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Lesson 1-5: 北風と太陽 / The North Wind and the Sun

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Lesson 1-5: 北風きたかぜ太陽たいよう /The North Wind and the Sun

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English Translation

The North Wind was surprised because the Sun easily made him take off his cloaks. [The North Wind thought] “my wind was unable to make him take it off. Why was the Sun able to make him take off his cloaks?” The Sun said, “You didn’t guess his feelings, did you? If you just use your power, people don’t move. You have to guess people’s feelings.” The North Wind listened to it and then said, “Okay. You are stronger than me.” The long argument finally finished. When you make people do something or request for something, just showing your power doesn’t work well like the North Wind. It’s important to guess people’s feelings like the Sun.


Words Types Meanings
簡単かんたん noun, na-adjective  simple, easy, uncomplicated
…のに  expression  Expressing contrary results with complaint or surprise
気持きも noun  feeling, sensation, mood 
だけ  focus particle  only, just, merely, simply 
…いけない  expression  must, have to 
とうとう  adverb  finally, at last 
なにか  expression  something 
ねがい  noun, suru verb  request, wish 
せる ru-verb to show, to display


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