The Meaning of Sugoi and Other Popular Japanese Words

Sugoi means – If Sinaumed’s likes watching some anime shows or series from Japan, of course Sinaumed’s will hear some of the popular vocabulary that is widely used on social media and in daily conversation in the film or anime. One of them is the word sugoi, which is an expression used to express admiration or you could say cool.

Apart from the word sugoi , there are also several other popular Japanese words that can be used to express or say cool. In addition, there are also several other popular Japanese vocabulary. Check out the explanation in the following article to find out more.

Sugoi Meaning

Sugoi means cool, wow, great or can mean extraordinary. In Japanese, the word sugoi is written with すごい. This word sugoi is generally used by someone to express something because he is surprised at things that are considered cool, or things that make that person feel amazed and amazed.

The word sugoi is included in class one adjectives or also known as i-keiyoushi, which are adjectives that end in -i in a sentence. One function of the word is to be able to describe nouns.

If you meet a noun, the word sugoi will not change its form. However, if the word sugoi is used as a connecting word, then the word sugoi will change to the word sugoku.

As previously explained, the word sugoi can also be interpreted as very similar to the word sugoi yasashii which means very kind. In addition, in non-formal or casual conversation, the word sugoi is more often pronounced as suggoi or sugee.

Meanwhile, in its verbal form the word sugoi is sugoku or in Japanese it is すごく. If translated into Indonesian, the word sugoku means very or really and in general, the term sugoku is used to express that something is very good or very bad.

So that means, the word sugoi can be used to express something that is considered extraordinary in a positive or negative form. The negative in question is when there is something that makes someone surprised and seems scary or terrible, so when using the word sugoi Sinaumed’s you have to pay attention to how to use it.

Examples of Sentences Using the Word Sugoi

The following are examples of sentences using the word sugoi in positive and negative contexts.

  • Positive Context

  • Watashi wa hontoni kakkoī suimā o mita


I saw some really cool swimmers


  • Shin’nen no hanabi wa saikōdeshita!


the fireworks in the new year were so amazing!


  • Hee, kiiboodo o mizu ni nyuryoku dekimasu. Suzushi.

うーん、キーボードを見ずに入力できます。 涼しい。

Hmm, you can type without looking at the keyboard. Cool..


  • Mitsuketa ze sugoi!



“I found it! Amazing!”


  • Sugoi ne! Kon’na kandō-tekina hanashi wa hajimeteda yo.



Extraordinary! This is the first time I have heard such a touching story.


  • Kare wa sugoku chishiki ga aru hitoda yo.



He was someone who possessed quite extraordinary knowledge.


  • Ima aidea sugoiga omoitsuita yo.



Now I just came up with an awesome idea.


  • Kare wa byōki no toki ni sugoku yuki o misete kureta.



He showed great courage when he was sick


  • Gōkaku suru nante sugoi kotoda yo.



Passing is a great thing.


  • Sugoi! Chiaki-san hontou ni sugoi naa!


Extraordinary! Chiaku-san is really awesome!, or wow! You really are amazing Chiaki!.


  • Sugoi desu! 


Great! or awesome!


  • Kono ryōri wa sugoi oishī desu


This food is very delicious.


  • Kanojo wa sugoi sainō wo motte imasu


He has extraordinary talent.


  • Kono eiga wa sugoi omoshirokatta desu


This film is very interesting.


  • Kare wa sugoi yuki wo misete kureta


He showed extraordinary courage.


  • Kono sukī-jō wa sugoi subarashi desu


This ski area is very beautiful.

  • Negative Context

  • Kono eiga wa sugoku tsumaranai


This film is very boring.


  • Ano hito wa sugoku kirai da.


I really don’t like that person.


  • Kono ryōri wa sugoku karai. 
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This food is very spicy.


  • Kono byōki wa sugoku kowai. 


The disease is very scary.


  • Kono shiken wa sugoku muzukashii. 


This exam is very difficult.


  • Kono hon wa sugoku tsumaranai. 


The book is very boring


  • Kono kaigi wa sugoku taikutsu da. 


This meeting is so boring.


  • Kono jiko wa sugoku hisan da. 


That incident was very tragic.


  • Kono toraburu wa sugoku mendō da. 


This problem is really annoying.

  • Kono tenki wa sugoku warui.


Today’s weather is very bad.


  • Han-jikan hodo sugoi doshaburi datta.

はんじかんほど すごい どしゃぶり だった。

It rained unusually (very heavily) for about an hour and a half.

How to Say Cool in Japanese (Kakkoii)

Apart from the word sugoi , actually there are many cool terms in Japanese that are used to express the word cool and these expressions are used depending on the object or situation to describe things that are more specific.

Japanese pays great attention to detail, so that different objects and situations will also affect the use of appropriate and correct expressions.

If Sinaumed’s is seeing or witnessing something beautiful, but it rarely happens, then Sinaumed’s can use the word sugoi or sugoi ne. Because the word sugoi is used to express admiration for beautiful things.

Meanwhile, when Sinaumed’s is looking at a good item and Sinaumed’s likes it, Sinaumed’s can use the word suteki to be able to express Sinaumed’s’ admiration for the item. The word suteki can mean good or beautiful.

If Sinaumed’s is meeting someone or seeing a cute object, instead of using the word sugoi, Sinaumed’s can use the word kawaii, because the word kawaii means funny, cute, sweet or means adorable.

Meanwhile, when Sinaumed’s meets a man with a beautiful face, the right word to describe it is kakkoii which means cool, cool or handsome.

The word kakkoi when viewed from the author actually comes from the word kakkou which means appearance and attitude. However, if the ending -ii is added, the meaning changes to good. So if you add 99 to kakkou it will become kakkoii which means good appearance.

