Facebook is more than just 'like' now

Good morning everyone,

I dragged my rain gear to and from work yesterday, but luckily for me the rain both started and stopped while I was at work. Unfortunately, it made my regular running route all muddy, so I'm not sure where I'm going to run this morning...speaking of this morning, it's supposed to get up to 15C today and be mostly sunny before turning to rain tomorrow and being much cooler for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All three days are expected to see highs under 10C and overnight lows close to 0C. They're saying that it should warm up from Thursday...I'll believe it when I see it.

In Japan, you don’t “like” something on Facebook, you “ii ne” it. But what about the five other “reactions” that Facebook has just added?

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When Facebook added all the new set of “reactions” upon us earlier this week, it got me thinking about those “ii ne”s again, and I became curious about how the new Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry reactions would appear in Japanese.

Just for fun, and since it's the weekend, I'm sure there will undoubtedly be plenty of social networking going on, here’s a quick look at what Japanese Facebook users are calling the new reactions. The symbols are, of course, exactly the same as those given to English-language Facebook users, but you might want to remember these for next time you’re discussing ii ne-ing—or perhaps something stronger—with a Japanese friend or coworker.

  • Like: Ii ne!

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The classic, “this is good; I like this” response.

  • Love: Chou ii ne!

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Chou can be thought of as “very” or “extremely”. Despite it being used by high school girls in virtually every excitable utterance, it is very much a real term, and can even be found in words like 超特急 choutokkyuu (super-express [train]).

  • Haha: Ukeru ne

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Ukeru literally means “to receive”, but used in this context and in everyday situations it’s closer to “that’s hilarious”, or at least so pleasing that anyone would agree. Ukeru neee.

  • Wow: Sugoi ne

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Anyone who has watched even half an hour of anime or a single Japanese movie will have come across sugoi—which means anything from “amazing” to “frightful”—at some point.

  • Sad: Kanashii ne

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The least slangy of the bunch is kanashii ne, meaning “[that’s] sad, isn’t it…”.

  • Angry: Hidoi ne

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Last but not least, it’s that slightly confusing one (are we supposed to use this to express our anger at the thing being shared, Facebook, or the person sharing it?). Hidoi ne is actually closer to “that’s awful” than the English “I’m angry”—which makes sense, because sunburnt scalps are awful.

Have a happy, social weekend!


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