like that
張り切る (harikiru): to be excited
なんか (nanka): something
ドキドキ (doki-doki): nervous, heart thumping
すごく (sugoku): really, very
楽しい (tanoshii): fun
気分 (kibun): mood
曲 (kyoku): track; counter for tracks
番号 (bangou): number
書く (kaku): to write
やつ (yatsu): thing
行く (iku): to go
はやい (hayai): fast
うわ (uwa): Wow!
もったいない (mottanai): wasteful
何 (nan/nani): what?
宇宙 (uchuu): outer space
やっぱ (yappa): absolutely
最初 (saisho): first; the beginning
全然 (zenzen): completely; (with negative verb) at all
がんばる (ganbaru): to try one’s best, to persist
音 (oto): sound
大きい (ookii): large; great
下げる (sageru): to lower
何で (nande): why?
こいつ (koitsu): this person

Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 31)

 

こがみ:いや、知りたいなら教えてあげるわよ。ぶっちゃけピンキリです。ギャラ自体安い場合もあるけど事務所のピンハネ、私いまだに固定だから、何パー持っていかれているかわかったモンじゃないのよね。しかも私、三歳からこの仕事やってるし、未だに全額親の口座に入ってる訳ね。私には小遣い程度しか寄越さない訳よ。それがまたチンケな額でさあ。あ、そう言えば最近ママがやたらブランド物のバッグ買い漁ってたの、あれひょっとしてこのTVのギャラ?冗談じゃないわよアイツ、私はシンデレラかっつーの!

しらいし:ちょっと…

こがみ:ちょっと最近別居中のパパが生活費送ってこないからって私に頼りきってんじゃないわよ!!

しらいし:あの、いや、別にそんな事まで話す必要は…

こがみ:ほわわっ? いっけなーい、もうお別れの時間なんですぅー!あきらさびしぃ~というで、このコーナーでは、皆さんからあきらへの質問や激励、番組に対する感想など、どしどし送ってプリーズ!白石さんからもひとことプリーズ!

しらいし;あ…ではまた次回よろしくお願いします。

こがみ:まったね~~ そうそう、アンタさぁ、本編出るってマジ?

しらいし:え?あ…どこからその話を…

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こがみ:いや、知りたいなら教えてあげるわよ。ぶっちゃけピンキリです。ギャラ自体安い場合もあるけど事務所のピンハネ、私いまだに固定だから、何パー持っていかれているかわかったモンじゃないのよね。しかも私、三歳からこの仕事やってるし、未だに全額親の口座に入ってる訳ね。私には小遣い程度しか寄越さない訳よ。それがまたチンケな額でさあ。あ、そう言えば最近ママがやたらブランド物のバッグ買い漁ってたの、あれひょっとしてこのTVのギャラ?冗談じゃないわよアイツ、私はシンデレラかっつーの!
(Kogami: Iya, shiritai-nara oshitete-ageru wa yo. Bucchake binkiri desu. Gyara jitai yasui baai mo aru kedo jimusha no pinhane, watashi ima dani kotei da kara, nani paa motte ikereteiru kawakatta mon ja nai no yo ne.
shikamo watashi, san-sai kara kono shigoto yatteru shi, imada-ni zengaku oya no kouza ni itteru wake ne. Watashi ni ha kozukai teido shika yokosanai wake yo. Sore ga mata chinke-na kage de saa. A, souieba saikin mama ga yatara burando-mono no baggu kaiasatteta no, are hyotto shite kono TV gyara? Joudan ja nai wa yo aitsu, watashi wa shinderera ka ttsuu no!)

いや (iya): is an interjection expressing negation or displeasure. In this case it’s the former.

知りたいなら (shiritai-nara): is the desiderative, affirmative conjugation of the verb shiru, meaning to knowNara is a conditional suffix, a bit emphatic. “If you really want to know.”

教えてあげる (oshiete-ageru): is the same construction we saw before, but with ageru, the verb meaning that the speaker benefit someone else.

わ (wa): is an effeminate ending suffix.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

So: “No, If he really wants to know, I’ll inform him.”

ぶっちゃけ (bucchake): is an adverb meaning in all honesty as in there is nothing being held back.

ピンキリ (pinkiri): is a noun meaning a wide range.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

So: “In all honesty, [there] is a wide range.”

ギャラ (gyara): is a loanword noun coming from guarantee, referring to the commissions paid to performers. We’ll translate it as commission.

自体 (jitai): is an adverb meaning itself; so it is one of these adverbs with adjectival meaning. There is an omitted wa here.

安い (yasui): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present, meaning cheap.

場合 (baai): is a noun meaning case or event.

も (mo): is a secondary suffix meaning too or even. When it is placed next to wa or ga, it drops out.

ある (aru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the copula.

けど (kedo): is a conjunction meaning though. “X kedo Y” translates to “Though X, Y.”

事務所 (jimusho): is a noun meaning office, as in her agency.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

ピンハネ (pinhane): is a noun meaning a kickback, or a part that of the total earnings someone gets for their involvement. So this comes from the understanding that the agency does everything and the talent is just a part of that.

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we. There is an omitted wa here.

いまだに (imada-ni): is an adverb meaning even now.

固定 (kotei): is a noun meaning fixed.

だ (da): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the copula.

から (kara): is a conjunction and post-position, here meaning because.

何 (nani): is the interrogative pronoun meaning what?

パー (paa): is a loanword noun meaning percentage. There is an omitted wo here.

持って (motte): is the Te-form of the verb motsu, meaning to carry.

いかれている (ikarete-iru): is the passive, affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the verb iku, meaning to go. Motte iku, means to take. The passive is used to indicate suffering or annoyance that this causes the speaker.

か (ka): is the interrogative ending particle. This is an indirect question. There is also an omitted quotative particle to.

わかった (wakatta): is the affirmative past conjugation of the verb wakaru, meaning to know or to understand.

モン (mon): is a noun meaning thing, just a filler to make the verb phrase a noun.

じゃ (ja): is a contraction of de waequivalent to the topical particle wa.

ない (nai): is the negative present conjugation of the copula aru.

の (no): is a substantivizing suffix. Many sentences end with this.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

ね (ne): is the dubitative/softening ending particle.

So: “For the commission itself, even though some events are cheap,  it is a kickback from the agency, as for me, because even now the kickback is fixed, what percentage they take is a thing that I do not know.”

しかも (shikamo): is a conjunction meaning moreover.

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we.

三歳 (sansai): is a noun meaning three years old. The san being three and the sai suffix indicating the age in years.

から (kara): is a post-position and conjunction, here meaning since.

この (kono): is a demonstrative adjective meaning this.

仕事 (shigoto): is a noun meaning job.

やってる (yatteru): is the truncated from of the affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the verb yaru, meaning to do.

し (shi): is the same conjunction we saw before, indicating a non-exhaustive list.

いまだに (imada-ni): is an adverb meaning even now.

全額 (zengaku): is a noun meaning the full amount. There is an omitted ga here.

親 (oya): is a noun meaning parents.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

口座 (kouza): is a noun meaning account.

に (ni): is the dative particle, indicating the location of the verb’s action.

入ってる (itteru): is the truncated affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the very iru, meaning to get in.

訳 (wake): is a noun meaning reason.

ね (ne): is the dubitative/softening ending particle.

So: “Moreover, the reason being that I have been doing this job since I was three years old, even now the full amount goes into my parents’ account.”

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we.

には (ni wa): is the compound particle make up of the dative particle ni, indicating the indirect object, and wa, the topical particle.

小遣い (kozukai): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative present meaning allowance. This is modifying the following word adjectivally.

程度 (teido): is a noun meaning extend or grade or amount. This is the amount of an allowance.

しか (shika): is a suffix indicating that the noun is not satisfactory.

寄越さない (yokosanai): is the negative present conjugation of the verb yokosu, meaning to hand over money.

訳 (wake): is a noun meaning reason.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

So: “The reason being that only the amount of an allowance is given to me!”

それ (sore): is a demonstrative pronoun meaning that.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

また (mata): is an adverb meaning again or still.

チンケな (chinge-na): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present meaning uncool. Here referring to how small the amount is.

額 (gaku): is a noun meaning amount.

で (de): is the Te-form of the copula da, allowing for more phrases in the sentence.

さあ (saa): is the filler word.

So: “That, again, is an uncool amount and, like.”

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

そう言えば (souieba): is an expression that changes the subject of a sentence. It comes from the conditional form of iu and sou, the demonstrative pronoun meaning so, meaning if one say so literally. Here we’ll translate it as come to think of it.

最近 (saikin): is an adverb meaning recently.

