7 interesting curiosities of Japanese conversations

Have you ever stopped to think about how the Japanese talk? How are your dialogues? Each language has its own form of communication. Japanese is a very original language, many people think that Japanese people are particularly educated because of this. In today's article we will see some factors that show how the Japanese dialogue is original.

No bad words

There are no swear words and sexually slang words in most Japanese dialogues. In reality there is almost no expletives in Japanese, there is some insults like: idiot, die, shit, crazy, etc. There were also immoral conversations like jokes that are known as shimoneta (下ネタ). But most Japanese dialogues are pure, polite and free from any immorality or insult.

In Japanese there are several slangs, abbreviations and nicknames, but most of them are polite and respectful. To reverse the case, even a way of speaking you (fears) can become an insult in the language.

7 interesting curiosities of Japanese conversations

San, Kun, Chan

The Japanese use honorific suffixes after names as a sign of respect, just like Mr or Mrs in English. but the Japanese always use this, it is disrespectful to let a suffix be used after the name. See an article that talks more about these honorary suffixes.

How are you?

Japanese people don't usually ask every time they meet someone “ogenki desuka” sometimes a simple greeting is more than enough.

7 interesting curiosities of Japanese conversations

Yes or no?

In casual Japanese conversations, yes it is un (うん), and it is not uun (ううん). Hai and iie are formal. The casual yes and no is very similar, and it can end up confusing some people, you should pay close attention to how the person is speaking.


One of the things that differentiates the Japanese language from the rest is your formality. The keigo are levels of formal conversations. O Keigo this is divided into 3 categories: Educated, Respectful and Humble. There is a different way of talking on each occasion or class of people.

7 interesting curiosities of Japanese conversations

Similar words

Japanese is full of similar words making it very difficult to understand the language, and making a conversation in Japanese funny in the eyes of foreigners.

Nonsense words

Japanese people often say words that really mean something but that we in our language would not speak. A few words to us is something that if we speak it will seem childish and simple. But the Japanese language is really simple, using onomatopoeia in formal conversations, or repeating one word to indicate another. These are small things that make the language foreign to foreign students.

There are several other factors that we realize when studying Japanese. Comment here a factor that draws your attention.

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