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30 November 2010 @ 02:19 pm
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word...  
Why hello, pretty house from my neighborhood! I took this during my morning run today. =^-^= Funny thing is, it was sort of non-freezing at 11 am, but now at 2 pm, it's completely and utterly freezing. What should I do? I have a coupon that will expire today if I don't use it, but I'd have to go all the way to Harajuku which means a few hours at least that I'm outside in that cold!! Doushiyou...

Anyways.. meme time??
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend

For gairaigo, aside from the obvious anime and cosplay:
- mansion! Would you believe it, I live in a mansion?? At least in Japan, I do. Someone along the way got confused and apartments are called "mansions" in Japanese. At least, a certain type of apartments are. I don't know the difference, really.
- tarento (from "talent"). This is the job title of one of those people whose sole job is to appear on Japanese variety shows and commercials and stuff. They don't do dramas and movies-- just tv usually. Usually we call them nontalentos, because we can't figure out if they actually have any! (Some of them do, most of them don't.. can't figure out why they are on tv, to be honest.. then again, you could say the same thing about me! ^^;;).
- happii. Aka "happy"! Why wouldn't I love this word?
- gyaru! From "gal", and actually generally refers to the girls who tan themselves and put on crazy makeup and bleach their hair blonde.. :D
- rajaa! From "roger", with the same meaning! Lately I've noticed japanese guys using it a lot. I've started to use it too.

And then the infinitely fun slang!
- Aho. "Dumbass". I always think of this as a borrowed word, from "a**hole", but I don't know if it is. It's used in all sorts of fun ways here! Like "Oh, that guy just borthered everyone with his advertisements. What an aho!" Or, "Ahahaha, I ate my food in the wrong order! I'm such an aho!" Etc etc. :D I use it more than I care to admit, mainly because in K-sensei's studio, Kaiwa-san used it ALL THE TIME. It rubbed off on me. =D

- baka. Surely you know what this means? :D I always try to use it as a term of affection, like "you're my little baka♥", and while it works for western anime fans really well, it doesn't work for my japanese friends. They all get offended. ^-^;; Even Mako. I think he's used to it by now, but at first, oh man! That term of endearment resulted in an argument! Lesson: Don't use it with Japanese people!
- muramura- Slang for "I'm horny"..... ^o^;;; Might be useful! I think it's cute!
- maji?! Aka "really?!" or "no way!". It's a fun expression which I need to use more often!
- nanchatte. "Just kidding!" Used at the end of a joke or something.. :3
- suman. Short version of "sumimasen", or "sorry". It's super-casual... even though I've heard businessmen saying it to their underlings. I also like wari, which comes from "warui", and sort of means "my bad".
- ..... teki na ...... Like for example, "pinku-teki na fuku." I learned later that most people don't say this, but I picked this habit up from K-sensei, who uses it all the time! x.x;; It means "something like ......" or "....ish" Like in my sentence, "I want some pinkish clothes." LOL
- yabai. Most people think this means just "terrible", but actually it can mean something totally awesome too! Like "yabai oishii", as in "super-uper delicious, so delicious it's dangerous!" :D
- yaru naa. If the "na" isn't long, it means "don't do this", but if you stretch out the "naa" and say it in kind of a knowing voice, it becomes "ooh, good job" (or more like "you can do it", as in "you have quite a bit of fighting spirit".. or something like that. It's really hard to explain!)

I suppose that's more than enough for now!

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb)..
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"

Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
*ggggggg* @Mansion
I so agree with your opinion that something went wrong there is the transition of the word

And "aho" is the ONLY kansai word that I know (= it's not borrowed ^.^ though I like the explanation of "a*hole" ^^;;;)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's kansai-ben??
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on November 30th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
From what I remember, the difference between a 'mansion' and 'apartment' here, is that an apartment is usually a building with only up to 2 floors, while a mansion is 3 or more, and is usually made with steel, reinforced concrete, etc.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Really? I think I have heard something like that, now that you mention it. Thanks Jilly!! ^^
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くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on November 30th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Not with any of the mansions I've lived in here. It mostly has to do with size and building materials.
✖ KAKI ✖nativegirl on November 30th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
I was really confused at first in my Japanese class when we learned mansion. XD I also love this post because we never learned slang in school, and I imagine it might be useful at some point, haha. Thanks for sharing so much~ <3
Ai-chansanzo_ai on November 30th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I kinda need a little help I had to change my MSN account so it's chibiaiko1987@hotmail.com if you could drop me a line I seriously need help.T.T
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey
Ara? What is it that you need?
Ai-chansanzo_ai on December 1st, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey
Well I was wondering how did you study and how did you manage to get a job once you arrived in Japan?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey
Well, all of the answers are on my lj and formspring, to be honest. ^^; But the short answer is, I got a job before coming to Japan, and I studied through life experiences mainly. Now I use books and life combined.
neofeliss on November 30th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
I cracked up at "aho". X3 I should use that slang sometime here. XD

..."Muramura"....sounds adorable. XDDD
超ちゃ人: girlZ: dreamingchochajin on November 30th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Hehe. It's not cold yet at all.
In Germany it has minus degrees even during the daytime and around -10°C at night (and it will get only colder and colder from now on) plus snow chaos. Oh, how I do NOT miss that at all :D
Well, but we had the super humid summer this year, so I hope at least we will have a somewhat mild winter :D

I'm sure Tokyo is not much colder/warmer than here right now. Hang in there ^-^
patty1943patty1943 on November 30th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Love these posts. The things you know are very interesting.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, thanks! =^-^=
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on December 1st, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Gyaru girls can look so frightening! (That's redundant, isn't it?)
Slang is always fun!
(Anonymous) on December 1st, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
isn't Baka stupid idiot!? I wouldn't like it if someone called me their "little stupid idiot"
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. ^^;; I picked it up because a friend in the US called me "baka-chan", in an affectionate way. ^^; I've thought of it as a cute nickname ever since ^^;;;

If you read this somehow-- it's all your fault, Karen!!! ^o^/
Philippos Fourty-Two: dungphilippos42 on December 1st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
You thought "baka" was a term of endearment?

Well, I could call you "Baka!" but I think I won't.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 1st, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have a friend in the US who always called me "baka-chan", as a kind of nickname. But it was an affectionate nickname because I always acted sort of stupid ^^;;

It rubbed off on me and I can only think of it as a term of endearment ^^;;;
(Anonymous) on December 3rd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
You have good vocabulary!! I give you one more vocabulary. It is "Jan". "Jan" is usually for the end of word. And, this word is the Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama region limitation. For example, "Baka jan", "Aho jan" etc...
Try to use it!!
(Anonymous) on December 4th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
ah, simple one. the MAN in MANsion comes from the price you pay for it. Man, or 10.000 yen, is why they use it. Traditionally an apartment which sells for more than 100.000.000 yen is called an OKU-sion.