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te iu ka

Used properly ‘te iu ka is a 100% correct Japanese phrase meaning, “In other words…”. For example you could say, “’te iu ka wakaretai”, meaning “In other words, you want to break up with me.” This phrase has become one of the top language peeves of people over 30 however, because of the way young people over-use it. Watch “The Coliseum” segment on Inazuma, and almost every sentence will start with this phrase, no matter whether other person has said anything or not. It’s about equivalent to the way North American teen-agers use “like” and “you know”.

Submitted October 30th, 2002 by: Anonymous

Usage Examples

Pantsu meiteru zo
From the Song by MIyavi  


to get even more slangy shorten the phrase and say it like: てかぁ、 or  つか、 Comment by: clubikimakuri   
Its not "te", its "to". te could also be considered a slang. like when someone asks, "Fish stick te nani?" Comment by: Rob   
actually, te iu ka is probably correct, it's probably a disjointing + misplacement of tte iu, which is how you quote someone. [って言う] Comment by: Kat   
と言うか (or perhaps I should say... how should I put it...) is right. Then you have って言うか and て言うか... getting shorter and more colloquial which are also used. Comment by: Trublmkr   
the correct way of saying it is to iu ka... where to is the quote marker. tte is also a quote marker, but I would not call either of those slang at all. I have never heard someone say te iu ka, and I speak fluent Japanese and live in Japan. Sometimes in a informal, "slang" situation" they will kind of blur the words together fast though... Comment by: qQshA    Rated:3/5
Maaa neee! Comment by: An observer   
qQshA: You've never heard this expression? I have used to iu ka and te iu ka and have seen te iu ka and te ka often used in manga. To this effect, what sort of situation are you living/working in Japan that would separate you from the sort of slang used there? I would like to know the social context of this phrase. -- Btw, is your name some sort of pun? Comment by: asdf   
No.. it is te iu ka. Comment by: Mari-chan    Rated:4/5


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