By Jackson Pietsch
You don’t need me to tell you it’s deep into October now. You know what October’s about? Scary stuff (and my dad’s birthday–Hi Dad!). Here are a few tools for your Japanese Halloween starter kit (feel free to ask if you have any other questions).
驚かす [odorokasu, v.] = to surprise or frighten
怖い [kowai, adj.] = scary
ホラー [horaa, n.] = horror
死 [shi, n.] = death; mortality
死ぬ [shinu, v.] = to die
殺す [korosu, v.] = to kill, murder
死体 [shitai, n.] = corpse; cadaver
幽霊 [yuurei, n.] = ghost; specter; phantom
お化け [obake, n.] or 化け物 [bakemono, n.] = goblin; apparition; monster; ghost
お化け屋敷 [obakeyashiki, n.] = haunted house
悪夢 [akumu, n.] = bad dream; nightmare
魘される [unasareru, v.] = to have a nightmare; to make noise (while having a nightmare)
妖怪 [youkai, n.] = ghosts, demons, monsters, or something in between; Japanese folk creatures whom you probably know well from Youkai Watch or a million other things!
吸血鬼 [kyuuketsuki, n.] = vampire (though just vanpaiyaa will probably work better)
ゾンビ [zonbi, n.] = zombie
かぼちゃ [kabocha, n.] = squash, which is about as close as it gets to Halloween pumpkins of yore
Challenge: try to drop any of these in a casual conversation today!
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