速やか [すみやか] – speed
(The more experienced among my readers may notice that the character 速 can also be read はやい.)
When に is added to the end of an adjectival noun (形動 [けいどう]) like 速やか, it’s akin to adding -ly to the end of the similar word in English, turning the word into an adverb. So 速やか (speed) becomes 速やかに (speedily). I will go over はやい in a little more depth in my next column, as it can be a bit confusing for beginners.
So, what prompted me to write about 速やか today? Well, I received the following message from Facebook today as I attempted to refresh my profile page:
What this boils down to is this: “A problem has occurred. As we are working to quickly resolve the issue, please wait a while then try again.”
Here’s a vocab list to help you through the sentence. Please use the above translation to give you a better feel for how the words work together in context.
- 問題 [もんだい] – problem
- 発生しました [はっせい] – has occurred (しました = past tense of します)
- すみやかに – speedily; quickly
- 解決 [かいけつ] – settle; resolve
- できるよう – in such a way as is possible
- 作業しております [さぎょう] – work; operation
- ので – because of; since
- しばらくしてから – after waiting for a while
- もう一度 [いちど] – one more time
- お試しください [ためし] – please try