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MoeManga 001: Lost your phone?

Posted by Danny Choo On Fri 2013/10/25 17:09 JST In MoeManga
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MoeManga Japanese Learning

Here are some of the keywords you may want to remember for your Japanese studies.

お姉ちゃん / ~ちゃん

お姉ちゃん [おねえちゃん (onee-chan)] - elder sister. "-chan" is one of the Japanese honorifics that expresses affection and is used *mainly* for girls, young children or pets.

  • お兄ちゃん [おにいちゃん (onii-chan)] - big brother.
  • お父ちゃん [おとうちゃん (otou-chan)] - father.
  • お母ちゃん [おかあちゃん (okaa-chan)] - mother.
  • お爺ちゃん [おじいちゃん (ojii-chan)] -grandfather.
  • お婆ちゃん [おばあちゃん (obaa-chan)] -grandmother.
  • みらいちゃん - Mirai-chan.

In some cases, boys have "-chan" stuck onto the end of their name when referred to by a senior.
"-chan" is pronounced as a quick "chah-n" and not "-chan" as in "Jackie Chan" ^^;


携帯 [けいたい (keitai)] - cellphone. "携帯" is an abbreviation for "携帯電話" [けいたいでんわ (keitai denwa)]. When you break it down, "携帯" means "to carry" and "電話" means phone. In katakana form you would write it as "ケータイ".


探してる [さがしてる (sagashiteru)] - being in the state of looking for something. The plain verb is 探す [さがす(sagasu)].

無くしちゃって / ~ちゃって

無くしちゃって [なくしちゃって (nakushi-chatte)] - to misplace or lose a belonging. "-ちゃって" means "to have done something" and is past tense for "ちゃう" [chau]. Mostly used to emphasise something bad has happened.
The plain verb is 無くす[なくす(nakusu)].

  • 落としちゃって [おとしちゃって (otoshi-chatte)] - to drop something.
  • ぶつけちゃって [butsuke-chatte] - to hit something.
  • 失敗しちゃって [しっぱいしちゃって (shippaishi-chatte)] - to fail at something.

かけてあげる / ~あげる

かけてあげる [kakete ageru] - to call someone by phone. "かけて" means "to call" and "-あげる" means to give or do something for that person.
The plain verb is かける (kakeru).

  • 直してあげる [なおしてあげる (naoshite-ageru)] - to fix something for someone.
  • 送ってあげる [おくってあげる (okutte-ageru)] - to escort someone.
  • 許してあげる [ゆるしてあげる (yurushite-ageru)] - to forgive someone.


じゃん [jyan] - abbreviation for "じゃない?" which means "isn't it?" Depending on the tone and situation, "じゃん" may also be used to emphasize the word before it.
The pronounciation is a quick "jarn" and not "Jan" as in "January."

  • 美味しいじゃん [おいしいじゃん (oishii-jan)] - this is really delicious! / this is delicious isn't it?
  • 格好いいじゃん [かっこいいじゃん (kakkoii-jan)] - that's cool! / it's cool isn't it?
  • 怖いじゃん [こわいじゃん (kowai-jan)] - that's scary! / it's scary isn't it?


ちょっと [chotto] - just a bit / kind of. Also used when you want to avoid being too straight with someone.

  • ちょっと寝てた [ちょっとねてた (chotto neteta)] - I was taking a quick nap.
  • ちょっと忙しい [ちょっといそがしい (chotto isogashii)] - I'm kind of busy.
  • ちょっとすみません [ちょっとすみません (chotto sumimasen)] - Excuse me!


借りてた [かりてた (kariteta)] - short for "借りていた" [かりていた (kariteita)] which is past tense for "borrow". In an informal Japanese conversation, the "い" is often omitted to allow a smoother speech.
The plain verb is 借りる [かりる(kariru)].


写真 [しゃしん (shashin)] - photo.


いっぱい [ippai] - to be in abundance.

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