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しぶい子供 Sophisticated Child

Sophisticated Child

The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

B = Beginner | I = Intermediate | A = Advanced

shibui kodomo
Sophisticated Child

しぶい shibui elegance, unobtrusive sophistication, cool
子供 ko domo child, children

渋柿 shibu gaki - sour persimmon [A]
渋滞 juu tai - traffic congestion [I]
子犬 ko inu - puppy [B]

Given a chance, little Frank can push the boundaries of kindergarten culture.


furanku chan wa shibui kodomo nanode, shinatora shika utaimasen.

Little Frank has such a touch of sophistication about him, he only sings Sinatra.


フランク furanku - Frank
ちゃん chan - chan is mainly used for girls, but can be used for small boys as well
しぶい shibui - Shibui is one of those words that is hard to grasp especially for gaijin! It implies a man who has a state of coolness about him. Elegance and a kind of maturity that everyone can instantly recognize.

Some examples of men who are shibui (according to Yumi!) are:
Dustin Hoffman
Roger Moore
Charles Bronson

and in Japan one of my favorite actors who may be considered to have that shibui-ness about him is:
Tamura Masakazu (better known as Furuhata Ninzaburou the detective)

ので node - therefore, so...
シナトラ shinatora - Sinatra whose first name is shared by our hero (Frank)
しか shika - alone, only this Always is paired with a negative verb. nihongo shika hanasemasen. (I only speak Japanese)
歌いません utaimasen - not sing

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