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All that time the things granddad had said, like the sound of flies flying round a melon, buzzed in my head.
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Vocabulary list

sonokan
noun, adverb
  1. in the meanwhile; during the time
zutto
adverb
  1. continuously in some state (for a long time, distance); throughout; all along; the whole time; all the way (ずーっと and ずうっと are more emphatic)
  2. much (better, etc.); by far; far and away
  3. far away; long ago
  4. direct; straight
jiisan
noun
  1. grandfather (may be used after name as honorific) (usu. 祖父さん)
  2. male senior-citizen (may be used after name as honorific) (usu. 爺さん)
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive (occasionally ん, orig. written 乃 or 之)
  2. nominalizes verbs and adjectives
  3. substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion (often ん)
  5. (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis
  6. (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
iu

Plain Past Indicative Form

itta
godan verb
  1. to say; to utter; to declare
  2. to name; to call
  3. to go (e.g. "the alarm went ping"); to make a noise
koto
noun
  1. thing; matter
  2. incident; occurrence; event; something serious; trouble; crisis
  3. circumstances; situation; state of affairs
  4. work; business; affair
  5. after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to
noun, used as a suffix
  1. nominalizing suffix
  2. pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...
noun
  1. alias; also known as; otherwise known as; or (as AことB (A = alias, B = real name))
  2. necessity; need (as 〜ことはない)
  3. you should ...; I advise that you ...; it's important to ... (as 〜ことだ)
ga
particle
  1. indicates sentence subject (occasionally object)
  2. indicates possessive (esp. in literary expressions)
conjunction
  1. but; however; still; and
  2. regardless of; whether (or not) (after the volitional form of a verb)
meron
noun
  1. melon (esp. a muskmelon, Cucumis melo)
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive (occasionally ん, orig. written 乃 or 之)
  2. nominalizes verbs and adjectives
  3. substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion (often ん)
  5. (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis
  6. (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
mawari
noun
  1. circumference; girth
  2. surroundings; neighbourhood; neighborhood; vicinity
  3. people surrounding oneself; surrounding circumstances
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
  2. indicates subject of causative expression
  3. indicates an area traversed
  4. indicates time (period) over which action takes place
  5. indicates point of departure or separation of action
  6. indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
tobimawaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to fly about; to skip about; to bustle about
hae
noun
  1. fly (any insect of infraorder Muscomorpha)
  2. person of no worth; pisher; scrub
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive (occasionally ん, orig. written 乃 or 之)
  2. nominalizes verbs and adjectives
  3. substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion (often ん)
  5. (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis
  6. (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
haoto
noun
  1. sound of flapping wings (of a bird)
  2. buzz; hum (of an insect)
noyouni
expression, adverb
  1. like; similar to
  2. as with; in the same way
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive (occasionally ん, orig. written 乃 or 之)
  2. nominalizes verbs and adjectives
  3. substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion (often ん)
  5. (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis
  6. (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
youni
expression
  1. in order to (e.g. meet goal); so that; take care (so as)
  2. hoping or wishing for something
you
noun, used as a suffix, noun
  1. appearing ...; looking ... (usu. after the -masu stem of a verb)
  2. way to ...; method of ...ing (usu. after the -masu stem of a verb)
  3. form; style; design (usu. after a noun)
  4. like; similar to (usu. after a noun)
noun
  1. thing (thought or spoken)
ni
particle
  1. at (place, time); in; on; during
  2. to (direction, state); toward; into
  3. for (purpose)
  4. because of (reason); for; with
  5. by; from
  6. as (i.e. in the role of)
  7. per; in; for; a (e.g. "once a month")
  8. and; in addition to
  9. if; although
atama
noun
  1. head
  2. hair (on one's head)
  3. mind; brains; intellect
  4. leader; chief; boss; captain
  5. top; tip
  6. beginning; start
  7. head; person
  8. down payment; deposit
  9. top structural component of a kanji
  10. pair
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive (occasionally ん, orig. written 乃 or 之)
  2. nominalizes verbs and adjectives
  3. substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion (often ん)
  5. (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis
  6. (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
naka
noun
  1. inside; interior
noun, adverb
  1. among; within
noun
  1. middle; center; centre
noun, adverb
  1. during; while; middle; midst; amid
noun
  1. interval; gap
  2. mean; average
no adjective, noun
  1. second (of three, e.g. sons, volumes); middle
noun, no adjective
  1. medium grade; medium quality
noun
  1. red-light district
de
particle
  1. at; in (indicates location of action; にて is the formal literary form)
  2. at; when (indicates time of action)
  3. by; with (indicates means of action)
conjunction
  1. and then; so
auxiliary
  1. and; then (indicates continuing action; alternative form of 〜て used for some verb types)
particle
  1. let me tell you; don't you know (at sentence-end; indicates certainty, emphasis, etc.)
bunbun
adverb, adverb taking the to particle
  1. buzz; hum
  2. shake (with vigor); shaking
to
particle, conjunction
  1. if; when
  2. and
particle
  1. with
  2. used for quoting (thoughts, speech, etc.)
noun
  1. promoted pawn
particle
  1. indicates a question (at sentence end)
naru

te-form

natte
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to sound; to ring; to resound; to echo; to roar; to rumble
iru

Polite Past Indicative Form

imashita
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be (of animate objects); to exist
  2. to stay
ichidan verb, auxiliary verb
  1. to be ...-ing; to have been ...-ing (after the -te form of a verb; indicates continuing action or state)

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