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6 Nov 2003
i'm new here, so whats up all. been taking japanese for prolly about 2 years now.
anyhoe, i got some questions from a short story. i'm too lazy to post all my q's so, i'll settle with the first page today.

1. can someone clearify this for me: oya, ii nioi ga suru.
k, i know that nioi means smell, but since its a noun, how does it relate to suru? i figure it might be the same as saying you want, or prefere something, but it wouldnt make a lot of sense if that was it. (btw, can u type in jp on this forum?)

2. sanji ga hana wo kusun kusun sasemashita.
dont get kusun kusun,, n i think saseru is smell if i'm not mistaking.

3. hana wo narasu
what does narasu mean?

4. amaiyouna suppaiyouna nantomo ienai ii nioi ga kimochi yoku hana no oku wo kusugurimashita.
stuff i dont get: nantomo ieinai, oku, and kusguru?
if somebody translate the whole sentence for me, that'd be great.

5. saite iru
whats like the regular form for this verb n what does it mean. its used in hte sentence as: hana ippai saiteiru no desu.
i think it means there's a lot of flowers or something...

i'd appriciate it if someone could help me out.

thanks in advance
hmm i cant really translate any of em (i know elizabeth could though) but you can type in japanese here well you can post it not sure if the boards actually have a way to type it in the responce page, i just type it in another program and copy past(btw if yu cant see the kanji and stuff go up to "view" and then encoding ans change it to japanese then you can see it) and maybe you should get a japanese dictionary aswell (if you dont have one) then you could just look up the words you dont know
Yes you can type in Japanese here if you wish. It's faster for me not too so I'm not going to bother.

nioi ga suru is another way to say the verb "smell". In fact I find it to be more common than the verb "kagu". Like if you walk into the house and smell bread baking you might say "ii nioi suru..." (often the ga is omitted).

I don't know "kasun kasun". saseru is usually the "make do" form of "suru." For example "tenisu saseru" means "Make <X> play tennis." Oh, okay, I did a google search on kusun and it looks like it means to sniff or sniffle. What do you suppose "sanji" means here? Silkworm? If so, it would mean "The silkworms made my nose run" or "The silkworms made me sniffle."
There's a bunch of meanings of "narasu" (it'd help if you had the kanji) but I'm pretty sure in this case it means to make a snorting sound.

> amaiyouna suppaiyouna nantomo ienai ii nioi ga kimochi yoku hana no oku wo kusugurimashita.
nantomo (w/ negative verb) means "nothing." "iienai" is the negative of ieru (can speak). "oku" means "inside". "kusuguru" means to tickle.
So we get something like: A smell that seems sweet and seems sour -- I can't really say -- pleasantly tickled the inside of my nose.

saite iru.
Okay that's the easiest one. saku means to bloom. So for "blooming" we get saite iru. If you've learned this form, you've probably learned kaku which becomes kaite iru (writing). It's the same (in terms of conjugation).

sanji is probably a man's name. but in fact, I guess few men named Sanji in Japan. and "kusun" is like echo-word and means the motion or condition man sneezes. it sounds like when sneezeing, isn't it?
in addition of mdchachi's answer, "nantomo ienai" has the mean that "hard to express what it is" as well.

keep it up for learning Japanese!
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