Grammar Info
N2 Lesson 10: 13/20

陸(ろく)に~ない
not well/properly, not much/enough, barely・hardly

Other forms - 碌に

Structure
ろくに + (Negative) Phrase
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  • [Often used with a verb in potential form・It is a good practice to put it as close as possible to the verb in negative form]
  • [ろくに〜ない can carry the nuance that the things that you are doing are lukewarm or half-baked. めったに〜ない does not carry this nuance]
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彼(かれ)ケーキを焼(や)くどころか、シンプルな料理(りょうり)さえろくにできない
Far from baking a cake, he can't even cook a simple meal properly.
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毎日(まいにち)、うちの猫(ねこ)に起(お)こされるせいでろくに寝(ね)られない
Every day I am woken up by my cat, so I can't sleep well.
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英語(えいご)ろくに知(し)らないのに父(ちち)外国(がいこく)人(じん)のカップルに道(みち)を教(おし)えようとした。
Despite barely knowing any English, dad tried to give directions to a foreign couple.
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[AIAIJ] An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
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