Kawaii vs Kirei かわいいvsきれい

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How to say beautiful in Japanese

 

“Kirei desu ne!”

When you say “beautiful” to cute girl in Japanese, there are some choices to say in Japanese. Kawaii and Kirei are two popular words. Which one you want to say or to be said?

 

“beautiful” in Japanese

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かわいい
kawaii
cute
きれい
kirei
cute
beautiful
うつくしい
utsukushii
beautiful
セクシー
sekushii
sexy
びじん
bijin
beautiful people
すてき
suteki
nice
いろっぽい
iroppoi
sexy
えろい
eroi
erotic

1.かわいい / Kawaii

かわいい(可愛い). “Kawaii” means “cute” in Japanese. In my opinion Kawaii women have baby face . Japanese idle group AKB 48 is typical for Kawaii.

2.きれい / Kirei

きれい(綺麗). “Kirei” meaning in Japanese is “cute/beautiful”. Models are Kirei?

3.うつくしい / Utsukushii

うつくしい(美しい). “Utsukushii” meaning is “beautiful” in Japanese. “Utsukushii” to woman is a direct expression. It’s like 100 mph fastball.

4.びじん / Bijin

びじん(美人). “Bijin” means “beautiful people” in Japanese but usually it is not used for men.

5.すてき / Suteki

すてき(素敵). “Suteki” means “lovely/beautiful” in Japanese.

エロい / Eroi

えろい. “Eroi” means “erotic” in Japanese. It depends if it works. You might be hit.

 

Kawaii, Kirei, Utsukushii or Eroi?

Let’s analyze which words should you say in your situation…

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例文 Example:

髪がきれいだね
Kami ga kireidane.
You have beautiful hair.
顔がかわいい
Kao ga kawaii.
Your face is cute.
性格がすてき
Seikaku ga suteki.
Her personarity is nice.
彼女は美人
Kanojo wa bijin.
She is a beautiful woman.
目がエロいね
Me ga eroine.
Your eye is erotic.

 

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A kawaii Japanese girl who lived 150 years ago called Meiji period (明治時代).

OLD JAPANESE GIRL IS CUTE NOW TOO

I love you in Japanese

In Japanese 好き suki = I like you. Correctly “好き” will be “わたしは あなたを 好きです。watashi wa anata wo suki desu.” but, in this case, the subject and the object are clear, and we just say “suki” or “kirai”. Aishiteru 愛してる is the best phrase to say “I love you” in Japanese. Daisuki 大好き is similar with Aishiteru.

 

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愛してるaishiteruI love you.
大好きdaisukiI love you.
I like you so much.
好きsukiI like you.
好きじゃないsukijanaiI don’t like you.
嫌いkiraiI don’t like you.
I hate you.
大嫌いdaikiraiI hate you.

 

Handsome in Japanese

japaneseromajienglish
かっこいいkakkoiiCool/hot
いけめんIkemenHandsome
びなんしBinanshiBeautiful boy
セクシーSekushiisexy
かわいいKawaiicute
ハンサムHansamuHandsome

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6 thoughts on “Kawaii vs Kirei かわいいvsきれい

  1. Really good explanations for cute, pretty, beautiful, erotic. The only thing I would add is the timing, the way of expression and the intonation of the words has a lot to do with the meaning expressed & what is heard by the woman you are talking to. Not much difference than English and timing.
    Good Job Ninja.

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