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'Kawaii' 「可愛い」is cute. 'Kawai' 「かわい」is scary.8 may 2016
“Kawaii” (かわいい) (kah-wah-ee-ee) is Japanese for cute or adorable. This is a very common word that you will see in many different contexts as Japanese culture loves everything and anything cute.
Kowai means scary, afraid, or fearful, and it is also a relatively common word.27 nov 2020
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Etymology. The word kawaii originally derives from the phrase 顔映し kao hayushi, which literally means "(one's) face (is) aglow," commonly used to refer to flushing or blushing of the face.
It is commonly written in hiragana, かわいい, but the ateji, 可愛い, has also been used.
In Japanese, the word kawaii has a meaning that sits more or less at the juncture of "cute," "tiny," or "lovable." The cute aesthetic—with its bold, nearly cartoon-like lines and rounded forms—informs a large segment of Japanese popular culture.
Accordingly, in most situations, deeming something kawaii, or cute, is seen as high praise.
Whereas in English-speaking countries some may take issue with what they perceive as a diminutive or demeaning connotation to the word “cute,” in Japan, calling a girl kawaii is almost universally considered a compliment.15 jul 2014
1. Kawaii / Kowai.
Kowai means scary, afraid, or fearful, and it is also a relatively common word. When you see something cute, make sure to pronounce your “ka” and the extended “ii” sound or chance being very misunderstood!27 nov 2020
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