This is an extract I am trying to translate


From my understanding and the posts I have read here, 好きな means "favorite" or "which one likes". But I don't understand how it works in this whole sentence, or how it connects to the said person having a side of him that is filled with curiosity.





「好き」 is the 連体形{れんたいけい} ("attributive form") of the na-adjective 「好き」. What that means is that it modifies a noun.

In this sentence, both

「村の外の話を聞くことが好き」 and 「好奇心旺盛」 are adjectival phrases that modify the noun 「側面」 ("side, aspect"). Thus, this person seems to have that aspect (あるようだ) described by the two phrases above.

Hope you are following all this. Since you are new here, I have no idea how much Japanese you already know.

"[The unmentioned subject], who is expected to become the next chief/leader seems to have a side filled with curiosity, loving to hear/learn about the world outside of the village."

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It is just a construction describing the person, which is modifying the part about curiosity. "He is a promising new leader but someone who has a very curious side to him and likes hearing things from outside the village".

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  • Much appreciated thank you :) – Eddy Feb 6 at 11:30
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    Ben, welcome to JLSE! We try not to function as a bulk translation service. When answering questions, we try to identify the underlying problem/issue and teach the concepts that help them learn the Japanese language. – ajsmart Feb 6 at 13:40
  • I would assume that he just might be able to work out the underlying issue from the translation I gave. – Ben Feb 6 at 13:43
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    @Ben That may be true, but we want answers to be useful for others that may have the same issue as well. Explaining the reasoning behind your translations will go a long way in helping achieve that goal. See: japanese.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer See also: japanese.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic – ajsmart Feb 6 at 14:18

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