What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

Can anybody help me?

Azmodius

Registered
Joined
7 Jul 2003
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Hi there,

for the life of me I've been trying to find a picture of the Japanese 'Kanji' symbol for the word "Kawaii" (cute - in english) online but I've simply had no luck :(

I'd like to have a piece of jewelry engraved with this symbol so I can give it to a very dear friend. Ideally the picture needs to be high quality and printable so that the jeweler can copy it! But i can't find anything anywhere with a translation of this word into kanji!

Please, can anyone help?
 

tasuki

先輩
Joined
22 Apr 2003
Messages
352
Reaction score
1
kawaii is 可愛い in kanji, but usually it's written in kana. If you want, I can capture the kanji and send it to you in about 2 and a half minutes...
 

Azmodius

Registered
Joined
7 Jul 2003
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Oh thank you Tasuki! I don't know a lot about Japanese so I dont know what 'Kana' is! :) Do you think you could capture the Kana symbol for me also (if kana is indeed symbolised)?
 

tasuki

先輩
Joined
22 Apr 2003
Messages
352
Reaction score
1
katakana and hiragana are often referred to generically as "kana". Well, if it makes your day, I'm glad to have been of service.

katakana カキクケコ (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko)
hiragana かきくけこ (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko)

In kanji, 可愛い, in katakana かわいい
 

Azmodius

Registered
Joined
7 Jul 2003
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
It certainly has made my day; as we say here in Britain - CHEERS!
 

Mae

先輩
Joined
5 Jul 2003
Messages
28
Reaction score
0
Well, i don't know if it's true..but we often use this to fool plle around,there's a word have a very similar to kawaii, that's kowai-means horrible. then u may say some one's horrible instead of cute, and since they don't know what's kowai, they'll think what u say is kawaii, perfect cruel joke - kawaii and kowai.
 

tasuki

先輩
Joined
22 Apr 2003
Messages
352
Reaction score
1
The pronounciations are quite different. I don't think anyone would wilfully make that mistake unless they wanted to be mean...
 

Elizabeth

先輩
Joined
22 Apr 2003
Messages
9,525
Reaction score
131
You do have to hold down the final "i" in "kawaii," though, which doesn't just slip off the tongue for most English speakers who are able to distinguish "kow" and "kaw" without it -- but apparently most Japanese cannot.
 

tasuki

先輩
Joined
22 Apr 2003
Messages
352
Reaction score
1
Well, as I said, I don't know anyone here who would make that mistake, except intentionally... I mean, aside from the elongated "i" at the end of kawaii, the "ka" and "ko" sounds in Japanese are as different as apples and oranges... I think this type of mistake is more common where the same pronounciation, inflected differently, is used to refer to different things... 雲 and 蜘蛛 (kumo; cloud and spider), 雨 and 飴 (ame; rain and sucking candy), 橋 and 箸 (hashi; bridge and chopsticks). In my experience, it's easier to slip on such words and words such as 鳥 and 鳥居 (tori and torii; bird and gate to a shinto shrine) than it is to slip on 可愛い and 怖い... But you're right, for someone who's not used to pronouncing and hearing the sounds, it may be easy, I don't know...
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Top Bottom