- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Weatherhill Inc; First Edition edition (1 Jun. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0834802503
- ISBN-13: 978-0834802506
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,412,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Japanese Street Slang Paperback – 1 Jun 1992
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However, there are downsides to this book. It is terribly out-dated and with slang, you need to be on top of the latest phrases. I would give examples, but they would probably be offensive. More research and a new edition is needed. Moreover, the explainations of the words and expressions are too long: more vocabulary could be included instead of a mass of explaination. Some slang I learned from Japanese speakers was from the 80's and I got ridiculous smiles from locals. They hadn't heard "that" in years.
One last word...the words in the book can be offensive and try them out with younger friends. Unko means "poo-poo" in Japanese, not the offensive 4-letter word the book says it means. Kids use it as well as wildlife shows. A lot of other words in here have debatable meanings, but the majority are interesting.
I think the author either made a profoundly deep excavation into the tiny corners of the Japanese language, or just some of the material is fabricated. If you read this book, please keep in mind that many of the words or phrases are not used in everyday Japanese speech. I do not reccomend this book.