Updated: October 19, 2016
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7 Formal And Casual Japanese Intensifiers You Would Use Everyday

When you learn Japanese, the text books always tell you formal sentences. But nobody uses such bookish Japanese in daily life. Let's learn some casual expressions to speak and understand better.

#1 とても or とっても / Totemo, Tottemo

とても(とっても) is one of the most common emphasis word
It's used for mainly formal sentences.

e.g. 彼女はとてもかわいいです。Kanojo wa totemo kawaii desu.
Means "She is very cute".
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#2 かなり / Kanari

かなり can be used for both formal and casual sentences, but less formal than totemo.

e.g. 君はかなりくさい。 Kimi wa kanari kusai.
Means "You smell very bad".

#3 すごく / Sugoku

すごく can also be used in formal and casual sentences.

e.g. あの日見た空はすごくきれいでした。Anohi mita sora wa sugoku kirei deshita.
Means "The sky I saw on that day was very pretty".

#4 本当に / Hontoni

本当に literally means "really".
Can be used in both.

e.g. 田中先生は本当にうざい。 Tanaka sensei wa hontoni uzai.
Means "Mr. Tanaka is really annoying".
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#5 まじで / Majide

まじで is a very casual expression like "for real". You can also use it as a question.

e.g. 寿司はまじでうまい。Sushi wa majide umai.
Means "Sushi is really good".
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#6 めっちゃ / Metcha

めっちゃ is the word often used by young people. Also very casual.

e.g. このアニメめっちゃ面白い。 Kono anime metcha omoshiroi.
Means "This anime is so much fun".

#7 超 / Cho

超 means "super". Actually, Japanese people sometimes say just super, it's more like "suupaa", though.

e.g. 超つまんない。Cho tsuman nai.
Means, it's super boring.
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