What is the meaning of “Yabai” frequently used by Japanese people?

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Well this time we will introduce the word “Yabai” which is quite expensive for everyday use.

This word has various meanings, it is a word used in various situations, so it is a mandatory word to keep in mind.

However, because it is too convenient, it is also a word used in a different meaning from its original meaning, so it is very difficult to understand what scene and what meaning it is used.

I will explain in detail what the original meaning is, what the meaning is used in modern times, so I think that you can master the usage of “yaba” at this timing by all means.

First of all, I will explain from the etymology of “Yabai”.

“Yabai” is said to have been used from the Edo period.
In the Edo era “Yakaba” was used as a word meaning unfavorable conditions and situations such as “find evils or crime” and “get dangerous”.

It seems that it continued being used in the same meaning until the end of the war, but meaning gradually changes from the 1980s.

From the 1980s, it began to be used in the meaning of “clothes and way of thinking are not cool”, “doubt and behavior are doubtful”.

Until this time it was used as a word with a negative meaning, but in the 1990’s the meaning changed.

In the 1990’s, “Yaba” started to be used in a positive sense, such as “good-looking” or “amazing”.

After that, the meaning continually added little by little, now it has the following meaning.

▼ Positive
·it’s beautiful
·High ability
·Can work
·I can study
·good result

▼ Negative
·Not delicious
·Good looking
·It is not cute
·Bad results
·Low ability
·I can not work
·I can not study

As mentioned above, it is used as a word having two meanings, positive meaning and negative meaning for the same subject.

In English, the sentence “You are great!” Is used like having two meanings “You are great” and “You are not great.”

In short, it means that “You are Yabai!” is a positive meaning or a negative meaning can not be judged only by letters.

You have to read the flow of conversation before and after that sentence and decide what meaning it is being used.

It is too convenient The meaning of “Yabai” is too diversified too much, which makes it difficult for foreigners to understand the meaning.

As Japanese can understand the context while understanding the meaning of “Yabai”, there is hardly any misrecognition to the meaning of “Yabai”.

However, it is difficult for overseas people to judge the meaning of “Yabai” immediately at the beginning.

There are two tips for judging the meaning of “Yabai”, so write it down.

· Understand what something “yakana” is (people, food, clothes, result etc)
· Whether the person who is saying “yakana” seems to be happy or unhappy will hear a look

For example, if a woman finds “pretty clothes” and smiles with “smacky”, it means “cute”.

Also, if you say “yaba” after eating a delicious meal it means “delicious”.

However, saying “yaku” which says without receiving a test result and not laughing means “bad result”.

Rather than trying to memorize all the meaning of “Yabai”, it is important words to find the object of “Yabai” from the context, to judge the meaning by considering whether a happy story is an unhappy story is not it .

Although it is a word which is difficult to master well, if you can master it, your Japanese level can be an advanced person, so I think if you can do your best and learn it.















英語で言うと、「You are great!」という文章に対して、「You are great」と「You are not great」の2つの意味を持っている様な使われ方ですね。

つまり、「You are Yabai!」はポジティブな意味なのか、ネガティブな意味なのか文字だけでは判断できないという事です。






・「やばい」の対象は何かを理解する(人、食べ物、服装、結果 etc)