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).
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) – PITA, annoying
奴 (Yatsu) – Guy, similar to bastard, vato, or other terms to describe a man
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
How to curse in Japanese: 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:
How to curse in Japanese: 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.
How often do Japanese speakers swear?
A good amount. You’ll note that the accents and pronunciation can alter the tone of what you’re saying, and make it imperative that you study hard before breaking these words out in conversation with someone fluent in Japanese. similar to how you communicate through the language anyway. Japanese people may put a lot of emotion and attitude into what you say with your swear words. Incorrect use can cause extra offense or be misinterpreted.
Putting It All Together
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.
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As we noted earlier repetition is key to success. Use your key cards, practice with a friend, or better yet – do some Skyping with a fluent Japanese speaker. You two can swear at each other like one of you just punched the other’s son square in the face. Bet you never thought learning a new language could be so much fun!
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.