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Baka & Kawaii
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Posted 7/10/11

Maybe it's just me, but otaku being hostile to others in the community makes me feel pretty horrible. I used to be a pariah of sorts, and because nerdom isn't exactly respected when you are growing up I thought there might be more of a general acceptance of "weirdness" among anime fans....but I guess that has changed since anime has become so much more mainstream over the recent past.


Definitely not just you. I used to think that there would be more acceptance, too. Now I just stay away from everyone :(

Posted 7/11/11
I have never heard anyone say 'baka', or 'kawaii' in a sentence, except spoken in Japanese. I'm just lucky, I suppose.
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..... You don't even know how many times I have had to encounter this... Trust me if you have ever been in J1 you hear Japanese mixed in with English the whole time. The sad part is that half the people never studied for the class cause they figured they knew Japanese from watching Anime(And yes, they ended up failing and retaking the class). What gets me more is how akward it sounds when they input one Japanese word into an English conversation.Also, most of the time they pronounce the words wrong!!! Sometimes they'll try to say Kawaii and it'll be mistaken as Kowaii. Everytime I hear them talking like that I feel like bashing my head into a wall.
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Posted 7/11/11
<<<is a weeaboo but doesn't do the baka or kawaii thing. Is actually learning Japanese (thank you Pimsleur) and have had Japanese conversations with friends. Don't like anime...anything I have learned has been through the language course, or from my Japanese friends. But I'm still a weeaboo, cos I love the whole Japanese culture.
Posted 7/11/11

Jinchengfan wrote:

<<<is a weeaboo but doesn't do the baka or kawaii thing. Is actually learning Japanese (thank you Pimsleur) and have had Japanese conversations with friends. Don't like anime...anything I have learned has been through the language course, or from my Japanese friends. But I'm still a weeaboo, cos I love the whole Japanese culture.


Yes, but do you want to be Japanese?
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Posted 7/11/11

Maou068 wrote:


In the Filipino language, baka may refer to 'cow', 'maybe' or 'beef' depending on the context.... In Cebuano however, the word 'baka' strictly means cow. Many of my brethren poke fun at weeabos using this Filipino word.


hahaha... so true........
Posted 7/11/11
When I'm near a wapanese person I have to force my self not to beat them until i have broken there jaws so they can no longer speak.
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Posted 7/11/11
I don't care what Baka means. If it means cow then I am the God of the Cows, if it means beef then I am the God of the Beef, if it means idiot then I am the God of the idiots.

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Posted 7/11/11

KleinerSkollexxx wrote:

The Japanese use a lot of Engrish too, they're just as bad. Both sides are annoying, just try ignoring them.


There are a few of us who understand that this language thing is a 2 way useage. It isn't limited to japanese/english but will be found in most countries that have TV/radio/movies. These venues have been the mediums of change for good or bad....its hard to decide.


Even I have at times done the unthinkable and used these words. Not trying to be "cool or with it", my use in public is to be an anoying ass.
As an American the use of foul language is the first thing we seem learn.
I made that mistake only once and was bitchslapped by a 17 yr old working girl in Seoul, Korea. My friends thought it was great fun.
She and I became friends, not just bunkmates. Helping each other learn proper use of a different language.
Posted 7/11/11
Hey, calling someone a cow can be insulting >:O
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Posted 7/11/11

demo_Animation wrote:

Lol
Baka means beef in tagalogue :3


Haha! Cool! : D
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Posted 7/11/11

TerraGamerX wrote:

Though this just looks like a mutual exchange of ranting rather than discussion, I shall still give my input. You need to realize that all societies have been using words from foreign languages they don't speak fluently within their own native language for not just "a long time" but a really long time potentially measured in the thousands of years (except times and places where law or religion prohibits foreign words)...............


You are way more eloquent than I could be.

Everything they said. I tend to say "baka" and "kawaii" in my head, unintentionally. I know other japanese words, but I don't use those. Those two just happen to have sounds which express my feelings better than their english counterparts. Kawaii even has a little built in "eeee!" at the end of it, which is way closer to how I feel and act when I think something is adorable than "cute".
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Posted 7/11/11


Using it once in a while just because you like the language- whatever. Using them because you think you're Japanese- not cool. That's all I think of it.
Posted 7/11/11
japalish. They're speaking japalish.
Posted 7/11/11
You can't be a real life tsundere without the word baka so. Also there's nothing as hilarious as a 30 something year old cosplaying Shana and saying baka and urusai.
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