The Five Japanese Demos

I know this is a bit out of order, but I recently did a post about Doraemon’s dokodemo door. In essence it’s a door that allows you to go anywhere. After writing that post I decided to make this quick post about some very important “demo” words that I hear in Japanese. The five Japanese demo words that you might find useful are

1. いつでも Itsudemo – Anytime
2. なんでも 何でも Nandemo – Whatever
3. どこでも Dokodemo – Wherever, Anywhere
4. だれでも Daredemo – Anyone, Anybody
(pronounced “dah-ray demo” but make sure it sounds like a Japanese ‘r’ sound)
5. どちでも Dochidemo – Whichever

I know this post is incredibly short, but I hear these words quite often, and even use them myself from time to time. I’ll give you a quick expression you can use with any of these. Say for instance your date asks you where you want to go. You can say “どこでもいい” (sounds like doh-koh-deh-moh-eee) or dokodemoii which means anywhere is okay. If you add いい to any of these, and add water, you have instant Japanese expressions you can use.

See you tomorrow!

Donald Ash

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  • ahhh you forgot DOUDEMO!

    dou demo ii… is “like i give a damn” if said rudely

    or… “like i care! kind of innotation. ;P

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