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Japanese Swear Words

Posted by Ken Cannon


Top Ten Japanese Anime Swear Words Video
Learn to Swear in Japanese
For my first video, or the first half anyways, I want to teach the top ten most common Japanese anime swear words!

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Swear Words Video Transcript
Hey my name's Ken Cannon and I’m gonna be teaching you guys the top 10 most common Japanese swear words, with a little help from the popular Japanese anime Naruto.
But before I get started I should note that Japanese, unlike English, is a lot less colorful in its word choices. So most of the words I’m going to be teaching are ones that when translated to English come out as swear words, but wouldn’t be categorized in Japan as swear words per se.
That being said, if you used these words around the house your mama would probably still slap you.
Alright let’s get started,
Swear word number 1! And the most commonly used swear word in most anime is
Kuso
Which literately means shit, or feces, or caca, or poopoo booboo whatever you like to call your droppings.
I'll repeat it a few time so you can get the pronunciation down.
(pronunciation guide)
Kuso is also used mainly as an exclamatory. For example...
Kuso! AA no kaigi ni okurechau
Or
kuso! onara shichatta
Or
Kuso! Neko wo Ouben ni wasurechatta
Etc.
Maybe it'd be better if you saw how it’s used in Naruto…
(Naruto clips)
And there you go. However one way kuso is not used is when in subsitution for the word “stuff”
In other words, in English it’s common for us to say things like...
“I left my shit at home” or “that’s some cool shit” but kuso unfortunately does not carry the same meaning.
Alright now on to the swear word number 2
Chikusho
the swear word Chikushou is more or less translated to “Damn It!” or “Fuck!”
(Pronunciation guide)
Chikushou like kuso is also used mainly as an exclamatory. But unlike kuso it carries a stronger connotation. So you’d use it in a more dire situation.
For example...
“Chikushou! Chirigami ga nai!”
Or
“Chikushou! myutsu ga nigeta?!”
Here’s some more useful examples..
(Naruto clips)
And that’s that, again though chikushou is only used as an exclamatory. So don’t walk up to your
Girlfriend and ask her if she wants to chikushou.. doesn’t work that way. (Actually I hope you don’t do that in English either...)
On to swear word number 3...
Baka
One of the more popular Japanese words for some reason. The swear word Baka means “stupid” or “idiot”
(Pronunciation guide)
You can use baka in pretty much the same way you would in English.
“Baka! Sore wa ringo juusu jai nai!”
On that note...
(Naruto clips)
Alright! swear word number 4!
Temee
In actuality the swear word “Temee” really is just a severely rude way to say “you” but it is usually translated to “you bastard” or “you bitch” because of its connotation.
(Pronunciation guide)
This phrase is also very popular amongst angry drunk old dudes for some reason.
But anyway it's quite useful for misunderstandings...
“Temee! Cosmo no koudoku hoshikunai tte ba! “
But in general you can use it whenever you address your bitches or bastards.
“Temmera! Ore ni tsuite koi!”
Temeera is simply the plural version of temee
Remember to use temee only as a pronoun.
swear word number 5!
Yarou!
Yarou is often translated to “bastard” but unlike “temee” it’s used as a noun not a pronoun
(Pronunciation guide)
The Swear word Yarou literately means farm hand.. Because you know how those farm hands are all bastards.
Here's an example of how it differs from temee.
“temee! Omae wa nanto baka yarou da!” (Zoom in on teddy bear)
Now if you were really paying attention you noticed I used the phrase “baka yarou” in that last example
With the word yarou you can attach other nasty words to make even nastier words.
Such as “baka yarou” and even “kuso yarou”
Tune in for Part 2 to learn the final 5 Japanese swear words!

50 comments:

  1. what song did you use:) did you really just learn japanese from anime? coz i did too, but im not fluent and i know just simple words ^_^

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    1. For You by Azu, and yup, it takes a certain method and hard work but its totally doable :)

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  2. sorry about all the posts removed by author(I read more posts and all my questions were answered). I love the site specifically all the learning methods and info. you have posted. I am tackling the entire language (I'm only 13 so I have a pretty long time to learn(I'd love to be an exchange student in Japan). I am spending time trying to learn vocab. and kana right now but my main motivation is anime(I have been watching long running anime my whole life and other anime for about 2 years). Learning "anime Japanese" is a a goal I've had for a long time but never actually worked towards. I'm using a little bit of the Pimsleur software right now which has really helped with sentence construction(only a few lessons in and yes I know it teaches formal Japanese).I basically just want to praise your site for everything it has helped me figure out and say if you have any suggestions please tell me.

