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Kaze (風/風邪 – Wind/Cold)

  • Kaze


    The Japanese word “kaze” has two different meanings; “wind” (風) and “(common) cold” (風邪), and both are often used in daily conversation.

    The “ka” of “kaze” means a movement of the atmosphere, and “ze” means wind, so originally “kaze” meant either of them.

    The reason why it has come to mean a cold (a kind of illness) is because the illness could spread due to the movement of the atmosphere or the wind.

    You can use “kaze” (風 – wind) like: “Kaze ga fuku” (風が吹く – The wind blows), or “Kaze ga tsumetai” (風が冷たい – The wind is cold).

    You can use “kaze” (風邪 – cold) like: “Kaze wo hiku” (風邪をひく – I get a cold), or “Kaze wo utsusareru” (風邪をうつされる – I pick up a cold).

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