I'm writing a short text and I got stuck because I wanted to write that my parents, who are now at home not working seeing that they retired from work, seem to be unhappy. Can I say something like: 両親は働かないで嬉しくなさそうです?

  • If it were me, I'd say that you're pretty much there. I might have chosen a different wording, but it looks good from my (admittedly foreign) perspective.
    – ajsmart
    Oct 16, 2017 at 15:25
  • It looks very "translated" and not natural. Luckily, you have received a good answer below.
    – user4032
    Oct 17, 2017 at 1:14

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I'm gonna say, "両親は定年になってからというもの、毎日つまらなさそうにしています."

It literally means "Ever since my parents retired from their work, they look miserable."

Or respecting your original words, I would revise as "両親は働いていないので、楽しくなさそうです."

Hope it helps.


I would use 〜みたいです。みたい can be used to express your opinion or assumption based on what you have seen first hand. “It looks like”/ “It seems like”. そう I believe is more commonly used for things you've heard.


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