Curse words, also known as swear words, bad words, or insults, are for most people considered taboo when teaching and learning Japanese. Teachers will definitely cringe at the thought of their students learning Japanese curse words. For a word to qualify as a swear word it must have the potential to offend, crossing a cultural line into taboo territory. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Japanese?
On this page you will discover why you need at least to understand curse words, you will boost your comprehension skills by learning the power of swear words! Don’t forget to download your gifts: 3 FREE Japanese Cheat Sheets from the Top Slang Words you’ll hear in Japan to the Top Rated-R Curse Words!
Here are 2 reasons why you should study curse and strong words expressions when learning Japanese:
If you plan to study Japanese to speak with native speakers, then you better learn strong words. Native speakers won’t always use formal expressions, otherwise, it would be difficult to establish a real connection. When breaking the ice, it’s not uncommon to joke around or even use curse words for a reason or another. So it is best to at least learn some curse words and expressions if you plan to make friends, to catch everything during small talks.
If you turn on any popular Japanese TV show, anime or read a manga, you are quickly going to see the value of learning curse words. Just like everyday conversations, Japanese culture is filled with curse words or expressions. Without some knowledge, popular culture and informal conversation can be quite confusing.
Identifying Japanese curse words will help you improve your comprehension, give you a better understand of people and culture. However, using those vulgar words can make you look like a fool, uneducated and disrespectful. Words can be offensive, use the wrong ones and you will quickly turn out to be rude and mean people.
You need to pay attention to understand the context and the cultural sensitivity to use them with caution if you ever decide to use them! Never forget to be responsible and feel the emotion behind the words and how they affect others. I am sure you don’t want Japanese people not only to take you for a creep but also to hate you. Right?
You’ve made up so far, it’s time to reward you with your free pdf Cheat Sheet. From Japanese slang to Rated-R curse words we’ve gathered a collection of Cheat Sheet covering the words that you have more chance to hear in the streets of Japan than in a textbook!
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This Cheat Sheet contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. It mainly contains Japanese slang words, nothing offensive but it is informal, only to be used in small talk with friends.
This Cheat Sheet contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 13 years old. It mainly contains Japanese strong words used in everyday life, recommended to be used with caution and friends only. (Example: Fool, Idiot, Stupid, Lame…)
This Cheat Sheet is specifically designed to be downloaded by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 18. It mainly contains Japanese curse words, insulting expressions that will make you sound vulgar. (Example: Damn it, Bastard, What the F***, F words…)