Yabai! 10 Japanese slang words
How to say “Yabai!“, “Sugoi“, “Maji” in casual Japanese conversation.
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.
Japanese Slang List
awful / amazing
|I can’t help it.|
|It’s too much!|
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.
Kyo ikemen ni nanpa sarechatta!!
(Today I was nanpa-ed by a handsome guy! )
He is mote mote ne. He has two girl friends and I saw he was dating with the third one yesterday.
Nikushoku-kei (肉食系) :
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.
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.
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.
Uzai (うざい)/ Kimoi(きもい):
|You know? I saw Ken and Mai dated yesterday!|
|Eh? Sore Yabai! Maji Yabai!|
|Eh? Which means?|
|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
略語 Japanese Abbreviation
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.
|あけおめ||akeome||happy new year|
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?