2016/08/31

Launching a rocket

My 7-year-old son made a rocket which they launched into space at the children's house yesterday.

He said all children made a rocket with paper cups first, then he thought he wanted to make a rocket which was more cool and looked more real.

When I went to the children's house to pick him up last evening, the teacher praised him saying:

"Wow! You made an amazing rocket! You are really good at making thing."

He broke into a sheepish grin to hear that.

I thought he remembered that we visited Uchinoura Space Center last December and saw the launch pad of the rocket.

I always look forward to see what kind of works he will make next.


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  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    First let me say sorry for not being able to catch up with checking your posts recently, I have been a little busy.

    With regard to your son's rocketry endeavours I am sure Elon Musk could do with his input right about now, as Mr Musk seems to be having a shortage of rockets, as one recently exploded on the launch pad while it was being fuelled! :)

    Here is a list of some of the other issues found in the rest of the post:

    This line:
    My 7-year-old son made a rocket which are launching to the space at the children's house yesterday.

    Should be:
    My 7-year-old son made a rocket which they launched into space at the children's house yesterday.

    Reason: Changed "are launching" to "they launched" as it sounds from your sentence that this is something that already happened. Also changed "to the space" to "into space".

    This line:
    He said all children made a rocket with paper cups first, then he thought he wanted to make the rocket which was more cool and looked like real.

    Should be:
    He said all children made a rocket with paper cups first, then he thought he wanted to make a rocket which was more cool and looked (more real/more realistic/more rocket-like).

    Reason: Changed "make the rocket" to "make a rocket". Also changed "like real" to "more real/more realistic/more rocket-like"

    When I went to the children's house to pick him up last evening, the teacher praised him saying:

    This line:
    "Wow! You made an amazing rocket! You are really good at making something."

    Reason: It's not grammatically wrong as far as I am able to determine, but it would almost always be said as:

    "Wow! You made an amazing rocket! You are really good at making things."

    Note: Things in this case is a substitute for words such as "items/objects" and other similar meaning words.

    Note: Things in this case is not short for something/somethings. In fact if you had written:

    "Wow! You made an amazing rocket! You are really good at making somethings."

    This sentence has a completely different implied meaning specifically:

    "Wow! You made an amazing rocket! You are really good at making some things but not others."

    My Japanese is limited but I think this is similar to the way は can be used to express a contrast.

    This line:
    I always look forward that what kind of works he will make next.

    Should be:
    I always look forward to (seeing/see) what he will make next.

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    1. Thank you Terry.
      I could understand the difference of "somethings" and "things" in my sentence.
      The cause of my error was that maybe I transfered the sentence from Japanese to English too directly.

      "You are really good at making something."
      → It is writtten in Japanese like this:
      "あなたは何か物を作るのが上手だね。"

      "何か" means "something".
      He is good at making "things", but the things is not specified.
      I didn't know that my sentence implied "You are really good at making some things but not others."
      It is quite difficult but interesting for me.

      Thank you so much!

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    2. And please don't apologize to me.
      I alyways appreciate you and I am often late for reviewing your corrections.
      いつもありがとう!

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