Everything Doesn’t Have to Be Good, Bad, Delicious, Fun, or Interesting [70/365]

Last Thursday I had a hella sick time with a hella sick friend at one of my favourite cafes here in Cambridge. Ya we also did some Japanese – JLPT flash card practice – and ya it was fun!

hella sick
/hella
 sɪk/
very good, excellent

ya
/jə/
yes

In our emails this sentence came up:

木曜日は楽しかったです
(もくようび は たのしかった です)
“mokuyoubi wa tanoshikatta desu”
Thursday was fun

Followed by “I also need to learn some new vocabulary…everything is good, bad, delicious, fun, or interesting lol”.

良い, いい
(よい), (いい)
“yoi”, “ī”
good

悪い
(わるい)
“warui”
bad

美味しい
(おいしい)
“oishī”
delicious

楽しい
(たのしい)
“tanoshī”
fun

面白い
(おもしろい)
“omoshiroi”
interesting

lol
/lol/
‘haha’, ‘something funny was just conveyed’ (lit. “laughing out loud”)

So that’s what we’re doing today: expanding on “good”, “bad”, “delicious”, “fun”, “interesting” with some other useful terms for this kind of thing 😎

Before we get to the expanded adjectives, let’s just remind ourselves that changing an “i” adjective to its “katta” form makes it past tense. To do this you drop the “i” on the end and add “katta”.

楽しい
(たのしい)
“tanoshī”
fun

楽しかった
(たのしかった)
“tanoshikatta”
was fun

If you do this you don’t need to change the verb “desu” to the past form “deshita”.

さっぽろ雪まつりは良かったです
(さっぽろゆきまつりはよかったです)
“Sapporo yuki matsuri wa yokatta desu”
The Sapporo Snow Festival was good

Ya, this only works for “i” adjectives but luckily that’s all that we’re going to use today!

Here we go:

美しい
(うつくしい)
“utsukushī”
beautiful

忙しい
(いそがしい)
“isogashī”
busy, frantic

危ない
(あぶない)
“abunai”
dangerous

遅い
(おそい)
“osoi”
slow, sluggish

高い
(たかい)
“takai”
high, expensive

素晴らしい
(すばらしい)
“subarashī”
great, wonderful

豪快
(ごうかい)
“gōkai”
exciting, lively

Note that I am not sure the final one counts as an “i” adjective so we might not be able to make its past form with “katta” but I believe that we can for all the others! 🙂


Image credit: Japanistry article on the Sapporo Snow Festival 2019.

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