ママ (mama): is a noun meaning mom.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

やたら (yatara): is an adverb meaning recklessly.

ブランド物 (burando-mono): is a noun meaning brand itemsBurando means brand and mono is a suffix meaning items.

の (no): is the attributive from of the copula da.

バッグ (baggu): is a noun meaning bag. There is an omitted particle here, probably wo.

買い漁ってた (kaiasatteta): is the truncated, affirmative, past, progressive of the verb “kaiasaru,” meaning to spend money.

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

あれ (are): is the interjection indicating confusion. Here we can translate it as hey.

ひょっとして (hyottoshite): is an adverb meaning by any chance.

この (kono): is a demonstrative adjective meaning this.

の (no): is the genitive particle. (Remember that there is a TV preceding this no!)

ギャラ (gyara): is a loanword noun coming from guarantee, referring to the commissions paid to performers. We’ll translate it as commission.

So: “Oh, come to think of it, mom has been recklessly buying bags that are brand items, hey, by any chance is that my commission from TV?”

冗談 (joudan): is a noun meaning joke.

じゃない (ja nai): is often meant rhetorically, making it equivalent to ne.

わ (wa): is an effeminate ending suffix.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

アイツ (aitsu): is a rough pronoun meaning that person. This is a displaced noun; and there is an omitted “wa.”

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or me.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence.

シンデレラ (shinderera): is a loanword noun meaning Cinderella.

か (ka): is the interrogative particle.

っつーの (ttsuu no): is a colloquial expression meaning to be called. I believe this is being displaced past the ending interrogative particle. But Kogami is very angry; and one would expect word scrambling in this situation.

Translation: “No, If he really wants to know, I’ll inform him. In all honesty, [there] is a wide range. For the commission itself, even though some events are cheap,  it is a kickback from the agency, as for me, because even now the kickback is fixed, what percentage they take is a thing that I do not know. Moreover, the reason being that I have been doing this job since I was three years old, even now the full amount goes into my parents’ account. The reason being that only the amount of an allowance is given to me! That, again, is an uncool amount and, like. Oh, come to think of it, mom has been recklessly buying bags that are brand items, hey, by any chance is that my commission from TV? Is this a joke from that woman? Am I called Cinderella?”

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しらいし:ちょっと…
(Shiraishi: Chotto…)

ちょっと (chotto): is an adverb meaning a little. It is used as a response when something someone else is doing or saying is disagreeable to a small extent.

Translation: “This is a little…”

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こがみ:ちょっと最近別居中のパパが生活費送ってこないからって私に頼りきってんじゃないわよ!!
(Kogami: Chotto saikin bekkyo-chuu no papa ga seikatsuhi okutte konai kara tte watashi ni tayori kitte-n janai wa yo)

ちょっと (chotto): is the same adverb as before, now being used by Kogami in reference to her mother’s actions.

最近 (saikin): is an adverb meaning recently.

別居 (bekkyo): is a noun meaning living apart.

中 (chuu): is a suffix meaning while or during.

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da.

パパ (papa): is a noun meaning dad.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

生活費 (seikatsuhin): is a noun referring to an amount of money one has for living expenses. It seems like she’s referring to an alimony here.

送って (okutte): is the Te-from of the verb “okuru,” meaning to send.

こない (konai): is the negative, present conjugation of the verb kuru, meaning to come. Okutte kuru means to send as well. Kuru merely gives us a point of reference, meaning that Kogami lives with her mother and her father sends them a seikatsuhin.

から (kara): is a post-position and conjunction, here meaning because.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle, which seems to be able to appear whenever it wants to.

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we.

に (ni): is the dative particle, indicating the indirect object.

頼りきって (tayori-kitte): is the Te-form of the verb tayori-kiru, meaning to rely entirely. This is probably a very truncated form of the progressive, where iru dropped off entirely.

ん (n): is a substantivizing ending suffix, making the whole verb phrase syntactically a noun. In this case we will be translating this as a noun.

じゃない (ja nai): is the same as before.

わ (wa): is an effeminate ending suffix.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

Translation: “Hold up, because dad is not sending living expense funds during the separation, it’s that you’re depending entirely on me, aren’t you!!”

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しらいし:あの、いや、別にそんな事まで話す必要は…
(Shiraishi: Ano, iya, betsu ni sonna koto made hanasu hitsyou wa…)

あの (ano): is a filler word used when one is at a loss, equivalent to Um…

いや (iya): is an interjection used to express disagreement or displeasure.

別に (betsu-ni): is an adverb meaning particularly.

そんな (sonna): is a demonstrative adjective meaning that such or that kind of.

事 (koto): is a noun meaning thing.

まで (made): is a post-position meaning until or as far as.

話す (hanasu): is the affirmative present conjugation of the verb meaning to speak.

必要 (hitsuyou): is a noun meaning necessity or necessary (depending on how you translate.)

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence. There is an omitted nai here.

Translation: “Um, no, it is not particularly necessary that you speak as far as those kinds of things.”

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こがみ:ほわわっ? いっけなーい、もうお別れの時間なんですぅー!あきらさびしぃ~という訳で、このコーナーでは、皆さんからあきらへの質問や激励、番組に対する感想など、どしどし送ってプリーズ!白石さんからもひとことプリーズ!
(Kogami: Howawa? ikkenaai, mou owakare no jikan na-n desu! Akira sabishii to iu wake de, kono koonaa de wa, minasan kara akira he no shitsumon ya gekirei, bangumi ni tai-suru kansou nado, doshidoshi okutte puriizu! Shiraishi-san kara mo hitokoto puriizu!)

And here Kogami returns to her former self.

ほわわっ (howawa): is, to my understanding, a cuter form of the interjection hora, again with the repeated mora. The “っ” just indicates that the last vowel is particularly short.

いっけなーい (ikkenaai): is an interesting way of pronouncing ikenai, the potential, negative, present conjugation of iku, meaning to go or to keep going.

もう (mou): is an adverb meaning already.

お別れ (owakare): is a noun meaning farewell.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

時間 (jikan): is a noun referring to a specific period of time. We can translate this as time, however.

なん (na-n): is the emphatic ending particle na with the substantivizing suffix n.

ですぅ (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da. The extra “ぅ” is there to indicate that the last /u/ is desu is being pronounced, which is somewhat irregular.

あきら (Akira): is Akira. There is an omitted wa here.

さびしぃ (sabishii): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present meaning lonely.

と (to): is the quotative particle.

いう (iu): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to say.

訳 (wake): is a noun meaning reason.

で (de): is the Te-form of the copula da, being conjunctival and allowing for more phrases.

この (kono): is a demonstrative adjective meaning this.

コーナー (koonaa): is a loanword noun meaning corner.

では (de wa): is a compound topical marker. It is a very old thing.

皆さん (mina-san): is a pronoun meaning everyone with the standard address suffix. In matters involving a host, it is often referring to the audience. So this is “You, the audience.”

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning from.

あきら (Akira): is Akira.

へ (he): is the locative particle, indicating address, which is something it can do, meaning that whatever the action is, it is addressed to Akira.

の (no): is the attributive from of the copula da.

質問 (shitsumon): is a noun meaning question.

や (ya): is a suffix that marks a non-exhaustive list, much like shi, except that this one works only for noun phrases.

激励 (gekirei): is a noun meaning encouragement. There is an omitted ya here.

番組 (bangumi): is a noun meaning program.

に対する (ni tai-suru): is a verbal expression meaning in regards toTai-suru means to face or to be directed towards.

感想 (kansou): is a noun meaning thoughts.

など (nado): is a suffix meaning and the like.

どしどし (doshi-doshi): in an onomatopoetic adverb meaning at full gallop or nonstop.

送って (okutte): is the Te-form of the verb okuru, meaning to send. Here the Te-form is serving as an imperative, which is something it often does.

プリーズ (puriizu): is a loanword meaning please, perhaps substituting kudasai.

白石さん (Shiaishi-san): is Shiraishi.

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning from. In this case, because we are writing these sentences as imperatives, we will not be writing from in our translation. Instead, we will make the objects of kara the person Akira is addressing.

も (mo): is the secondary particle, here meaning also.

ひとこと (hitomoto): is a a noun meaning a word.

プリーズ (puriizu): is the same as before.

Translation: “What? I can’t keep going, it’s already time for farewells. Because Akira says she’s lonely, as to this corner,please, everyone, send your thoughts, questions and comments concerning the program, and the like to me nonstop! Shiraishi, one word please!”

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しらいし:あ…ではまた次回よろしくお願いします。
(Shiraishi: A… de wa mata jikai yoroshiku onegaishimasu.)

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization.

