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Lesson 2, Understanding Japanese body Language and gestures. Ready, here is the gesture. One more time. Is the meaning A) Thank you B) Go away C) No way. The correct answer is C. This gesture means no, no or no way とんでもない! (Tondemonai!). When using this gesture, we often say とんでもない! (Tondemonai!) which means no way. Do you know the meaning of this gesture? Find out in the next lesson.


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December 25th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Mina-san, Here is our second Japanese body language video! Let us know what you think!! And... Merry Christmas everyone! :mrgreen:

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June 4th, 2017 at 09:45 PM
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Hi Red,

Thank you for the comment!

"tondemonai" is used in many situations.

For example,

彼はとんでもない嘘つきだ。(Kare wa tondemonai usotsuki da.)

=He is an outrageous liar.

どうもありがとうございます。(Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu.)= Thank you very much.

とんでもない!(Tondemonai!) =Nothing of the sort!/ Not at all!/ Dont' even mention it.!

私が嘘つきだって?とんでもない!(Watashi ga usotsuki datte? Tondemonai!")

=Do you mean I am a liar? Don't be ridiculous!/ Kidding!

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May 27th, 2017 at 05:09 PM
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Can "Tondemonai" used as an expression like "Uso!" or is it something direct like if you are refusing something? Can you please give more sentence examples with this word?


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March 23rd, 2017 at 08:31 PM
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Thank you for posting.

Let us know if you have any questions.:wink:

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March 21st, 2017 at 05:13 PM
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December 19th, 2016 at 03:09 PM
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One of the multiple choice answers should have been "That smells!", since that's what most Westerners would probably mistake it for.

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November 22nd, 2016 at 10:01 AM
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Max-san konnichiwa,

Thank you for your comment!

Unfortunately it doesn't have the specific title since it's a special song for our video lessons.

Each lesson uses this song so that please enjoy it by watching lessons. :wink:

Stay tuned,


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November 10th, 2016 at 10:56 PM
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Omg whats that song at the end of your videos, is there a full version of it? And whats the type of music called, its so catchy!

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June 14th, 2016 at 02:19 PM
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Cris san,


It has several meanings so please refer to below.

とんでもない値段 (tondemonai nedan) An outrageous price.

とんでもない話 (tondemonai hanashi) An ridiculous story.

A: 君の車を貸してくれない? (kimi no kuruma wo kashite kurenai?)

B: とんでもない (tondemonai)

A: Can I borrow your car?

B: No way.

A: いろいろとありがとうございました (iroiro to arigatou gozaimashita)

B: いえいえ、とんでもないです (ieie, tondemonai desu)

A: Thank you very much for all your helps.

B: Not trouble at all!


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June 1st, 2016 at 07:57 PM
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Could you give an example of a situation when we use "tondemonai"?

Would we use this gesture and word if anyone told us something too great/unbelievable?

It's not a gesture to say to someone that something is dangerous as "don't come here", is it?


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February 29th, 2016 at 02:25 AM
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John san,


Thank you for your comment.

Please enjoy other lessons, too.


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