Japanese Words: Wakai

Young People

The Japanese word wakai, pronounced "wah-kai", means "young", "younger", "inexperienced", "immature", or "green".

Japanese Characters

若い (わかい)

Example

Miki wa itsu mitemo wakai.
美樹はいつ見ても若い。
Miki always looks young.
Chikagoro no wakai mono wa nani o kangaeteiru no ka wakaranai.
近頃の若い者は何を考えているのかわからない。
I can't tell what young people these days are thinking.

 

Notes

"Wakai" is a Japanese adjective. Learn more about Japanese adjectives.

Format
mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Abe, Namiko. "Japanese Words: Wakai." ThoughtCo, Jun. 23, 2017, thoughtco.com/wakai-meaning-and-characters-2028518. Abe, Namiko. (2017, June 23). Japanese Words: Wakai. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/wakai-meaning-and-characters-2028518 Abe, Namiko. "Japanese Words: Wakai." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/wakai-meaning-and-characters-2028518 (accessed November 20, 2017).