では (de wa): is a different usage of de wa, this one being an interjection meaning Well then…

また (mata): is an adverb meaning again.

次回 (jikai): is a noun meaning next time.

よろしく (yoroshiku): is an adverb meaning well. It is the adjectival form of the adjective yoroshii, meaning good.

お願いします (onegaishimasu): is the honorific prefix o, negai, a noun meaning request, and the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of suru. This is to say I request… “Yoroshiku onegaishimasu” is an polite expression meaning “Please…

Translation: “Oh, well then, please [tune in] again next time.”  

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こがみ:まったね~~ そうそう、アンタさぁ、本編出るってマジ?
(Kogami: Matta nee Sousou, anta saa, honpen deru tte maji?)

まった (matta): is another interesting pronunciation of mata, meaning again.

ね (ne): is the dubitative/softening ending particle. Mata ne is an expression used to say goodbye to people.

And now Kogami returns to being serious.

そうそう (sousou): is an interjection that expresses reflection. We’ll translate it as That’s right.

アンタ (anta): is a rough second person singular pronoun.

さぁ (saa): is the filler word.

本編 (honpen): is a noun meaning original story, and in this case means the main show.

出る (deru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to come out. Here will will translate the verb as future tense because the present tense in Japanese is actually present/future, or imperfective.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

マジ (maji): is a noun meaning serious.

Translation: “Bye! That’s right, you, like is [it] serious that you will appear in the main show?”

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しらいし:え?あ…どこからその話を…
(Shiraishi: E? A… doko kara sono hanashi wo…)

え (e): is an interjection expressing confusion.

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

どこ (doko): is an interrogative pronoun meaning where?

から (kara): is a post-position and conjunction, here meaning from.

その (sono): is a demonstrative pronoun meaning that.

話 (hanashi): is the verbal stem of the verb hanasu, meaning to say, and refers to anything spoken. In this case, it’s a rumor, it seems, about Shiraishi appearing in the main show.

を (wo): is the accusative particle, marking the direct object of the verb.

Translation: What? Oh… that rumor from where…”

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Words Worth Memorizing

いや (iya): disagreeable; No
知る (shiru): to know
あげる (ageru): to give, to benefit another
ぶっちゃけ (bucchake): to be perfectly honest
ピンキリ (pinkiri): a wide range
自体 (jitai): itself
安い (yasui): cheap
場合 (baai): case; event
ある (aru): to be, to have (copula)
けど (kedo): though
事務所 (jimusho): office
ピンハネ (pinhane): kickback
いまだに (imada-ni): even now
持っていく (motte-iku): to take
わかる (wakaru): to understand; to know
モン (mon): thing
しかも (shikamo): moreover
仕事 (shigoto): work
やる (yaru): to do
親 (oya): parents
入る (iru): to go in
小遣い (kozukai): allowance
程度 (teido): extent; amount
そう言えば (souieba): Now that you mention it…
最近 (saikin): recently
やたら (yatara): randomly; excessively
買い漁る (kaiasaru): to spend money freely
ひょっと (hyotto): by any chance
冗談 (joudan): joke
ちょっと (chotto): a little…
別居 (bekkyo): separation
生活費 (seikatsuhin): living expenses
送くる (okuru): to send
頼りきる (tayori-kiru): to depend entirely
別に (betsu-ni): particularly
そんな (sonna): like that
事 (koto): thing
まで (made): as far as; until
話す (hanasu): to talk
必要 (hitsuyou): necessary, necessity
時間 (jikan): time
さびしい (sabishii): lonely
いう (iu): to say
激励 (gekirei): encouragement
番組 (bangumi): program
感想 (kansou): thoughts, impressions
など (nado): and the like
ひとこと (hitomoto): one word
では (de wa): Well then…; (topical compound particle)
また (mata): again
次回 (jikai): next time
よろしい (yoroshii): good
お願い (o-negai): request
する (suru): to do
そうそう (sousou): Hey!, That’s right!…
アンタ (anta): rough second person singular pronoun
マジ (maji): serious
どこ (doko): where?

Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 30)

Parts 30 and 31 are a segment in the show called “Lucky Channel!,” which is hosted by a girl called Akira Kogami, who has violent mood swings, and a boy called Minoru Shiraishi, who eventually becomes a supporting character on the main show. So, without further ado…

Anyway, as always, I ask that you give me a moment to look over everything, tweak as I need to, report my findings; and then we can have a wonderful conversation about anything I missed.


こがみ:らっきーちゃんねる!おはらっきー!さぁ遂に始まってしまいました「らっきーちゃんねる」!TV進出です!やたー! TVで初めましての人こんにちは!私、ナビゲーターの小神あきらです!
しらいし:あ…白石ッス。
こがみ:…誰?ウッソウソ!この人はこれからあきらのお手伝いをしてくれる、白石みのるさんです!ぱんぱかぱ~ん!
しらいし:あ、えーと、あきら様のアシスタントを勤めさせていただきます、白石みのるです。どもっす…
こがみ:あれれ~?白石さん固いですよ~?ほらぁ、せっかくTVに出られたんだしもっとはっちゃけたまえー!なんちゃって、てひ。
しらいし:すんません慣れなくて…
こがみ:さぁて、早速ですが、視聴者の皆さんからのお祝いのお葉書が来ています!
しらいし:あ、はい。えーと、大阪府のベリ工大好きっ子さんからのお便りです。「らっきーちゃんねるTV進出おめでとうございます」
こがみ:サンキューです!
しらいし:「ところであきらさんに質問があります。あきらさんは自他共に認めるスーパーアイドルですが、アイドルのギャラっていくらぐらいなんでしょうか?教えてください。」
こがみ:…ギャラ?
しらいし:ええ。随分とダイレクトな質問ですね、これ…
こがみ:あのさぁ…。そんな話聞いてどうする訳?
しらいし:あ、あきら様…

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こがみ:らっきーちゃんねる!おはらっきー!さぁ遂に始まってしまいました「らっきーちゃんねる」!TV進出です!やたー! TVで初めましての人こんにちは!私、ナビゲーターの小神あきらです!
(Kogami: Rakkii-chaneru! Oha rakkii! Saa tsui-ni hajimatte-shimaimashita “rakkii-chaneru” ! TV shinshutsu desu! Yataa! TV de hajimemashite no hito konnichi wa! Watashi, nabigeetaa no Kogami Akira desu!)

らっきーちゃんねる (rakkii-chaneru): is the name of the show. We’ll called it Lucky Channel.

おは (oha): is a truncated form of Ohayou, meaning Good morning, or literally early.

らっきー (rakkii): is, according to some people, what the host is calling the audience (or the fandom). So we can translate this as luckies.

さぁ (saa): is a filler word. It’s similar to English’s like.

遂に (tsui-ni): is an adverb meaning finally or at last.

始まってしまいました (hajimatte-shimaimashita): is the Te-form, or gerund of the verb “hajimaru,” meaning to begin, juxtaposed to the polite, affirmative, past conjugation of shimau, meaning to complete. What “V[te] + shimau” means, when not conveying some form of negativity is that “one has V’ed definitively,” as in “that’s it.”

進出 (shinshutsu): is a noun meaning expansion. The implication is that they were on another platform and have finally made it to TV. (TV is modifying shinshutsu adjectivally.)

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

やたー  (yataa): is an interjection expressing excitement and satisfaction with one’s accomplishment. It’s equivalent to English’s Alright! It comes from the affirmative, past conjugation of “yaru,” meaning to do.

で (de): is a post-position indicating location, since the noun is “TV,” then the translation will be on.

初めまして (hajimemashite): is the Te-form of the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the verb hajimeru, which is the transitive cousin of hajimaru. The object is omitted, however, that being the host herself. The meaning of hajimeru is also to begin, but it’s also used to mean to meet for the first time, and hajimemashite is an expression one uses when they meet someone for the first time.

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da.

人 (hito): is a noun meaning person or people. So are talking about “the people that we meet for the first time.”

こんにちは (konnnichi wa): is an expression meaning hello. It literally means this day, with the “wa” being the topical particle.

私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun, I or we.

ナビゲーター (nabigeeta): is a loanword noun meaning navigator, the idea, I imagine, being that she’s supposed to comment and explain what’s happening during the main part of the show. (She hardly ever gets to comment on any of that.)

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da.

小神あきら (Kogami Akira): is the host herself.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

Translation: “Lucky Channel! G’morning Luckies! Like, we’ve finally begun. [This] is “Lucky Channel”’s TV expansion! Alright! [To] the people seeing us on TV for the first time, Hello! I am navigator Akira Kogami!”

