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The hand of the magician was quicker than our eyes. Before we could say Jack Robinson, the cards he was holding between his fingers disappeared.
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Vocabulary list

sono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. that; the (something or someone distant from the speaker, close to the listener; actions of the listener, or ideas expressed or understood by the listener)
  2. part (as in "part two") (preceding a number)
interjection
  1. um ...; er ...; uh ...
tejinashi
noun
  1. magician; conjurer; illusionist
tejina
noun
  1. magic (illusion); conjuring; magic trick; conjuring trick; sleight of hand
shi
noun
  1. teacher; master; one's mentor
noun, suffix
  1. religious leader
suffix
  1. specialist
noun
  1. five-battalion brigade comprising 2500 men (Zhou-dynasty Chinese army)
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
te
noun
  1. hand; arm (occ. pronounced た when a prefix)
  2. forepaw; foreleg
  3. handle
  4. hand; worker; help
  5. trouble; care; effort
  6. means; way; trick; move; technique; workmanship
  7. hand; handwriting
  8. kind; type; sort
  9. one's hands; one's possession
  10. ability to cope
  11. hand (of cards)
  12. direction
noun, noun, used as a suffix, counter
  1. move (in go, shogi, etc.)
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle (pronounced わ in modern Japanese)
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
watashitachi
pronoun
  1. we; us
watashi
pronoun
  1. I; me (slightly formal or feminine)
tachi
suffix
  1. pluralizing suffix (esp. for people and animals; formerly honorific)
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
me
noun
  1. eye; eyeball
  2. eyesight; sight; vision
  3. look; stare; gaze; glance
  4. notice; attention; observation; eyes (of the world, public, etc.)
  5. an experience
  6. viewpoint
  7. discrimination; discernment; judgement; eye (e.g. for quality)
  8. appearance
  9. chance to succeed; possibility
  10. spacing (between crossed strands of a net, mesh, etc.); opening; stitch; texture; weave
  11. grain (of wood)
  12. eye (of a storm, needle, etc.)
  13. intersection (on a go board); square (on a chess board)
  14. dot (on a dice); pip; rolled number
  15. graduation; division (of a scale)
  16. tooth (of a saw, comb, etc.)
suffix
  1. ordinal number suffix
  2. somewhat; -ish (after adj. stem)
  3. point (e.g. of change) (following -masu stem)
yori
particle
  1. than
  2. from; out of; since; at; on
  3. except; but; other than
adverb
  1. more
hayai

Plain Past Indicative Form

hayakatta
i adjective
  1. fast; quick; hasty; brisk (esp. 速い, 疾い, 捷い)
  2. early (in the day, etc.); premature (esp. 早い)
  3. (too) soon; not yet; (too) early (esp. 早い)
  4. easy; simple; quick (esp. 早い)
atto
adverb
  1. saying "Ah!"; making one say "Ah!"; surprisingly; astonishingly
yuu
yuu
yuu
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
ma
adverb
  1. just (e.g. "just wait here"); come now; now, now (when urging or consoling)
  2. tolerably; passably; moderately; reasonably; fairly; rather; somewhat
  3. well...; I think...; it would seem...; you might say...; Hmmm, I guess so... (when hesitating to express an opinion)
interjection
  1. oh!; oh dear!; oh, my!; wow!; goodness gracious!; good heavens!
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
kare
pronoun
  1. he; him
noun
  1. boyfriend
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)
yubi
noun
  1. finger; toe; digit
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
aidani
adverb
  1. while; during (the time when)
aida
noun
  1. space (between); gap; interval; distance; stretch
noun, adverb
  1. period of time (during, while); duration; interval
noun
  1. between (two parties or things)
  2. among (a group)
  3. relations (between); relationship
  4. midpoint; average; halfway; middle ground
conjunction
  1. due to; because of
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
hasamu
hasamu
hasamu

te-form

hasande
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to hold between (e.g. one's fingers, chopsticks); to grip (from both sides)
  2. to put between; to sandwich between; to insert; to interpose
  3. to catch (e.g. a finger in a door); to trap; to pinch
  4. to insert (e.g. a break into proceedings); to interpose (e.g. an objection); to interject; to throw in (e.g. a joke)
  5. to be on either side of (a road, table, etc.); to have between each other; to be across (a street, river, etc.)
  6. to harbour (feelings); to cast (e.g. doubt)
iru

Plain Past Indicative Form

ita
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)
toranpu
noun
  1. (Western) playing cards
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle (pronounced わ in modern Japanese)
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
kieru

Plain Past Indicative Form

kieta
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to go out; to vanish; to disappear

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