Today’s Kanji is “気” (=ki) !!

August 21, 2009 in Vocabulary


ki

「マギーにはを使うなあ…」

Maggie ni wa kiwo tsukau naa..

♦Maggie makes me nervous so I have to be attentive towards her…

I really have to watch my step around Maggie. (Because I don’t want to make her angry.)

Today we will focus on a kanji (ki) !

means “feeling, sentiment, mind, air”, or something more profound or spritual, like “active (life) energy” , “undefinable power”, or “prana”.

Let’s start withthe expression気を使う(or 遣う)=( Ki wo tsukau) !

Cookie in the picture is thinking,

「マギーには気を使うなあ…」

Maggie niwa kiwo tsukau naa.

Its literal meaning is

“I use “ki” towards Maggie or Maggie makes me use my “ki””

meaning Cookie (remember Cookie is a male pooch) feels like he is compelled to pay special attention or to show concerns, be careful, sensitive or attentive towards Maggie not to make her angry or upset or to make her happy.

Usually you use “ki” (being more attentive or paying attention) when you are around your supervisors or somebody you think they are superior or sensitive or sensitive things as well.

If someone is not paying attention or being sensitive enough, people might say,

「もっと気を使いなさい!

motto kiwo tsukainasai!

Be more attentive/sensitive!

もっと気を使ったら?

motto kiwo tsukattara?  (softer)

Why don’t you be more attentive/sensitive!


On the contrary, if you are too polite or attentive, people might tell you,

どうか、(お)気を使わないで下さい。

Douka (o) kiwo tukawanai de kudasai.

Don’t bother. Don’t worry about me so much. Please relax!

There are lots of  「」”ki” words and expressions. I will show you only a part of them.

:u:

:qq:  空 kuuki air, atmosphere (:sora/ kuu sky or empty)

空気を読むto read between the lines/ to sense what is happening around you or people’s feeling around you.

(There is a slang KY which is an abbreviation of 空気(が)読めない」Kuuki(ga) Yomenai)

「彼、KYだね!

Kare “kei-wai” dane!  

He can’t read between the lines.

:ee:  元:genki energetic, active, in a good shape, 「元 moto/ gen = origin(al)

Ex. 「元気?」genki

How are you? (Are you OK?)

の流れ : ki no nagare flow of energy

Ex. ここはの流れがいいですね。

koko wa ki no nagare ga ii desu ne.

It has good energy around here. (流れ nagare =flow )

が短い  

ki ga mijikai

short tempered

(「短 tan/mijikai=short)

配りする

kikubarisuru.

to pay attention, to be attentive

(「配hai/ kubaru =to distribute, give out)

が狂う 

ki ga kuruu

(kyou/kuruu to go crazy) means “go crazy!”

楽(にする) 

kiraku (nisuru)

raku/tanoshii to have fun, to be easy, carefree ) means “take it easy”

Ex. もっと気楽にどうぞ。

Motto kiraku ni douzo!

Take it easy!

For those who have already known lots of ki-expressions, I made a following check test so please try to fill the blanks!

がんばって! Good luck! :maggie-small:

1)to like something

“I really like your present!”

:jjj:あなたの贈り物、とっても気に(    )ました。

Anata no okurimono, tottemo kini (               ) mashita.

2)to be careful

A car is coming! Be careful! (Watch out!)

:jjj: 車が来る!気を(     )!

Kuruma ga kuru! Ki wo ( ) !

3)feeling of faintness,to feel stunned, mind-boggling

I feel overwhelmed by just thinking about how much money it would cost from now.

:jjj:これからどれだけお金がかかるか考えただけで 気が(   )なる。

Korekara doredake okane ga kakaruka kangaeta dakede ki ga (           ) narru.

4)imagination :

“Is it just me?” “Is it my imagination?”

:jjj: 気の(    )かな?

Ki no (           ) kana?

5)pride :

“She is so proud so no one likes her.”

:jjj:彼女は気(  )が高いので皆が嫌っている。

Kanojyo wa ki(            ) ga takai node mina ga kiratte iru.

6)to be concerned, worry about

“Don’t worry about me! ”

:jjj:私のことは気に(  )ないで。

Watashi no koto wa ki ni (          ) naide.

7)to be distracted

“Don’t talk to me! I will get distracted! “

 

:jjj:気が(  )から話しかけないで!

Ki ga (          ) kara hanashi kakenai de.

8)to be capricious, erratic

”He is so erratic that I don’t trust him so much.”

:jjj:彼は本当に気(    )なので信用していない。

Kare wa hontou ni ki (          ) nanode shinyou shiteinai.

9)to be into someone

“He is into her but she is not.”

:jjj:彼は彼女に気が(   )ますが、彼女は彼に気が(     )ません。

Kare wa kanojyo ni ki ga (        ) masu ga kanojyo wa kare ni ki ga (          ) masen.

10)to hit it off, get along with someone

“John and Maggie get along well”

:jjj:ジョンとマギーは気が(   )ます。

Jyon to maggie wa ki ga (           ) masu.

出来た?Dekita? Did you finish them?

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:kkk: 答え Kotae (Answers!) with 基本形 Kihonkei (basic form)

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1) 入り iri →気に入る ki ni iru

2)付けて tsukete 気を付ける ki wo tsukeru

3)遠く tooku 気が遠くなる ki ga tooku naru

4)せい sei 気のせい ki no sei

5)gurai 気位 ki gurai

6)shi 気にする ki ni suru

7)散る chiru 気が散る ki ga chiru

8)まぐれ magure 気まぐれ ki magure

9)あり ari 気がある ki ga aru (Note.  気がない ki ga nai = not be into someone)

10)合い ai気が合う ki ga au


  frenchbulldogマギー先生からクッキーへ  Maggie-sensei kara Cookie he From Maggie-sensei to Cookie

もっと気を使ってよね! Motto ki wo tsukatte yone! Be more attentive, OK?