Language Lesson

Uki Uki mini 1

Uki Uki mini is a new, quick biweekly episode that is dedicated to answering your questions. It’ll also have updates on upcoming lessons.

Q1 from Koronbia Yin: (nansai desuka) vs (oikutsu desuka)

They both mean “How old are you?”(nansai desuka) is more commonly used. (oikutsu desuka) is a bit more formal, so if you’re asking about the age of someone you’re not particularly close to (such as your coworker’s brother’s age), (oikutsu desuka) sounds better.

Q2 from ikemansen yo: ie vs uchi

They are slightly different ways to say “house” or “home.” (ie) simply means the place where you live. (uchi) in certain contexts can mean a lot more: myself, my family, my company, etc.

(Uchi wa sono shouhin, mou atsukatte naindesu yone.)
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Q3 from BlackSarSoul: juunin toiro

(juunin toiro) is also a (yoji jukugo), Japanese 4-character idioms. The literal translation of (juunin toiro) is “10 people, 10 colors.” It means 10 different people naturally have 10 different tastes or preferences. It’s similar to “To each his own” in English.

Q4 from Banana!rocket: koi vs ai

(koi) and (ai) both mean “love” in English. While koi only means a romantic kind of love typically before marriage, ai can mean love of all kinds, e.g. love for parents/children/friends/country, etc.

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