Updated: July 25, 2016
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8 Japanese Slangs You Can Impress Your Japanese Friends

Getting the hang of some slangs will help you easily make friends with Japanese people.

Impress Your Japanese Friends By Slinging Some Slang!

When you're learning a new language and practicing every day with friends, it's fun to surprise them with new words and useful phrases, especially when they don't expect it!
Their delight in hearing you pick up slang and other non-textbook words and phrases will help you to feel confident and to fit in, which is an important step towards real comfort and mastery.

So, the next time you're hanging out with some close Japanese friends, try slipping a few of these into your conversation. Be careful though!
Although none of these words are particularly rude, and are widely used between friends and family members, they might sound a little strange if you use them when speaking to work colleagues, teachers, older people, or others who you would normally speak to with a high level of respectfulness.

#1 Warui / わるい

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Warui is an informal way to say “I'm sorry” between friends (but a bit slipshod to teachers, colleagues, etc.).

You actually don't really feel sorry when you say this.
Literal translation is bad, like "it' my bad".

#2 Majide? / まじで?

Majide, which you'll often hear shortened to maji, means “really?” or “no way!”.
It's the shortened form of the more polite hontou ni.

#3 Nandakke? / なんだっけ?

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This is really useful for when you're trying to remember something, as it means something like, “now, what was it again?” when you're asking yourself out loud.
Your Japanese friends will laugh happily when you're trying to think of another word, and ask yourself this one.

#4 Yabai / やばい

"Yabai" is the most convenient phrase in casual conversation. Why? Because it can mean anything.
The meaning is similar to "Damn." "Oh my God." in English and it could be used as a reaction to something really good, really bad or really surprising.

#5 Dasai / ださい

Dasai is the opposite of sugoi. Just like "lame".
When you see something you just can't approve of, or something that is really uncool, you can exclaim dasai.

#6 Osu / おす

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Osu, which you can use to greet good friends instead of konnichiwa, for a change and to show closeness and affection.
It can be Osu~, Ossu or Ossu~.

#7 Jaane / じゃあね

Jaane (じゃあね) means “see you later” so if you greeted your close friends with osu, you can say goodbye with jaane.
It's a so common phrase that you hear a lot in Japanese anime and TV.

#8 Chikusho! / ちくしょう!

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Ok, ok, no slang list is complete with at least one way of expressing forceful frustration, so here is chikusho – it means “damn it!”
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