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Lesson 5-7: 走れメロス / Run, Melos!

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Lesson 5-7: はしれメロス / Run, Melos!

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English Translation

Melos decided that he would enter this big river. He swam very hard and could cross the river. Then, Melos went up and down the mountain and continued running. Since he was running for a long time, Melos got tired. He couldn’t run any longer. Melos fell down on the road at last. [Melos thought] “I will not make it in time. I cannot save Selinuntius. I have run very hard, but have not made it in time. Selinuntius, please forgive me.” Melos fell asleep. When he got up, he felt a little better. Melos started running again. It would turn to evening soon. Melos ran very hard.


Words Types Meanings
める ru-verb to decide, to choose, to determine, to make up one’s mind 
およぐ  u-verb  to swim 
のぼる  u-verb to ascend, to go up, to climb 
くだる  u-verb to descend, to go down, to come down 
つづける  ru-verb  to continue, to keep up, to keep on 
ずっと  adverb  continuously in some state, throughout, all long, the while time
う  u-verb  to be in time for 
きる  ru-verb  to get up, to rise 
なる  u-verb to become, to get, to grow, to be


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