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男らしい Manly

manly, like a man, masculine

The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

B = Beginner | I = Intermediate | A = Advanced

otoko rashii
manly, like a man, masculine

otoko man, male
らしい rashii like, seems like

男の子 otoko no ko - boy, man-child [B]
雪男 yuki otoko - the Abominable Snowman [I]

NOTE: Todays Suggested usage isnt very useful. Going around saying this may make you seem stranger than you really are... But it is very good for showing differences in men and women\'s speech.


ore no otokorashii pinku no shatsu wa doko kashira.

I wonder wherever could my manly pink shirt be.


ore - I, me Used only by men; I dont advise using this unless you know enough Japanese to know when NOT to say this. ore has a very rough sound to it and is often seen as impolite. For the most part men and women use 私 watashi for their Is and mes. This is the safest.
俺の ore no - my Making the possesive is very easy in Japanese. Simply place a no between the 2 related parts. Lets see some examples using watashi instead of ore: わたし の 車 watashi no kuruma [My car]
らしい rashii - seems like, like This is added to nouns. There is another usage of らしい rashii which is placed at the end of a sentence and modifies the entire sentence and not just the one noun. It basically means the same thing, but lets focus on the noun-rashii now...
I think otokorashii is the most useful noun+rashii, but lets look at some other examples:
Can you guess what they mean? [answers are at the bottom]

1. 猫らしい neko rashii - ______________
2. 人間らしい ningen rashii - ______________
3. 日本人らしい nihonjin rashii - ______________
4. 女らしい onna rashii - ______________
5. マリリン・モンローらしい maririn monro- rashii - ______________

ピンク pinku - the color pink
シャツ shatsu - a shirt
どこ doko - where?
かしら kashira - I wonder used by women:
Men, dont say this. If you want to say I wonder then use kana which has the same meaning as kashira but is used by both sexes. Both kana and kashira are used in the same way grammatically too! Just stick it at the end of your sentence if you want to show that you are wondering about what you said.

Examples of kana (& kashira) :
どうしよう かな doushiyou kana... [I wonder what should (I) do?]
夢かな? yume kana? [I wonder if it was a dream?]
来るかな? kuru kana? [I wonder if (someone) will come?]

ANSWERS TO RASHII QUIZ: Drag your mouse over to highlight the answers: