A Poem and the Pictograph Jan, 2001
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This is an EL experimental page with  English and Japanese.

For the first month of this century, let's listen to a voice from a fresh life. A three-year-old Japanese boy, Daisuke Tanaka told this to his mom, and the mom recorded it*. I used to do the same thing while my son was two to four. All little children are poets, aren't they?
新しい世紀のはじめに、新鮮ないのちのことばを聴きましょう。「あなたにあいたくて生まれてきた詩」(新潮社)から、田中大輔くん(3歳)の話すのをお母さんが記録したすてきなことばを取り上げさせていただきました。私も息子が2ー4歳のころ、よく書きとめていました。こどもはみんな詩人なんですね。

* from "Mainichi Yoroku", Hokubei Mainichi newspaper Dec. 13th 00, originally from the book "Poetry who were born wishing to see you"( published by Shincho-sha )
Original Japanese:
あのねママ ボクどうして生まれてきたのかしってる?
ボクね ママにあいたくて うまれてきたんだよ

English translation:
Mom, Do you know why I was born?
I was born because I wished to see you, Mom

(* In2006, the setting of mother changed into as the combination of the former female-life; but this page has been as it was.)

EL translation:

01 39( sense ) 01: to get an attention from Japanese word 'anone'; If the talker is adult, 'Say,' might be used for it in English. but I couldn't find the proper English word for a little boy and translated into just calling 'Mom'. The boy tries to get his mom's attention. Then :( mother/mom/mum : { upper generation(17), female(19), life(67)} ) is following putting another dot next. This is a example of a special usage of #01( dot ) for working with others.(注意をひくための冒頭符、つづくママに呼びかけている)
01 57( wonder ) 01: to show the following sentence is an question. as another example of the #01 usage for working with others.(質問するときの冒頭符)
{34( pronoun ),61( front )}: you(あなた)
{gd( verb ), 53( situation ), 57( wonder )}: a d-verb symbol of wondering about the situation of the subject of the sentence (〜な状態かどうかの疑問符)
{{34,47}( brain ). 47( accepted )}: knowledge, know( with gd )(知識/動詞符を伴って:知ってる)
{gc( preposition ), 45( relation )}: about(〜について)
{14( way ), 22( origin )}: reason(わけ)
{dl. preposition mark} dr: the contents modefy the front word (括弧の中身が前の語を修飾)
{34( pronoun ),62( back )}: I, my, me(私)
{gd( verb ). 19( past tense )} {22( origin ),67( life )}( birth ): was born(生まれた)
{ preposition, reason}: because of the following reason (・・というわけで)
{gd,19( past tense ),55( want/wish } {45( relation ),53( situation )}( to meet/seeing )}: wanted to see(会いたかった)
{gc( preposition ), 25( join )}: with(〜と)
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