Japanese Phrase Lesson 7: Yummy!おいしい

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Japanese Phrase Lesson 7: Yummy! おいしい – Review Notes

Today we learned three ways to describe how food tastes! We learned the Japanese words for “yummy,” “so-so,” and “yuck!” In these notes, we will review these words, and we will also go over a few additional ways to describe how food tastes!

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Number 1:

 Oishii means yummy, or delicious.


 You can use oishii as an exclamation by itself like we saw in the video, or in a longer sentence.

Example:

このパンはおいしいですね!

Kono pan wa oishii desu ne!

This bread is yummy!

★ A more casual way to say it is “umai.” Umai” means “good” or “delicious.”

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Number 2:

 Maa Maa means “so-so.” This is used when talking about food that is not good or bad.


 A similar expression that you can use when talking about food that is not particularly good or bad is futsū. Futsū means “normal.”

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Number 3:


 Mazui means “yuck” or “bad.”

 Unfortunately, poor Puni Puni thought this was food! Mazui!!!

 If the food tastes bad, you can also say “oishikunai.” This is the negative form of oishii, so it means “not yummy” or “not good.”

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Bonus words!

oishisō – looks/seems delicious

umasō – looks/seems good (casual)

mazusō – looks/seems yucky

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Conclusion:

Next time you eat something, practice using these Japanese words! Hopefully you will get to use oishii more than maa maa or mazui! Tell me what foods you think are oishii in the comment section below!

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おいしそう!Oishisō! Looks delicious!

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6 comments

  1. らめんわおいしいです

    Comment by Rebecca on 02/26/2014 at 12:26 pm
  2. I think takoyaki is oishii! It’s hard to find where I live so I will try making it with my new takoyaki pan.

    Comment by Danielle on 03/13/2014 at 10:40 am
  3. i think chocolate is oishii . i love it !!

    Comment by iltimas on 04/23/2014 at 10:28 am
  4. 味噌汁(Miso soup)はおいしいですね!

    Comment by Andrey on 06/11/2014 at 6:01 am
  5. Is おいしそう both formal and casual? Could you say it by itself? Or would it be formal to say おいしそうです? Same with うまそう, まずそう, おいしくない, まあまあ, and まずい. Can you add です after all of them?

    Comment by Spensyr on 10/18/2014 at 9:36 pm
  6. Yes, you can add です after these to increase their formality. However, I would avoid using うまい, うまそう, まずそう and まずい in formal situations because they are not very nice or “proper” words. You should use them in casual situations with friends.

    Comment by PuniPuni on 10/22/2014 at 7:16 am

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