What does "yare yare" mean?

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What does "yare yare" mean?

Post by DeadlyMonk » Tue 02.07.2006 2:22 pm

I hear it often said in Japanese films, anime and videogames. What does it mean exactly? Maybe it is "yari yari" but i'm quite certain it ends in a "re" not "ri".

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RE: What does "yare yare" mean?

Post by SaigoNoBan » Tue 02.07.2006 2:33 pm

I always heard it as sort of interjection, roughly equivalent to "Oh my oh my".

I wonder if it comes from the imperative form of やる, meaning something like "Do it!", or if it's just a word on its own. The imperative is unlikely though because the intonation is different.
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RE: What does "yare yare" mean?

Post by AJBryant » Tue 02.07.2006 4:19 pm

I usually tell people it's the Japanese equivalent to the Yiddish "oy" or the conventional English "oof" or "whew."

Sometimes, a "yare yare" when one is tired or sore and finally sitting down or relaxing is what in my family was called "my father's noise." ;)


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RE: What does "yare yare" mean?

Post by RGmex » Tue 02.07.2006 5:40 pm

yare yare is another japanese onomatopoeia . Kind of like pera pera, gira gira, goro goro, etc.

I think it has to do with the sound a person make when he/she is tired, you know that sound when you are taking a break and you hear yourself breathe heavily. Yare yare doesn't have a direct translation..it is just an onomatopoeia that describes the sound of being relaxed. Japanese just hear that sound differently, they hear "yare yare".

Kind of how they hear what a cow saids, maa maa instead of moo moo O_O

LOL, crazy japanese. ^_^
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