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しらいし:あ…白石ッス。
(Shiraishi: A… Shiraishi ssu.)

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

白石 (Shiraishi): is the name of the other host, Minoru Shiraishi.

ッス (ssu): is the colloquial form of desu.

Translation: “Oh… [I] am Shiraishi.”

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こがみ:…誰?ウッソウソ!この人はこれからあきらのお手伝いをしてくれる、白石みのるさんです!ぱんぱかぱ~ん!
(Kogami… Dare? ussouso! kono hito wa kore kara akira no otetsudai wo shite-kureru, Shiraishi Minoru-san desu! Pan-panka-paan!)

誰 (dare): is an interrogative pronoun meaning who?

ウッソウソ (ussouuso): is the noun ussou, meaning joke, with an extra /so/, for no apparent reason. Kogami speaks very strangely, trying to mimic a small and silly child, so this might be something cute by repeating a mora.

この (kono): is a demonstrative adjective meaning this.

人 (hito): is a noun meaning person or people.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence.

これ (kore): is a demonstrative pronoun meaning this.

から (kara): is a post-position conjunction meaning after, as it is here. “Kore kara” is an expression having various meaning, in this context being “from this point onwards.” or “from now on.”

あきら (Akira): is our host, who is referring to herself in the third person, which is a childish thing to do.

の (no): is the genitive particle, indicating that the noun phrase is part of or belongs to the next. “X no Y” often translates to “Y of X,” and even when it doesn’t it gives you an idea of what the phrase means.

お手伝い (otetsudai): is the noun tetsudai, meaning assistant, with the honorific prefix o.

を (wo): is the accusative particle, marking the direct object of the verb.

してくれる (shite-kureru): is the Te-form of the verb suru, meaning to do, and the affirmative, present conjunction of the verb meaning to give. Japanese has a series of expression involving verbs meaning to give and to receive. Kureru is used when someone gives the speaker, or someone close to the speaker, something. When a Te-form is juxtaposed to kureru, it indicates that the action of that verb is a service or to the benefit of the speaker. We will translate otetsudai wo suru as to be an assistant, with the understanding that it could also be to assist. We will also be translating this verb in the future tense, because Japanese’s present tense is actually present/future, or imperfective, meaning it’s ambiguous.

白石みのるさん (Shiraishi Minoru-san): is Shiraishi’s name with the standard address suffix “san.”

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

ぱんぱかぱ~ん (pan-paka-paan): is an expression equivalent to English’s tadaa!

Translation: “Who? It’s a joke! [This] is Minoru Shiraishi, who from this point onwards will be my assistant.”

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しらいし:あ、えーと、あきら様のアシスタントを勤めさせていただきます、白石みのるです。どもっす…
(Shiraishi: A, eeto, Akira-sama no ashisutanto wo tsutomesasete itadakimasu, Shiraishi MInoru desu.)

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

えーと (eeto): is Japanese’s pondering/filler interjection, equivalent to umm.

あきら様 (Akira-sama): is Kogami with the high honorific suffix sama, which indicates that Akira is being held in very high esteem.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

アシスタント (ashisutanto): is a loanword noun meaning assistant.

を (wo): is the accusative particle, marking the direct object of the verb.

勤めさせて (tsutomesasete): is the causative, affirmative, present conjugation of the verb tsumeru, which refers to working with someone or a company. Because it has a direct object, we can translate this as to work as.

いただきます (itadakimasu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the humble verb itadaku, meaning to receive. Itadaku is a verb like kureru. It’s plain equivalent is morau. When a Te-form verb is juxtaposed with morau or itadaku, it indicates that the verb’s action is granted by another. One can translate this to “to get to do V.”

白石みのる (Shiraishi Minoru): is Shiraishi’s name.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

ども (domo): is the shortened form the expression doumo, which means many things, but here means, hello.

っす (ssu): is the colloquial form of da.

Translation: “Oh, um, [I] am Minoru Shiraishi, who gets to work as Akira’s assistant. Hi.”

_____________________________________________________________________こがみ:あれれ~?白石さん固いですよ~?ほらぁ、せっかくTVに出られたんだしもっとはっちゃけたまえー!なんちゃって、てひ。
(Kogami: Areree? Shiraishi-san katai desu yoo? Horaa, sekkaku TV ni derareta-n da shi motto hacchaketa maee! Man chatte, tehi.)

あれれ (Areree): is the interjection are, indicating confusion, and the repetition of one syllable and then sustaining the vowel. This is a case similar to that extra /so/.

白石さん (Shiraishi-san): is Shiraishi.

固い (katai): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present meaning hard or stiff.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle. In the interrogative it expresses doubt.

ほらぁ (hora): is a very versatile interjection. It expresses wanting to rouse someone’s attention. So it often translates to hey! or look!

せっかく (sekkaku): is an adverb meaning with great trouble, or finally.

に (ni): is the dative particle, indicating location.

出られた (derareta): is the potential, affirmative, past conjugation of deru, which means to go out, and also means to come out, like on stage or on TV.

ん (n): is a substantivizing ending suffix, making the whole verb phrase syntactically a noun.

だ (da): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the copula.

し (shi): is a conjunction or suffix marking a set of phrases that make up a non-exhaustive list. Sometimes it is just one thing on the list, sometimes many. Both are okay.

もっと (motto): is an adverb meaning more.

はっちゃけた (hacchaketa): is the affirmative, past conjugation of the verb hacchakeru, meaning to get happy. In this context, it seems that it is acting as an imperative, or that the suffix -ra, which would make it a conditional, has dropped off. We will translate it as the latter.

まえー (mae): is the truncated form of omae, a very rough sounding 3rd person singular pronoun. This pronoun has been displaced to the right of the verb.

なんちゃって (nanchatte): is an expression meaning Just kidding.

てひ (tehi): is an interjection akin to English’s hehe, expressing playfulness.

Translation: “Huh? You’re stiff, aren’t you? Hey, you were finally able to come out on TV, so if you could get happier! Just kidding, hehe!”

_____________________________________________________________________しらいし:すんません慣れなくて…
(Shiraishi: Sunmasen narenakute…)

すんません (sunmasen): is the colloquial form of sumimasen, and expression meaning excuse me or sorry. (Given the context.) It comes from the polite, negative, present conjugation of sumu, which means to be done, or, in the negative to feel guilt about something.

慣れなくて (narenakute): is the Te-form of the negative conjugation of the verb nareru, meaning to become accustomed. This is an inversion of the expression “V[te] sumimasen,” meaning “sorry for V.

Translation: “Sorry not being accustomed [to this.]”

_____________________________________________________________________こがみ:さぁて、早速ですが、視聴者の皆さんからのお祝いのお葉書が来ています!
(Kogami: Saate, sassoku desu ga shichousha no mina-san kara no oiwai no ohagaki ga kite-imasu.)

さぁて (saate): is a contraction of the filler “saa” and the casual topical particle “tte.” It translates to “So,”

早速 (sassoku): is an adverb noun meaning “immediately” or “without delay.”

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula “da.”

が (ga): is a conjunction meaning but. “X ga Y” translates to “X, but Y.”

視聴者 (shichousha): is a noun meaning audience.

の (no): is the attributive from of the copula da.

皆さん (mina-san): is a noun meaning everyone with the standard address suffix. In matters involving a host, it is often referring to the audience. So this is “You, the audience.”

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning from.

の (no): is the attribute form of the copula da.

お祝い (oiwai): is a noun meaning congratulations.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

お葉書 (ohagaki): is a noun meaning postcard.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

来ています (kite-imasu): is the polite, affirmative, present progressive conjugation of the verb kuru, meaning to come. The progressive conjugations are periphrastic, meaning that they require another verb. That verb is the copula iru. The conjugation is the Te-form and the verb iru conjugated for tense and polarity as one would need it.

Translation: “So, it’s without delay, but postcards of congratulations form you the audience are coming [in].”

_____________________________________________________________________しらいし:あ、はい。えーと、大阪府のベリ工大好きっ子さんからのお便りです。「らっきーちゃんねるTV進出おめでとうございます」
(Shiraishi: A, hai. Eeto,Oosaka-fu no Beri-Kou daisuki kko-san kara no otayori desu. “Rakkii-chaneru TV shinshutsu omedetou gozaimasu” )

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are Ah! or Oh…

はい (hai): is an interjection of affirmation, equivalent to English’s Yes.

えーと (eeto): is Japanese’s pondering/filler interjection, equivalent to umm.

大阪府 (Oosaka-fu): is the Prefecture of Osaka the fu suffix is used for two prefectures in Japan, Osaka and Kyoto.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

ベリ工 (Beri-Kou): is, according to my research, a nickname for the Japanese idol group Berryz Kobo.

