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Common Japanese Phrases in Manga & Anime Part 1

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うるせえ!

うるせえ!
urusee!
Shut up!

This word is extremely rude and used mostly by men. The less rude way to say “shut up” isうるさい, which can be used by women. You say うるさい when you feel that someone is being extremely annoying and you just want them to stop talking. You can also add な at the end of the sentence: うるせえな / うるさいな.

 

きたねえな。

きたねえな。
Kitanee na.
So dirty!

When you think that something is dirty and you want to complain about it, you can say きたねえな (kitanee na) if you’re a man, and きたないな (kitanai na) if you’re a woman. Of course women can say きたねえな, but it will make them sound extremely rude.

 

いやだ!

いやだ!
iya da.
No way!
You usually say いやだ when someone is forcing you to do something you don’t want to. It means “No way!,” “Not a chance!” or “I don’t like it!” Sometimes い is omitted so you’ll only hear やだ.

 

まってやる。

まってやる。
matte yaru.
I’ll wait.
When you want to tell someone close to you or younger than you that you’ll wait for them, you can say まってる (matteru) or まってやる (matte yaru).

 

いいかげんにしろ!

いいかげんにしろ!
Ii kagen ni shiro.
Cut it out!
When you’re really mad at someone and you just want them to cut it out, say いいかげんにしろ or いいかげんにしなさい (ii kange ni shinasai). It means “Cut it out!,” “That’s enough” or “Just stop it already!”


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すげえ!

すげえ!
sugee.
Amazing!
When you want to say that something or someone is amazing, great, incredible, you can use すげえ. This is a male word. Women usually use すごい (sugoi).

 

ばかめ!/ ばかやろう!

ばかめ!/ ばかやろう!
bakame. / bakayarou.
You idiot!
When someone does something stupid and you want to call them an idiot, you can use ばか, ばかめ or ばかやろう. Out of these three words, ばか is the most polite one.

 

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ころしてやる。

ころしてやる。
koroshite yaru.
I’ll kill you!
You say ころしてやる when you detest someone and want to kill them.

 

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いいじゃん!

いいじゃん!
ii jan.
It’s great!
When you want to say “It’s great, isn’t it?” or “It’s good, isn’t it?”, use いいじゃん or いいじゃないか (ii janai ka).

 

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どういうこと?

どういうこと?
dou iu koto.
What do you mean?
When you are extremely surprised over something and you want to say “What!,” “What’s the meaning of this?,” “What do you mean?” or “What does that mean,” use どういうこと or どういうことだ (dou iu koto da).

 

NOTE: Since these are common phrases in shonen manga and anime (those that aim at a young male audience), they can be extremely rude and must not be used with your seniors or people you don’t know in Japan.


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