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マイカー My Car

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ENGLISH: (try to save this for last)

The English word “my” is often used in Japanese. But it doesn’t mean “my.” A better translation would surely be “one’s own.”

A long time ago, Clay’s (Japanese) colleague asked him, “How did you get here? My car?”

Surprised, Clay said, “My car? No, I didn’t come by your car. I came with my own car.”

After that, that person didn’t ask Clay many questions.

“マイカー” doesn’t mean “my car” but “one’s own car.”

Cultural Note

Similar words include:

「マイホーム」 mai ho-mu - one’s own home; homeownership

「マイペース」 mai pe-su - doing things one’s own way; one’s own pace


  • 英語 eigo—English language
  • 日本語 nihongo—Japanese language
  • よく使われます yoku tsukawaremasu—often used
  • しかし shikashi—but; however
  • 意味 imi—meaning
  • むかし mukashi—long time ago
  • 一緒に issho ni—together
  • 働いている人 hataraite iru hito—worker
  • ちがいます chigaimasu—wrong; different
  • kuruma—car

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