大好き (daisuki): is the verbal stem, or participle, of the verb suku, meaning to like and the prefix dai, meaning a lot. This means loving.

っ子さん (kko-san): is connecting back to Oosaka-fu this is a suffix used to indicate where someone was born. This is a child of Osaka, but we will translate it as from Osaka.

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning from.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

お便り (otayori): is the noun “tayori,” meaning correspondence (as in letters and postcards and the like) and the honorific suffix o.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

らっきーちゃんねる (rakkii-chaneru): is the same as before.

進出 (shinshutsu): is a noun meaning expansion. The implication is that they were on another platform and have finally made it to TV. (TV is modifying shinshutsu adjectivally.)

おめでとうございます (omedetou-gozaimasu): Is an expression meaning congratulations. Omedetou is properly the interjection meaning congratulations and gozaimasu is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the humble copula gozaru, the counterpart to aru.

Translation: “Ah, yes. Um, [this] is a postcard from “Loving Beri-Kou” from Osaka. “Congratulations on the Lucky Channel TV expansion.”

_____________________________________________________________________こがみ:サンキューです!
(Kogami: Sankyuu desu!)

サンキュー (sankyuu): is a loanword expression meaning thank you.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da. Why there’s a copula here, one cannot be too sure. I imagine it has to do with this being a loanword and perhaps being a noun just for that, which would warrant a copula.

Translation: “Thank you!”

_____________________________________________________________________しらいし:「ところであきらさんに質問があります。あきらさんは自他共に認めるスーパーアイドルですが、アイドルのギャラっていくらぐらいなんでしょうか。教えてください。」
(ShiraishI: “Tokoro de Akira-san shitsumon ga arimasu. Akira-san wa jita tomo ni  mitoreu suupaa aidoru desu ga, aidoru no gyara tte ikura-gurai nan deshou ka. Oshitete kudasai.”)

ところで (tokoro de): is an expression used to change the subjection. Tokoro is a noun meaning place or point, and de is the instrumental particle, marking the means or cause of an action. So it would literally be something like due to the point…, but we translate it as by the way…

あきらさん (Akira-san): is Akira with the standard address suffix.

に (ni): is the dative particle, indicating the indirect object.

質問 (shitsumon): is a noun meaning question.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

あります (arimasu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula “aru.”

あきらさん (Akira-san): is the same as before.

は (wa): is the topical particle, indicating the topic, not the subject, of the sentence.

自他 (jitai): is a pronoun meaning oneself and others.

共に (tomo-ni): is an adverb meaning along with.

認める (mitomeru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to recognize. In this context its meaning is passive, i.e. to be recognized. I do not know if this is just a colloquial thing or if it is something that happens when talking about idols, though.

スーパーアイドル (supaa-aidoru): is a loanword noun meaning super idol.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

が (ga): is a conjunction meaning but.

アイドル (aidoru): is a loanword noun meaning idol.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

ギャラ (gyara): is a loanword noun coming from guarantee, referring to the commissions paid to performers. We’ll translate it as commission.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

いくら (ikura): is the interrogative adverb meaning how much?

ぐらい (gurai): is a suffix meaning approximately or about.

なん (nan): is the interrogative suffix meaning what? To keep our translation from getting clunky, we will omit this word.

でしょう (deshou): is a verbal expression meaning one would guess.

か (ka): is the interrogative ending particle.

教えて (oshitete): is the Te-form of the verb oshieru, meaning to teach or to inform.

ください (kudasai): is a polite imperative form of the verb kudasaru, which is the honorific verb meaning to give, the counterpart of kureru. The Te-from juxtaposted to kudasai is a very popular way of asking for help in Japanese.

Translation: “’By the way, I have a question for Akira. You along with others are recognized super idols, but how much would you guess is is an idol’s commission? Please inform me.’”

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こがみ:…ギャラ?
(Kogami:… gyara?)

ギャラ (gyara): is a loanword noun coming from guarantee, referring to the commissions paid to performers. We’ll translate it as commission.

Translation: “Commission?”

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しらいし:ええ。随分とダイレクトな質問ですね、これ…
(Shiraishi: Ee. Zuibun-to dairekuto-na shitsumon desu ne, kore…)

ええ (ee): is an interjection expression agreement or affirmation.

随分と (zuibun-to): is an adverb meaning extremely. The to suffix is a historical thing, but it’s equivalent in this case to the standard adverbial ni suffix we always see.

ダイレクトな (dairekuto-na): is a loanword adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present meaning direct.

質問 (shitsumon): is a noun meaning question.

です (desu): is the polite, affirmative, present conjugation of the copula da.

ね (ne): is the dubitative/softening ending particle.

これ (kore): is a demonstrative pronoun meaning this. This word has been displaced to the right.

Translation: “Yeah. This question is extremely direct, isn’t it?”

_____________________________________________________________________こがみ:あのさぁ…。そんな話聞いてどうする訳?
(Kogami: Ano saa…. Sonna hanashi kiite dou suru wake?)

Now Kogami speaks in a deeper and often more aggressive voice.

あの (ano): is a demonstrative adjective meaning “that.”

さぁ (saa): is the filler word. “Ano saa” is an expression that means many things depending on the context, here it is equivalent to “By the way…”

そんな (sonna): is an demonstrative adjective meaning such.

話 (hanashi): is the verbal stem of the verb hanasu, meaning to say, and refers to anything spoken (even metaphorically.) Here Kogami is referring to the thing the fan just sent in. There is an omitted particle here, which is wo.

聞いて (kiite): is the Te-form of the verb kiku, meaning to hear or to ask.

どう (dou): is an interrogative pronoun meaning what?

する (suru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to do. “V[te] dou suru” is an expression for criticizing a person. In this case, it’s for asking such as strange question.

訳 (wake): is a noun meaning reason. There is no clean way to translate all this, but the gist is that she’s asking for what reasons he’s asking this; and he’s going with that.

Translation: “By the way… What’s the reason you ask such a thing? (What are you going to do with it?”

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しらいし:あ、あきら様…
(Shiraishi: A, Akira-sama)

あ (a): is an interjection expressing surprise or realization. It’s English equivalents are “Ah!” or “Oh…

あきら様 (Akira-sama) is Kogami with the high honorific suffix sama, which indicates that Akira is being held in very high esteem.

Translation: “Oh, Akira…”

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Words Worth Memorizing

遂に (tsui-ni): finally
始まる (hajimaru): to begin (intransitive)
しまう (shimau): to do completely
進出 (shinshutsu): expansion, step forward
だ (da): to be, to have (copula)
です (desu): polite form of “da.”
やった  (yatta): (interjection) Alright! Hooray! We did it!
初める (hajimeru): to start something (transitive)
人 (hito): person
こんにちは (konnichi wa): Hello!
私 (watashi): first person singular pronoun
誰 (dare): who?
ウッソウ (ussou): joke
この (kono): this
から (kara): from; because; starting with
お手伝い (otetsudai): assistant
くれる (kureru): to give to one, to benefit from an action
勤める (tsutomeru): to work for someone
いただく (itadaku): to receive (humble verb)
どうも (doumo): thanks; hello
あれ (are): what?
固い (katai): hard; still
ほら (hora): Hey!
せっかく (sekkaku): after must effort; finally
おまえ (omae): rough second person singular pronoun
なんちゃって (nanchatte): Just kidding!
すみません (sumimasen): Sorry
慣れる (nareru): to be accustomed to
早速 (sassou): at once, immediately
視聴者 (shichousha): audience
皆さん (mina-san): everyone
お祝い (oiwai): congratulations
お葉書 (ohagaki): postcard
来る (kuru): to come
はい (hai): Yes
えーと (eeto): Umm…
大阪府 (Oosaka-fu): the metropolitan province of Osaka
お便り (otayori): correspondence
おめでとう (omedetou): Congratulations!
ござる (gozaru): to be, go have (humble verb)
ところで (tokoro de): By the way…
質問 (shitsumon): question
自他 (jitai): oneself and others
共に (tomo-ni): along with
認める (mitomeru): to recognize
ギャラ (gyara): a performer’s commission
いくら (ikura): How much? How many?
ぐらい (gurai): about, approximately
教える (oshiete): to teach, to inform
随分と (zuibun-to): extremely
話 (hanashi): anything that is being spoken
聞く (kiku): to listen; to ask
訳 (wake): reason

Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 29)

I’d like to take a moment to remind you that certain sections are cross-referenced, particularly Parts 27 to 29 in this case. I’ll be mentioning when something is repeated, however, and where one can find the definition and explanation. 

