大変

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
たい
Grade: 1
へん
Grade: 4
on’yomi
Alternative spelling
大變 (kyūjitai)

Adjective[edit]

(たい)(へん) (taihen-na (adnominal (たい)(へん) (taihen na), adverbial (たい)(へん) (taihen ni), kyūjitai 大變)

  1. difficult, hard
    それは大変(たいへん)ですね。
    Sore wa taihen desu ne.
    That's tough.
  2. terrible
    大変(たいへん)だ!
    Taihen da!
    Oh no! / It's an emergency!
  3. serious, grave

Usage notes[edit]

The sense of "difficult" is commonly used in conversation to empathize with someone else's troubles.

Inflection[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

(たい)(へん) (taihen

  1. very, greatly
    • :
      (なん)だか大変(たいへん)(ちい)さく()えた。
      Nandaka taihen chīsaku mieta.
      She looked very small.

Noun[edit]

(たい)(へん) (taihen

  1. disaster
  2. difficulty
  3. dreadfulness