Yabai! 10 Japanese Slang words – Casual Japanese

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Yabai! 10 Japanese slang words

How to say “Yabai!“, “Sugoi“, “Maji” in casual Japanese conversation.

 

yabaiyo

YABAI YO!

 

Japanese people often says “Yabai! Yabai!” in office, school or house or cafeteria in the situation of surprise. But such words never be found in the textbook, because they are Japanese slang! Let me introduce some words I like and use daily.

日本人はオフィスや学校や家やカフェテリアで、おどろいたときによく「やばい!やばい!」と言います。しかしそのような言葉は教科書にはでてきません。なぜならそれらは日本語のスラングだから!わたしが好きで日々つかっているいくつかの言葉を紹介させてください。

 

Japanese Slang List

japaneseenglish
やばい
yabai
dangerous
awful / amazing
まじ
maji
really
seriously
すごい
sugoi
great
awesome
かっけー
kakkee
cool
しゃーない
shaanai
I can’t help it.
めんどい
mendoi
It’s too much!
うざい
uzai
annoying
ださい
dasai
not cool
なんぱ
nanpa
pickup
ちゃらい
charai
too familiar
(nanpa boy)

 

Nanpa (ナンパ):

Men talk to women in the town like Shibuya or Shinjuku, and ask her out on a date. these towns are fomous for love hotel too. This is called Nanpa(wiki) in Japanese. Not vice versa? No no, It might happen. A lucky boy (like me) is nanpa-ed by girls. This is called Gyaku-nan (逆ナン). Japanese like short  characters , so pa is removed. (gyaku-nanpa to gyaku-nan) Generally, Gyaku-nan succeeds easier than regular Nanpa because boys are animal. But if the gyakunan activity fails, her pride falls into the sea.

 
example:
Kyo ikemen ni nanpa sarechatta!!
(Today I was nanpa-ed by a handsome guy! )


Charai(チャラい):

Adjective. Charai boys means such boys to do nanpa every day even if they have girl friends. Cheaters.

Mote mote(もてもて):

Mote mote can be used for boys and girls. It means popular with other sex.
example:
He is mote mote ne. He has two girl friends and I saw he was dating with the third one yesterday. 

Maji?:

Really? or Are you serious?

Nikushoku-kei (肉食系) :

In Japan we separate people to two categories, which are Nikushoku kei (wiki) and Soshoku kei(草食系). There is no strict definition of the two words but let me explain my opinion.
Nikushoku GIrl
Nikushoku GIrl

As you know, in the dinasour ages carnivorous dinasours (eating meat)  and herbivore dinasours (eating leaves) lived. The former is called Nikushoku-kei and The latter is Soshoku-kei in Japan. We use the same method to measure their trends of love.

Nikushoku people are like T-rex. They look strong and positive. They act positive and doing Nanpa or Gokon. On the other hand, Soshoku people are like Ankylosaurus. they look weak and defensive (conservative). They don’t act positive like Nikushoku-kei.

 

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You think Nikushoku always win the  game but sometimes it does not work. Soshoku-kei pretend to be weak (?) , so sometimes they look cute and win the game. This is the case Soshoku beats Nikushoku.


example:
A: Mai broke up with Charai boy and have the third bf of this year now.
B: Hmm, She looks Soshoku-kei but actually positive ne.
A: Actually she’s not the type. she is a real Nikushoku one covered with Zebra skins. Hmm, good idea.

Mecha (めちゃ):

adverb. very or so.
 
example:
Ano ko mecha kawaii. ( That girl is so cute.) 
 
 

Dasai (ダサい):

adjective. uncool or unstylish.
 
example:
Watashi no kareshi maji ikemen dakedo fuku ga chotto dasai. (My boy friend is so handsome but unstylish.)
 
 

Uzai (うざい)/ Kimoi(きもい):

adjective.dick, bug, gross.

会話 Conversation

しってる?きのうケンとマイがデートしてたよ!
You know? I saw Ken and Mai dated yesterday!
え?それやばい!まじやばい!
Eh? Sore Yabai! Maji Yabai!
え?どっちのいみ?
Eh? Which means?
わるいいみで。かのじょはほかのおとこがいるからね。
Bad! She has another boy friend.
  • しってる? shitteru?| do you know?
  • きのう kinou | yesterday
  • どっち (=どちら)  docchi| which
  • いみ imi | meaning
  • わるい warui | bad
  • かのじょ |kanojo | she

 

Dirty Japanese: Everyday Slang from “What’s Up?” to “F*%# Off!” (Dirty Everyday Slang)

 

略語 Japanese Abbreviation

Ninja kun at cafe

In Japanese many words can be abbreviation. For example smartphone means スマートフォン in Japanese but we say it スマホ, sumaho in romaji. Such abbreviations are often used in conversation. These are popular words.

 

 

japaneseromajienglish
スタバsutabastarbucks
マックmakkumcdonalds (tokyo)
マクドmakudomcdonalds (osaka)
セブンsebunseven-elleven
スマホsumahosmartphone
ケータイkeetaimobile phone
コンビニkonbiniconvenient store
ワイシャツwaishatsuwhite shirts
プレステpuresuteplaystation
あけおめakeomehappy new year

example:

しぶや の スタバ で まちあわせしよー?
Shibuya no sutaba de machiawase shiyoo?

Let’s meet at the Starbucks in Shibuya?

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