つかさ:ま、まあどっちもありなんじゃ…
こなた:あ。チョココロネの頭って太いほう細いほうどっちだと思う?
かがみ:ふむ… 太い方?
こなた:あ、私と一緒だ…
かがみ:え? マジ?
こなた:じゃ、どっちから食べる?
かがみ:ん… 細い方をちぎって余ったチョコをつけて食べるんじゃないの?
こなた:へ…
かがみ:うん
かがみ:あんた、私たち以外にリアルの友達作った事あるの?
つかさ:中学の時にすごく仲のいい友達がいたかな。
かがみ:へー いたんだ?
こなが:しばらく連絡とってないけど今何してのかな。中学の卒業文集の夢のところは魔法使いって書いてたけど。
つかさ:結局類友かいよ!

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つかさ:ま、まあどっちもありなんじゃ…
(Tsukasa: Ma, maa docchi mo ari nan ja…)

まあ (maa): is the same interjection from before. (See Part 27)

どっちも (docchi): is an a noun meaning “either way.”

ありな (arena): is a colloquial form of the truncated potential, negative, present conjugation of the copula “aru,” meaning that this cannot be. The normal form would be arenai, with the /e/ turning into a /i/ and the final /i/ dropping out.

な (na): is the emotional ending particle.

ん (n): is the substantivising suffix.

じゃ (ja): is the truncated from of ja nai, which is in this context rhetorical.

Translation: “Well, can it not be either way?”

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こなた:あ。チョココロネの頭って太いほう細いほうどっちだと思う?
(Konata: A. Choko korone no atama tte futoi hou hosoi hou docchi da to omou?)

あ (a): is an interjection of realization of remembrance or surprise.

チョココロネ (choko korone): is a loanword noun meaning “chocolate cornet,” which is a kind of pastry.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

頭 (atama): is a noun meaning head.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

太い (futoi): is the affirmative, present adjective meaning fat.

ほう (hou): is a noun meaning side or end, as is the case now.

細い (hosoi): is the affirmative, present adjective meaning thin.

ほう (hou): is the same as before.

どっち (docchi): is the interrogative pronoun meaning which?

だ (da): is the copula, as always.

と (to): is the quotative particle.

思う (omou): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to think.

Translation: “Ah. The head of a chocolate cornet, do you think it’s the fat end or the thin end?”

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かがみ:ふむ… 太い方?
(Kagami: Fumu… futoi hou?)

ふむ (fumu): is an interjection indicating ponderance.

太い (futoi): is the same as before.

方 (hou): is the same as before. (Now with Kanji.)

Translation: Hm… the fat end?

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こなた:あ、私と一緒だ…
(Konata: A Watashi to isshou da.)

あ (a): is the same as before.

私 (watashi): is the same as before. (See Part 27)

と (to): is the parallel conjunction, translating to with.

一緒 (isshou): is a noun meaning together.

だ (da): is the copula.

Translation: “Ah, [You] are together with me [on this].”

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かがみ:え? マジ?
(Kagami: E? Maji?)

え (e): is the same as before. (See Part 28)

マジ (maji): is a noun meaning serious. Or it can be a truncation of the adverbial expression maji de, which means seriously?

Translation: “What? [Are you] serious?” 

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こなた:じゃ、どっちから食べる?
(Konata: Ja, docchi kara taberu?)

じゃ (ja): is the same as before. (See Part 28)

どっち (docchi): is the same as before.

から (kara): is the post-position and conjunction, here meaning from.

食べる (taberu): is the same as before. (See Part 28)

Translation: “Well, from which end do you eat [it]?”

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かがみ:ん… 細い方をちぎって余ったチョコをつけて食べるんじゃないの?
(Kagami: n… hosoi hou wo chigitte amatta choko wo tsukete taberu-n ja nai no?)

ん (n): is another interjection, a shorter form of unexpressing approval or confirmation.

細い (hosoi): is the same as before.

方 (hou): is the same as before.

を (wo): is the accusative particle.

ちぎって (chigitte): is the Te-form of chigiru, meaning to pick off.

余った (amatta): is the affirmative, past conjugation of amaru, meaning to remain or to be left over.

チョコ (choko): is a loanword noun meaning chocolate.

を (wo): is the accusative particle.

つけて (tsukete): is the Te-form of the verb tsukeru, which means a lot of things, but the action it describes is adding one thing onto an other. What it’s getting at here is that you take the remaining chocolate, you pick it up with the piece of pastry.

食べる (taberu): is the same as before. (See Part 28)

ん (n): is the substantivizing suffix.

じゃない (ja nai): is the same as it has been for the past few sentences.

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

Translation: “Yeah, don’t you break off the thinner end and [with it] pick out the remaining chocolate and eat it?”

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こなた:へ…
(Konata: He…)

へ (he): is an interjection conveying wonder or acknowledgement.

Translation: “Oh…”

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かがみ:うん
(Kagami: Un)

うん (un): is an interjection we just talked about.

Translation: “Yeah”

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かがみ:あんた、私たち以外にリアルの友達作った事あるの?
(Kagami: Anta, watashi-tachi igai ni riaru no tomodachi tsukutta koto aru no?)

あんた (anta): is a casual second person singular pronoun. There is an omitted topical particle here.

私たち (watashi-tachi): is the first person singular pronoun plus the pluralizing suffix tachi, which now meaning we (or us)

以外に (igai-ni): is the noun igai, meaning outside with the adverbial suffix ni. This is an expression that is often translated to besides.

リアル (riaru): is a loanword noun meaning real, in this case referring to the real world.

の (no): is the attributive form of the copula da.

友達 (tomodachi): is a noun meaning friend.

作った (tsukutta): is the affirmative, past conjugation of the ver tsukuru, meaning to make.

事 (koto): is the same as before. (See Part 28) And this is one of these cases where we are talking about an experience, so that has to be conveyed.

ある (aru): is the same as always. (See Part 28)

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

Translation: Besides us, have you ever made a real friend?”

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こなた:中学の時にすごく仲のいい友達がいたかな。
(Konata: Chuugaku no toki ni sugoku naka no ii tomodachi ga ita ka na.)

中学 (chuugaku): is a noun meaning middle school.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

時 (toki): is a noun meaning time.

に (ni): is the dative particle, indicating a time of action.

すごく (sugoku): is an adverb meaning extremely.

仲のいい (naka no ii): is an adjective meaning close. It comes from naka, meaning relationship, the attributive of the copula, and ii, meaning good. This is a relationship being good.

友達 (tomodachi): is the same as before.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

いた (ita): is the affirmative, past conjugation of the copula iru.

かな (ka na): is a colloquial form of ka ne, a compound particle. The ne succeeding the interrogative ka suggests that this is not an actual question but something laid out for the other’s consideration, letting Kagami come to her own conclusions.

Translate: “During my time in middle-school I had an extremely close friend.”

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かがみ:へー いたんだ?
(Kagami: Hee ita-n da?

We’ve seen all of this before!

Translation: “Wow, you had [a friend]?”

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こなた:しばらく連絡とってないけど今何してのかな。中学の卒業文集の夢のところは魔法使いって書いてたけど。
(Konata: Shibaraku renraku tottenai kedo ima nani shite-n no ka na. Chuugaku no sotsugyou bunshuu no yume no tokoro wa majou-tsukai tte kaite ta kedo.)

しばらく (shibaraku): is an adverb meaning in a while or in a long time.

連絡とってない (renraku tottenai): is the truncated negative, present progressive conjugation of renraku toru, meaning to be in touch. Renraku is a  noun meaning contact; and toru is a verb meaning to take.

けど (kedo): is the same as always.

今 (ima): is the noun meaning now.

何 (nani): is the interrogative pronoun meaning what?

してん (shite): is the Te-form of suru, probably part of a very truncated affirmative, present progressive conjugation.

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

かな (kana): is the same compound particle as before; now back to meaning I wonder.

中学 (chuugaku); is the same as before.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

卒業 (sotsugyou): is a noun meaning graduation.

文集 (bunshuu): is a noun meaning anthology; and I imagine it refers to a collection of one’s classmates’ writings one gets as a souvenir.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

夢 (yume): is a noun meaning dream.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

ところ (tokoro): is the noun meaning place. It seems that here we’re talking about a section in the book where one was meant to write, so this would be translated as passage.

は (wa): is the topical particle.

魔法使いって (mahou-tsukai): is a noun meaning magic user or mage. It comes from mahou, meaning magic, and tsukai, the participle of the verb tsukau, meaning to use.

って (tte): is the casual quotative particle.

書いてた (kaiteta): is the truncated form of the affirmative, past conjugation of kaku, meaning to write.

