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The Useful Japanese Word, “ki”

By on March 09, 2012 in Essential Japanese Words

Ki or, 気,  is a very useful Japanese word. It has many meanings, but since there are many situations where this word is used, it would be beneficial for any Japanese language learner to get acquainted with it.

Ki 気 is the Japanese word for air; atmosphere; flavor; heart; mind; spirit; feelings; humor; an intention; mind; will. When used in conjunction with other verbs, this little word really starts becoming useful. I recommend studying this little word by looking it up in your Japanese dictionary, and noting some of its’ uses. The following examples should get you started.

1. ki ni iru 気に入る- to take a liking to something
2. ki ga kawaru 気が変わる – to change your mind
3. ki ga sumu 気が済む – feel settled with something
4. ki ga nakunaru 気が無くなる – don’t feel like it anymore
5. ki ni kakeru 気にかける- worried about something
6. ki ni naru 気になる- to be anxious about something
7. ki o tsukeru 気を付ける – to be careful with something

So what do you think?

  • Rich

    To use this for a verb would you use it in conjunction with the plain form of the verb or would you make it a noun form?

    I have a feeling that it’s the latter …

    Tenisu o suru koto ga/no ga ki ni ita = I took a liking to playing tennis

    Watashi, himan na jikan ga ja nai kara, anata to taberu koto ga/no ga ki ga kawatta no desu = I dont have any free time so I decided not to eat with you

    Anata no koto ga ki ni kaketa = I was worried about you

    Please help me by correcting my mistakes 🙂

    Also, how would you say I feel like it’s the latter in Japanese?

    Thank you 🙂