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Hanpa Nai – 半端ない

Here’s a curious expression I came across a while ago on Twitter. 半端ない. You might recognise it from 中途半端, but this slang version has quite a different meaning!

We can find a simple enough explanation from Yahoo Chiebukuro – a Q&A service much like the ones we have in English too. (Note, 知恵袋 literally means ‘bag of wisdom’ – usually referring to someone that is very intelligent. We might say something like ‘He is a fountain of wisdom’ in English).

Question:

「ハンパない」ってどう言う意味?
最近の若い人が使う言葉で「ハンパない」とか「ハンパねぇ」と言う言葉がありますが、これはどう言う意味に捉えたら良いのでしょうか?

Answer:

「半端じゃない」ということで、つまり「ものすごい、すごく」という意味です。

So there you have it – Hanpa Nai is a shortened form of 半端じゃない. This can mean one of at least two things:

半端じゃない – Not incomplete / Not irresponsible
半端じゃない – Really / Very / Overwhelming

For example, consider this phrase:

半端な人間

はんぱなにんげん

An unreliable person / a fool

Literally, somebody only ‘halfway to the end’. You might also have heard the term 半端 used in this expression:


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8 Responses to Gakuu. Studying with Real Japanese

  1. Sabrina September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    This is pretty cool! Right now I’m studying on Textfugu which is great! I belive Gakuu can be really helpul too. What I like most is that its for pre-intermediate to advanced level students. So you can’t say its the same thing over and over again… students can actually improve their knowledge here. Thank you very much for creating this site. Have a nice day :)
    -Sabrina

    • Gakuranman September 30, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for your comment :).

      That’s definitely our aim. I love Textfugu for beginners and really getting students a solid grounding in the language, but afterwards (and even while) studying the basics, it can really help to encounter raw Japanese material. You don’t have to understand everything at first, but feeling challenged and picking up little bits here and there that are extra to your learning the basics helps expand your mind. Let me know if you have any more questions! More demonstration material will be up soon! We are currently having a special launch sale price for early adopters, so check out the pricing page if interested :).

      • Sabrina September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

        Thanks for your reply. :) Unfortunately I’m even still miles away from the intermediate level. But I’ll definetly return to Gakuu when I get to this point. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the extra demonstration material. :) Keep up the good work.

        • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

          Sure thing :). Let me know if you have any other questions or suggestions for things you’d like to see on Gakuu!

  2. missingno15 October 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    When I looked at this, I first thought to myself, “aw hell no, gakuranman is doing the same thing as koichi…even the website layout is similar”. But then I realized “it’s aimed at pre-intermediate to advanced level students” which is perfect for my situation right now because I now really want to excel way past beginner. So basically, Gakuu really complements Textfugu. Can’t wait for more lessons to see how this is gonna be like so I can decide if its worth getting.

    • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey there! Thanks for dropping by :). No way – Koichi and I are buds. I’ve always loved teaching the more advanced stuff so it worked out perfectly. I’ll be adding more stuff in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

  3. DumbOtaku (percent20) October 3, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    This is really cool. I am glad to see more online content going beyond just teaching hirigana and katakana. That is what I try to do on my blog, but with to little consistency. Glad to see an expert do it, btw already a signed-up paid member now. :)

    • Gakuranman October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Glad to have you man! Look forward to hearing any suggestions you have for the site and future lessons :)

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