11 Common Japanese Phrases Using the Word “気” – Ki
What is “気” – Ki
“気(ki)” literally means “gas” of “air”. In Japanese culture, it is believed that “気” is a form of energy that flows in every living beings’ body. It is the source of life and is 1 of the 3 elements which make up our body (the concept of 気血水).
This concept is integrated into the culture so much that expressions using the word “気” are commonly used. In this article, let’s learn the 11 common phrases which use the word “気”.
Illustration of the “気血水” Concept
Phrases Using The Word “気”
Ki ga suru
Meaning: Feeling like something is about to happen
Feels like it is going to rain today.
Ki o tsukeru
Meaning: be cautious or careful
Let’s cross the road carefully.
Meaning: Like, showing interests in
Watashi wa kono nuigurumi ga kiniitta
I liked this doll.
Ki ni naru
Meaning: Be Worried about, interested in, or bothered by something or someone,
I confessed to the girl I like.
Ki ni suru
Meaning: be worried about, concerned with or care about something.
Do not worry about the failures.
Ki ga au
Meaning: Getting along well
I want some friends whom I can get along with well.
Ki ga tsuku
Meaning: Realises, noticing something
I kept playing games until I realized that 10 hours have passed.
Ki ga ooi
Meaning: Being too capricious or having too many interests
Jack is very fickle, he is interested in so many things.
Ki ga kiku
Meaning: Having a good head on one’s shoulder.
Kaito Always has a good head on his shoulder.
Ki ga ookii
Mr. Suzuki is so generous, he did not get angry even when his shirt got dirtied by the kids.
Ki no sei
Meaning: One’s imagination. Usually used when one is not sure about what was felt.
I heard a girl crying just now, was it just my imagination?
Of Course, there are much more phrases with the word “気” You will get to learn them as you continue to study Japanese.
Fun Fact! The old/traditional way of writing this kanji is “氣”
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