MoeManga 001: Lost your phone?

POSTED BY DANNY CHOO On Fri 2013/10/25 17:09 JST in MoeManga
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MoeManga Japanese Learning

Here are some of the keywords you may want to remember for your Japanese studies.

お姉ちゃん / ~ちゃん

お姉ちゃん - elder sister. "-chan" is one of the Japanese honorifics that expresses affection and is used *mainly* for girls, young children or pets.
  • お兄ちゃん - big brother.
  • お父ちゃん - father.
  • お母ちゃん - mother.
  • お爺ちゃん -grandfather.
  • お婆ちゃん -grandmother.
  • みらいちゃん - Mirai-chan.
In some cases, boys have "-chan" stuck onto the end of their name when referred to by a senior.
"-chan" is pronounced as a quick "chah-n" and not "-chan" as in "Jackie Chan" ^^;


携帯 - cellphone. "携帯" is an abbreviation for "携帯電話" . When you break it down, "携帯" means "to carry" and "電話" means phone. In katakana form you would write it as "ケータイ".


探してる - being in the state of looking for something. The plain verb is 探す .

無くしちゃって / ~ちゃって

無くしちゃって - to misplace or lose a belonging. "-ちゃって" means "to have done something" and is past tense for "ちゃう" . Mostly used to emphasise something bad has happened.
The plain verb is 無くす.
  • 落としちゃって - to drop something.
  • ぶつけちゃって - to hit something.
  • 失敗しちゃって - to fail at something.

かけてあげる / ~あげる

かけてあげる - to call someone by phone. "かけて" means "to call" and "-あげる" means to give or do something for that person.
The plain verb is かける (kakeru).
  • 直してあげる - to fix something for someone.
  • 送ってあげる - to escort someone.
  • 許してあげる - to forgive someone.


じゃん - abbreviation for "じゃない?" which means "isn't it?" Depending on the tone and situation, "じゃん" may also be used to emphasize the word before it.
The pronounciation is a quick "jarn" and not "Jan" as in "January."
  • 美味しいじゃん - this is really delicious! / this is delicious isn't it?
  • 格好いいじゃん - that's cool! / it's cool isn't it?
  • 怖いじゃん - that's scary! / it's scary isn't it?


ちょっと - just a bit / kind of. Also used when you want to avoid being too straight with someone.
  • ちょっと寝てた - I was taking a quick nap.
  • ちょっと忙しい - I'm kind of busy.
  • ちょっとすみません - Excuse me!


借りてた - short for "借りていた" which is past tense for "borrow". In an informal Japanese conversation, the "い" is often omitted to allow a smoother speech.
The plain verb is 借りる .


写真 - photo.


いっぱい - to be in abundance.
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