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About Japanese Teeth

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About Japanese Teeth

I went to the dentist the other day. In the middle of the treatment, the power suddenly went off. I got little bit nervous, as I had to keep my mouth open. What would happen if the power didn't come back on? Luckily it came back a litter later and they were able to finish fixing my teeth. Speaking of teeth, the Japanese are less concerned than the west with having straight teeth. "Yaeba (a double tooth)" is probably not desirable in the west, but many Japanese find yaeba cute and charming, especially for girls. Some celebrities and models show off their yaeba smiles. "Yaeba" is also often seen in female characters in anime and manga, too.

Japanese Translation

日本人の歯について

先日、歯医者さんに行きました。治療の最中、突然停電してしまいました。私は口をあけたままの状態で、少し不安になりました。このまま電気が戻らなかったら、どうなるんだろう。幸いにも、しばらくしたら電気がつき、無事に治療を終えることができました。歯といえば、日本人は西洋人に比べ、まっすぐな歯に対してあまりこだわりがないといえます。八重歯はおそらく西洋では好まれないでしょうが、日本人の多くは八重歯はかわいくて、愛嬌がある(特に女の子に)と考えます。八重歯のある笑顔を見せている有名人やモデルもいます。また、アニメや漫画の女性キャラクターにも八重歯が見られることがよくあります。

Romaji Translation

Senjitsu, haisha-san ni ikimashita. Chiryou no saichuu, totsuzen teiden shite shimaimashita. Watashi wa kuchi o aketa mama no joutai de, sukoshi fuan ni narimashita. Konomama denki ga modoranakattara, dou naru n darou. Saiwainimo, shibaraku shitara denki ga tsuki, bujini chiryou o oeru koto ga dekimashita. Ha to ieba, nihonjin wa seiyoujin ni kurabe, massuguna ha ni taishite amari kodawari ga nai to iemasu. Yaeba wa osoraku seiyou dewa konomarenai deshou ga, nihonjin no ooku wa yaeba wa kawaikute, aikyou ga aru (tokuni onnanoko ni) to kangaemasu. Yaeba no aru egao o misete iru yuumeijin ya moderu mo imasu. Mata, anime ya manga no josei kyarakutaa nimo yaeba ga mirareru koto ga yoku arimasu.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I got little bit nervous.

  • Watashi wa sukoshi fuan ni narimashita.

  • わたしは すこし ふあんに なりました。

  • 私は少し不安になりました。

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"~ san " is usually added to a name. It also can be attached to the name of occupations and titles (doctor, mayor ect.).

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