英語のヒント vol. XVIV: 和製英語1 - "ドンマイ"

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Nov 25, 2014 17:21 和製英語 英語のヒント hint
Hey everyone,

I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and not getting sick. Stay warm and drinks lots of green tea!

Today I will talk about a frequently-used Japanese expression, "ドンマイ."

"ドンマイ" comes from the English phrase "don't mind" but actually means something different. Actually, if you want to say "ドンマイ" in English, you should say "don't worry," "don't worry about it" or (more casually) "no worries."

Here are some examples:

A: "Can I borrow 10 yen?"
B: "Here you go."
A: "I'll pay you back tomorrow."
B: "Don't worry about it"
(meaning = 'you don't have to pay me back because 10 yen is a small amount')

A: "You left your hat at my house, but I forgot to bring it!"
B: "No worries. Just bring it next time"
(meaning = 'it's ok, I don't need it right now.)


You can't actually say "don't mind" in English alone. It is strange. You must say something like "I don't mind" or "you don't mind?" or something like that. The sentence needs a SUBJECT. It is a little difficult to explain in easy English, so for now just remember that, in general "ドンマイ" = "don't worry" in English ^^

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