With school math problems, the text matters just as well as creating and solving a numerical equation. But understanding the logic behind wording can be challenging for students, and their parents, too!
Twitter user @nao_p_on shared a picture of her son’s elementary school test earlier this week, and a buzz ensued. Her son scored 95 out of 100, losing five points for one tiny mistake. He got the correct answer (32), but the proper formula was “8×4” and not “4×8.” Mom also joked she’d take it up with Japan’s highest authority if she had to.
Many shared their frustration at what appears to be vague instruction. However, some teachers said the instructor was just following their training, i.e., educating children to read problems and infer the proper order.
Mom vs math
— なおぽん (@nao_p_on) November 28, 2021
In other words, you understand, are convinced or agree because it’s consistent with what you believe in.
“This morning, my son’s test popped out of his school bag. 95 points. He was so frustrated that it seemed he couldn’t take it out.
How many stickers do you need to distribute so that each of the four children gets eight stickers?
☓ (wrong) 4×8 = 32 stickers
○ (correct) 8×4 = 32 stickers
It’s okay. Mom doesn’t understand it either.
We’re going to the Supreme Court.”
Express ‘convinced’ in Japanese
The JLPT N3 verb and phrase “納得する” is convenient to express your agreement in a conversation. It conveys the acceptance of other people’s thoughts, views and actions, compared to your own. In other words, you understand, are convinced or agree because it’s consistent with what you believe in.
Here are some examples:
- 納得のいかない話: An unconvincing story, a story that doesn’t add up
- 説明を聞いて納得する: “I’ll be convinced when I hear the explanation.”
- 君の意見には納得できない: “I’m not convinced by your opinion.”
- この件については、理解はできるが納得はできない: “I understand this case, but I’m not convinced.”
- その説明で彼が納得するかどうか教えて下さい: “Let me know if that explanation makes sense to him.”
理解する, which means ‘to understand.’
It’s important to note that 納得する is different than the verb 理解する, which means “to understand.” The second one refers to correctly (or objectively) perceiving a situation regardless of your system of belief.
- 数学の公式が理解できた: “I was able to understand the math formulas.”
- 現状を理解するのに少時間がかかった: “It took me a while to understand the current situation.”
- 私は彼の心情を理解した: “I understood his feelings.”
|ランドセル||randoseru||Schoolbag (for elementary students)|
|ぴらり||pirari||With a flutter|
|納得がいかず||nattoku ikazu||Unable to accept|
|…らしい||rashii||It seems, it appears…|
|枚||mai||Counter for flat things|