Minna is an expression that arouses interest to anime viewers or who live in Japanese daily life. Maybe you even know the meaning, but do you really know everything? In this article, we will examine the word mine [皆].
What does Minna mean in Japanese?
Will it be explosive? A slang term for girls and girls? Not at all, this word refers to everyone… That's right, minna [皆んな] literally means people, everyone listening, everyone and the like.
The formal version is usually used Minasan [皆さん] or the more polite version for formal speeches minasama [皆様]. Both expressions can be found only in hiragana, mixing hiragana with kanji or just the kanji.
Another informal way of referring to everyone is using miruna [みるな]. The ideogram can also be used as an affix meaning all or each, usually compound words with ideogram [皆] have the reading kai.
What is the difference between Minna and Mina?
The word can be written with just the character [皆] or using an irregular okurigana [皆んな]. Originally in history the correct term is mine [みな], but with the passing of the year, the custom of lengthening the expression, thus generating the mine.
That is, we usually use mine for more formal occasions and mine for informal occasions. Although the word alone has a lengthening with [ん] becoming mine, don't try to say something like minnasan or minnasama because it doesn't exist.
Although it is possible to write both words only with an ideogram [皆], usually in the written part of mine hiragana or [皆んな] is used to convey feeling and emphasis, also preventing people from reading only mine.
To delve deeper into the meaning of “minna”, we recommend doing a deep search using the jisho.org or some other search tool and dictionary.
Why do Japanese people speak minna a lot?
Do you know why this word is heard so much in anime? The reason for this is that the Japanese are highly group-oriented people and unconsciously value the group harmony about individual freedom, so many mine.
This expression can be used for a small or large group of people, a circle of friends or even in the absence of people to refer to a group of friends. This word is very important in Japanese culture.
Minna can also be said with ease, with expression to cause emotion in the listener. The Japanese always try to follow what mine is saying to get along with a group. It's not just an all, it's like a "Hey you! Heads up!“.
Phrases and expressions about everyone in Japanese
みなまで言うな minamadeiuna Stop what you're saying
木の葉はみんな落ちてしまった Konoha wa min'na ochite shimatta All the leaves have fallen
皆さん、こんにちは。 mina san, konnichiwa. Hello everybody.
したくはいいですね、みなさん。 shitaku wa ii desu ne, minasa. Is everyone ready?
みなさんじっとしていて下さい Minasan jitto shite ite kudasai Please be quiet
赤信号皆で渡れば怖くない Akashingō watareba mine kowakunai u have no fear if everyone crosses the red light
みんなの党 minnanotou Everyone's party
We recommend reading our article about Komi-san Komyushou desu where a sentence with Minna appears. We always recommend doing a word search on our website to find more expressions and better understand their meaning.
Words Related to ideogram of mine [皆]
To finish the article, I will leave some related words to increase your vocabulary and understanding:
- zenin [全員] – All members; all hands; everyone; every tribulation;
- Katagata [方々] – People; all people; all; ladies and gentlemen;
- Minamine [皆々] – All; everyone; all;
- kaimoku [皆目] – Entirely;
- Minagoroshi [皆殺し] – Massacre; annihilation; mass murder;
- Minanomono [皆の者] – Everyone;
- Minna ga minna [皆が皆] – Each and everyone; each one; everyone;
- Kaiki [皆既] – Total Eclipse; totality;
- Kaichuu [皆中] – Hit all targets;
- Mine no shuu [皆の衆] – Everyone;