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The Course of Events – 成り行き

Nariyuki (成り行き) generally means something like ‘the natural scheme of things’, but it can be a bit of a surprise the first time you come across it in a given situation. This post looks at a few examples of its usage.

The first time I consciously came across the term was in the below email conversation with friends (abridged). Take a look and see if you can follow the conversation.

A-さん

突然ですが、今週の日曜日、予定は空いていますか?
もし良かったら、中止になったBBQをやりたいと思います。
お返事ください。

よろしくお願いいたします


B-さん

こんにちは

ちょうど僕も日曜日が空いていますので、行けます!友達も行きたいと言っていますが、参加してもいいでしょうか?僕も含めて3か4人くらいです。

よろしくお願いします。


A-さん

おはようございます。

こちらこそ、よろしくお願いいたします。
友達も、ぜひ、参加してください。
それでは、日曜日、開催したいと思います。

Cくんには悪いけど、集合時間を昼の12時に、
市役所玄関前にしたいと思います。
私が車で迎えに行きます。

Cくんの合流方法は、検討しましょう。

からいもの以外で、苦手な食べ物があれば、教えてください。

お金は、ひとり2000円を予定してください。

とても楽しみにしています。


C-さん

了解です。
なりゆきで。


Did you follow the conversation? Three people are involved. A-san is arranging a BBQ with B-san and C-san talking about attending. Things are pretty straightforward right until the end when C-san, presumably pressed for time, chimes in with a snappy なりゆきで. What to make of it?


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8 Responses to Gakuu. Studying with Real Japanese

  1. Sabrina September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

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    • Gakuranman September 30, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for your comment :).

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      • Sabrina September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

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        • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

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    • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey there! Thanks for dropping by :). No way – Koichi and I are buds. I’ve always loved teaching the more advanced stuff so it worked out perfectly. I’ll be adding more stuff in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

  3. DumbOtaku (percent20) October 3, 2010 at 12:58 am #

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    • Gakuranman October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Glad to have you man! Look forward to hearing any suggestions you have for the site and future lessons :)

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