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Japanese slang

Post by kentaku_sama » Mon 12.15.2008 6:12 pm

This is kind of a strange subject but I know some Japanese slang, mainly from watching anime. First off I've heard that the word "くそ" is translated as "crap" but This is used in Naruto, bleach and other Children's shows in japan. Is this word a bad word or does it translate more into "Ah man" or "Oh crap!" because I would like to know I'm not cursing in japan. Also I would like to know if any body could give me some Japanese slang words that aren't Curse words. Like "バカ".

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Re: Japanese slang

Post by richvh » Mon 12.15.2008 7:27 pm

It's literally crap.
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Re: Japanese slang

Post by Dehitay » Tue 12.16.2008 9:54 am

kentaku_sama wrote:This is kind of a strange subject but I know some Japanese slang, mainly from watching anime. First off I've heard that the word "くそ" is translated as "crap" but This is used in Naruto, bleach and other Children's shows in japan. Is this word a bad word or does it translate more into "Ah man" or "Oh crap!" because I would like to know I'm not cursing in japan. Also I would like to know if any body could give me some Japanese slang words that aren't Curse words. Like "バカ".
I wouldn't consider either one of those slang. They're both standard vocabulary in Japanese. The only slang I can currently think of is turning the あい sound on the end of words to a えー sound. More specifically, turning ない into ねー.
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Re: Japanese slang

Post by NocturnalOcean » Mon 12.22.2008 6:06 pm

Dehitay wrote:
kentaku_sama wrote:This is kind of a strange subject but I know some Japanese slang, mainly from watching anime. First off I've heard that the word "くそ" is translated as "crap" but This is used in Naruto, bleach and other Children's shows in japan. Is this word a bad word or does it translate more into "Ah man" or "Oh crap!" because I would like to know I'm not cursing in japan. Also I would like to know if any body could give me some Japanese slang words that aren't Curse words. Like "バカ".
I wouldn't consider either one of those slang. They're both standard vocabulary in Japanese. The only slang I can currently think of is turning the あい sound on the end of words to a えー sound. More specifically, turning ない into ねー.
I am not sure I would call that slang, but rather a dialectal feature.
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Re: Japanese slang

Post by Mike Cash » Mon 12.22.2008 7:36 pm

Dehitay wrote: I wouldn't consider either one of those slang. They're both standard vocabulary in Japanese. The only slang I can currently think of is turning the あい sound on the end of words to a えー sound. More specifically, turning ない into ねー.
Slang terms come and go and tend to be more in vogue among the younger generation. The two you mention have been around seemingly forever and are used by young and old alike. I'd consider them as being somewhat akin to such things in English as the dropping of "g" in "-ing".....not "standard", perhaps, but certainly not slang either.
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