Study Japanese Slang Now

Published: 03rd March 2011
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STUDY JAPANESE SLANG NOW! Untranslatable expressions!


Learning a foreign language can be a really interesting experience. Sometimes, one encounters phrases that are non-existent in oneís native tongue. Encountering phrases like this can expand your mind, and it can really give you insight into the native culture of that language. The Japanese language and culture is much different from English, so they have many such phrases. Today, I want to talk about the word "nori." Imagine the situation:


1. You are making a joke, but your friends or the listener didnít laugh with you. You might think, "Where is the sense of humor? You ruin my happy mood."


2. You are a rock singer and had a gig, but the audiences is disinterested and unenthusiastic.


Have you ever had an experience like that?


In this situation the speaker will say to the listener : nori ga ii (the "nori" is good)


How about the opposite case?


1. You are making a joke, and your friends or the listener is laughing with you. You will feel, "Sweet. S/he has a sense of humor."


2. You are a rock singer and had a gig. The audience is really into your show; theyíre hanging on your every note.


In this situation the speaker will say to the listener : nori ga warui (the "nori" is bad)


I think nori is like a feeling, mood, motivation of someone that makes an atmosphere good or bad. If used in a positive sentence, it indicates an enthusiastic feeling. If used in negative sentence, it means the speaker is saying to the listener that they donít have an enthusiastic feeling or motivation to do anything.


If you are a person who is easily influenced by some mood or activity and you join with them, then you are nori ga ii If not, you are nori ga warui.


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