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A while ago, I saw a news story on TV about a Jazz musician who lost his house, musical instruments and music scores, and job in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At the age of 50 something, he lost everything and got nowhere to go. Even though he recently started playing music again in New Orleans, he said that making a living in the devastated area was too hard, and that he was considering moving into another town to start over.

I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose all the things important to me. I just hope every victim of the hurricanes will be able to go back to his or her normal life soon.

Here's a Japanese phrase that you can use when you cheer someone up:

Genki-dashite!
げんきだして!
元気出して!

Meaning:

Cheer up!

Pronunciation:

The first syllable "ge" is pronounced like "gue" as in guest. Then, add "n" to it to pronounce "gen." Note that "ki" is similar to key, but the vowel sound needs to be much shorter.

For "dashite," try this: "dah-shee-te," where "te" is as in tennis. All vowels need to bepronounced very short.

Try to put a slight stress on the first syllables of "genki" and "dashite," namely, "e" and "a."

Tips:

The word "genki" means vigor; energy; vitality; pep.


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