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Dick and Jane, Episode 12

Dick and Jane continue to learn more about Hansel and Gretel. Who are they, and where have they come from? And what’s Mr. Brown planning? Find out more!

第 十二 話 やで (PL2)
Episode 12, Dude!
第 【だい】 ordinal prefix
十二 【じゅう・に】 twelve;
話 【はなし】 episode
や[is] this is a regional dialect version of だ. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to:
The Japanese Page
で  [emphasis]

前回 【ぜん・かい】 previous installment

何処 から 来ました か (PL3)
Where are you from?
何処 【ど・こ】 (n) (uk) where
から [from] 来る 【くる】 (vk) to come from. The polite past form is 来ました (prounounced: きました). For more on this verb, visit the WWWJDIC.

ん だ よ お前 (PL1-2)
What the heck is wrong with you?
ん is short for 何
何 【なん】 what
だ/です is (copula)
よ [emphasis] For more on the Japanese copula, visit any of these fine links:
お前 【お・まえ】 you (familiar, singular)

接客 じゃね~ よ 馬鹿 (PL1)
Don’t “I’m receiving guests” me, you egit!
接客 【せっ・きゃく】 receiving guests
じゃね~ is the colloquial version of じゃない (is not). じゃない is short for では(わ)ない. △△△じゃね~よ often has the meaning of “don’t △△△ me!” Note: there is a tendency, in very slangy Japanese such as that spoken by Jane, for words ending in あい or おい sounds to have their endings changed to an ええ sound
よ [emphasis] 馬鹿 【ばか】 idiot, egit

This time
今回 【こん・かい】 this time

私達 です か (PL3)
私達 【わたし・たち】Us
です is (the copula crops up again)
か [question particle]

ってか、他 に 誰 が 居る か (PL2)
Well, who else could it be?
ってか [Well, like]. Short for って言うか or と言うか. Can also have the meaning of “by the way”.
他【ほか】 other
に [particle] Here, に serves a function similar to that of “-ly” in English; it turns 他 into an adverb so that 他 can modify the verb 居る. In other words, it is helping to describe an action or situation (see #10 on the に entry in the Infoseek Dictionary).
誰【だれ】 who
が [subject particle] 居る 【いる】 [to be] か [question particle] Remember that in Japanese, a particle always acts on the word or words that comes BEFORE it!

厳しい (PL2)
厳しい 【きびしい】

まぁ (PL3)

一方 【いっぽう】 Meanwhile

ドイツ から 来ました (PL3)
We’re from Germany
ドイツ [Germany] から [from] 来る 【くる】 (vk) to come from.

ハンセル 登場! 最近凄い人気
Enter, Hansel! He’s so hot right now!
ハンセル [Hansel] 登場 【とう・じょう】 (1) entry (on stage); (2) appearance (on screen)
最近 【さい・きん】 lately
凄い 【すごい】 incredible. Technically, 凄い should appear here in its connective form: 凄く (すごく). But this is a common Japanese native speaker “error” — kind of like how Americans often respond to the question “How are you?” with “I’m good” rather than “I’m fine”.
人気 【にん・き】 popular

ドイツ 人 です (PL3)
ドイツ人 [Germans] We are Germans

何で ハモって ん だ (PL2)
What the speaking at the same time is going on here?
何で 【なんで】 Why? What for?
ハモる (v5r) to be in harmony; to say the same thing at the same time as someone else.
ん here is short for の. For an explanation of this use of の, please refer the following fine sites:
Tae Kim’s “The 「の」 particle as explanation”
だ/です [is] is again, the copula

To be continued
続く 【つづく】 to be continued;

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  2 comments for “Dick and Jane, Episode 12

  1. May 25, 2009 at 17:41


    Nifty finally helped me get what でしょう means!!
    FINALLY. It was so annoying to keep hearing ”でしょうでしょうでしょう、” and not having any real idea what it means.

    The comic was good, btw.

  2. 星空
    November 7, 2010 at 08:47




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