Hands and Lips

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Jun 25, 2012 22:29
I asked Lang-8ers what they would do if a little kid fell down and cried because he scraped his knee in my previous entry.
http://lang-8.com/220778/journals/1515853/%25E3%2581%2584%25E3%2581%259F%25E3%2581%2584%25E3%2581%25AE-%25E3%2581%2584%25E3%2581%259F%25E3%2581%2584%25E3%2581%25AE-%25E3%2581%25A8%25E3%2582%2593%25E3%2581%25A7%25E3%2581%2591%25E3%2583%25BC%25EF%25BC%2581%25EF%25BC%2581
My American Lang--8 friend answered that her mother would used to say, "A kiss will make it better" and her mother would have kissed it.
And my British lang-8 friend replied that his mother said, "Mummy will kiss it better!"
By contrast, I used to said to my kids, "いたいの いたいの とんでけー!:Go way, ache!" and rub around the injury softly with my hand.

Westerners use their lips to care but Japanese people use their hands.
It's very interesting, isn't it?