Japanese Words I’m Learning – Part 5


I missed out last week’s edition, and I have to apologize for that! I’ve recently had tons of guests over, and I got a little bit distracted!

Today’s words are a bunch of words I’ve been hearing around me at work a lot.

Fukumete – including

Jissai – status quo, current situation

Koyu – this type, like that (used more as a filler)

Nikanshite – about

Fukuro – bag

Furoba – bathroom

I used to confuse the word ‘jissai‘ a lot with the word ‘jibun‘, which means ‘one’s self’, so I was pleasantly surprised.

And, the reason why I’m putting in fukuro and furoba today is because I’ve been getting confused with these two words as well. Whenever I go shopping, I always bring my own reusable bag, and I always communicate “No plastic bag, please,” in Japanese to the cashiers. Imagine my horror when I discovered I have been actually saying “No bathroom, please,” to all the cashiers. No wonder they never understood what I was saying. I always thought, man, they all looked so confused, they must be so extremely not environmentally friendly, but it turns out I was the one being the dummy here.

Oh well! At the very least, I hope you learn from my mistake!

If you missed Japanese Word I’m Learning, check out the previous words I’ve learnt here.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Come back next week for more of my little bits and pieces of Japanese! And, if you find this helpful, please like us on Facebook! 

Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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