Zenzen Daijobu?!

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(Typhoon)

  1.  A: “Konomae-no Taifu Daijobu deshitaka.” (= Did you survive the typhoon the other day?) B: “Zenzen Daijobu deshitayo!” (= We were totally fine.)
  2.  A: “Yoko-san-no Repoto-wa Dodeshitaka.” (= How did you like Yoko’s report?”) B: “Zenzen Yokatta desuyo.” (= It was very good.)

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(Nothing else would make you happy?!)

 Let’s take a close look at those two – “Zenzen Daijobu” and “Zenzen Yokatta.” The golden rule about an adverb – “Zenzen” – is that “Zenzen” has to be used with negative words like “-nai.” 

 <Example> “Tsukaremashitaka.” (= Are you tired?) “Iie, zenzen tsukareteimasen.” (= No, not at all.) 

                   “Konpuutaa-wa Naorimashitaka.) (= Did they fix your computer?) “Zenzen Damedesu.” (= No, it didn’t work.)  * ‘dame’ means ‘no good.’

 Unfortunately, Japanese youngsters tend to make mistakes of this kind very often – “Zenzen Daijobu” or “Zenzen Yokatta.” Each should be like “Mattaku Daijobu” or “Nakanaka Yokatta.”

USE “ZENZEN” WITH NEGATIVE ENDING!

Little differences can turn out to be huge differences!

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