LUCKY in Japanese, 7 Words and Which One You Should Use
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LUCKY in Japanese, 7 Words and Which One You Should Use

how to say lucky in japaneseJapanese Language Learning

There are several ways to say “lucky” in Japanese. I’ll introduce 7 words and phrases and the difference between them.

Kouun (Good Luck)

kouun, japanese word meaning good luck

KOUUN is the most common way to mean good luck. KOU is happy, and UN stands for luck.

Junko
Junko

The single letter UN can mean luck too, but if you want to indicate good luck, Kouun can clearly mean that!

Kyouun (Strong Luck)

kyouun, a japanese word meaning strong luck

KYOUUN is a similar word to Kouun. KYOU stands for “strong”. This word has a nuance that you can survive a bad situation or win a battle with your powerful luck.

Junko
Junko

This word has a nuance that you can perform better than you really are.

Un ga Ii (Have Good Luck, Fortunate)

un ga ii, a japanese phrase meaning being fortunate

UN GA II is a phrase used for meaning someone with good luck. You can say “Watashi ha un ga ii” if you want to mean you’re fortunate.

Tsuki (Short-term Luck)

TSUKI stands for luck but it’s only blind luck. It doesn’t last and you’re fortunate by chance. Here are some usages for this word.

Tsuki ga Aru (in Luck)

tsuki ga aru, a japanese sentence that means i'm lucky

If you want to say you are lucky today, you can say “Tsuki ga aru”, meaning “I have Tsuki (luck)”

Tsuiteru (in Luck in a more casual way)

tsuiteru, a japanese slung word meaning bling luck

Tsuiteru is a more casual way to mean “I have Tsuki”. Frequently used in spoken Japanese.

Lucky (Japanglish)

lucky in japanese katakana

The English word “lucky” is well known in Japan. Most Japanese can understand it, and the meaning is the same as the English word. It’s written in Katakana and is used commonly in Japan.


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