Archaic 'no gaijin could ever learn it' Words

Archaic 'no gaijin could ever learn it' Words

辻斬り Samurai who Kills Someone with a Sword on the Street

辻斬り

Samurai who kills someone with a sword on the street


The word:

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辻斬り
tsujigiri
Samurai who kills someone with a sword on the street

tsuji crossing, street corner
kiru murder, kill



辻褄 tsuji tsuma - consistency, consistent - usually written in hiragana only [A]
斬新 zan shin - novel, novelty [A]



SUGGESTED USAGE:

あやしい男は、辻斬りの下手人と思われたが、刀の代わりに花を出した。花屋さんだった。
ayashii otoko wa, tsujigiri no geshunin to omowareta ga, katana no kawari ni hana o dashita. hanayasan datta.

The suspicious man was thought to be a street assassin, but instead of a sword he drew out flowers. Turns out he was a florist.

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

怪しい ayashii - suspicious, suspect, strange This can also be used to express doubt of something a friend has said.
otoko - man, male
下手人 ge shu nin - criminal, murderer
と思われた to omowareta - was thought to be passive voice
katana - (Japanese) sword More on KATANA: Go here
代わりに kawari ni - instead of, in place of
花屋さん hana ya san - florist The san is added for cuteness and to indicate he worked at a florist shop (花屋).
だった datta - was simple past


かわず Frog

かわず

(old word for かえる kaeru- Frog)


The word:

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かわず
kawazu
(old word for かえる kaeru- Frog)

The kanji for Frog is 蛙. Both the old kawazu and the modern kaeru pronunciation use this kanji
The sound of frogs in Japanese is gero or gwa
To hear and learn about the FROG SONG click here


かえる kaeru - the modern, non-samurai frog [B]
蛙飛び kaeru tobi - the game of leap frog [I]
雨蛙 ama gaeru - tree frog [lit. rain frog] [I]



SUGGESTED USAGE:

古池やかわず飛び込む 水の音
furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto

an old pond / a frog jumps! / the sound of water

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

Today's suggested usage is not from my imagination, but from Japan's most well-known poet, Basho furu ike - old pond
古池 furu ike - old pond
飛び込む tobi komu - to jump in, plunge
水の音 mizu no oto - sound of water

接吻 Kiss

接吻

kiss (old word)


The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

B = Beginner | I = Intermediate | A = Advanced

接吻
seppun
kiss (old word)

setsu come into contact with, receive
fun



直接 choku setsu - direct, immediate [I]
面接 men setsu - interview [B]


Be a romantic samurai! Nowadays Japanese say kisu (kiss) or chuu to mean kiss

SUGGESTED USAGE:

ゴジラは接吻しようとキティちゃんに近づいたが、逃げられた。
gojira wa seppun shiyou to kiti chan ni chikazuita ga, nigerareta.

'Godzilla thought to kiss Hello Kitty and approached her, but she ran away.

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

ゴジラ gojira - Godzilla [The Japanese gojira comes from gorira (gorilla) and kujira (whale)]
しよう shiyou - decided to do something (kiss her)
キティちゃん kiti chan - Hello Kitty
に近づいた ni chikazuita - come close to, approach maybe you recognize chikai (near, close)
ga - but connects two parts
逃げられた nigerareta - uses the passive of nigeru (to run away, escape) so she got away


果たし状 letter of challenge (to fight)

果たし状

letter of challenge (to fight)


The word:

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果たし状
hatashi jou
letter of challenge (to fight)

ha (tashi) fruit, carry out, succeed
jou conditions, form



結果 kekka - result, consequences [B]
年賀状 nen ga jou - New Years card [I]
招待状 shou tai jou - invitation card [I]


A hard day's work and this is what I get to calm my nerves?!

SUGGESTED USAGE:

何だ!近頃の果たし状は!!ピンクの紙とかレースの刺繍とか、けしからん!
nanda! chika goro no hatashijou wa!! pinku no kami toka re-su no shishuu toka keshikaran!

What?! Challenge letters nowadays, I tell you!! Pink paper, lace embroidery... This is unpardonable!

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

何だ nan da - Whats this?! used when surprised - kore wa nan desu ka. is What is this?
近頃 chika goro - recently, as of late another useful recently is saikin
ピンク pinku - pink, the color
kami - paper other kamis include: 髪 kami hair & 神 kami god / God
とか toka - such as... and ... used when listing 2 or more examples
レース re-su - lace because in Japanese R and L are transliterated to the same katakana characters, re-su can also mean race
刺繍 shi shuu - embroidery
けしからん keshikaran - impertinent, shameful, unpardonable, inexcusable, outrageous, disgraceful Yes keshikaran can imply all these meanings!


毒見役 Taste Tester

毒見役

taster (of food or drink) for poison


The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

B = Beginner | I = Intermediate | A = Advanced

毒見役
doku mi yaku
taster (of food or drink) for poison

doku poison
mi to see
yaku an office, duty


気の毒 ki no doku - it's a pity, too bad [B]
食中毒 shoku chuu doku - food poisoning [I]
花見 hana mi - flower viewing [B]
悪役 aku yaku - the bad guy [I]
役に立つ yaku ni tatsu - useful [B]