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Writing Stories for Practice

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I think one of the most fun ways to practice a new language is to write stories! So, I'm trying to translate this riveting, NYT bestselling story I wrote when I first started practicing German into Japanese. It goes as such: Ich habe ein Hemd. Mein Hemd ist groß. Mein Hemd isst meine Katze. Ich sehe meine Katze nicht. I have a shirt. My shirt is big (changing to vast). My shirt ate my cat. I do not see (switching to find in Japanese translation) my cat. And finally, my translation so far: 私がシャツを持っている。 (わたしがシャツをもっている。) 莫大なシャツはです。 (ばくだいなシャツ) 私の猫を食べました。(わたしのねこをたべました。) 猫は私が見つけません。(ねこはわたしがみつけません。) I am fairly certain it will need quite a bit of work still, but here is my initial work based on what I gathered from Jisho and the Tae Kim's grammar guide. Anybody else with a story post it below and maybe we can help each other get better at writing and grammar.

1/25/2018, 4:48:10 AM

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私がシャツを持っている。→ 私はシャツを持っています。 or 私にはシャツがあります。

莫大なシャツはです。 → 非常に大きなシャツです。(莫大 usually means a substantial amount, not size)

私の猫を食べました。(You ate your cat? I'm reporting you to the ASCPA) → シャツに猫が飲み込まれた。(Cat was swallowed by the shirt)
猫は私が見つけません。→ 私の猫が見つかりません。

While I admire the initiative, it appears that you're trying to leapfrog over the basics. Using vague or overly florid language rather than simple expressions will likely complicate your progress.

1/25/2018, 6:36:45 AM

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This is incredibly helpful, thanks. I have been practicing a lot since I initially wrote this and have also noticed more mistakes myself. Turns out, a simple translation in one language is much more complicated in a totally different language, but I think after this I've started to get a much better grasp on how the grammar works, as well as choosing the right vocabulary.

1/25/2018, 7:26:56 AM

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Glad you found it helpful. Keep it up!

1/25/2018, 7:47:44 AM
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