馬鹿 (ばか、Baka) is a cool word. It’s the most common way to call someone stupid in Japanese. The kanji has a lengthy history on why it is made up of horse-deer. And you will hear this word over and over in a million different contexts (hopefully none directed at you).
How complex can one word be?
You already know how to say it:
Adshapは馬鹿: “Adshap is stupid.”
Or even just say 馬鹿！ to call Adshap stupid.
However, there are 4 ways that natives love to use the word which you need to know if you want to sound good.
Used mainly by: young women and children
Used mainly with: friends/family in an endearing but angry/scolding way.
の is the possession particle. So you might think this means Adshap’s stupid person, but 馬鹿 isn’t just a stupid person. It is the stupidity itself. So an awkward translation might be “Adshap’s stupidity!”
Used mainly by: young men/women and children
Used mainly with: friends, but also can sound very insulting depending on the situation, so can be saved for enemies.
Just extend the あ sound. The more you extend it, the more emphasis you put on it.
This takes practice to sound natural, as the extension is very unique.
Used mainly by: younger women and children.
Used mainly with: friends/family
Said in rapid succession. Can be 2 or 3 times, but rarely higher than that.
1. Explosive ば
Used mainly by: younger people
Used with: everyone
Explode the ば sound out forcibly to add to its impact.
Mix and match
You can mix some of the above, but not all of them work well together so be observant.
And now you can feel comfortable with one of the most important words in Japanese.
Know any other creative ways to use ばか?
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