プチ(=puchi) (Mini Lesson #146)

July 15, 2013 in Colloquial, Facebook Follow up lesson, Mini Lesson from No.124, Slang


puchipura
「このロールケーキ、プチプラだけど、美味しいね!
= Kono rouru keiki puchipura dakedo oishii ne.
= This rolled cake is inexpensive but it’s good, isn’t it?

Hi everyone! Have you ever tried コンビニスイーツ(= conbini suiitsu. = sweets that you can buy at convenience stores) in Japan?
I am not a big fan of them but I love プレミアムいちごのロールケーキ(= puremiamu ichigo no rouru keiki) “Premium strawberry rolled cake !onpu!
 
Today’s one of the focus word is プチ(=puchi), petite.   
 
プチプラ(=puchipura) is abbreviated form of プチプライス(=puchi puraisu )“petite price” and it means inexpensive, reasonable price and it is often used for accessories, make-up products or clothes for young women.  The word プチ(=puchi) came from a French word, “petite” and it means “small, mini. short, a little” It has been a trend for the past several years to add プチ(=puchi) to certain words. It makes the word sound  lighter, less serious, more fashionable or trendy. I think women use it more than men because it sounds cuter. 
But actually the word プチ(=puchi) has been a key word for marketing and we often it in advertisements.
 
プチギフト= puchi gifuto = small gifts
 
プチお土産= puchi omiyage = a little souvenir,a small gift

Ex. これプチお土産!(casual) 

= Kore puchi omiyage! 

= This is a small gift for you!

プチホテル= puchi hoteru = a small fancy hotel

プチ自慢= puchi jiman = some little thing that you can brag about. one’s little claim to fame

Ex. 私のプチ自慢はマギー先生のサインを持っていることです。 

= Watashi no puchijiman wa Maggie sensei no sain wo motte iru koto desu. 

= My little claim to fame is that I have Maggie Sensei’s autograph.   

プチ旅行= puchi ryokou = a short trip

Ex. 明日からプチ旅行に行きます。 

= Ashita kara puchi ryokou ni ikimasu. 

= I will go on a short trip from tomorrow.    

プチ留学= puchi ryuugaku = studying abroad in a  short period time    

Ex. 「カナダに留学してたの?すごいね!」

= Kanada ni ryuugaku shitetano? Sugoine!

= You have been in Canada to study? Wow!

「うん、でもプチ留学だよ。」

= Un, demo puchi ryuugaku dayo.

= Yes, but it was just a short period of time.

プチ断食= puchi danjiki = mini fasting diet    

プチダイエット= puchi daietto = on  a casual diet.   

Ex. 今、プチダイエット中だから甘いもの食べられないの。 

= Ima daietto chu dakara amai mono taberarenaino. 

= I am on a casual diet so I can’t eat sweets.  

プチ整形= puchi seikei = mini facelift, quick facelift    

プチ休暇= puchi kyuuka = a short vacation    

プチ家電= puchi kaden = small size home electrical appliances   

プチ= puchi utsu = light depression    

 
Ex. 今、ちょっとプチ鬱なんだ…
= Ima chotto puchi utsu nanda…
= I am a bit depressed right now.
 
maggie-senseiマギー先生より= Maggie Sensei yori = From Maggie Sensei 
 
みんなのプチ自慢は何ですか?
= Minna no puchi jiman wa nan desu ka?
= What is your little claim to fame?