Speakin' Japanese: Spooky speak for Halloween

Speakin' Japanese: Spooky speak for Halloween

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In recent years, the modern Western tradition of Halloween has crept up on Japan in the form of commercial and entertainment events – especially in big cities. Don’t be surprised to see parties, fancy costumes and parades celebrating Halloween. Here are a few words and phrases to help get you in to the spirit.

“obake“ = ghost

“kowai hanashi” = scary story

“noroi” = curse

“chi”= blood

“ame” = candy

“kazari” = decoration

“Totemo kowai”= Very scary

“Totemo” = very; “kowai” = scary

“Kowaku nai” = Not scary.

“Kyo wa Halloween desu” = Today is Halloween.

“kyo wa … desu” = Today is …

“Watashi wa Halloween paahty ni ikimasu.” = I am going to a Halloween party.

“ni ikimasu” = go to; “paahty” = party

“Kodomo wa trick-or-treat wo tanoshimi ni shiteimasu.”= The children are looking forward to going trick-or-treat.

“kodomo” = children; “tanoshimi ni shiteimasu.”= looking forward to

“Halloween no kaso wo shimasuka?” = Will you dress up for Halloween?

“kaso” = dress up

“Watashi wa banpaiyah ni naru yotei desu” = I am going to be a vampire.

“ni naru yotei desu” = going to be; “banpaiyah” = vampire

“Anata no costume wa kawaii desu.” = Your costume is cute.

“Anata no costume wa kakkoii desu.” = Your costume is cool.

“kawaii” = cute; “kakkoii”= cool (or handsome)

“Anatano ie no kazari wa totemo suteki desu.” = Your house’s decorations are very nice.

“Anatano” = your; “ie” = house; “suteki” = nice


Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

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