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Murphy’s Law in Japanese

A few important Murphy’s Law statements in Japanese

I found a book on Murphy’s law for only 100 yen! So I thought I would share a bit of it with the world while making it a language study. But first, my little addition… CLAY’S LAW: After learning a difficult Japanese grammar point, only after you forget it will an opportunity arise to use it.

MURPHY’S LAW:

1) “IF ANYTHING CAN GO WRONG IT WILL.”

Japanese : 失敗する可能性のあるものは、失敗する。
Romaji : shippai suru kanousei no aru mono wa, shippai suru
Lit. meaning : failing + possibility’s + something + fails “Something that has a chance to fail, fails.”

VOCAB :
失敗する shippai suru – to fail, to make a mistake, to blunder
可能性 kanousei – potentiality, likelihood, possibility
no – ‘s (possessive)
あるもの aru mono – thing that exists, something


2) O’TOOLE’S COMMENTARY ON MURPHY’S LAW:
“MURPHY WAS AN OPTIMIST.”

Japanese : マーフイーは楽観主義者だった。
Romaji : ma-fi- wa rakkan shugisha datta.
Lit. meaning : Murphy optim-ism person was.         “Murphy was an optimist.”

VOCAB :
マーフイー mafi– – Murphy
wa – topic partical (marks the topic of the sentence)
楽観 rakkan – optimism
主義 shugi – “-ism”, principle, doctrine
sha – a person who does something. (医者 issha – doctor; 学者 gakusha – scholar; 芸者 geisha – geisha…)
だった datta – was (past simple)


3) ILES’ LAW: “THERE IS ALWAYS AN EASIER WAY TO DO IT.”

Japanese : もっと簡単な方法がかならずある。
Romaji : motto kantan na houhou ga kanarazu aru.
Lit. meaning : more + easy + way + without fail + exists    “Without fail, there exists an easier way.”

VOCAB:
もっと motto – more
簡単 ( な ) kantan ( na ) – easy, simple (“na” is used when placed before nouns)
方法 houhou – method, manner, way, means, technique
ga – subject particle (placed after the subject)
かならず kanarazu – without fail, certainly
ある aru – to be, to have, exists

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