けど (kedo): is the same as before.

Translation: “Though I haven’t been in contact [with her] in a while, I wonder what she’s doing now. Though she would write ‘Mage’ in the dream section of the middle-school graduation anthology.”

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かがみ:結局類友かいよ!
(Kagami: Kekkyoku ruitomo kai yo!)

結局 (kekkyoku): is an adverb meaning in the end.

類友 (ruitomo): is a noun describing a friend you share activities with, as in your hobby friend.

かい (kai): is a more casual form of ka, and an interrogative particle for yes-no questions.

よ (yo): is the emphatic ending particle.

Translation: “In the end, a hobby friend?!”

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Words Worth Memorizing

どっち (docchi): which one?
チョココロネ (choko korone): chocolate cornet?
頭 (atama): head
太い (futoi): fat
ほう (hou): side; end
細い (hosoi): thin
思う (omou): to think
一緒 (isshou): together
マジ (maji): serious
食べる (taberu): to eat
ちぎる (chigiru): to pick off
余る (amaru): to remain, to be left over
つける (tsukeru): to stick, to add, to affix
あんた (anta): second person singular pronoun (casual)
私たち (watashi-tachi): first person plural pronoun
以外に (igai ni): besides
友達 (tomodachi): friend
作る (tsukuru): to make
中学 (chuugaku): middle school
すごく (sugoku); extremely
仲のいい (naka no ii): close
しばらく (shibaraku): in a while, in a long time
連絡とる (renraku toru): to be in contact
卒業 (sotsugyou): graduation
魔法 (mahou): magic
使う (tsukau): to use
書く (kaku): to write
結局 (kekkyoku): in the end
類友 (ruitomo): hobby friend

Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 28)

つかさ:好きな物がなくなっちゃうのっていやだよね。
こなた:かがみって苺ショートの苺っていつ食べる?
かがみ:え?なんで?
こなた:好きな物は最後までとっておくタイプかなーって。
かがみ:確かに好物を最後食べるけど苺はその時によるわね。
こなた:じゃ、ねぎタン塩は両面焼く?
かがみ:え? ねぎタン塩?もともとすぐ焼けるけど 両面焼けばなお早いわね。
こなた:だめだよ。葱が落ちるじゃん。
かがみ:え? 葱は肉が焼けてから載せるんじゃないの?
こなた:そうすると葱が焼けないでしょう?
かがい:え、だってそもそも葱はヤクミじゃないの?
こなた:分かってないなあ…

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つかさ:好きな物がなくなっちゃうのっていやだよね。
(Tsukasa: Suki-na mono ga nakunacchau no tte iya da yo ne.)

好きな (suki-na): is the participle “suki” (See Part 27) and the verbal adjective suffix “na” (affirmative, present).

物 (mono): is a noun meaning thing.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

なくなっちゃう (nakunacchau): is the chau verb. (See Part 27) The participle is “nakunaru,” meaning to disappear or to go away or even to die.

の (no): is the substantivizing particle.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

いや (iya): is a noun meaning disagreeable or unpleasant.

だ (da): is the same as always. (See Part 27)

よ (yo): is the same as always. (See Part 27)

ね (ne): is the same as always. (See Part 27)

Translation: “The things one likes going away is unpleasant, isn’t it?”

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こなた:かがみって苺ショートの苺っていつ食べる?
(Konata: Kagami tte ichigo-shooto no ichigo tte itsu taberu?)

かがみ (Kagami): is Kagami.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle.

苺ショート (ichigo-shooto): is a noun meaning strawberry shortcake. Ichigo is the noun meaning strawberryShooto is the loanword noun meaning shortcake.

の (no): is the genitive particle.

苺 (ichigo): is the same as before.

って (tte): is the casual topical particle. Two topical particles is not normal. This makes be believe that tte can also be a casual nominative particle, which can sometimes serves as marking the direct object. At any rate, we have to keep in mind that we’re looking at really casual language; and that things like grammar and rules sometimes fly out the window.

いつ (itsu): is an interrogative adverb meaning when?

食べる (taberu): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to eat.

Translate: “When do you eat the strawberry of a strawberry shortcake?”

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かがみ:え?なんで?
(Kagami: E/ Nande?)

え (e): is an interjection expressing surprise or doubt.

なんで (nande): is an interrogative adverb meaning why? It comes from the interrogative pronoun nan, meaning what? and the instrumental particle de, indicating cause.

Translation: “What? Why?”

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こなた:好きな物は最後までとっておくタイプかなーって。
(Konata: Suki-na mono wa saigo-made totte-oku taipu kanaa tte.)

好きな (suki-na): is the same as before.

物 (mono): is the same as before.

は (wa): is the topical particle.

最後まで (saigo-made): is the noun saigo, meaning the end and the post-position made meaning until. This is an expression, so we wanted to group it.

とっておく (totte-oku): is the Te-form of toru, meaning to take and the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to place. All together it means to set aside.

タイプ (taipu): is a loanword noun meaning type.

かなー (kanaa): is a compound ending particle meaning I wonder. Ka is the interrogative ending particle and na is an emotive ending particle.

って (tte): is the emphatic ending particle. Tte does a ton on things, evidently.

Translation: “I wonder if you’re the type to set aside the things you like until the end.”

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かがみ:確かに好物を最後食べるけど苺はその時によるわね。
(Kagami: Tashika ni koubutsu wo saigo taberu kedo ichigo wa sono toki ni yoru wa ne.)

確かに (tashika-ni): is an adverb meaning surely. As one may imagine, tashika means sure and definite.

好物 (koubutsu): is a noun meaning favorite food.

を (wo): is the accusative particle.

最後 (saigo): is the same as before. Here it is functioning adverbially.

食べる (taberu): is the same as before.

けど (kedo): is the same as always.

苺 (ichigo): is the same as always.

は (wa): is the topical particle.

その (sono): is the demonstrative adjective meaning that. In this case, sono isn’t a literal thing, but referring to the instances of eating strawberry shortcakes.

時 (toki): is a noun meaning time. We will be translating sono toki as the moment.

に (ni): is the the dative particle, marking the object of the verb.

よる (yoru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of yoru, which means a lot of things, meaning to be caused by or to depend on, as is the case now.

わ (wa): is the effeminate ending particle.

ね (ne): is the same as always.

Translation: “Though I definitely eat my favorite foods last, in the case of strawberries it depends on the moment, doesn’t it?”

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こなた:じゃ、ねぎタン塩は両面焼く?
(Konata: Ja, Negi-tan-shio wa ryoumen yaku?)

じゃ (ja): is an interjection that transitions themes in conversation. It’s equivalent in English is Well… or So…

ねぎタン塩 (negi-tan-shio): is a noun meaning “salted tongue with Welsh onion” that is grilled.

は (wa): is the topical particle.

両面 (ryoumen): is a noun meaning “on both sides.” There is an omitted accusative particle here.

焼く(yaku): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to grill.

Translation: “So, for salted tongue with Welsh onion, do you grill both sides?”

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かがみ:え? ねぎタン塩?もともとすぐ焼けるけど 両面焼けばなお早いわね。
(Konata: E? Negi-tan-shio? motomoto sugu yakeru kedo ryoumen yakeba nao hayai wa ne.) 

え (e): is the same as before.

ねぎタン塩 (negi-tan-shio): is the same as before.

もともと (motomoto): is an adverb meaning by nature or naturally.

すぐ (sugu): is an adverb meaning immediately.

焼ける (yakeru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to burn.

けど (kedo): is the same as before.

両面 (ryoumen): is the same as before.

焼けば (yakeba): is the affirmative, conditional conjugation of yaku.

なお (nao): is a comparative-superior adverb. It makes the quality of the verb greater.

早い (hayai): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the adjective meaning fast.

わ (wa): is the same as before.

ね (ne): is the same as before.

Translation: “What? Salted tongue with Welsh onion? Though it burns immediately by nature, if you grill both sides it will be even faster, won’t it?”

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こなた:だめだよ。葱が落ちるじゃん。
(Konata: Dame da yo. Negi ga ochiru jan.)

だめ (dame): is the same as before. (See Part 27)

だ (da): is the same as always.

よ (yo): is the same as always.

葱 (negi): is a noun meaning Welsh onion, it’s the negi in negi-tan-shio.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

落ちる (ochiru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to fall off. In this case, we will translate it as the future tense, because the present tense is actually the present/future tense.

じゃん (jan): is the same as before. (See Part 27)

Translation: “That’s no good! The Welsh onion will fall off.”

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かがみ:え? 葱は肉が焼けてから載せるんじゃないの?
(Kagami: E? Negi wa niku ga yakete kara noseru n ja nai no?)

