“You Monkey! You Idiot! I Love You!”
A guide to using romantic language in Japan
Call someone a monkey or an idiot in Japan and they might be rather pleased – provided you use the term in an affectionate way.
The Japanese are creative with the language of love – although some phrases look puzzling if they’re translated too literally into English.
Other words of love suggest high drama – such as an invitation to enter the family tomb!
This week, the Japan Story blog gets into a romantic mood and considers how to woo a partner in a foreign tongue.