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    1. Oh wow! That super nice of you! Thanks! And damn, only 13 and you're working that hard? Mad respect for you

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    2. I'm 13 too and I'm also hoping to be an exchange student in Japan. ^ ^ Wish you luck. c:

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    3. wow your one of the very few people who earned my respect i'v started watching anime when i was 7/8 years old and reading manga when i was 10 and i'm happy to see another person addicted to anime!(you are addicted right?)

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    4. I've just turned fourteen but I've always loved to learn Japanese and to be an exchange student too :3
      Good luck you guys :3

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  3. Oh men what an idiotic person I am....... I'm already saying a word that I don't know the meaning but thanks to this I now know the meaning of what I'm saying like...."baka" and etc...... arigato sensei!!!:)

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  4. i was curious as to if this was actually possible or not. judging by this, im assuming it does. thank you for confirming this.

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    1. I'm glad my swear words video of all things could be the decided factor for you heheh

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  5. Im not sure but should we learn the polite form first or it dosent matter? .-.

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    1. Nah, I would take a look at what I said in this video about that http://www.japanesethroughanime.com/2010/03/raw-anime-is-reality.html

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  6. I looooove your videos!~ The anime clips inbetween and your hilarious examples make them so fun to watch!!!

    The music was good. I love jpop!! but slightly too loud. It's nice to have in the background, but i found it was really hard to hear what u were saying at times, and I wanted to hear you perfectly! your japanese is great!

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    1. Hahah, aw, I'm glad you like em :) But yeah definitely, music thing noted.

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  7. Ken, I loooovvve the videos... please let me use it on my page... Thanks (though the music is more visible.. hope you can tone down the music so I can listen to what your saying more clearly) Thanks a lot...

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    1. heheh, yeah no problem! For sure, feel free :) (and yup already taken care of)

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  8. Ken-sensei I looovvveee your videos so much!! and you really spoke japanese language fluently :O

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    1. Oh well thank you! You're much too kind ^^

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  9. ken sensei what song was playing in the background?

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  10. its a naruto ending

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  11. its For you by Azu

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  12. yeay! AZU, one of my fave Japanese singers. :D follow her on twitter: @AtoZyoU :D
    AZU & Naruto! :D

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    1. Hahah, yup that's another awesome way to practice some Japanese, twitter. Tons of people swear by it... no pun intended...

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  13. Dude - turn down the back ground music. I really want to learn from you, but I can't hear what you're saying over that danged music! Better yet - get rid of it all together, it doesn't add anything to your lessons. Okay, now that I'm done b!tching, thanks for making these vids for us!!!!

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  14. @Anonymous, hahah yeah thanks for the tip! I agree the music on this first video I ever did was pretty overboard, and since have eliminated music or put on very light in my more recent stuff. :)

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  15. I'm starting to learn Japanese and your videos really help I guess you would say I"m pretty young (just turning 12) and by starting to learn at a young age I hope that I will be an expert in a few years. I got hooked on anime about a year ago (InuYasha Death note ex.) and I just started learning. At first I was like "really Katie, your going to make me watch people ramble on in some weird language" and then I realized that this is real... I LOVE THIS STUFF!!!! I only know a few sentences and I think that your the perfect teacher for anyone learning Japanese. Anime is like a wonderful black hole that sucks you in and once you start...you NEVER GO BACK.

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  16. I'm having some trouble finding anime shows in Japanese with no English subtitles :( Do you have any websites you would suggest for this? :)

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    1. uh yeah, google it. retard.

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    2. hiya, you can either use Youtube or crunchyroll.com ...they are the ones i use
      both are free.

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  17. ur lessons are really helpful now that i saw those i noticed how much they use them (expeciacially in naruto lolol) nd im like oh i know whut that means! xD arigatou gozaimashita!! :DD

    -Angel

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  18. you're totally entertaining me. lol. i have studied 7 years and i'm not fluent, but in the end most ppl stare at me like i'm nuts when i explain i've learned by watching anime and drama...

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  19. So I used to use "baka" a lot like "stupid-stupid-stupid" but then some guy told me what you are saying, that it is a cuss word/I was cussing him out, and I find this confusing because, at least in English, I don't think people normally consider "stupid/idiot" to be a swear word? Is this sort of like the equivilant to "bloody" in British English or is "stupid" considered a cuss word in the U.S too?

