Inch High Samural Part 1

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おじいさんとおばあさんには、子供がいなかったので、神様に「子供をください。」とお祈りしました。すると、とても小さな男の子が生まれました。小指くらいの背丈しかありませんでしたから、 一寸法師と名づけられました。小さいけれど、おじいさんとおばあさんが大事に育てたので、とても元気な若者に成長しました。



むかしむかし mukashi mukashi A long time ago

あるところに aru tokoro ni Some place

おじいさん ojiisan An old man
と to And

おばあさん obaasan An old woman

住んでいました sunde imashita Lived

子供 kodomo Children

いなかった inakatta Didn’t have (children)

ので node Therefore

神様に kamisama ni To God
「」 Quotation marks

子供をください kodomo o kudasai Please give us children
と to Ends quotation

お祈りしました oinori shimashita Prayed
すると suruto Thereupon; in doing so…

とても totemo Very
小さい chiisai Small (na adjective)

小さな男の子 chiisana otoko no ko A small boy

生まれました umaremashita Was born

小指 koyubi Pinky; Small finger
くらいkurai About

背丈 setake Stature; heigh

tしか shika only [used with negative verbs —ありません]
~から ~kara Because (he was only the size of a finger)

一寸法師 issun boushi Issunboushi (Name)

名づけられました nazukeraremashita Was named

小さいけれど chiisai keredo Even though small…

大事に daiji ni Took care of

育てた sodateta Raised (a child)

ので node Therefore

元気 genki Healthy; Energetic (na Adjective)

若者 wakamono Youth
成長 sei chou Growth

ある日 aru hi One day

~に言いました ~ni iimashita Said to…

私 watashi I

都 miyako Capital, city [Kyoto]

~に行く ~ni iku Go to
えらい erai Great; famous

なりたい naritai Want to…

行ってえらくなりたい itte eraku naritai Go and want to become great

どうか douka Please (let me); I beg of you

行かせてください ikasete kudasai Please let me go

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