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Japanese word of the day #21

怪獣(かいじゅう)Monster

彼は怪獣みたいな人です

かれはかいじゅうみたいなひとです

He is a monster of a person

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September 14, 2017

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Hm. I get the impression there's multiple words Japanese people use for "monster". What contexts are each of them used for?


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怪獣(かいじゅう) Is a word for monster that is the most commonly use. It doesn't always portray something violent and is more just like 'strange creature', though they can be considered to mean a dangerous creature

野獣(やじゅう)Is a word that is more along the lines of 'beast' and is then more of a violent term than 怪獣

モンスター Is just the word from English for 'monster'

There are a couple other words that are native to Japanese folklore that mean monster, but these are ones you'll see the most often

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