Top

You’re Only Popular 3 Times – モテ期

モテ期 (もてき) is an interesting slang term sometimes heard in Japanese. Recently the subject of a popular television and manga series, it seems relevant to explain the meaning here.

モテ期 essentially means ‘the popular period of one’s life’. According to popular opinion a person can have up to 3 periods in their life when they will strangely become very popular with the opposite sex. This is not a hard and fast rule however, and there seems to be no real basis for 3-times rule.

A person is often said to experience モテ期 after getting a boyfriend or girlfriend, perhaps due to their being able to feel relaxed and confident in themselves (qualities that are usually attractive to other people). Changes in appearance or one’s actions/hobbies may also have this affect. All in all, it’s not much more than a bit of a fun word, but certainly one that’s likely to boost a conversation.


人生初の「モテ期」に孤軍奮闘!

じんせいはつの 「もてき」に こぐんふんとう!

Along the side of the manga book cover reads the above sentence. 人生初 means ‘the first time in one’s life’. The 4 kanji compound we find at the end is known as a 四字熟語 (よじじゅくご). They are usually special words with idiomatic meanings used to reference well-known or philosophical thoughts. The one above means to ‘fight singlehandedly’ or a ‘lone battle’. Perhaps something like:

Fighting alone in my first moteki!

or

Suddenly popular and fighting alone!



That's not all! Log in to see the rest of this lesson.
Or if you aren't a member yet, please consider signing up.


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 :)

Leave a Reply

Need a break? Have an adventure on Gakuran.com