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INTRODUCTION
James: Adjectives Frequently Used in Negative Slang Expressions
James: Hi everyone, and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com. I'm James.
Risa: And I'm Risa!
James: This is Must-Know Japanese Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 17. In this lesson you'll learn adjectives frequently used in negative slang expressions.
James: These expressions are often used to describe a negative impression of someone or something.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
James: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Risa: しょぼい (shoboi)
Risa: イタい (itai)
Risa: チョロい (choroi)
Risa: めんどい (mendoi)
James: Risa, what's our first expression?
Risa: しょぼい (shoboi)
James: literally meaning "shabby." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "shabby, dull."
Risa: [SLOW] しょぼい [NORMAL] しょぼい
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Risa: しょぼい
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when you want to indicate that someone or something looks unattractive or undistinguished.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Risa: [NORMAL] 新しい企画考えてるんだけど、しょぼいアイディアばっかりだなぁ。 [SLOW] 新しい企画考えてるんだけど、しょぼいアイディアばっかりだなぁ。
James: "We've been thinking about our new project, but we could only come up with poor ideas."
Risa: [NORMAL] 新しい企画考えてるんだけど、しょぼいアイディアばっかりだなぁ。
James: Okay, what's the next expression?
Risa: イタい (itai)
James: literally meaning "painful." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "cringeworthy."
Risa: [SLOW] イタい [NORMAL] イタい
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Risa: イタい
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when you want to describe that someone or some thing makes you feel awkward. It's used for a person who cannot feel out the situation. It's an abbreviation for...
Risa: 痛々しい (itaitashii),
James: which means "painful."
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Risa: [NORMAL] 彼女の服装は、若づくりしすぎてイタい。 [SLOW] 彼女の服装は、若づくりしすぎてイタい。
James: "She wears youthful dresses, to a cringe-worthy level."
Risa: [NORMAL] 彼女の服装は、若づくりしすぎてイタい。
James: Okay, what's our next expression?
Risa: チョロい (choroi)
James: literally meaning "rapid." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "cinch, easy"
Risa: [SLOW] チョロい [NORMAL] チョロい
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Risa: チョロい
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when you want to indicate something that is too easy and simple. When it's used for a person, it means "gullible" or "easily tricked." It's an adjectivized word for...
Risa: チョロチョロ (chorochoro),
James: which expresses how small animals move rapidly.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Risa: [NORMAL] このゲームはチョロい。 [SLOW] このゲームはチョロい。
James: "This game is easy as pie."
Risa: [NORMAL] このゲームはチョロい。
James: Okay, what's the last expression?
Risa: めんどい (mendoi)
James: literally meaning "bothersome." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "hassle."
Risa: [SLOW] めんどい [NORMAL] めんどい
James: Listeners, please repeat.
Risa: めんどい
[pause - 5 sec.]
James: Use this slang expression when you want to indicate that something or someone is bothersome or a pain. It's an abbreviation of the word...
Risa: 面倒くさい (mendō kusai),
James: which has the same meaning.
James: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Risa: [NORMAL] 毎日服を選ぶのがめんどい。 [SLOW] 毎日服を選ぶのがめんどい。
James: "It's a hassle to choose clothes to wear every day."
Risa: [NORMAL] 毎日服を選ぶのがめんどい。
QUIZ
James: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
James: She often shows off an old photo of her at a young age and wants to brag about her beauty, you could say she is:
[pause - 5 sec.]
Risa: イタい
James: "cringeworthy"
James: You bought a nice-looking dress online, but after arriving, you found it was not attractive at all. You could say it is:
[pause - 5 sec.]
Risa: しょぼい
James: "shabby, dull"
James: It’s a pain to wipe all the windows of your house, it is a:
[pause - 5 sec.]
Risa: めんどい
James: "hassle"
James: It’s nothing for him to finish the task in one hour, it is a:
[pause - 5 sec.]
Risa: チョロい
James: "cinch, easy"

Outro

James: There you have it; you have mastered four Japanese Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at JapanesePod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Risa: またね!

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September 2nd, 2019 at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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March 26th, 2021 at 03:32 PM
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Yahni sanさん


コメントありがとうございます😄

いいですね!このちょうしで がんばってください😇

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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March 26th, 2021 at 04:38 AM
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Konnichiwa !

Kono lesson ha choroi desu.

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March 9th, 2021 at 04:04 PM
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Uさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

You can start with this series😉

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/how-to-write-in-japanese-hiragana-and-katakana/

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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March 5th, 2021 at 07:01 PM
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Konnichiwa ms.

It’s my first time to learn Japanese can you please start with me by the letters and how to pronounce them.

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Ljwさん


Thank you so much for your kind comment😄

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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March 5th, 2021 at 05:13 AM
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Thank you. These are very cool.