Favourite native Japanese word!


Hi everyone :slight_smile: This is my first post!

My favourite and most commonly used word is definitely yabai (やばい)… I’ve heard many of my native friends use it as well. It can be used for many situations like “Ah! What?” … “That’s dangerous”… “oh no!” … “Oh my, she is so pretty!” …

haha :smiley:


Welcome! Congratulations on your first post!

Everyone always picks some word that stands out as their favorite, but my favorite is 最近(さいきん)(recently). When a Japanese guy asked me what my favorite word was, he was really surprised since it’s a completely normal word, but I really love how it sounds, and I also love writing out the kana.

A runner up would be 言語道断(ごんごどうだん)(ridiculousness). I love this one because it kinda describes itself.


If by native you mean 大和言葉 (やまとことば) I suppose my favorite would be 木漏れ日 (こもれび). If you just mean any Japanese word, it’s 感動 (かんどう). Notice that both words don’t have direct translations into English.


god i really can’t pick one, there are so many i like from different word classes, onomatopoeia, wasei, yoji, compound verbs… but the ones that happened to strike my fancy today, at least, are the loanwords-become-godan-verbs: ダブる、ググる、トラブる、サボる.

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Unfortunately my favorite word isn’t a polite one 野郎 (やろう). It has nothing to do with it’s meaning, I just like the way it flows off my tongue.


Well, you could always tell people you like the Kansai version of だろう. They say や for だ and やろう for だろう.


Ohhhh, I thought they just kept calling people 野郎. Suddenly a lot less abrasive.


Mine would be しんきろう. The way it sounds immediately reminds me of fog, and a garden in a rainy season. Its meaning is fatamorgana. I discover this word from Sakanaction and TK from Ling Tosite Sigure’s track.

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Oh, I have many I love! But I think the favorite which I learned through WaniKani is 金玉 ( きんたま ) - golden balls… actual meaning - testicles!


I like pretty much all of the repeat kanji compounds, like 人々, 早々, 時々, and so on. They just sound so nice :slight_smile:

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