片思い – JLPT N5

塾に入ってから、3か月経ちました。学校はもうすぐ夏休みです。夏休みに水泳の大会があります。この大会が終わると先輩の3年生たちはみんな引退しなければなりません。大学受験がありますから。先輩たちと一緒に出る最後の大会ですから、ぼくもがんばります。

この前、部活が終わったとき、プールの前で佐藤さんに会いました。佐藤さんは「塾に一緒に行かない?」と言いました。ちょっとはずかしかったけど、うれしかったです。時間がありましたから、歩いて塾へ行きました。自動販売機で飲み物を買いました。「コーラオレンジジュースとどちらがいい?」と佐藤さんに聞きました。佐藤さんはコーラを選びました。佐藤さんは「勉強が大変で、夏休みの前に水泳部をやめたい」と言いました。ぼくは「佐藤さんがやめたら、さびしくなるよ。やめないで。」と言いました。佐藤さんはおどろいたと思います。僕は自分でもおどろいて、たぶん顔が赤くなったと思います。それから、ぼくたちは何も話しませんでした。塾に着きました。教室に入る前に佐藤さんは「今度の大会までがんばる」と言いました。ぼくは「うん、大会まで勉強も水泳もがんばって、大会が終わったら、みんなで1日だけ遊ばない?」と言いました。

休み時間のときにみんなで話して、ぼくたちは9月にディズーランドに行く約束をしました。メンバーはぼくの親友のユウジ、塾のクラスメイト岸本くん、佐藤さんと佐藤さんの友達のはるかちゃんとかえでちゃんです。みんなディズニーランドが楽しみになりました

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Unrequited Love – JLPT N5

It’s been 3 months since I started at cram school. Summer vacation is coming soon. During the break, there will be a swim meet. After that, the team captains in their Junior year will have to leave the swim team, because they have university entrance exams. This is my last time to participate in a meet with them, so I want to do my best.

A few days ago, when swim club finished, I ran into Sato-san in front of the swimming pool. “Let’s go to cram school together?” Sato-san asked. I felt a little flushed, but happy. We had time, so we walked. On the way, we stopped to buy drinks at a vending machine. “Which do you want, cola or orange juice?” I asked. Sato-san chose cola. Then Sato-san said, “I’m so busy studying, I wanna quit swim club.” “Please don’t quit! I’ll miss you,” I cried. Sato seemed startled at this. I myself was surprised, and I’m sure my face turned red. From that point on, we didn’t say anything. Then we arrived at cram school. Before entering class, Sato-san said “I’ll do my best until the match.” I answered, “Cool. Give your studies and swimming your best until the meet. After the next match, maybe think about spending one last day with the team?”

During break time, we all decided to go to Disneyland in September. My bestie Yuji, Kishimoto, a classmate in cram school, Sato, Haruka and Kaede, who are Sato’s friends are all coming. We are all looking forward to Disneyland.

6 thoughts on “片思い – JLPT N5”

  1. Really?? homosexual love in a series like this…come on. Ridiculous. This is the last episode I’ll listen to. I mean, the series has been okay; speed has been a bit fast for N5 and N4 learners, but still, I’m tired of no matter where I turn, I’m being assaulted with this homosexual worldview

    1. It’s news to us that it’s a homosexual affair, we wrote it as a boy and a girl. Maybe you are reading between the lines a bit too much.

  2. It’s a pretty good material. It is so awesome I have no words to say how much I appreciate your work. I teach Japanese in Brazil and this is so fur one of the best blogs I have EVER found.
    And even if this were an homossexual story… It would just be a representation of reality. If someone cannot deal with it MAYBE and just MAYBE this person is not suitable to live in the world.
    I’m in love with your work and want to thank you with my heart.

    1. Paloma Sensei, I’m glad you like the podcast, thanks so much for listening! Yeah, if you do nothing but look for something to get offended about, you will always find a problem, it’s too bad. I know many Brazilians here in Tokyo, let us know next time you come!!

  3. The podcasts are great. Yes, they are fast the first time for N5/N4 level but they are meant to be listened to and shadowed over and over and they work very well for that. It’s really good to have these contemporary stories spoken at near natural speed, using grammar and vocabulary that I have (mostly) studied. Arigatou gozaimasu!

    PS I think a gay romance would be sweet but I never thought this was… I guess the same people who have a problem with homosexuality also think girls can’t join the high school swimming club!

    1. Right, I find they are fast at first for myself as well. But after 5 or so times, I can say it smoothly at native pace. As I do these, I can tell my average pace picks up, and my pronunciation gets better. That’s what made me start this podcast. I am glad you like it!

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