え (e): is the same as before.

葱 (negi): is the same as before.

は (wa): is the topical particle.

肉 (niku): is the noun meaning meat.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

焼けて (yakete): is the Te-form of the same verb as before; but yakeru can also mean to be heated. I will recommend you interpret it that way.

から (kara): is the conjunction and post-position meaning after. Japanese grammar considers this an expression: “V[te] kara,” meaning “After Ving”

載せる (noseru): is the affirmative, present conjugation of the verb meaning to place.

ん (n): is the substantivizing suffix.

じゃない (ja nai): is the same as before, equivalent to ne.

の (no): is the substantivizing suffix.

Translation: “ What? About the Welsh onion, after the meat being heated, don’t you place it on top?”

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こなた:そうすると葱が焼けないでしょう?
(Konata: Sou suru to negi ga yakenai deshou?)

そう (sou): is a demonstrative noun meaning so or like that or that way.

する (suru): is the same as always. (See Part 27)

と (to): is the conditional conjunction. “X to Y” translates to “If X, Y.” And it is a very strong conditional at that, as in Y will definitely happen.

葱 (negi): is the same as always.

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

焼けない (yakenai): is the negative, present conjugation of yakeru.

でしょう (deshou): is an expression, and it’s probably a contraction of the copula da with some ending particles, meaning in the interrogative don’t you think? as in isn’t it clear?

Translation: “If one does so, the Welsh onion will not be heated, don’t you think?”

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かがい:え、だってそもそも葱はヤクミじゃないの?
(Kagami: E, datte somosomo negi wa yakumi ja nai no?)

え (e): is the same as before.

だって (datte): is the same as before. (See Part 27)

そもそも (somosomo): is an adverb meaning in the first place.

葱 (negi): is the same as before.

は (wa): is our topical particle.

ヤクミ (yakumi): is a noun meaning condiment.

じゃない (ja nai): is the same as before.

の (no): is the same as before.

Translation: “What, but isn’t Welsh onion a condiment in the first place?”

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こなた:分かってないなあ…
(Konata: Wakattenai naa…)

分かってない (wakattenai): is the truncated negative, present progressive conjugation of wakaru, meaning to understand. The normal form would be wakatte iru, but the /i/ got dropped out.

なあ (naa): is the emotional ending particle.

Translation: “You don’t understand….”

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Words Worth Memorizing

なくなる (nakunaru): to disappear, to go away; to die
いや (iya): disagreeable, unpleasant
苺 (ichigo): strawberry
食べる (taberu): to eat
いつ (itsu): when?
なんで (nande): why?
最後 (saigo): the end
まで (made): until
とっておく (totte-oku): to set aside
確かに (tashika-ni): generally
好物 (koubutsu): favorite foods
よる (yoru): to depend on
両面 (ryoumen): both sides
焼く (yaku): to grill
もともと (motomoto): by nature
すぐ (sugu): immediately
焼ける (yakeru): to be heated; to burn
早い (hayai): fast
落ちる (ochiru): to fall off
肉 (niku): meat
載せる (noseru): to place on

Lucky Star! Episode 1 (Part 20)

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This short scene is between Konata and Tsukasa, some time after the previous scene, still in school.

Part 20

つかさ:こなちゃん、難しい顔してどうしたの?
こなた:いや、大した事じゃないけど今朝の会話で気になることが。
つかさ:え? 風邪とインフルエンザのこと?
こなた:つかさ、私がバカって部分否定しなかったなぁって。
つかさ:ちー違がう。そういうんじゃなくて…

つかさ:こなちゃん、難しい顔してどうしたの?
(Tsukasa: Kona-chan, muzukashii kao shite dou shita no?)

こなちゃん (Kona-chan): is Konata’s nickname. Japanese nicknames often use only 2 morae, so Konata gets shortened to Kona. The “chan” address suffix is used between intimate girls who are intimate friends and grown-ups towards children and and people towards their pets. If you’re aspiring to be chatty, don’t try to call a girl “chan.” You might get in trouble.

難しい (muzukashii): is an adjective conjugated for the affirmative, present meaning “hard” or “serious.”

顔 (kao): is a nou meaning “face.”

して (shite): is the Te-form of the verb “suru,” meaning “to do.” It’s part of a construction. “Kao suru” is “to make a face,” by the way.

どうしたの (dou shita no): is an expression meaning “what’s up with X?” (or simply “why”?) where X is the verb phrase conjugated as the Te-form. “Dou” is an adverb meaning “how?” “Shita” is the affirmative, past conjugation of “suru.” And “no” is the substantivizing suffix.

Translation: “Konata, why are you making that serious face?”

こなた:いや、大した事じゃないけど今朝の会話で気になることが。
(Konata: Iya, taishita koto ja nai kedo kesa no kaiwa de ki ni naru koto ga.)

いや (iya): is an interjection meaning “No.” It comes from the noun “iya,” meaning “disagreeable.”

大した (taishita): is a really interesting word. It’s syntactically a verb that doesn’t seem to conjugate as one would expect. (That “shita” is the past conjugation of “suru;” but there’s not “taisuru.” It means “big” or “important.”

事 (koto): is the same “koto” as before, now you can see the Kanji.

じゃ (ja): is a contraction of “de wa,” which is equivalent to the topical particle “wa.”

ない (nai): is the same as before. (See Part 19)

けど (kedo): is a conjunction meaning “though.” “XけどY” means “Though X, Y.”

今朝 (kesa): is a noun meaning “morning.”

の (no): is our genitive particle.

会話 (kaiwa): is a noun meaning “conversation.”

で (de): is the instrumental particle indicating cause. (See Part 19)

気 (ki): is a noun meaning “spirit” or “energy.” This is part of an expression.

に (ni): is the adverbial suffix. (I’m changing my mind about “ni naru,” I am aware.)

なる (naru): is the same verb as before. (See Part 19) “Ki ni naru” means “to have on one’s mind.” or more literally “to become energetic…”

こと (koto): is the same as before.

が (ga): is the conjunction we saw before. (See Part 19)

Translation: “No, though it’s not important, it’s been on my mind because of this morning’s conversation.”

つかさ:え? 風邪とインフルエンザのこと?
(Tsukasa: E? Kaze to infuruenza no koto?)

Everything here has been covered before. (See Part 19)
But I’ll note that “no” is the genitive particle; but I’m translating it as “about” because that’s what it would be in English.

Translation: “What? The thing about the cold and influenza?”

こなた:つかさ、私がバカって部分否定しなかったなぁって。
(Konata: Tsukasa, watashi ga baka tte bubun hitei shinakatta naa tte.
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私 (watashi): is the first person singular pronoun. “I”

が (ga): is the nominative particle.

バカ (baka): is a noun meaning “idiot.”

って (tte): is a casual topical particle. So its functionally equivalent to “wa.”

部分 (bubun): is the same as before. (See Part 19)

否定 (hitei): is a noun meaning “negation.” A “bubun hitei” is a “partial negation” or a “negation in part.”

しなかった (shinakatta): is the negative, past conjugation of “suru.” Nouns plus “suru” are verbalized semantically. So if you can make the noun more verb-y somehow, your translation will be just fine.

なぁ (naa): is a contemplative ending particle. One can translate it as “huh…”

って (tte): is also a casual quotative particle. Konata is letting Tsukasa know what she was thinking about. So the omitted verb is “omou,” meaning “to think.”

Translation: “About me being an idiot, you didn’t partially deny it…”

つかさ:ちー違がう。そういうんじゃなくて…
(Tsukasa: Ch-chigau. souiu-n ja nakute…)

違がう (chigau): is the same as before. One can make a case for the translation to be “wrong” or “different,” the important thing being that it’s clear that what Konata is implying is not true.

そういう (souiu): is a adjectival expression meaning “like that.” It comes from “sou,” like “sou desu ka,” the adverb meaning “so” and “iu,” the verb meaning “to say.”

ん (n): is equivalent to “no” in that it is a substantivizing suffix.

じゃ (ja): is the same as before.

なくて (nakute): is the Te-form of the negative, present conjugation of “aru,” which we’ve spoken of before.

Translation: “[That’s] wrong. [It] isn’t like that…”

Words Worth Memorizing

難しい (muzukashii): hard; serious
顔 (kao): face
どう (dou): how?
いや (iya): No (interjection)
大した (taishita): important, big
今朝 (kesa): this morning
会話 (kaiwa): conversation
気になる (ki ni naru): to be on one’s mind
私 (watashi): I
バカ (baka): idiot
否定 (hitei): negation
そういう (souiu): like that (expression)