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Ame (雨/飴 – rain/candy)

  • Ame


    Since there are so many homonyms in Japanese, I think that it’s hard for foreigners to learn these Japanese words.

    Because of this, I will also introduce Japanese homonyms on Lang-8 from today.
    (To tell you the truth, no longer I have little topics related to Japanese etymologies.)

    Today I’d like to talk about the very common Japanese word, “ame” (あめ).

    “Ame” has mainly two different meanings — “rain” (雨) and “candy” (飴).
    「あめ」は、”rain” (雨) と “candy” (飴) の二つの意味を持ちます。

    If you accent “a” of “ame,” it will imply “rain,” and if you accent “me,” it will imply “candy.”

    “Ame” (雨 – rain) comes from “ame” (天 – sky) or “amamizu” (天水 – meteoric water), whereas “ame” (飴 – candy) comes from “amai” (甘い – sweet).

    Incidentally, in the Kansai region (western Japan), “ame” (飴 – candy) is often called “ame-chan” by attaching “chan” (“chan” is a suffix used for girls or kids).

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