Japanese is unique among the world’s most highly spoken languages. Only an estimated one million people NOT in Japan and Okinawa speak the language. The other 124 million Japanese speakers are in the same general area. This means that if you learn how to curse in Japanese, and maybe take it a step further and become competent in the language itself, you’ll stand out immensely among your peers (until you actually go to Japan, of course).
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In this article we’ll take a look at common Japanese curse words, and offer common techniques for memorizing and implementing them. Let’s get started!
Japanese curse words
ばかやろう (Bakayarou)- Asshole
うざい (Uzai) – Annoying
奴 (Yatsu) – Similar to bastard
ちくしょう (chikushō) – Oh shit
くそくらえ (kuso kurae) – Eat Shit
ちくしょう (Chikushou) – Son of a bitch
くそ (Kuso) – Fuck
ふざけるな (fuzakeru na) – Fuck off
Visual elements make a huge difference
Japanese curse words can be tough to pronounce at first, just like the rest of the language. It is important to listen to other speakers and try to emulate what they are doing. Here’s a video to get you started:
Use cue cards
Cue cards are a good starting point. Add the curse words, with English translation on the back side. Adding visual cues to the Japanese curse words can help you learn them faster. Use white flashcards to memorize your vocabulary words. This makes the process a team effort too, as friends and family can join in.
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While studying Japanese curse words, go over each term, repeating it out loud. If you don’t remember what the vocabulary means, look on the back of your cue card to see the English translation.
Online videos are the best way to learn and practice pronunciation, we also recommend trying Google Translate or listening to online audio clips. After a few repetitions, while looking through the cards, you’ll remember the vocabulary through both the audio and visual associations. Continue repeating the vocabulary out loud until you memorize it.
About the same amount as the average English speaker. Arabic curse words are used to express frustration, cause offense when needed, and be edgy. Most who speak Arabic won’t be shy about cursing right back at you – even if it’s in a friendly manner.
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The moral of the story is to just do it. Learn the words. Use the words. Then, expand your Japanese vocabulary to cover basic daily interactions and conversations. Practice every day and we promise – you’ll see some fucking results.