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Tutor Hanako's list of main pets in Japan (No.4)
Japanese,How to read,English いぬ/イヌ/犬, inu, dog こいぬ/子犬, koinu, doggy ”子(ko)” means "child/little". We also write "小犬(koinu)", it's means "small dog". ねこ/ネコ/猫, neko, cat こねこ/子猫, koneko, kitty "小猫” means "small cat", not "kitty". うさぎ/ウサギ/兎, usagi, rabbit We call hare "nousagi （野兎）". こうさぎ/子兎, kousagi, baby/child rabbit "小兎" means "small rabbit". かめ/カメ/亀, kame, terrapins Most of turtles as a pet are tiny or small. They're different from sea turtles. They're terrapins (tortoises in American English). We call turtles "ウミガメ（海亀）", tortoises "りくがめ（陸亀）”, terrapins "淡水（tansui）亀". こがめ/子亀, kogame, baby/child kogame Most of "kame" as a pet are "小亀". ハムスター, hamusta-, hamster りす/リス/栗鼠, risu, chipmunk Most of them as a pet are chipmunks, not squirrels. We call both of "chipmunk" and "squirrel" "リス" in general. "Chipmunk" is called "shimarisu". こりす/子栗鼠, korisu, baby/child chipmunk かいすいぎょ/海水魚 kaisuigyo, saltwater fish たんすい/淡水魚 tansuigyo, freshwater fish こい/コイ/鯉, koi, carp We decorate "Koinobori" at next to our houses for each one's son(s) on May 5th. The design is from "carp".
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