What is your favorite word in Japanese?
What is your favorite word in Japanese? Please answer what your favorite word is, what it translates to, and why it is your favorite. ありがとうございました!
積ん読 (tsundoku), which means buying books, but not getting around to reading them. I like it because it is unique to Japanese, sounds nice, and can be applied to my life. I also like ありがた迷惑 (arigatameiwaku), which apparently means "an act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude (according to FluentU)," because it is basically useless, and fun to say (not really a valid reason, I just enjoy how it sounds, mostly). This word can also be applied to my life.
頑張って is a nice sentiment. It has many uses, if I understand correctly "work hard", "Do my/your/our best", and "Good luck" are among them.
In terms of practical usage, すみません is essential for any 外人 visiting Japan. "Sorry" and "Excuse me" are just the beginning of it's uses, including calling wait staff to your table.
In either case I think I'm draw to words that have versatile usage, meanings which depend on context and cultural background. Understanding the culture is as important as the language to effectively communicate in Japanese. The cultural meaning also makes it fun to learn! はい、ウェエブです。