Japanese "ouch"?

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Japanese "ouch"?

Post by _allismine_ » Tue 05.23.2006 5:49 pm

Wondering, what's the japanese word for "ouch"? Like, "eeto" is like "um...".
I've heard "itte" (sp?) used in place of "ow", is that right?
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Post by Txkun » Tue 05.23.2006 6:02 pm

I know about "itai!". But looking on the web I found this.
I just wanted to comment on the Japanese example of "itai" or "iteeh"....
1. There could be a class distinction of which I'm not aware, but also, "iteeh" is simply a more casual/masculine form of "itai"....(this pattern is apparent in other words as well)
So, maybe, what you heard was "iteeh".
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Post by hungryhotei » Tue 05.23.2006 6:02 pm

Yes. From the adjective 痛い(いたい) we get いてえ いてぇ いてて いててて あててて etc.
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Post by _allismine_ » Tue 05.23.2006 6:11 pm

Thanks! But is "iteeh" more casual or masculine? I mean, would it sound wrong if a girl used it often?
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Post by keatonatron » Wed 05.24.2006 4:39 am

Yes. It's kind of... agressive.

Girls often say "Itta" or even simply "Itt". Of course the full "itai" is very common too.

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Post by Kates » Wed 05.24.2006 8:59 am

I can back that up. I said "itte" once, and the ladies I was with laughed at me. T_T Another example of how using Japanese you learn in anime is usually not a good idea. (Darn you, Inuyasha!)

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Post by two_heads_talking » Wed 05.24.2006 11:14 am

keatonatron wrote:
Yes. It's kind of... agressive.

Girls often say "Itta" or even simply "Itt". Of course the full "itai" is very common too.
umm itt ... is that another one of your left of vowel words.. itte or itta or even idde etc.. hell, i just say ouch or whatever, it all translates when they hear the sound and you have pain written all over your face..

you could say bananas and everyone would know what you meant.

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Post by AJBryant » Wed 05.24.2006 11:27 am

Interesting culturo-linguistic point. One of the easiest ways to find out someone's native language is to kick him in the shin.

No matter how acculturated one is, typically the surprise-pain response will trigger the native language response. Kick my shin, I go "ow!" -- kick a Japanese guy's shin, he'll go "ite!"

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Post by keatonatron » Wed 05.24.2006 11:29 am

That was a play on romaji.

The word is いたい. Add some feeling, and you get いったい. Make that agressively slangy, and you get いってい. Now try to say that while leaving off the ending え sound :D

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Post by Infidel » Wed 05.24.2006 1:09 pm

I know the germans used to catch spys by making them do math problem aloud, in german. Doing math in a foreign problem is hard :)

Or brits would catch german spies, by doing the reverse. I forget which atm.
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Post by MFoogle » Wed 05.24.2006 3:50 pm

keatonatron wrote:
Yes. It's kind of... agressive.

Girls often say "Itta" or even simply "Itt". Of course the full "itai" is very common too.
ok, this is something i dont get about a lot of languages: what difference does it make if a girl or a guy says something? I mean, in this case, it could just be an agressive girl saying "itteeh".

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Post by hungryhotei » Wed 05.24.2006 4:37 pm

Yes it could. There isn't a law saying that girls have to sound feminine and boys have to sound masculine. But that doesn't change that girls tned to speak in a feminine way and boys in a masculine way. And of course people have more or less feminine/masculine ways of talking based on their personality.
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Post by Gan » Wed 05.24.2006 4:47 pm

ok, this is something i dont get about a lot of languages: what difference does it make if a girl or a guy says something? I mean, in this case, it could just be an agressive girl saying "itteeh".
It's in every language. Even the english language. More often than not boys do not say they are pretty, they say they are handsome. I mean I'm a boy and if I say,

"I am pretty, and beautiful" I'm sure alot of people would agree I'm being feminine(sp?)

And if a girl says "I am handsome" People would agree they are being manly.

Just to name one example, there are others.

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Post by laurenkendall » Wed 05.24.2006 6:57 pm

AJBryant wrote:
Interesting culturo-linguistic point. One of the easiest ways to find out someone's native language is to kick him in the shin.

No matter how acculturated one is, typically the surprise-pain response will trigger the native language response. Kick my shin, I go "ow!" -- kick a Japanese guy's shin, he'll go "ite!"

Tony
*snicker* so... i just got a hilarious image of me kicking my friend Ryosuke in the shin.... Maybe I should do it and see what he says.
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Post by AJBryant » Wed 05.24.2006 7:12 pm

Maybe I should do it and see what he says.
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