Monday, November 21, 2011

Sasaki Nozomi 2012 desktop calender

Japanese is hard

Just realised that nigate 苦手 which means not good at something also means dislike. I can understand why kurishii 苦しい (painful) + hand 手 means inept but dislike? At least I've realised there is a softer version of kirai 嫌い. Query how to avoid confusion when saying Nihongo wa nigate.


Ethlenn said...

Nigate is ateji, used only for the sound. Plus, you have to say Nihongo wa nigate da/desu. Since it's a noun, not "i-adjective" that you could leave without the da/desu copula.

Akiramike said...

Thanks, now I know what the word is for trying to fit kanji in Japanese.