Kimajime (生真面目 - Too Serious/Earnest)

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Nov 25, 2018 18:14 English essay

Yesterday, I introduced you to the term 'majime' (まじめ), which means "serious" or "earnest."

'Majime' is often used as a good sense, but some people think that to be too serious/earnest is not a good personality because such a person lacks flexibility.

If you want to describe a person who is too 'majime' (serious/earnest), you can use the term 'kimajime' (生真面目), which is made by adding 'ki' (生 - "pure/fresh") to 'majime'.

Of course, 'kimajime' can be used as a good sense (such as "very earnest"), but it includes negative nuances in most cases.

昨日は "serious" や "earnest" を意味する日本語「まじめ」を紹介しました。


このように、まじめすぎる人を表すには、「まじめ」に "pure/fresh" を意味する「生」をつけて、「生真面目」と言います。