〜の字= 〜no ji (Mini Lesson #130)

September 29, 2010 in Mini Lesson from No.124


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「彼には女心の「お」の字もわからないんだわ…」

= Kare niwa onnagokoro no “o” no ji mo wakaranai dawa.

= He has no clue of girl’s feelings.

I just received a question from takky.

!star! What does “色気の「イ」の字のない” mean?

It’s a good question, so I’ll take this opportunity to  make a mini-lesson.

色気 = iroke = sexiness, sexual charm

= ji = a letter

So the literal translation is

to not to have even a letter of ” or ”” (=i) of “色気“(=iroke)

It means “not to have any sexual charm at all” , ” far from being sexy”

Ex. 彼女は、色気の「い」の字もない。
= Kanojo wa iroke no “i” no ji mo nai.
= She is not sexy at all.

We take the first letter (either hiragana, katakana or one kanji) of a word

**の「」の字もない=** no “” no ji mo nai 

* there isn’t ~ at all, * not to have ~ at all

**の「の字も知らない =**no no ji mo shiranai

* not to know ~ at all, * not to know the first thing about ~

**の「字もわからない = ** no ” no ji mo wakaranai

* not to understand ~ at all, not to know the first thing about ~

From the picture above :

「彼には女心の「お」の字もわからないんだわ…」

= Kare niwa onnagokoro no “o” no ji mo wakaranain dawa.

= He has no clue as to a girl’s feelings.

:rrrr: 女心 = onna gokoro = woman’s feeling, girl’s feeling

These examples should help you understand this a bit better. :h:

:u:

Ex. 私はコンピューターの「コ」の字も知らない。

= Watashi wa konpyuutaa no “ko” no ji mo shiranai.
= I don’t know anything about computers.

Ex. 英語の「え」の字も知らない子供に英語を教えるのは大変だ。

= Eigo no “e” no ji mo shiranai kodomo ni eigo wo oshieru nowa taihen da.
= It is hard to teach children who don’t know any English at all.

Ex.この国ではどこに行っても日本語の「に」の字もない。

= Kono kuni dewa doko ni itte mo nihongo no “ni” no ji mo nai.
= There is absolutely no Japanese to be seen or heard in this country.

Ex. ワインの「ワ」の字も知らない人にこの高級ワインを出すのはもったいない。

= Wain no “wa” no ji mo shiranai hito ni kono koukyuu wain wo dasu nowa mottai nai.
= It is a waste to serve this expensive wine to someone who doesn’t know wine at all.

Ex.  この子は苦労の「苦」の字も知らずに育った。

= Kono ko wa kurou no “ku” no ji mo shirazu ni sodatta.
= This boy (or girl) has been raised without any hardship.

Ex. 彼には愛情の「あ」の字もない。

= Kare niwa aijyou no “a” no ji mo nai.
= He has no love in him at all.

Ex. この手術には不安の「ふ」の字もありません。

= Kono shujutsu niwa fuan no “fu” no ji mo arimasen.
= There is no need to worry about the operation at all.

Ex. この店にはサービスの「サ」の字もない。

=  Kono mise ni wa saabisu no “sa” no ji mo nai.
= The service of this store (restaurant, bar) is really bad.

Ex. この作品にはユーモアの「ユ」の字もない。

= Kono sakuhin niwa yuumoa no  “yu” no ji mo nai.
= The work doesn’t have any humor.


maggie-senseiマギー先生より = Maggie Sensei yori = From Maggie Sensei

誰?私には女らしさの「お」の字もないと言ったのは!

= Dare? Watashi niwa onnarashisa no “o” no ji mo nai to itta nowa!

=Who said I am not feminine at all!