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  20. For the last two Naruto clips, they seemed to "roll" their r's with "yarou". Are they TRYING to sound Yakuza? Either way, I like the way it sounds. Haha. Emphasizes the already emphasized "yarou", ne?

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  21. I am learning japanese at the moment so it was nice to come here and learn informal language for a change instead of formal.
    ありがとう!!!

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  22. I finally found where to learn the swear words! Yes! Haha! >.<

    Baka was pretty easy to learn watching anime. I've also heard aho (Not sure if I'm spelling that right...) as another form to say idiot or stupid.

    I've heard of kuso cause a lot of animes use that but didn't know what the word was exactly because they say that fast. Your skit with kuso where you left the cat in the oven. Reminds me of the julian smith video Malk on youtube. At the end of the video you see him petting a cat that is in the oven.

    With Temee, it reminds me of the show South Park with that down-syndrome kid Timmy. The way Timmy says his name sounds like Temee. Lol.

    Thanks Ken-sensei for the awesome video!

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  23. thanks for helping me get a head start on learnig japanese! i still have a long way to go but.... ARIGATO SENSEIIII!!!

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  24. ahhhh i always wondered what the difference was between baka and baka yarou. I learned that word petty early on and never until know knew the difference technically speaking but I kinda got the hint that it as 'stronger' and more 'meaningful' from the context and vocal tone :p

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  25. I've been trying to learn Japanese for a couple years and all I knew before this was "Konnichiwa", "baka" "yarou" "Sensei" "senpai" "itachi" "kakashi" "Aisheteru" and "Arigato" before this video. There were a few other words but I don't remember how to spell them.

    I used to be able to sing "Uso" from FullMetal Alchemist, but I have forgotten what the lyrics mean. I'd love to learn the song and what the lyrics mean again.

    I'm trying to learn Japanese, as my brother is self-taught and very fluent in French. My sister learned Spanish from a Spanish class, but my brother and I are the only two self-taught foreign language learners in the house. I actually really like the Japanese language, for some reason I think it's a nice language to learn and the words I've mentioned I have learned by watching anime in Japanese, but my problem with it is the subtitles tend to move too fast so I barely have any time to read the translations of the words. I would love to learn more Japanese.

    And Sensei, Arigato.

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  26. im trying really hard to learn anime and your site is really helping:) i have been watching anime since i was 3 and im 13 now so for about ten years.my sisters watched anime so thats why i started so young. i didnt start watching japanese subtitled anime till i was around seven. ever since then i tried to learn japanese but nothing worked:'( this program is helping me learn anime more than i ever have and thanks to this program i watch alot more anime too. Thank you so much!

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  27. HAHA THANKS. :) now i can cuss in another language :D

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  28. Im 14 and even though i watch anime all the time i can only pick up few words and i know some basics from japanese in yr 8 but not enough people choose it in year 9 :( but i dont know how i can speak fluently just by watching anime ! how did you do it exactly ? help please !

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  29. HEy, the sound of your video is damaged

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    1. the background audio breached copyright so they muted it :/

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  30. I can't hear it either

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  31. Hey Ken I only found these videos you make today and I'm really loving them.

    I always wanted to learn japanese, I even tried to learn alone just like you did but the only thing that I learnt was the hiragana alphabet and the numbers.
    I must admit that it was also the anime that awoke my passion towards Japan and the Japanese culture.
    As you did I have already watched some anime episodes without the subs but I can't understand everything, I only can understand what they're saying because of some words that I'm already familiar with and because of the story itself.
    Anyways I hope to learn a lot of Japanese from your teachings.

    PS: Love the way you put a clip of an anime episode where it shows a situation where they tell what you are teaching!

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  32. The audio track has been removed due to copyright reasons, it would be really nice if you could upload another where the video works :/ Thanks!

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  33. Hi! I don't know if you still make videos anymore. But I just wanted to say I discovered you on YouTube yesterday and decided to check you out on your website, and from what i've seen you're really amusing and give great techniques and lessons to learn japanese. I've been wanting to learn this version for so long, and thanks to you I can! You speak really fluent japanese and next year I'm going to japan (if I progress fluently in japanese) and I think with your help I'll get to go and understand more about their wording and culture. Arigato Sensei!

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  34. there is like no sound.

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