Japanese Mimetic Words: ぎりぎり

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Japanese Mimetic Words: Giri Giri ぎりぎり – Review Notes

Today’s Japanese Mimetic Word is ぎりぎり (girigiri). This word is used very commonly in everyday speech! Read all about this word below!

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girigiri

Today we learned another Japanese Mimetic Word.

Mimetic Words are words that mimic sounds, feelings, or senses (learn more)

Today’s mimetic word is ぎりぎり (girigiri) which means “barely,” “just” or “at the limit”

It can also be written using katakana: ギリギリ

girigiri ma ni atta

For example, ぎりぎり間に合った (girigiri ma ni atta) – “I made it just in time.”

girigiri made kimenakatta

Another example is ぎりぎりまで決めなかった (girigiri made kimenakatta) – “I didn’t decide until the last moment.”

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Song: “Girigiri Safe” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Conclusion:

Today we learned about the Japanese mimetic word ぎりぎり (girigiri). If you have any questions, leave a comment below!

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