When we couldn't think of a word we'd consult the picture dictionary we bought Meg with some of her Congratulations-on-entering-school money (best spent money ever and we've only been doing homework for four months!)
Only we've now finished all the easy letters and are down to the horrible ones.
Mya Myu Myo
Gya Gyu Gyo
Rya Ryu Ryo
Jya Jyu Jyo (not じゃじゅじょbutち"ゃち"ゅち"ょ- I can't even figure out how you input that!)
And there's nothing in the picture dictionary, either. So we resorted to using the 'big people dictionary'.
But today yesterday's print with the beauties myakuhaku (pulse) and myogonen (the year after next) came home with a note from the teacher that the words were too difficult. Please choose words Meg knows.
Well we tried. We got gyuuniku (beef) and Wagyuu (Japanese beef) K and I had a conversation about whether 'gyuuuu!' (the sound you make when you squeeze something or someone hard) was a word or not, We got kyoryu (dinosaur) and gyouza (dumplings). Ryuu (dragon) and ryoshin (parents) were easy.
But then we got well and truly stuck on rya.
Rya is just not used in words.
By adults or children.
Well actually it's used a lot by anyone trying to speak rough and gangsterish in the form of Oryaaaaa! And Koryaaaaaa! but I'm pretty sure that wasn't what the teacher had in mind.
Finally I found ryanko.
A type of Japanese seal found down South リャンコ
A mildly derogatory slang for a samurai derived from two swords=niko=ryanko. 両個
That's a cool word.
I like it.
I wanted her to use it.
But K pointed out that if 'pulse' and 'the year after next' were considered too difficult 'You old samurai bastard, you' might be considered a little obscure.
I agreed but I still think it's a waste of a great word so I'm giving it to you all to use freely in conversations. As I know needing to slur a samurai is just another part of daily life for all of us here, yeah?