Kakkoi belongs to group 1 adjectives and is also called i-keiyoushi or adjectives with the i ending like the word sugoi. One of its functions is to describe nouns. The word kakkoii can also be used to describe animate or inanimate objects or even abstract objects.

In everyday life, the word kakkoi is not only used to compliment someone’s appearance, this word is also often used to express other expressions such as the following:

  • Used when looking at the face, appearance, appearance or attitude of someone who is very good.
  • Give a response to something that is considered interesting and pleasing to the eye.
  • Complimenting someone whose behavior makes a good impression.
  • Expressing expression towards something that makes someone fascinated.
  • Responding to something that is considered extraordinary.

Here are some example sentences for using the word kakkoi:

  1. 彼はカッコいいです。

Kare wa kakkoii desu .

He is cool.

  1. その車はカッコいいです。

Sono kuruma wa kakkoii desu .

Cars are cool.

  1. 彼女はカッコいい服を着ています。

Kanojo wa kakkoii fuku o kiite imasu. 

He’s wearing a really cool outfit.

  1. このアイデアはカッコいいです。

Kono aidea wa kakkoii desu. 

The idea is really cool!

  1. 彼のパフォーマンスはカッコいいです。

Kare no pafōmansu wa kakkoii desu. 

Her appearance is very mesmerizing.

  1. このゲームはカッコいいグラフィックです。

Kono gēmu wa kakkoii gurafikku desu. 

This one game has very cool graphics.

  1. 彼女はカッコいい髪型をしています。

Kanojo wa kakkoii kamigata o shite imasu.

She has a really cool hairdo.

  1. この料理はカッコいい味です。

Kono ryōri wa kakkoii aji desu.

This food has an amazing taste.

  1. 彼はカッコいい技を持っています。

Kare wa kakkoii waza o motte imasu. 

He has a very amazing or cool ability.

  1. この絵はカッコいいデザインです。

Kono e wa kakkoii dezain desu. 

The image has a really cool design.

  1. 彼女の新しい髪型はカッコいいです。

Kanojo no atarashii kamigata wa kakkoii desu. 

Her new hairstyle is so cool.

  1. このスマホアプリはカッコいいインターフェイスがあります。

Kono sumaho apuri wa kakkoii intāfeisu ga arimasu.

This mobile phone has an application with a cool interface.

How to Say Cool in Japanese (Subarashii)

Apart from the word kakkoii , there are many other Japanese words that are used to express the word cool, great or amazing. For example like subarashii.

As with sugoi and kakkoii , the word subarashii is also used to describe or express something that can be seen directly with the eyes and can be felt directly by the feelings of the speaker.

In other words, the word subarashii is a word that is used to describe conditions that are seen and considered very good and to describe a situation in which the degree of something is much higher than the general view.

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The word subarashii is also included in group adjectives or such as sugoi and kakkoii. However, if the word subarashii meets a noun, this word will not change. However, when this word is confronted with a verb, the word subarashii will change to subarashiku and the verb that follows it.

Another expression used to express the word great besides sugoi and kakkoi is erai. Then what is the difference between the words sugoi, subarashii and erai?

  • Subarashii is a word used when there is someone who wants to express something that is considered to have very good value and has the impression of being very liked or satisfying. In addition, most of the words subarashii are used to express good or positive opinions. Subarashii is a word that has a more polite, gentle and formal meaning than the word sugoi to express cool or great.
  • Sugoi is a word that has the same meaning as subarashii, but this sugoi word is more direct, firm, outspoken and verbal. Sugoi is also used to express the degree of something that has a positive or negative context.

The word sugoi also has a scary or scary meaning, depending on the context of the sentence and the situation when the word is expressed.

  • Erai is an expression of the word great which is generally used to describe someone, for example, like erai sensei which means a great teacher or kaisha no erai hito ni hanashi wo kiku which means ask someone great in a company.

The great meaning that exists in the word erai has the context of a high enough status or reputation that is owned by the person being talked about. The use of the word erai generally has a neutral nature.

This means that the meaning contained in the sentence with the word erai can have a positive or negative context. For example, as in the following sentence, seijika no taiho de erai sawagi ni natteiru (the arrest of the politician caused an extraordinary uproar). The word erai in this sentence can indirectly bring up a negative context.

Examples of Popular Words in Other Japanese

Anime, films and series from Japan are quite popular in Indonesia. Therefore, many cultures from Japan also entered Indonesia, including the language.

When watching broadcasts in Japanese, Sinaumed’s will hear conversations using everyday language in popular language or slang. This vocabulary will help Sinaumed’s who are interested in learning Japanese to become more proficient. What are some popular words in Japanese?

  • Good morning 

This one sentence is a sentence that is used to greet in the morning and means good morning. Ohayou gozaimasu is also often shortened to ohayou.

  • Nani

The next popular word in Japanese is nani which means what is and is usually pronounced in a tone that expresses surprise.

  • Konnichiwa 

If the word ohayou gozaimasu means good morning, then konnichiwa means good afternoon. This sentence is used to greet someone during the day.

  • Arigato 

Sinaumed’s is certainly no stranger to this word, because this word expresses gratitude and is very commonly used.

  • Onii-chan

Onii chan is a greeting to call an older brother in Japanese.

  • Irasshaimase

The next popular word in Japanese is irasshaimase which means welcome and is usually used to welcome or greet customers.

  • Hello

The word moshi moshi means hello.

  • Konbawa 

Konbawa is a word used to greet someone at night and is usually used to greet colleagues, relatives. The meaning of konbawa is good night.

Thus the explanation about sugoi which means cool and some words that can be used to express cool, great and awe. If Sinaumed’s wants to learn Japanese further, Sinaumed’s can deepen it by reading books.

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Author: Khansa


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