Closer look at the kanji:
B = Beginner | I = Intermediate
男 otoko man, male
らしい rashii like, seems like
男の子 otoko no ko – boy, man-child [B]
雪男 yuki otoko – the Abominable Snowman [I]
Todays Suggested usage isnt very useful. Going around saying this may
make you seem stranger than you really are… But it is very good for
showing differences in men and women\’s speech.
I wonder wherever could my manly pink shirt be.
ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:
俺 ore – I, me Used only
by men; I dont advise using this unless you know enough Japanese to
know when NOT to say this. ore has a very rough sound to it and is
often seen as impolite. For the most part men and women use 私 watashi
for their Is and mes. This is the safest.
俺の ore no – my
Making the possesive is very easy in Japanese. Simply place a no
between the 2 related parts. Lets see some examples using watashi
instead of ore: わたし の 車 watashi no kuruma [My car]
らしい rashii – seems like, like
This is added to nouns. There is another usage of らしい rashii which is
placed at the end of a sentence and modifies the entire sentence and
not just the one noun. It basically means the same thing, but lets
focus on the noun-rashii now…
I think otokorashii is the most useful noun+rashii, but lets look at some other examples:
Can you guess what they mean? [answers are at the bottom] –
1. 猫らしい neko rashii – ______________
2. 人間らしい ningen rashii – ______________
3. 日本人らしい nihonjin rashii – ______________
4. 女らしい onna rashii – ______________
5. マリリン・モンローらしい maririn monro- rashii – ______________
ピンク pinku – the color pink
シャツ shatsu – a shirt
どこ doko – where?
かしら kashira – I wonder used by women:
dont say this. If you want to say I wonder then use kana which has the
same meaning as kashira but is used by both sexes. Both kana and
kashira are used in the same way grammatically too! Just stick it at
the end of your sentence if you want to show that you are wondering
about what you said.
Examples of kana (& kashira) :
どうしよう かな doushiyou kana… [I wonder what should (I) do?]夢かな？ yume kana? [I wonder if it was a dream?]来るかな？ kuru kana? [I wonder if (someone) will come?]
ANSWERS TO RASHII QUIZ: Drag your mouse over to highlight the answers:
– 1. CAT-LIKE
3. LIKE A JAPANESE PERSON
4. WOMAN LIKE
5. MARILYN MONROEish
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