Chapter 2: Excited! -Expressions-

Please remember, tonation (manner of producing or uttering tones, especially with regard to accuracy of pitch.) is very important to communicate your intention.

Response

  • Yes ?>> Un
  • No ?>> Uu-n

Maybe

  • Tabun.
  • Soo kamo ne.
  • Kamo ne.

Hmmm,, I don’t know

  • Wakaranai
  • Unnn, wakan nai
  • Saa,,,
  • Shiranai

Surprise/Really?

  • Hontoo?

Serious?

  • Maji?
  • maji de?

Wow! Amazing / Awesome

  • Sugoi ?/ Uwaa-, Sugoi !
  • Sugoi ne
  • Suggee-

Interesting!

  • Omoshiroi!
  • Omoshiree!

Enjoyable

  • Tanoshii!

No way!

  • Usso-.
  • Usso-, hontoo? ?(,, really?)
  • Masaka!
  • Joodan desho? (u’re kidding, right?)

Unbelievable!

  • Shinji rarenai
  • Shinji raren (Osaka)
  • Arienai

Impossible!

  • Muri

Language Note:

There are many casual words for “very”, equivalent to?“totemo” in formal Japanese.

  • Sugoiku
  • Hontoo ni
  • Choo-
  • Suggee-
  • Meccha ?(Osaka)

Kaiwa (Conversation)

A: Hee, sugoi. Omoshiroi nee-?/Wow, amazing. It’s so interesting.
B: Hontoo? ? /Really? ? Kyoomi aru? ?/Are you interested?
A: aru aru! Sugee aru.?/For sure! Extremely.
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