"I am really bored."


June 12, 2017



Why does ひま mean bored here? I learnt ひま as meaning free time/nothing to do/holiday and 退屈 for bored. I've never heard 暇 used to mean having free time as a negative and therefore bored.

June 12, 2017


You are correct, Sophie! I hope that the team fix it.

June 15, 2017


Because inactivity isn't regarded as a positive in Japan. Thus ひま is used with the implication of too much free time (i.e. being bored).「わたしはとてもひまです」 is like saying "I have absolutely nothing to do".

退屈 is "boring" in the sense of "tedious/dull/uninteresting" and used to describe something/someone, rather than your own state of mind.

May 11, 2018


A native Japanese speaker confirmed for me that this means bored as well as free time.

July 12, 2017


I understand how it means "bored", and I don't think it's wrong to define "hima" as "bored" with the appropriate context, but I think translating "bored" as "hima" gives beginning learners the wrong impression of the word. Being "hima" is not always negative like "bored" is.

February 27, 2018


i might be misremembering this but i recently noticed ひま spoken to mean 'bored' in an episode of Terrace House (by an 18 year old native Japanese speaker). it might be a more recent usage?

June 29, 2017


native speaker!

August 26, 2017


"Bimbou hima nashi"

May 20, 2018
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