20 Ways to use the Japanese Word: すごい (Sugoi)!
What is すごい (Sugoi)?
We might have heard of the word before, be it through a Japanese TV Show, Anime or even in Pop Culture. In fact, this Japanese word is used so frequently that if you haven’t heard of it before, you’re probably missing out! (笑) 😁
But that’s besides the point. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the word すごい (Sugoi) and how you can go about using it! すごい (Sugoi) is a word that’s typically used when you’re left awestruck out of excitement or feel overwhelmed. This can be for any situation be it good or bad. A similar English expression would go somewhere along the lines of “Oh… Wow”. However, it can also be used to express that something is terrible or dreadful.
1. To describe that something looks/taste nice.
Romaji: Sugoi na~ Kono rate
English Translation: Oh wow, this latte’s nice isn’t it?
2. Being sarcastic about how someone smells.
Romaji: Ashi no Nioi sugoi na~
English Translation: Your feet sure does smell doesn’t it?
3. When you feel happy for someone.
Romaji: Ee, X san to tsukiatteiru? Sugoi jan, omedetou!
English Translation: Whaat? You’re dating X? That’s great isn’t it? Congratulations!
4. When you’re amazed by someone’s performance.
Romaji: Ano Kashu no kashouryoku Sugoi jan?
English Translation: That singer’s ability to sing was great, wasn’t it?
5. As an adverb to indicate something is very nice.
Romaji: Ee, kore sugoku oishii!
English Translation: Ehh, this (dish) is very nice!
6. As an adverb to indicate that something bad is about to happen.
Romaji: Konomamaja sugoku mazui yone.
English Translation: If it goes on like that, it’s gonna be bad, ain’t it?
7. To feel excited or look forward to something.
Romaji: Sugoi! Deeto ga tanoshimi!
English Translation: Yay! I’ll be sure to look forward to the date!
8. As a Colloquial Slang or to sound like a Young Boy/Teen.
Romaji: Sugee! Omoshiroi jan?
English Translation: Ehhh, that sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
9. To indicate that it was a “Good/Bad way of saying it”.
Romaji: Are wa sugoi iikata dato omoimasu
English Translation: Well, I think that can be a good/bad (depends on context) way to put it.
10. When you see something beautiful.
Romaji: Aa, sugoi kirei jan!
English Translation: Ahhh, that’s beautiful isn’t it!
11. As an adverb to feel as though you had ALOT of fun.
Romaji: Sugoku tanoshikattan deshou?
English Translation: It was really fun, wasn’t it?
12. As an adverb to praise someone.
Romaji: Kyou, sugoku kirei jan
English Translation: You look really pretty today!
13. When you’d like to gather the opinion of another individual.
Romaji: Ano hito, mecha mecha sugoi yone?
English Translation: That person’s great, wouldn’t you agree?
14. When you want to describe that someone is doing something creepy.
Romaji: Kowai, ano hito ga sugoi me de ano onna o nirandeiru
English Translation: That guy is staring at the girl (with creepy eyes), how scary is that.
15. As an adverb to express the fact that you feel relieved.
Romaji: Hontou? Aa, sou nano, sugoku yokatta
English Translation: Really? Ah, if that’s the case, I’m relieved.
16. When you are afraid of something.
Romaji: Hehe, sugoi takasa nanda yone
English Translation: Heh, that looks kinda high doesn’t it?
17. When you want to bring up the fact that someone looks down.
Romaji: Ee, nani ga atta no? Doushite sonna sugoikao de?
English Translation: Ehhh, what’s wrong? What’s with that sad face of yours?
18. When there seems to impending trouble that is forthcoming.
Romaji: Mazui, konna mama de tsudzukereba, sugoi mondai ni naru kamoshiren
English Translation: That’s bad, if this goes on, it might become a huge problem.
19. Indicating that something had sparked your interest.
Romaji: Sugoi! Omoshirosou, isshoni itte ii no?
English Translation: Wow! That seems interesting, mind if I join in on it?
20. When you’re finally a pro and someone uses the word すごい (Sugoi) wrong. 😁
Romaji: Nani ga sugoi no?
English Translation: What’s great about (your conversation subject)?
With these in mind, let’s not forget that the word “すごい (Sugoi)” is mostly used in a casual conversation. This makes it less of a common sight in formal conversations, especially ones between two businessmen negotiating for a deal.
Nevertheless, this can still prove to be a very useful phrase that you can use in your daily conversations with your Japanese friends. Hopefully by the end of this blog, your ability to speak Japanese would have finally gotten a lot more すごいですよね！
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