A Blizzard of Snow Words
Learn several useful vocabulary words relating to snow
I am from Florida (as you shall see later…), which gets about as much snow as Okinawa which gets no snow… so living (and driving) in a area (Fukui, Japan) that has a good bit of snow is an interesting experience to say the least! But leaving that let’s plough through some snow words!
AND SOME MORE…
大雪 oo yuki – heavy snowfall
人工雪 jin kou yuki – artificial snow
初雪 hatsu yuki – the first snow of the season
吹雪 fubuki – snow storm
雪祭り yuki matsuri – snow festival
|The secret rendezvous of the YUKI OTOKO with the YUKI ONNA was
spoiled by a YUKI DARUMA starting a YUKI GASSEN.
1. 雪男 yuki otoko
MEANING : Abominable Snowman
yuki otoko wa byu-ti-kontesuto ni nan naku nyuushou shimashita.
The Abominable Snowman won the beauty contest hands down.
雪男 yuki otoko – abominable snowman [lit snow man]
ビューティーコンテスト byu-ti-kontesuto – beauty contest
なんなく nan naku – easily; lit. troubles without
入賞 nyuu shou – win a contest
2. 雪女 yuki onna
MEANING : The Snow Woman from a Japanese story; for the story in (bad) English (translated by Clay) click here
furorida ni sunde iru hitobito ni totte, yuki onna wa amari kowakunain desu.
As for people living in Florida, the Yuki Onna isn’t very scary.
フロリダ furorida – Florida
に住んでいる ni sunde iru – living in
人々 hito bito – people [note that the ‘bito’ or 々 is really just a repetition of ‘hito’ with a pronunciation change – so really it is ‘person person’]
にとって ni totte – as for…
あまり怖くないんです amari kowakunai n desu – not very scary; the amari means ‘very’ and is used with negative sentences. The n just before desu is often used when explaining something
3. 雪だるま yuki daruma
MEANING : Snowman; A Japanese snowman only has two parts, a head and a waist (no legs)
yukidaruma no furo-suti wa, yume datta furorida ryokou ni ikimashita ga, sore wa akumu ni owatta.
Frosty the snowman’s Florida dream vacation ended in a nightmare.
夢 yume – dream – just like the English it can also mean what you dream about for the future
フロリダ旅行 furorida ryokou – Florida trip
行きました ikimashita – went; past tense of IKU (to go)
が ga – but… [be careful, this is not the particle GA]
それは sore wa – as for all that…
悪夢 aku mu – night mare [lit. bad dream – The same kanji for YUME (dream) is also pronounced MU]
に終わった ni owatta – ended in
4. 雪合戦 yuki gassen
MEANING : Snowball Fight
yuki otoko wa yukigassen ga sekai ichi tsuyoi.
When it comes to snow ball fighting, the Abominable Snowman is the world’s best.
世界一 se kai ichi – the world’s best [lit. world – one]
強い tsuyoi – strong; often used in sports to mean one is better than the other team
- 大雪 oo yuki – heavy snowfall
NOTE: The OO means ‘big’ or ‘great’ and it refers to the quantity of snow
- 人工雪 jin kou yuki – artificial snow
NOTE: attaching JINKOU behind something makes it man-made
- 初雪 hatsu yuki – the first snow of the season
NOTE: The Japanese have a fondness for new things and things that happen first. Other HATSU words include: HATSU YUME – the first dream of the year; HATSU KOI – first (puppy) love; HATSU BASHO – the first day of a sumo tournament; HATSU MIMI – something heard for the first time
- 吹雪 fubuki – snow storm
NOTE: In spring, when the cherry blossoms come this word is recycled as HANA FUBUKI (falling cherry blossoms) – Be careful it is fuBUki not fuYUki
- 雪祭り yuki matsuri – snow festival often with snow sculpture
NOTE: During the winter, a number of YUKI MATSURI are held, especially in Hokkaidou where it snows the most.
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