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What i understand is : "It is not surprising! I, somehow, am unable to understand her" ?

The only 2 "ためし" i found are : 試し. trial; test​ and 例. precedent; example​ But i can't see what it would mean..

Thanks everyone !

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  • context please? – ericfromabeno Sep 28 '18 at 16:56
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    The answer here : ^ Eiríkr さんの訳があってるでしょうね・・・... -- Could you tell us, if you don't mind, why you chose to accept the answer that provided an incorrect translation/interpretation, rather than the other answer with a correct translation/interpretation? – Chocolate Sep 30 '18 at 4:28
  • Oh wow, i misread your answer : She has never understood me じゃなくて I've never understood her myself って意味でしょうね、フツーは。。 Btw what does : " 、フツーは。。 " means? Thanks, and sorry for my mistake. – お星座 Sep 30 '18 at 12:29
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    「フツーは」, or 「普通は」, means "normally", "usually", or "generally"... I think. It's similar in meaning to 「通常は」. – Chocolate Sep 30 '18 at 13:15

There's another ためし that fits here. Etymology from Shogakukan's 国語大辞典:


Definitions and pitch accent from Daijirin:

ためし [3] 【例・様】
(2)手本となること。また,故事。「老たる馬ぞ道はしる,と云―あり/平家 9」

This has the same pitch accent as 試し, so verbally and in kana, you'll just have to know both terms and figure it out from context.

Since ためし in the sample sentence would mean "past instance of something", and since there aren't any past instances of 理解できた, a better translation might be:

That is not surprising. I do not always understand have never understood her myself.

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    so, literally translated it would be "I don't have any examples of having ever understood her, either." ... It must be a very "literary" form of speech? – ericfromabeno Sep 29 '18 at 2:52
  • "hisao m" said it was "She has never understood me." Which one is the correct one? – お星座 Sep 29 '18 at 11:52
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    ^ Eiríkr さんの訳があってるでしょうね・・・ 「驚くことはないよ、私なんか彼女が理解できたためしはない。」っていったら、 She has never understood me じゃなくて I've never understood her myself って意味でしょうね、フツーは。。 – Chocolate Sep 29 '18 at 14:56

According to the dictionary, ためし can be translated as "example", "precedent", "case"

Has a woman ever visited such a place?

He has never once won a race.

I have never won a fight.

So the translation becomes:
She has never understood me.

ためし【例/様】: 前にすでにあったこと。先例。前例。

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    どこからどこまでが引用ですか? 引用箇所は、わかるようにblockquoteに入れてください。 – Chocolate Sep 30 '18 at 4:15

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