Japanese Social Media Slang: Fit In, Have Fun, and Learn the Language :)

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Have you ever come across Japanese posts on social media and found yourself scratching your head, wondering what on earth they mean? 😯

It’s a common challenge, even for native Japanese speakers. Imagine scrolling through your friend’s Facebook feed, stumbling upon a post entirely in Japanese, and hitting the translate button only to be met with confusion. Been there?

Well, you’re not alone. In fact, I once had a friend from here (the States) ask me, “I tried translating your posts but they just don’t make sense. Could you throw in some English next time?” And that’s where the magic of Japanese social media slang comes in. It’s like a whole new language, filled with unique expressions and abbreviations that can leave even the most seasoned learners scratching their heads.

So, to make navigating Japanese social media a breeze, I’ve put together a handy guide: Japanese Social Media Slang Terms for Japanese Learners (English Meanings and Usage).

Let’s dive in and make sense of this fascinating online world together!

Japanese Social Media Slang Terms for Japanese Learners
Japanese TermEnglish TranslationMeaningUsageExample Sentence
wwwLOL (laughing out loud), ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing)Expressing laughterUsed at the end of a sentence to indicate laughter. The more "w"s, the harder the laughter.wwwwwwwww
笑smile, laughExpressing laughterA more mature way of saying "www". Often used by guys.笑
いいねlikeShowing approval or likingUsed to indicate that you like a post or comment.この投稿いいね!
拡散希望Please retweet, Please shareAsking others to share a postUsed to encourage others to share a post or information.この情報を拡散希望!
ポチるclick, buyClicking on a button or linkUsed to describe the action of clicking on something online.新しいアプリをポチった!
エモいEmotionalemotional, touchingEvoking strong emotionsUsed to describe something that is heartwarming, touching, or nostalgic.この曲エモい!
神amazing, awesomeExtremely good or impressiveUsed to describe something that is exceptionally good or amazing.この映画神!
草lol, wutExpresses laughter, disbelief, or confusionA more recent slang term for "lol". Often used in combination with other slang terms.草生えたwwwwww
マジseriouslyIndicates seriousnessUsed to emphasize something or to express surprise or disbelief.マジで!?
卍swastikaUsed as a charm for good luck, but can also have negative connotations; use with cautionUse with caution, as it can be offensive.卍卍卍
炎上go viral, cause a stirA situation where someone or something receives widespread criticism or backlashUsed to describe a situation where someone or something is being heavily criticized online.炎上してるらしいよ
民fans, followersA group of people who support a particular person or thingUsed to refer to a group of fans or supporters.アイドルグループの民
推しfavorite, idolSomeone or something that you are a big fan ofUsed to refer to your favorite person, group, or thing.推しが尊い!
地雷dangerous person or situation to avoidA person or thing that is potentially dangerous or problematicUsed to describe someone or something that is likely to cause trouble or conflict.あの人は地雷だから気をつけて!
バズるgo viral, become popularA situation where something becomes widely popular or shared onlineUsed to describe something that is gaining a lot of attention or popularity online.この動画バズってるね!
尊いprecious, adorableFeeling admiration or reverence for somethingUsed to express admiration or reverence for something that is considered pure, beautiful, or special.この子尊い!
リア充someone who has a fulfilling real lifeSomeone who has a fulfilling and enjoyable lifeUsed to describe someone who is successful and happy in their personal life.リア充すぎて羨ましい!
ガチserious, realReal or genuineUsed to emphasize that something is real, genuine, or not a joke.ガチで頑張る!
オタバレotaku disclosureWhen someone's otaku (fanatic, manga or anime fan) interests are revealedUsed to describe a situation where someone's otaku interests are accidentally or unintentionally revealed.オタバレしちゃった!

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of all Japanese social media slang terms. The meaning and usage of slang terms can change over time, so it is important to be aware of the current context when using them. Some slang terms may be offensive or inappropriate to use in certain situations.

This table is gonna get bigger and bigger. So stay tuned! 😉

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