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Kaho’s Japanese Corner: Yasai (Vegetables)
Along with the Chanpuru Ichiba (farmers’ market) post, I thought that it would be fun to learn some vegetable names in Japanese.
Daikon (dye-con): daikon radish (white radish)
Horenso (ho-len-sow): spinach
Jagaimo (ja-ga-ee-mo)/poteto (po-teh-toe): potato
Kabocha (car without “r”-bow-cha): pumpkin
Kyuri (que-ree): cucumber
Moyshi: bean sprouts
Nasu (nah-sue): eggplants
Negi (neh-geek without “k”): leak
Ninjin (nin-gin as in “gin and tonic”): carrots
Ninniku (nin-niku)/Garikku (gah-li-cou): garlic
Retasu (leh-tah-sue): lettuce
Tamanegi (tah-mah-neh-gee): onion
Tomato (to-mah-toe): tomato
There are not many cuss words in Japanese. Or at least I don’t know many of them. (By the way, I’m Japanese.) Anyways, I know that some vegetables are used as light curse words.
otanko-nasu: eggplant with ash = fool
dote kabocha: bank pumpkin
Imagine that there are two Japanese people arguing using these words. In English it would be like this.
“I can’t believe you did this to me. You’re freaking EGGPLANT!” “Whatever, you’re PUMPKIN!”
It does not sound serious in English. That is rather cute to me.
These followings are not curse words, but words that has negative connotation.
moyashi: bean sprout = a spineless child
This word describes children who are not very energetic, doesn’t like to play outside and tends to keep themselves inside. The visual image you get from this word being used is a skinny and pale child who is not very healthy.
daikon ashi: radish legs = big legs
Have you seen Daikon? If so, you can picture what kind of legs are described as daikon ashi. This usually used on women (usually by men) and is offensive. Never say to women “daikon ashi”. They will slap your face. Or they will not talk to you.
Thank you those who commented on my Japanese corner in the past! I love hearing comments. I’m sorry that I’m not so good at responding to your comments though! I do read them all!
Oyasumi (oh-ya-sue-me)! (Good night!)
Matane (mah-tah-neh)! (See you!)
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