October 26, 2017

ポンコツ Piece of Junk


piece of junk

junk, junky, piece of junk

ポンコツ pon kotsu junky; Used to described old cars and machines that are in less than perfect condition.

There are no kanji. You got off easy today. - [B]

Ummm... Which car is mine?



boku no kuruma wa nandakke? porushe ka, ranborugi-ni ka? aa, souka, ponkotsu datta!
My car, what was it now? Porsche? Lamborghini? Ah, I remember, it's a... piece of junk!

  • ポンコツ ponkotsu - junky [this word may have come from the word for the large hammer blacksmiths use to pound metal.]
  • ぼく boku - I [used mainly by boys and men; Adding a の NO after BOKU makes it mean [my]]
  • 車 kuruma - car
  • 何だっけ nandakke - What was that? [the KE at the end is often used to impress on the listener that the answer is on the tip of your tongue.]
  • ポルシェ porushe - Porsche
  • か ka - or used with lists of this or that...
  • ランボルギーニ ranborugi-ni - Lamborghini
  • あっ、そうか a, souka - Oh yeah [I remember]! [the small っ TSU shows a sudden stop as if surprised.]
  • だった! datta - was [The car is still a piece of junk, but since the person finally remembers what he was thinking of, he uses a past tense.]

Sharing is caring!

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Level up your Japanese!


For Total Beginners

Japanese for beginners - Beri-Beri Shoshinsha

This 15-book study guide + worksheets bundle is ON SALE. For just one-time payment only, you will get this bundle for a very low price plus you will get future contents for free (no additional charge).

Easy to follow and understand

This bundle is perfect for absolute beginners. It's thorough without being wordy, giving you exactly enough information to understand the concepts without overloading you with information. 

TheJapanShop.com Customer

Makoto+ Membership

You'll notice many TheJapanesePage.com lessons have bonus content for Makoto+ Members. Well, membership goes well beyond that. Members also get our monthly magazine for learners of Japanese (Beginners to Intermediates), weekly exclusive lessons, Podcast bonus content, and much more.