Japanese "ouch"?

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by two_heads_talking » Thu 05.25.2006 10:39 am

MFoogle wrote:
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".
take a look at spanish.. there are femine markers and masculine markers everywhere and getting them wrong is not an option. in japanese there are some words considered feminine and some masculine, but again, that does not mean they are exclusively used by either party.. i personally would not use wa in replacement of yo at the end of a sentence for exclamation unless i was poking fun at someone..

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by clay » Thu 05.25.2006 10:50 am

On a side note: Yes, don't get started down the 'wa' path if you are male. (wa is a feminine ender)

I had a friend who started saying 'ii wa' as a joke and to irritate his Japanese teacher. Unfortunately for him, it became a habit. It took him weeks of slapping himself after each slip to stop saying it.

To make this post more relevant I might say I never heard him say, "itetete" after slapping himself.

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by two_heads_talking » Thu 05.25.2006 12:51 pm

no? did he say .. ow ow ow!

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by MFoogle » Thu 05.25.2006 2:15 pm

clay wrote:
I had a friend who started saying 'ii wa' as a joke and to irritate his Japanese teacher. Unfortunately for him, it became a habit. It took him weeks of slapping himself after each slip to stop saying it.
too bad i wasnt there...that sounds hilarious! :D

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by skrhgh3b » Thu 05.25.2006 4:44 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!"

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I don't know. I sometimes find myself saying, "itte!" or "ittettettette!" purely unconsciously. And if I'm not in the company of Japanese, then it's really embarrassing. If all Japanese were so easy to assimilate as the ouch word, I'd be fluent by now....
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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by laurenkendall » Sat 05.27.2006 9:36 am

AJBryant wrote:
Maybe I should do it and see what he says.
Don't forget to report back. ;)


Tony
OKAY!!! I'm reporting back! Ryosuke gladly volunteered himself as my guinea pig and then I smacked him. He said "Itte!"
Soooo... I guess now we know.

Oh, by the way, I didn't reallly hurt him, and he's not mad at me, so it's okay.

=^-^=
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Post by AJBryant » Sat 05.27.2006 11:52 am

Ryosuke gladly volunteered himself as my guinea pig and then I smacked him. He said "Itte!"
Soooo... I guess now we know.
They can't know it's coming. It has to be a surprise. That's what triggers the "go home to momma language" factor.

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by laurenkendall » Sun 05.28.2006 11:58 am

Well, I didn't tell him what he was being a guinea pig for. I just told him I was gonna do something. :)
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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by AJBryant » Sun 05.28.2006 3:50 pm

Ah. :o

:D

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Post by Reno » Sun 05.28.2006 4:06 pm

This is turning out to be a great thread, lets all experiment on Japanese friends!

(next time, kick him in the nuts, if that doesn't trigger your native swearing tongue I dont know what will)
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Post by jinksys » Sun 05.28.2006 4:47 pm

Reno wrote:
This is turning out to be a great thread, lets all experiment on Japanese friends!

(next time, kick him in the nuts, if that doesn't trigger your native swearing tongue I dont know what will)
IMHO a kick in the nuts merits more than "ouchie."

Its more of a, "You have no chance to survive, make your time."
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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by _allismine_ » Sun 05.28.2006 5:24 pm

Awww, I wish I could do that, but I don't have many friends. But trust me, I would have.
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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by keatonatron » Mon 05.29.2006 2:48 am

_allismine_ wrote:
Awww, I wish I could do that, but I don't have many friends.
Don't worry, if everyone does as this thread suggests they'll end up just like you :D

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RE: Japanese "ouch"?

Post by AJBryant » Mon 05.29.2006 11:22 am

IMHO a kick in the nuts merits more than "ouchie."
Yeah, a gurgling grunt and passing out are pretty much the same in any language. :)


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